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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.

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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/Ensemble (Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String) or as assigned through testing.  If the student tests out of this course an elective course will be assigned. Piano/Guitar Majors will be assigned to fulfill Theory 2 in Percussion Ensemble/Theory 2 Theory 3, AP Theory (must have successfully completed Theory 3 and pass proficiency exam), Composition (elective course must have successfully completed Theory III) Jazz Combo 1 (Audition). Conducting (Audition) AP Theory, Composition (elective course must have successfully completed Theory III), Jazz Combo 2 (Audition). Conducting (Audition)
Primary Classical Ensembles 1 (Orchestra, or Wind Ensemble), primary or secondary instrument. Piano or Guitar Ensemble is required for all piano and guitar instrumentalists who are not selected for a primary ensemble.  Radical Elite is a requirement for all Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Students. Primary Classical Ensembles 2 (Orchestra, or Wind Ensemble) primary or secondary instrument. Piano or Guitar Ensemble is required for all piano and guitar instrumentalists who are not selected for a primary ensemble. Radical Elite is a requirement for all Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Students Primary Classical Ensembles 3 (Orchestra, Wind Ensemble) primary or secondary instrument. Piano or Guitar Ensemble is required for all piano and guitar instrumentalists who are not selected for a primary ensemble. Radical Elite is a requirement for all Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Students Primary Classical Ensembles 4 (Orchestra, Wind Ensemble) primary or secondary instrument. Piano Ensemble is required for all piano or guitar instrumentalists who are not selected for a primary ensemble. Radical Elite is a requirement for all Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Students
Sight Singing I (except Strings who are required to take String Ensemble as a secondary ensemble, not including Guitar) Secondary Ensemble 1 -could be an additional primary ensemble or (i.e. Flute ensemble, Clarinet ensemble, etc..) Secondary Ensemble 2 could be an additional primary ensemble or (i.e. Flute ensemble, Clarinet ensemble, etc.) String Ensemble is required secondary ensemble for all string instruments except Guitar. Secondary Ensemble 3 -could be an additional primary ensemble or (i.e. Flute ensemble, Clarinet ensemble, etc.) String Ensemble is required secondary ensemble for all string instruments except Guitar. Secondary Ensemble 4-could be an additional primary ensemble or (i.e. Flute ensemble, Clarinet ensemble, etc.) String Ensemble is required secondary ensemble for all string instruments except Guitar.

 

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