Available to: all students

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.

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.