High School Program Course Descriptions

Core Music (Mandatory for all programs)

Music Theory (I – II)

Students will learn the basics of music theory to build a strong foundation for their musical endeavors. Concepts covered include note recognition, scales, harmony, chords, and other basic theory knowledge.

Ear Training (I – II)

Students will learn how to train their listening skills for performances or any other musical projects. They will learn to distinguish between different chord qualities, harmonies, intervals, rhythms, and other musical information.

Music Notation

This course will equip students with the skills and knowledge to notate their musical ideas professionally. Students will learn to use and interpret the different methods musicians use to communicate their compositions and arrangements.

Jazz Harmony (I – II)

Students will learn the basics of using harmony, tension, scales, and reharmonization in different musical contexts. They will learn how to apply these concepts to their own music to improve their skills in composition and arrangement.

Arranging (I – III)

Students will learn how to utilize song structure with different rhythms and harmonies to complete a song. They will also learn how these rhythms and harmonies can change along with the song structure to execute the same song in a different style.

Music Technology (I – II)

Students will learn the basics of the technology used in modern music production and recording. Concepts covered include sound wave properties, basic acoustics, digital audio workstations, and other basic audio engineering knowledge.

Advanced Music Technology (I – II)

Students will dive deeper into the applications of technology within music production and recording. Concepts covered include acoustics, digital audio workstations, and other advanced audio engineering knowledge.

Music History (I – II)

Students will learn about the history of music in order to gain a broad understanding of the different musical periods and styles that existed and how they influenced and continue to impact our music today.

Music Genre Studies (I – II)

Students will study a variety of musical genres to broaden their foundation in multiple styles of music. They will learn to distinguish between genres as well as define the key components that give a certain genre its unique sound.

Keyboard Basics (I – II)

Students will learn basic keyboard proficiency to help them organize their musical ideas in preparation for any musical project. Students will learn how to play basic scales and chords as well as basic playing technique.

Band Ensemble (I – IV)

Students will rehearse and perform songs in a variety of styles in a band setting under the guidance of a faculty member. This course provides practical stage experience for students to improve their stage presence and performance abilities.

Music Business (I – II)

Students will learn the basics of business in the music industry through studying the different laws and customs within the music industry and how they have changed over time. Students will gain a basic understanding of publishing, licensing, as well as other music business knowledge that will help them navigate and steer their own musical endeavors.

Music Genre Studies (I – II)

Students will learn to analyze different music genres, their own distinct feel, rhythm and scales to chord progression, use of instruments/technology and arrangement. Students will gain concept of how to play with their designated instruments, according to the different genres and be able to produce their own version of music genre.

Artist Development Program

Songwriting/Recording (I – IV)

Students will gain both creative and systematic concepts in songwriting to help them compose professionally with unique ideas. They will also learn to utilize basic recording skills such as microphone and preamp usage to aid in their songwriting process.

Stage Skills (I – II)

Students will learn how to be visually engaging in a performance setting. They will learn how to incorporate acting, spacing, and various sources of the stage in their performances to improve their performance abilities.

Video Editing (I – II)

Students will learn the basics of video editing to help them manage their own marketing video content. They will learn to edit their own promotional footage as well as music or performance videos to help them gain an edge in their musical endeavors.

Private Lessons

Students will have one-on-one private lessons on their specific instrument with a faculty of their choice. These lessons will be geared towards the student’s specific interests and skill level.

Final Project

Artist Development Program’s final project for Artist Development students will be the creation of a music video along with the student’s original song/composition. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply the knowledge acquired through our courses by completing their own original song and music video.

Music Production

Songwriting/Engineering (I – II)

Students will gain both creative and systematic concepts in songwriting to help them compose professionally with unique ideas. They will also learn to utilize basic audio engineering skills including using plug-ins, dynamic and time-based effects to aid in their songwriting process.

Songwriting/Beatmaking (I – II)

Students will gain both creative and systematic concepts in beatmaking to help them compose professionally with unique ideas. This course will teach students to approach songwriting from a beatmaker’s perspective through applications of drum machines and different samples and software.

Mixing (I – II)

Students will learn the basics of the post-production mixing of a song. They will learn and apply the concepts of balancing levels, spatial positioning, equalization, dynamic processing, and plug-in usage to make their own recordings sound professional.

Video Editing (I – II)

Students will learn the basics of video editing to help them manage their own marketing video content. They will learn to edit their own promotional footage as well as music or performance videos to help them gain an edge in their musical endeavors.

Private Lessons

Students will have one-on-one private lessons on their specific instrument with a faculty of their choice. These lessons will be geared towards the student’s specific interests and skill level.

Final Project

Music Production program’s final project will be the creation and release of two original songs/compositions as singles from scratch. Students must demonstrate their ability to go through the entire process of music production from pre-production, songwriting, arrangement, beatmaking, recording singers and instrumentalists, to finalizing and mixing the song.

Media Music Program

Intro to Media Music

This introductory course will cover the basics of film analysis, scoring technique, orchestration, and other basic concepts in scoring for films and new media to prepare students for advanced training in each subject through our program.

Film Analysis

Students will learn how to read a scene in a film and professionally determine a suitable sound for that scene. This course will prepare our students to make appropriate judgments on what a particular scene needs as music.

Scoring Technique (I – IV)

Students will learn the basics of scoring technique for film and new media through the utilization of computer-based software such as digital audio workstations and music notation software.

Orchestration (I – II)

Students will learn the basics of composition for an orchestra by studying classical theory, orchestral writing and harmonization. Students will have the knowledge and skills to prepare appropriate and realistic arrangements and compositions to be performed by an orchestra.

Private Lessons

Students will have one-on-one private lessons with a faculty of their choice. These lessons will be geared towards the student’s specific interests and skill level.

Final Project

The Media Music Program’s final project will be the composition of two scores for two short films. Students must demonstrate and apply the knowledge they gained through their courses and complete the background music for two short films based on their own aesthetic style.

Performance Program

Songwriting/Recording (I – IV)

Students will gain both creative and systematic concepts in songwriting to help them compose professionally with unique ideas. They will also learn to utilize basic recording skills such as microphone and preamp usage to aid in their songwriting process.

Improvisation (I – IV)

Students will learn different approaches to music improvisation in different genres. This course combines all music knowledge and experience to equip students with the ability to communicate their musical ideas on the spot in a variety of musical settings.

Private Lessons

Students will have one-on-one private lessons on their specific instrument with a faculty of their choice. These lessons will be geared towards the student’s specific interests and skill level.

Final Project

The Performance Program’s final project is two recordings of the student’s performance on their specific instrument. These two performances must demonstrate the student’s best performance ability and will be used as part of the student’s video portfolio.

Electives

Instrumental Emphasis

Students will have the freedom to choose an instrument (different from the primary instrument) and learn the basics to advanced performance skills and theory.

Pro Tools Proficiency (Digital Audio Workstation)

Students will learn the basics of using Pro Tools for recording, creating and mixing music. This course will teach students how to set up their software as well as navigate and utilize the multitude of functions within the DAW for any musical project.

Cubase Proficiency (Digital Audio Workstation)

Students will learn the basics of using Cubase for recording, creating and mixing music. This course will teach students how to set up their software as well as navigate and utilize the multitude of functions within the DAW for any musical project.

Logic Proficiency (Digital Audio Workstation)

Students will learn the basics of using Logic for recording, creating and mixing music. This course will teach students how to set up their software as well as navigate and utilize the multitude of functions within the DAW for any musical project.

Art of DJ-ing

Students will learn the basics of how to use both computer software and physical hardware to DJ. They will also train to develop a sense and style for DJ-ing.

Pop Keyboard Proficiency

Students will learn basic pop keyboard proficiency to help them organize their musical ideas in preparation for any musical project. Students will study pop voicings of chords to prepare them for compositions and arrangements in the pop genre.

Game Music

Students will learn the basics of creating music for video games. They will learn the concepts of interactivity within game music and the usage of middleware programs to integrate game audio into a game engine.