MUSIC THEORY

Music Theory is designated for the aspiring musician and/or college music major and provides a comprehensive study of wirtten 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 David Porter, course instructor.

 


AP MUSIC THEORY

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

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 David Porter, course instructor.

 


GUITAR II

Guitar II is a continuation of Guitar I and is designed for those students who would like to develop their playing skills more extensively and master more difficult music and playing techniques at the intermediate level. Prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of Guitar I.  For further information, please contact David Porter, course instructor.

 


GUITAR ENSEMBLE

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.

 


MUSIC APPRECIATION

Music Appreciation is a chronological study of the history of music.  The development of music is traced from the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic periods, to the innovations of the 20th and 21th Century.  This survey includes detailed discussion of musical styles and characteristics fhrough extensive listening and analyzing of all periods of music.  This course is offered during the first semester.  For further information, please contact Scott Ainscough, course instructor.

 


THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN ROCK AND ROLL

This course is intended to help students think creatively and critically about popular music.  The most significant styles of American popular music will be studied in chronological order. Several recurring themes will appear throughout the course:  (1) The interaction of European, American, African American and Latin American traditions, (2) The influence of mass media and technology, and (3) The role of popular music as a symbol of identity.  The course will enhance enjoyment and understanding of the music that is familiar to the students as well as introduce them to less familiar styles and genres.  Students will develop critical listening skills and become more informed consumers of popular music. For further information, please contact Scott Ainscough, course instructor.

 


MUSIC THEATER

This course is intended for students to learn the history of American musical theater. For further information, please contact Jennifer Schramm, course instructor.

 

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