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Instrumental Music

"Ma, I want lessons."

- Leonard Bernstein at age 10 upon inheriting an aunt's piano

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.

2017 Summer Packets

Music Theory I – Ms Gray & Mr Burke
Music Theory II – All Music Theory II teachers
Music Theory III – Ms Gray
Music Theory IV – Dr Peachey
AP Music Theory – Dr Peachey
Sight Singing I – Ms Young
Sight Singing II – Mr Gossett

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