Additional Courses

Music Theory and Composition (Grades 9 - 12)
Course Credit:1/2-1
Duration:Half Year/Full year

Students in the Music Theory and Composition class will learn about the structural and compositional elements of music. This course encompasses a thorough study of basic harmony and counterpoint covering scales, modes, major and minor keys, triads, four-part harmony, voice-leading, chord progressions, inversions, figured bass, form, analysis, and five species of counterpoint. Students will work with state-of-the-art music composition software called “Finale 2001.” Students will be required to write compositions of varying lengths covering different musical forms. An emphasis will be placed on using available technology to create original student works.

Jazz Styles (Grades 9 - 12)
Course Credit:varies

Students in the Jazz Performing Ensemble will study various Jazz and Rock styles including Dixieland Swing, Bebop, Funk, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues and others. In addition to performance, students in this class will study Jazz History, Theory and Improvisation. The group will meet on Monday evenings from 5:00-6:15 PM. Membership and placement in the group are at the discretion of the instructor. Participation in all performances is required. Members of the Jazz Ensemble have the opportunity to audition for the Central Massachusetts Senior District Music Festival and the Massachusetts All-State Music Festival.

Textbook Title: Jazz History, Styles, and Analysis, 6th Ed. Mark C. Gridley

Music, Art and Architecture in Our World A Listening/Discussion/Analysis Course (Grades 9 - 12)
Course Credit:1/2-1
Duration:Half Year/Full year

Students in this class will analyze and compare music, visual art, and architecture through time-period examples. An introduction of music and art genres, styles, and time periods will be presented including Medieval, Baroque, Renaissance, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st Century music (including variations of rock, jazz, blues and contemporary art-music) along with some non-Western music and art. Students may be required to submit short written assignments demonstrating fundamental understandings of the stylistic elements of various artistic periods. Technology will be used to enhance the student’s access to the comparative arts. Students will come away from this class with an overview of the history of Western music, art and architecture and how composers, artists, and architects influenced one another.

Improvisation Workshop (Grades 9-12)
Course Credit:1/2
Duration:Half Year

Improvisation Workshop is a course designed to further develop the participants’ abilities in the area of Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Expression. In order to enroll in this class, a student needs to have already taken the Jazz Styles course offered by the Music Department. This is primarily a performance-based music course with an emphasis on improvisation and composition.

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