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Music Composition

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This course is open to advanced music students who wish to explore composition.

Music of Western Civilization

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Fall semester
Elective

This course is a combination of music history and music appreciation and is designed for the non-musician, but will appeal to skilled musicians as well. Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras of classical music are covered as we examine the lives of great composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Copland. Extensive listening is involved. Videos and documentaries on related topics augment the great music that forms the core of the course. A student may expect to acquire a good understanding of music history (European and American) and master composers, and be able to listen to a piece of music and determine its time period, style, and possible composer. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Advanced Instrument Study

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Advanced music students may combine private lessons outside of school, weekly practice, and performance in two concerts to receive half an arts credit. Instructor approval is required.

Piano Study

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Full year
Elective

This course is for the beginning or intermediate student who wants to expand knowledge and increase skills on the piano. A required practice regimen will be discussed and agreed upon and must be maintained for course credit. A weekly meeting time with the instructor is arranged.

Instrumental Duets and Ensembles

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Elective

Advanced music students may form duets, trios, or ensembles to explore classical literature and performance. Participation in Catlin Gabel concerts, directed by the instructor, is required. Open to all Upper School students.

Play Production

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In this course, students will explore various areas of theater production, including directing, playwriting, costume design, and lighting design. Open to juniors and seniors.

Applied Theater Concepts

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The class is an introduction to many aspects of theater, including costuming, makeup, stage management, and properties. The class focuses around eight learning projects in makeup, mask-making, costume adaptation, sound editing, the projected image, prop construction, set design, and qualities of light. Each student will then identify an area of concentration. The course requires participation in two mainstage productions and the Director’s Festival of One-Acts. Each student will also attend one performance experience per semester and will maintain an electronic learning portfolio of the work of the class. Open to all students.