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MUSIC Courses

7/8 Chorus
MUS121

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.

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7/8 Evolution Band
MUS136

The 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 the Evolution Band you will learn how to play an instrument, read music, and be a great ensemble all while having a great time.

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7/8 Lyric Writing
MUS104

" Discover techniques that help create great lyrics for songs. Whatever the genre, there are ways to generate great ideas, find ways to express those ideas and organize rhythms and rhymes into compelling verses, choruses and bridges. This course will help you to understand form and write lyrics specifically for popular song forms including AABA, AAB, through composed, and many more. Melody, Harmony, Time and Feel are discussed in relation to Lyric ideas. Once completed, this course will have given the student writer more confidence, structure and a way to craft lyrics from ideas that were previously hard to pin down, thus making the ideas more vivid and tangible. Whether a complete beginner, or more experienced writer, this course will help all students find easier and better ways to realize your vision for song lyrics."

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7/8 Rhythm Section Workout
MUS170

Have you always wished you could play piano, bass, drumset or guitar? Then this is the class for you. Rhythm Section Workout will give students the opportunity to learn the instruments that are part of the popular music rhythm section. Instruments such as acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, piano and keyboards, and drumset will be taught. You will learn proper instrument technique, stylisic conventions on the instruments and play songs to help you practice the various techniques. If you have never played an instrument before or have some experience, this is a class that can teach you how to rock out with the best of them.

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7/8 The Wide World of Music
MUS171

This class will explore all aspects of music. No previous experience in music is necessary. In a classroom setting, this course will 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 will interact through games, discussions, field trips, 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.

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78 PVPA Orchestra
MUS172

The PVPA music department wants you to bring your instrumental skills to the party. This is a great opportunity to hone your ensemble playing skills, and increase your technical ability on your instrument. Orchestral and concert instruments are included in this ensemble that plays music from Bach and Brahms to John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Blend, style, and precision will all be addressed in the PVPA Orchestra.

Prerequisites: Two years experience on instrument, and ability to read basic music

A Cappella Ensemble
MUS101

Spectrum is 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. Students are expected to take the class both semesters.

Prerequisites: AUDITION

 

African Drumming 1
MUS162

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

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Film Scoring
MUS139

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.

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Jazz Ensemble
MUS110

The Groovy Truth is 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 is the course for you. Students are expected to take the class both semesters.

Prerequisites: AUDITION

Music Mastery
MUS140

Mastery through understanding is the philosophy of this course, which helps you 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!

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Music Production and Recording
MUS113

Explore the basic components of recording technology through this project-based course. Students will learn by doing, using long periods of experimentation with microphones, computers, loops, samples, and song form to create original music. Students will 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 will have the opportunity to create electronic music, learn to manipulate microphones and effects to emulate existing production techniques, and will experiment with creating new sounds in this semester-long course.

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Pop/R&B Ensemble
MUS147

Pop/R&B is 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 Kahn, and Ray Charles, then this ensemble is for you. Students are expected to take the class both semesters.

Prerequisites: AUDITION

 

PVPA Orchestra
MUS172

The PVPA music department wants you to bring your instrumental skills to the party. This is a great opportunity to hone your ensemble playing skills, and increase your technical ability on your instrument. Orchestral and concert instruments are included in this ensemble that plays music from Bach and Brahms to John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Blend, style, and percision will all be addressed in the PVPA Orchestra.

Prerequisites: Two years experience on instrument, and ability to read basic music

Rock Ensemble
MUS114

This course is a performance-based music class that focuses on 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 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. We will be working on proper instrumental technique, rhythmic synchronicity, harmony, and playing together as an ensemble.

Prerequisites: AUDITION

 

The Music of India
MUS166

This course will focus on some of the concepts and music of the east, specifically India, but including 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.

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The Singer Studio
MUS142

This class is a supportive, safe, and fun place for anyone who likes to sing. We will explore how the voice works and how to keep it healthy, we will build on existing sight reading skills and prepare students for audition-based ensembles. Through choral music from all time periods and genres, students will develop their ensemble and solo singing capabilities as well as their understandings of vocal anatomy and its role in healthy singing. 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!

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Wofa African Drum II
MUS165

This is the drum section of PVPA's West African drum and dance company. Students perfect African rhythms from Guinea, West Africa 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. Students are encouraged to participate in both semesters.

Prerequisites: AUDITION

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