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MUSIC Courses

7-8 Chorus (MUS121)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Music
Prerequisites: None

Everyone has a voice, and in this class you learn how to use it in an exciting environment. Learn about elements of music and develop basic sight-reading skills while learning to perform traditional and non-traditional choral literature. Learn how to use your voice properly and how to be a member of an ensemble so you can enjoy the art of singing. Remote singing is still possible, but in a remote environment, this class will focus on building skills and techniques necessary for auditioned ensembles and on creating art that reflects our new reality.

 

7-8 Instrumental Evolution (MUS136)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Music
Prerequisites: None

This course gives students the opportunity to learn an instrument or hone their basic instrumental technique and music theory knowledge. If you are new to an instrument, you will learn how to properly assemble, maintain, and use the instrument. If you already play an instrument, but have less than two years of experience, we will further your technique in tone production, finger/hand/limb coordination, articulation production, and stylistic conventions. All students will learn/hone skills in ear training, music notation reading, and rhythmic understanding. Students may also have the opportunity to do recording projects, or large and small ensemble playing.

7-8 Sound Collective Orchestra (MUS168)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Music
Prerequisites: Prior experience and training. See course description

This class is the evolution of our PVPA Orchestra. Instrumentalists must be self-motivated, have no less than two years of experience on their instrument, and the functional ability to read music. Members must play Woodwind, Brasswind, Orchestral String, or Concert Percussion instruments (including Piano, or Harp). Students explore all elements of music through the lens of the instrumental ensemble tradition, culture, and history. They build their instrumental skills through application and practice, plus one-on-one coaching when possible. They build knowledge of composers, arrangers, orchestras/ensembles, and music notation/theory techniques through discussions, guest artists, and various media resources. Performance elements may include recording and music video creation.

 

7th ArtsCore (ART100)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Dance, Music, Theater, VATT, PE
Prerequisites: None

ArtsCore is a yearlong required course for all PVPA students in grade 7. Students rotate through short courses focused on dance, music, theater, and visual arts, and engage in activities focused on creative collaboration, exploration, and skill-building in each discipline.

8th Rock and Soul Revue (MUS155)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Music
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

Rock and Soul Revue is the premiere performing ensemble for electric and popular music instruments (electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, drumset, and pop/rock vocals) in grades 8 and 9. Band members survey and discuss various musical styles, and create arrangements that are suited to the group. Members are expected to take the class for the entire year.

 

Arts Teaching Assistant for Middle School Classes

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: School Service AND Arts
Prerequisites: Teacher approval (form available)

High school students may arrange to assist in a middle school arts class in which they have significant experience with the discipline. This is an opportunity to earn school service credit AND arts credit in that discipline. Prior teacher permission is required. TAs are expected to check in with the cooperating teacher regularly, participate fully in each class, model class expectations, assist in supporting students and the teacher whenever possible, and engage in pre-planning if taking a lead role as teacher. Students may arrange informal teaching assistant roles within high school arts classes by speaking with the instructor; however, they are enrolled in the class itself in order to earn arts credits.

Earwürm - The World of Rock and Beyond (MUS114)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or interview

Earwürm is a performance-based music class that focuses on rocking & rolling, popping & souling, and everything in-between. It should be noted that "Rock Music" is interpreted as music having its roots in American Blues, Gospel, Folk, Appalachian and Irish melodies, Soul and oh so much more; this means it can really encompass a lot: heavy metal, funk, folk-rock, the "classics" and stuff that hasn't been categorized yet. This class will be focused on creating memorable and creative musical performances, both virtual and live, and will require a mastery level of independence, skill, focus, and engagement. We will be working on proper instrumental technique for the genre we are exploring, rhythmic synchronicity and playing together in virtual and live environments, harmony, and playing with emotion.

 

Eastern Music (MUS166)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Culture/Technique
Prerequisites: None

This course focuses on some of the concepts and music of the East, specifically South Asia. One of the main concepts covered is the system of Konnakol (Solkattu), an Indian system of vocalized rhythmic assessment that is, once assimilated, the most advanced and accessible system available to the practicing musician. This system requires physical and mental discipline, a basic understanding of mathematics, and an open mind and heart. Student performances will aspire to exhibiting some of these concepts in an advanced musical setting, but it is open to students of all levels of experience. Attitude and openness are paramount to enjoying oneself, and enjoyment is critical to learning.

Film Scoring (MUS139)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Elective
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to score music for a visual stimulus, a film, a video. It gives students the opportunity to compose their own musical works, orchestrate and arrange them for various instruments, and record these arrangements. While this course is designed to be for music for film, there are no limits to our imagination, and we could be writing for the film in our minds too! If possible, they would be performed by student and professional musicians.

 

MAPS (Music And Poetry Synchronized) (MUS158)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Performance
Prerequisites: The Art of Songwriting or MAPS

Willingness to share work and perform in some capacity and successful completion of Songwriting are prerequisites for this course. Students collaborate closely with students from another school to create songs using the poetry of the collaborating students, and work to create and perform songs that reflect a shared performative vision. The first portion of the semester reviews necessary theory ideas, the second portion focuses on composing, and the third portion is devoted to rehearsing and performing our creations in conjunction with the authors of the poems.

Music Mastery (MUS140)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Theory/Technology
Prerequisites: None

Mastery through creating is the philosophy of this course, which helps students to master basic music notation, aural and written harmonic recognition, basic part writing, and the language musicians use to communicate their art to the world. Each new skill will accompany a creative project meant to engage students in putting their skills into practice. This is a great way to push your musicianship to the next level!

 

Music Production and Recording (MUS113)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Theory/Technology
Prerequisites: None

Explore the basic components of recording technology through this project-based course. Students learn by doing, using long periods of experimentation with microphones, computers, loops, samples, and song form to create original music. Students create multiple original works in small group settings as they learn and practice setting up recording sessions, microphone technique for various instruments, software and editing effects in programs such as Soundtrap, Flat, Garageband, Logic, Ableton, and ProTools, and all of the basic skills necessary to record a basic track. Students have the opportunity to create electronic music, learn to manipulate sounds and effects to emulate existing production techniques, and experiment with creating new sounds.

Pop/R&B (MUS147)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

Pop/R&B is a yearlong course for members of PVPA’s premiere practicing/recording ensemble for high school. Specializing in the music of Motown, 60s/70’s Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Soul, and Pop tunes, we use electric and acoustic instruments (e.g., guitar, ukulele, violin, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, and vocals). Band members play, survey, and discuss various musical styles, and record arrangements that are suited to the group. The music is challenging, but worth all the work when you get to enjoy the results!

 

Rock and Soul Revue (MUS129)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

Rock and Soul Revue is the premiere performing ensemble for electric and popular music instruments (electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, drumset, and pop/rock vocals) in grades 8 and 9. Band members survey and discuss various musical styles, and create arrangements that are suited to the group. Members are expected to take the class for the entire year.

Spectrum A Cappella Ensemble (MUS101)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

A Cappella Ensemble is a required yearlong course for members of Spectrum, PVPA’s high-level vocal performing ensemble specializing in a cappella (voice alone) arrangements of all different styles of music. If you want to push your vocal capabilities to their maximum, then this class is for you. Explore tight vocal harmonies, complex rhythms, and advanced vocal techniques. Through an audition, students must demonstrate basic sight reading capabilities as well as high level abilities to hold parts in the presence of harmonies. Remote Spectrum will remain an auditioned group, and our work will center around skill-building (sight reading, ear training, arranging, and vocal technique) as well as ensemble-building and creative art-making in a new remote era. The future of art-making is ours to define - what will we make of it?

 

The Art of Songwriting (MUS137)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Theory/Technology
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to prepare students to participate in MAPS (Music and Poetry Synchronized) in the spring semester. Students are generally expected to continue with the MAPS course in the second semester. The course assists students in developing an eclectic portfolio of songs and phrases using various styles and forms. In order to write independently students reinforce basic music theory concepts, study song form and composition techniques, edit material with their peers, and ultimately produce a portfolio of songs. This course emphasizes theory and teamwork, pushing students to share unfinished work and to examine and edit their choices until they come up with a product they both understand and enjoy.

The Groovy Truth (formerly Jazz Ensemble) (MUS110)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

This class is the evolution of our Jazz Ensemble in which students explore all elements of music through the lens of jazz culture and aesthetic. They build their instrumental and/or vocal skills through application and practice, plus one-on-one coaching when possible. They also build their knowledge of composers, arrangers, soloists, and music groups/ensembles through discussions, guest artists, and various media resources. Performance elements may include recording and music video creation.

 

The Singer's Studio (MUS142)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Performance, Music Culture/Technique
Prerequisites: None

This class is a supportive, safe, and fun place for anyone who likes to sing. Explore how the voice works and how to keep it healthy, build on existing sight reading skills, and prepare for audition-based ensembles. Through vocal music from all time periods and genres, students develop their ensemble and solo singing capabilities as well as their understandings of vocal anatomy and its role in healthy singing. This course is open to all levels of experience - all that is required is a love of singing and a desire to learn more about music and your voice!

The Sound Collective Orchestra (MUS172)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Performance, Music Culture/Technique
Prerequisites: Prior experience and training. See course description

This class is the evolution of our PVPA Orchestra. Instrumentalists must be self-motivated, have no less than two years of experience on their instrument, and the functional ability to read music. Members must play Woodwind, Brasswind, Orchestral String, or Concert Percussion instruments (including Piano, or Harp). Students explore all elements of music through the lens of the instrumental ensemble tradition, culture, and history. They build their instrumental skills through application and practice, plus one-on-one coaching when possible. They build knowledge of composers, arrangers, orchestras/ensembles, and music notation/theory techniques through discussions, guest artists, and various media resources. Performance elements may include recording and music video creation.

 

 

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ENGLISH LA | HISTORY/SS | MATH | SCIENCE | WORLD LANG
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