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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.

 

7-8 Evolution Band (MUS136)

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

Evolution Band is the PVPA version of band class. If you play an acoustic wind or percussion instrument (saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet, xylophone, etc.) or string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass, etc.), this is the class for you. This is also the class if you are looking to learn how to play these instruments for the first time. We play all types of music arranged specially for the group. In Evolution Band students learn how to play an instrument, read music, and work in a collaborative ensemble, all while having a great time.

7-8 PVPA Orchestra (MUS168)

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

Bring your orchestral and concert instrumental skills to the party! This is a great opportunity to hone your ensemble playing skills, and increase your technical ability on your instrument. This ensemble plays music from Bach and Brahms to John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Blend, style, and precision are addressed. Two years experience on your instrument, and ability to read basic music is strongly encouraged. This course does not provide introductory instrumental training.

 

7-8 Rock & Soul Revue (MUS155)

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

Rock and Soul Revue is the premiere grades 7-9 performing ensemble for electric and popular music instruments (electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, drumset, and pop/rock vocals). 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. The music is challenging, but worth all the work when you get to rock out on the big stage!

7-8 The Wide World of Music (MUS171)

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

In a classroom setting, this class explores all aspects of music. No previous experience in music is necessary. Explore listening techniques, stylistic and cultural studies in music, technical and theoretical music studies, as well as many other aspects of the music world. Students interact through games, discussions, and projects. This class is a great way to get introduced to the world of music, or explore facets of music you never thought to consider.

 

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.

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 in PVPA’s premier vocal ensemble. Students must audition to be part of Spectrum, and must demonstrate basic sight reading capabilities as well as high level abilities to hold parts in the presence of harmonies.

 

Advanced Opera Performance (MUS106)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater Performance OR Music Performance
Prerequisites: None

Study and practice techniques to develop your voice for opera performance. Prior experience is strongly encouraged.

African Drumming 1 (MUS162)

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

This section of the west African dance and drumming class focuses on the study of drumming technique, rhythms and chants. Students increase technical proficiency and knowledge in traditional rhythms from Guinea, and other countries in western Africa, and take part in the powerful interaction between movement and music.

 

Arts Teaching Assistant for Middle School Classes

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: School Service AND Arts
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

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.

Film Scoring (MUS139)

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

This course gives students the opportunity to compose their own musical works, orchestrate them for various instrumentations, and make arrangements to be performed by student and professional musicians.

 

Jazz Ensemble (MUS110)

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

Jazz Ensemble is a required yearlong course for members of The Groovy Truth, PVPA’s high-level performing ensemble specializing in the musical styles used in jazz culture, such as Swing, Bebop, Jazz Rock, Latin American, and World. If you want to learn how to improvise, perform multiple styles of music, and expand your musicianship, then this ensemble is for you.

MAPS (Music And Poetry Synchronized) (MUS158)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

Willingness to share work and perform in some capacity 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 understanding 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. 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 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 microphones and effects to emulate existing production techniques, and experiment with creating new sounds.

 

Musical Theater Production (MUS111)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Theater OR Music Performance
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

This class is for those who have auditioned for and been assigned roles in the PVPA Musical Theater Production. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN FULL-DAY REHEARSALS DURING PAIDEIA.

Pop/R&B Ensemble (MUS147)

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

Pop/R&B Ensemble is a required yearlong course for members of PVPA’s high-level performing ensemble specializing in the music of Motown, 70’s Funkadelic, and Pop styles from yesterday and today. If you wish to learn music by artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and Ray Charles, then this ensemble is for you.

 

PVPA Orchestra (MUS172)

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

Bring your orchestral and concert instrumental skills to the party! This is a great opportunity to hone your ensemble playing skills, and increase your technical ability on your instrument. This ensemble plays music from Bach and Brahms to John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Blend, style, and precision are addressed. Two years experience on your instrument, and ability to read basic music is strongly encouraged. This course does not provide introductory instrumental training.

Rock and Soul Revue (MUS129)

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

Rock and Soul Revue is the premiere grades 7-9 performing ensemble for electric and popular music instruments (electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, drumset, and pop/rock vocals). 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. The music is challenging, but worth all the work when you get to rock out on the big stage!

 

Rock Ensemble (MUS114)

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

Rock Ensemble is a required yearlong course for members of PVPA’s high-level performing ensemble specializing in rocking, rolling, and everything in between. It should be noted that "Rock Music" is interpreted as music having its roots in American Blues, Gospel, Traditional Folk, Appalachian, 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. We will be working on proper instrumental technique, rhythmic synchronicity, harmony, and playing together as an ensemble.

The Art of Songwriting (MUS137)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Music Theory/Technology
Prerequisites: 

This course is designed to prepare students to audition for 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 Music of India (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 India, but also includes examples from Turkey, Bulgaria, Afghanistan, and Algeria. 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 demonstrate some of these concepts in an advanced musical setting.

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 choral 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!

 

Wofa African Drumming (MUS165)

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

Wofa African Drumming is a required yearlong course for members of the drum section of PVPA's west African drum and dance company. Students perfect African rhythms from Guinea and other countries in western Africa, and improve upon their abilities with traditional rhythms, hand techniques and positions. All students take part in the powerful interaction between movement and music. The company performs at multiple venues throughout the year.

See other department catalogs
ENGLISH LA | HISTORY/SS | MATH | SCIENCE | WORLD LANG
DANCE | MUSIC | THEATER | VISUAL ARTS/TECH | SUPPORT

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