Essential to creative, social, spiritual, and intellectual development, the study of music also improves academic performance by developing strong conceptual, mathematical, and linguistic skills. In addition to the courses we offer, students may participate in smaller music groups outside of the school day. School concerts, recitals, and other performing opportunities are considered part of the curriculum.
Our award-winning concert choir performs music from the Renaissance to modern day popular culture at campus and community events, liturgies, and concerts culminating in each semester's repertoire. The choir performs a cappella and accompanied and incorporates student and professional instrumentalists on a regular basis. European and world music are enjoyed in their intended languages. Careful attention is given to proper pronunciation, articulation, vast choral objectives, and vocal technique.
Our instrumental Chamber Ensemble is featured at various events, recitals, and concerts throughout the academic year. Woodwind and string players gather three times weekly to rehearse varied music from the baroque, classical, and romantic periods and the 20th century.
Select musicians perform as soloists in recital and concert. Members are divided into smaller ensembles to encourage greater technique, intonation, precision, and balance. Students are encouraged to audition for two musical theatre-pit orchestras yearly.
AP Music Theory introduces advanced concepts of music theory to students. The aim of this course is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Music Theory exam and to help students improve performance, aural, and compositional skills. Texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, and style are all aspects of the course. Musicianship skills such as dictation and listening skills, sight singing, and keyboard melody and harmony are an important part of the theory course as well.
An integral part of our music department is the Private Music Lesson Program, in which all students are eligible to study on-campus during the school week with outstanding musician/teachers from the Central Coast area. Lessons are currently offered in voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass (upright and electric), flute, clarinet, french horn, saxophone, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and percussion. The school has six practice studios equipped with Steinway pianos. Music students have an opportunity to participate in regional and state honor orchestras and in certification programs such as the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and the Certificate of Merit.
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