Music

Introduction to Music Theory

This course is designed to give students a chance to explore songwriting and music production. The ability to sing, play guitar and/or piano are not required but will greatly aid the songwriting process. Using the computer as a virtual recording studio, students will combine software-based sound production with recorded audio from their compositions. Over the course of the year, students will complete at least three songs, in a variety of genres, and perform them at a showcase in the spring term as well as record their compositions. Students will develop skills in working with software along with songwriting techniques. They will be introduced to basic digital audio theory and microphone placement techniques, as well as develop skills in hard-disk recording and editing with Logic, Garage Band, and other multi-track audio software. Students will collaborate as songwriters and sound engineers in the process of composing music. Students are responsible for providing a guitar. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 - $300. The school also rents guitars to students.

2024-01-29T21:27:15+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Music, Upper Division|

Guitar 2

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the music discipline. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced guitarists. To take the course, students should have successfully completed Guitar 1 or have the permission of the teacher. Students will be instructed in the musical concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm, and tempo as applied to the guitar. At the end of the semester, students will be able to play bass lines, chords, and read melodies in first and fifth positions using a pick, and execute fingerpicking patterns. The course will allow for individualized student needs and learning goals. Students [...]

2024-01-29T21:22:02+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Music, Upper Division|

AP Music Theory

This course is offered to students in grades eleven and twelve who demonstrate basic music theory knowledge on an entrance exam, and an upper intermediate level of skill in instrumental or vocal music. The curriculum is designed to encompass a wide range of musical study with emphasis on the fundamentals of theory, music handwriting skills, form analysis, ear training, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and basic melodic and harmonic composition. Students are responsible for providing a guitar. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 - $300. The school also rents guitars to students.

Symphonic Band

This course is designed to give students a chance to explore songwriting and music production. The ability to sing, play guitar and/or piano are not required but will greatly aid the songwriting process. Using the computer as a virtual recording studio, students will combine software-based sound production with recorded audio from their compositions. Over the course of the year, students will complete at least three songs, in a variety of genres, and perform them at a showcase in the spring term as well as record their compositions. Students will develop skills in working with software along with songwriting techniques. They will be introduced to basic digital audio theory and microphone placement techniques, as well as develop skills in hard-disk recording and editing with Logic, Garage Band, and other multi-track audio software. Students will collaborate as songwriters and sound engineers in the process of composing music. Students are responsible for providing a guitar. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 - $300. The school also rents guitars to students.

String Orchestra

Available to: all students String Orchestra is a yearlong course devoted to the study of music written and arranged for standard orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students of varying levels of ability and experience are invited to participate, but are expected to have a firm grasp of basic playing fundamentals and the technical demands of their instrument, as well as the facility to read standard music notation with at least moderate fluency. Students will study musical repertoire representing various styles, historical periods, and traditions, and they will also work in chamber music ensembles. Attendance at all concert performances is mandatory.

Songwriting & Music Production

This course is designed to give students a chance to explore songwriting and music production. The ability to sing, play guitar and/or piano are not required but will greatly aid the songwriting process. Using the computer as a virtual recording studio, students will combine software-based sound production with recorded audio from their compositions. Over the course of the year, students will complete at least three songs, in a variety of genres, and perform them at a showcase in the spring term as well as record their compositions. Students will develop skills in working with software along with songwriting techniques. They will be introduced to basic digital audio theory and microphone placement techniques, as well as develop skills in hard-disk recording and editing with Logic, Garage Band, and other multi-track audio software. Students will collaborate as songwriters and sound engineers in the process of composing music. Students are responsible for providing a guitar. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 - $300. The school also rents guitars to students.

Rock Band

The major emphasis of this course is to develop student achievement through the exploration of a modern band ensemble that utilizes popular music as its central canon. Rock Band teaches students to perform the music they know and love, and to compose and improvise in a collaborative setting. Styles that are studied include rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, indie, and other contemporary styles as they emerge. The course will introduce the skills necessary to perform on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass, keyboard, drums and vocals. An overview of the historical and social context of various popular music genres will be discussed and demonstrated through multimedia student presentations and guest speakers. The course will foster peer to peer development in the band setting, while encouraging the band to perform cohesively as a single unit. Students in Rock Band will also be introduced to the art of songwriting, both individually and collaboratively. Students are responsible for providing a guitar. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 - $300. The school also rents guitars to students.

Guitar 1

Available to: all students with very little or no prior experience with the guitar Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the music discipline. This beginning guitar course is open to students with little or no previous experience on the guitar. Throughout the year, students will learn a variety of songs, selected from multiple styles, to bolster the development of basic chord knowledge and coordination between hands, as well as basic chord progressions and finger-picking techniques. Additionally, students will learn to play the ukulele. Basic music theory will be introduced as it relates to the guitar, and students will learn to read guitar tablature, which is widely used in professional musical [...]

Advanced Choir

Advanced Choir is an ensemble designed to give experienced choral singers the opportunity to improve their skills while working on challenging choral literature in a broad range of styles including pop and jazz. To be eligible for this ensemble, singers must have been a member of the Chorus, or a similar ensemble, for at least a year, or demonstrate their abilities in an audition. Over the course of the year, students will be introduced to basic music theory, ear training, and sight singing, and they will concentrate heavily on technique-oriented singing. Students in this ensemble will have the opportunity to audition for several honor choirs, which serve to broaden the horizons of their musical experiences. Each year, approximately 20 Stevenson singers are accepted into state and regional honor choirs. In addition to class periods, the commitment for this course includes concerts in the winter and spring. The dates of the concerts will be shared with students during the first week of class.

2024-01-30T17:18:39+00:00Categories: Music|
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