Contemporary music 1

Vocal & Instrumental

Each class period starts with a short meditation to calm and center the students’ minds for a full class period of music. Following announcements, students go through warm-up exercises, then receive instruction for the goals of the day. Students then split off into their bands to come up with a plan for their rehearsal. Students have the rest of the period to work individually, in pairs, trios, and their full group, as needed, to prepare a song for an in-class performance, and ultimately a concert performance. Alternate days might consist of longer instruction in music theory, voice/instrument training, equipment training, production, marketing, and any other skills, ideas, and concepts pertinent to each project, or preparation for the semester concert series.

Spring Semester Projects

Song 3: Original Composition

Song 4: Cover

Song 5: Cover (optional)

Semester 2 Vocal project 

Spring Concert Series Preparation

Spring Music Showcase (optional)

Fall Semester Projects

The Quick Performance

Song 1: Cover

Song 2: Cover

Semester 1 Vocal project

Fall Concert Series Preparation

Winter Music Showcase (optional)


contemporary music 2

Vocal & Instrumental

Each class period starts with a short meditation to calm and center the students’ minds for a full class period of music. Following announcements, students go through advanced technique warm-up exercises, then receive instruction for the goals of the days. Students then split off into their bands to come up with a plan for their rehearsal. Students have the rest of the period to work individually, in pairs, trios, and the full group, as needed, to prepare a song for an in-class performance, and ultimately a concert performance. Alternate days might consist of longer instruction in advanced topics in music theory, voice/instrument training, equipment training, production, marketing, and any other skills, ideas, and concepts pertinent to each project, or preparation for the semester concert series.

Spring Semester Projects

Song 4: Cover

Song 5: Original Composition

Song 6: Cover (optional)

Semester 2 Vocal project 

Spring Concert Series Preparation

Spring Music Showcase (optional)

Fall Semester Projects

The Quick Performance

Song 1: Cover

Song 2: Original Composition

Song 3: Cover (optional)

Semester 1 Vocal project

Fall Concert Series Preparation

Winter Music Showcase (optional)


instrumental music

Each class period starts with a short meditation to calm and center the students’ minds for a full class period of music. Following announcements, students go through warm-up exercises, then receive instruction for the goals of the days. Students then break into instrument sections and work through basic fundamentals, chord changes, and other essential steps prior to forming a band. Having come back together in a band setting, the teacher leads the group through effective rehearsal techniques for the current project. A portion of the period is designed for students to work individually, in pairs, trios, and the full group, as needed, to prepare the song for an in-class performance. Alternate days might consist of longer instruction in music theory, voice/instrument training, equipment training, production, marketing, and any other skills, ideas, and concepts pertinent to each project.

Semester Projects: 3-4 cover projects per semester depending on students' incoming technical abilities, and growth and retention of material throughout the year.


Each class period starts with a short meditation to calm and center the students’ minds for a full class period of music. Following announcements, students go through warm-up exercises or teacher led demonstration, then receive instruction for the goals of the day. Students then work on their individual projects in their Digital Audio Workstations where they are in the process of creating an original electronic music composition. The work could consist of editing a sample, writing a drum beat or forming a chord progression or melody on a software synthesizer. As students are working independently on their projects, the teacher will check in with each student and give them one-on-one feedback on their compositions in progress. In addition class time can also be spent on students working independently or collectively on skills building assignments on subjects such as: music theory fundamentals, rhythm basics, ear training and tips for composing a melody or forming a chord progression.

Semester Projects: 4-5 projects per semester that incrementally increase in depth and complexity as new skills are introduced.

music production 1


music production 2

Each class period starts with a short meditation to calm and center the students’ minds for a full class period of music. Following announcements, students go through an advanced exercise or lesson, then receive instruction for the goals of the days. Students then split off into their individual or collaborative group projects and come up with a plan for their rehearsal. Students have the rest of the period to work individually or in collaboration to prepare a composition for an in-class performance, and ultimately a concert performance. Alternate days might consist of longer instruction in advanced topics in music theory, DAW techniques, composition and arranging skills, stage production, and any other skills, ideas, and concepts pertinent to each project, or preparation for the semester concert series.

Fall Semester Projects

Quick Sample Project

Original Composition 1

Original Composition 2

Original Composition 3 (optional)

Fall Concert Series Preparation

Winter Music Showcase (optional)

Spring Semester Projects

Original Composition 4

Original Composition 5

Original Composition 6 (optional)

Spring Concert Series Preparation

Spring Music Showcase (optional)


jazz ensemble

Each class period starts with a short meditation to calm and center the students’ minds for a full class period of music. Following announcements, students go through warm-up exercises, this will include technique, tone, and music theory exercises. Students then receive instructions for the goals of the day. Students then split off into their ensemble(s) to come up with a plan for their rehearsal. Students have the rest of the period to work individually, in pairs, trios, and the full group, as needed, to prepare a song for an in-class performance, and ultimately a concert performance. Alternate days might consist of longer instruction in music theory, instrument training, music history, equipment training, production, marketing, and any other pertinent skills, ideas, and concepts to each project, or preparation for the semester concert series.

Fall Semester Projects

The Quick Performance

Song 1: Cover

Song 2: Cover

Solo/Small Ensemble project

Fall Concert Series Preparation

Winter Music Showcase (optional)

Spring Semester Projects

Song 3: Original Composition

Song 4: Cover

Song 5: Cover (optional)

Solo/Small Ensemble project

Spring Concert Series Preparation

Spring Music Showcase (optional)


chamber ensemble

Each class period starts with a short meditation to calm and center the students’ minds for a full class period of music. Following announcements, students go through warm-up exercises, this will include technique, tone, and music theory exercises. Students then receive instruction for the goals of the days. Students then split off into their ensemble(s) to come up with a plan for their rehearsal. Students have the rest of the period to work individually, in pairs, trios, and the full group, as needed, to prepare a song for an in-class performance, and ultimately a concert performance. Alternate days might consist of longer instruction in music theory, instrument training, music history, equipment training, production, marketing, and any other pertinent skills, ideas, and concepts to each project, or preparation for the semester concert series.

Fall Semester Projects

The Quick Performance

2-4 Concert Pieces

Vocal Project Accompaniment

Solo/Small Ensemble project

Fall Concert Series Preparation

Winter Music Showcase (optional)

Spring Semester Project

2-4 Concert Pieces

Vocal Project Accompaniment

Solo/Small Ensemble project

Fall Concert Series Preparation

Spring Music Showcase (optional)


This course will be introducing and developing the student in musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. It may emphasize one aspect of music, such as harmony; more often, however, it integrates aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition, and, to some extent, history and style. Musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the theory course. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to such a course. It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired strong performance skills in voice or on an instrument. This course is a self-motivated class and will require daily note taking and neat handwriting skills.

HMT is an add-on course to a music performance class. By taking HMT the performance class becomes an honors-level course on a 5-pt grading scale.

honors music theory 1


A continuation of HMT1, Honors Music Theory II is an academic music class that covers the fundamentals of the western tonal system in addition to contemporary recording and sound arts techniques. The primary goal of this class is to teach music literacy, develop mastery in reading and writing traditional counterpoint and chorales, as well as contemporary song forms. The course follows the evolution of the western tonal system, from counterpoint and 4-part chorale harmony, on to modern genres such as jazz, rock, pop, and folk. There is an emphasis on analyzing written and recorded music, and completing regular written and creative assignments, where these concepts are consistently put into practice. There is a significant amount of ear training and musicianship development, as the concepts covered in lecture will be applied to singing and playing music.

HMT is an add-on course to a music performance class. By taking HMT the performance class becomes an honors-level course on a 5-pt grading scale.

honors music theory 2


Advanced level musicians may apply for an internship with a specific Music Department faculty member. This is an independent study course with a music teacher supervisor. This course must be taken in conjunction with a performing ensemble. Areas of emphasis can include: arranging, composition, recording, career development, AP Music Theory along with various other department coordinating responsibilities.

music internship