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Instrumental Music

"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue."

- Plato

Instrumental Music students receive classical training in applied music, music theory (reading and writing) and piano, and participate in performing ensembles. Major ensembles include: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and String Ensemble. Smaller ensembles draw from students in each studio. Students perform annually as soloists at monthly recitals and prepare a 20-minute solo recital in their senior year. Music electives for third- and fourth-year students include composition, music technology, and music history.

Click here for SY16-17 department handbook.

Curriculum

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Applied Instrument Technique I Applied Instrument Technique II Applied Instrument Technique III Applied Instrument Technique IV
Piano Theory 1 or as assigned through testing Theory 2 or as assigned through testing. Theory 3, AP Theory (must successfully pass proficiency exam), Jazz Combo 1 (Audition) AP Theory, Composition (elective course must have successfully completed Theory III), Jazz Combo 2 (Audition)
Primary Ensembles 1 (Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble) or secondary instrument Primary Ensembles 2 (Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble) or secondary instrument Primary Ensembles 3 (Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble) or secondary instrument Primary Ensembles 4 (Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble) or secondary instrument
Sight Singing I (except Strings, not including Guitar), Secondary Ensemble 1 -could be an additional primary ensemble or (i.e. Flute ensemble, Clarinet ensemble, etc..) Secondary Ensemble 2 – Can be an additional primary ensemble Secondary Ensemble 3 – Can be an additional primary ensemble Secondary Ensemble 4 – Can be an additional primary ensemble

Online Syllabi

Course Instructor Syllabus
AP Music TheoryDupor Georges, Janet PeacheyView Syllabus
Bassoon I & IITyra Flotte, Kika WrightView Syllabus
Clarinet EnsembleTyra FlotteView Syllabus
Clarinet Technique I & IITyra FlotteView Syllabus
Clarinet Technique III & IVTyra FlotteView Syllabus
Concert Band & Orchestra IHeather HaughnView Syllabus
Flute Technique & Flute EnsembleNorman BrentleyView Syllabus
French Horn StudioAmanda CollinsView Syllabus
Harp Technique IHaewon MinView Syllabus
Jazz OrchestraDavey YarboroughView Syllabus
Jazz Theory, Jazz Combo, & Jazz BandDavey YarboroughView Syllabus
Music CompositionJanet PeacheyView Syllabus
Music History ILynne GrayView Syllabus
Music History I & IIJanet PeacheyView Syllabus
Music Theory & Ear Training IILeslie DeLaine, Denna Purdie, Francis ThompsonView Syllabus
Music Theory & Ear Training IIIJanet PeacheyView Syllabus
Music Theory & Ear Training IIILynne Gray, Denna PurdieView Syllabus
Music Theory & Ear Training IVJanet PeacheyView Syllabus
Oboe ITyra Flotte, Kika WrightView Syllabus
Percussion TechniqueFrancis ThompsonView Syllabus
Piano EnsembleHaewon MinView Syllabus
Piano EnsembleVictoria Alma CastelloView Syllabus
Piano Technique & Music Theory IChester Burke Jr., Lynne GrayView Syllabus
Piano Technique & Music Theory IIChester Burke Jr., Lynne GrayView Syllabus
Piano Technique I-IVHaewon MinView Syllabus
Piano Technique I-IVVictoria Alma CastelloView Syllabus
Pipe Organ Technique I-IVVictoria Alma CastelloView Syllabus
Saxophone TechniqueDavey YarboroughView Syllabus
String Bass Technique ICarolyn KellockView Syllabus
String Bass Technique IICarolyn KellockView Syllabus
String Bass Technique IIICarolyn KellockView Syllabus
String Bass Technique IVCarolyn KellockView Syllabus
String EnsembleHeather HaughnView Syllabus
Trombone & Tuba Technique I-IVDupor GeorgesView Syllabus
Trumpet StudioKieron IrvineView Syllabus
Viola Technique I & IIHeather HaughnView Syllabus
Viola Technique III & IVHeather HaughnView Syllabus
Violin Technique I & IIHeather HaughnView Syllabus
Violin Technique III & IVHeather HaughnView Syllabus
Violoncello Technique I-IVDenna PurdieView Syllabus
Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, & Show BandTyra Flotte, Kieron IrvineView Syllabus