Elective Music Courses


In Music Technology, students will explore sound production, recording and transmission, electronic music composition and arranging, live audio reinforcement, multi-track studio recording, editing, mixing, and mastering. Students will examine contemporary legal and ethical issues regarding digital music and the recording industry. The activities in this course provide students with a foundation in the materials and techniques of current music technology, and includes real- life applications and curriculum-related career paths. Students will be assessed through in-class activities and projects dependent on specific computer software. Regular school attendance is essential for success in this course. For further information, please contact Eric Griffith, course instructor.


Music Theory is designated for the aspiring musician and/or college music major and provides a comprehensive study of written harmony, sight-reading, ear training and composition.  Students learn the fundamentals that are necessary for AP Music Theory and/or college entrance exams. For further information, please contact Scott Ainscough, course instructor.



AP Music Theory is an advanced level theory course for students interested in an extensive study of melody, harmony, form, composition and music analysis, and should be taken by those individuals interested in pursuing a music major or career in music.  The fundamentals of music as well as the development of aural skills and dictation are emphasized.  Preparation for the AP Music Theory Exam is an important aspect of this course.  For further information, please contact Eric Griffith, course instructor.



Guitar I is designed as a beginning instruction course in guitar playing realizing that all CV students have received an introduction to guitar playing while in middle school.  This course is offered during the first semester.  School-owned guitars are provided for the course.  For further information, please contact Grace Everett, course instructor.



Guitar Ensemble provides guitarists, intermediate through advanced levels, with a structured environment in which to further their craft. Students perform solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets as well as large ensemble works for guitar ensemble from a wide variety of genres and styles.  Students will become proficient in playing scales, chords, reading standard notation with an acceptable level of fluency and playing in a musically sensitive manner.  This course is for students interested in an extensive study of the guitar as well as serving as a training program for those interested in becoming guitar music majors in college.  For further information, please contact David Porter, course instructor.

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