Music 2016-2017

Private Music Lessons
1 - 4 terms, non-solid, ½ credit

Culver students may take private music lessons in piano, organ, voice, band and orchestra instruments, and carillon. This is an opportunity for those who wish to seriously explore their musical studies, or for those who just want to try something new. Private lessons are usually given once per week, and students are expected to practice a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Adjunct teachers will help with the lesson times if demand exceeds the available time of current teachers. A fee is charged for lessons, but musicians who contribute to the school by being enrolled in choir, band, or orchestra may be eligible for a fee reduction. As well, students may be eligible for a reduction based on the amount of financial assistance they receive. Private lessons are scheduled for 45 minutes, one day a week.


History of Rock and Roll
1 term, non-solid, 1/4 credit

The goals and objectives of this course are to take an in-depth look at special topics in music, to provide musical experiences through a variety of media, including live artists, introduce students to the vocabulary and language neccessary to discuss with a basic degree of music literacy, performances, performers and their technique, as well as relate it meaningfully to a larger context.  This course will take an in-depth look at the musical development of Rock and Roll from the early 1950's to the late 1960's.  Ultimately, students will be able to formulate intelligent, literate critiques within the topic, and express those to themselves and others via writing and speaking.  This course meets 2 days a week.


Guitar for Beginners
1 term, non-solid, 1/4 credit

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Have you already tried online videos, books, and the help of your friends? Do your fingers hurt quickly, or do you get confused with all the lines, dots, note names, and numbers? Worry no more! Guitar for Beginners is designed for anyone who has wanted to learn how to play guitar; No previous playing experience is needed. Students can look forward to learning the note names, notation, warm-up exercises, chord names and finger choices, performance techniques, and more. Optional performance opportunities will be made available through the term. This course meets 2 times per week. There is an additional lesson fee associated with this course.


Beginning Music Theory & Composition
2 terms, non-solid, 1/2 credit

Music Theory investigates the craft of musical composition found in the "Common Practice Period" of Western music (1600-1900), and students develop a basic understanding of musical skills.  Extensive use of MIDI and music notation by computer form a basis for class activities, which include sight singing, ear training, music writing and music analysis.


1 term, 2 days/week, non-solid, 1/4 credit

Music speaks to the world as no other art does.  The power of words combined with music ranges from literally changing history to just having a good time.  If you dream of writing that hit song or you just want to set your ideas to music, you can benefit from a plethora of tools available today.  Of course, your experience is your greatest asset, and there is also all that stuff you should have been learning, had you been paying attention.  This is course is an overview of how to seize your inner Moniot d'Arras or Schubert or Mayer or Kanye, or. . . or . . .or. . .


 Music History
1 terms, non-solid, ½ credit, B

Music History surveys Western music against the background of the social, economic, political, cultural, and philosophical developments of the last 2,500 years. The class examines significant composers, their compositions, and musical styles.  This course meets 2 days a week.


Advanced Placement Music Theory
3 terms, solid, 1.5 credits

This course is a continuance of the Music Theory class. Much of the same material, such as scales, intervals, melody, and harmony will be covered. Only basic concepts of each skill are taught in Music Theory, while a deeper application of each concept is covered in AP Music Theory.


Concert Band
4 terms, non-solid, 1 credit, B

Concert Band is open to any CGA or CMA musician who plays a traditional n\band instrument. The Concert Band maintains a busy performance schedule and plays a wide variety of symphonic band and wind ensemble repertoire. Musicians in the Concert Band also perform in chamber ensembles and combine with the wind players and section when the literature calls for a full orchestra.


Percussion Ensemble
4 terms, non-solid, 1 credit, B

Percussion Ensemble is open to any CMA or CGA percussionist. Members of the Percussion Ensemble serve as the percussion section of the Concert Band, Orchestra and choir when it is appropriate, as well as in various chamber ensembles. Most of the members of the Corps of Drums are members and often use the opportunity to develop skills and prepare for C.O.D. performances. Percussion Ensemble meets Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Jazz Band
4 terms, non-solid, 1 credit 

Jazz Band is open by audition to any CGA or CMA musician who plays a traditional jazz band instrument. Jazz Band maintains a busy performance schedule and plays a wide variety of standard and modern repertoire, in both full ensemble and small combos.  There is strong emphasis is improvisation. 



Field Music
4 terms, non-solid, 1 credit, B

Field Music is open to all members of the CMA Band Company. The ensemble explores the music and logistics required by the Regimental Band of the Corps of Cadets and offers bandsmen the opportunity to focus on that portion of the music program in total. The class meets on Tuesday and Friday only, with the Wednesday drill period taking the place class on that day.


4 terms, non-solid, 1 credit, A 

Choir invites all students to improve their personal vocal skills, sing as a member of an ensemble, and experience all genres of music. Music skills, sight singing, and vocal and performance techniques are developed in choir. The curriculum provides students the opportunity to collaborate with visiting and area choirs, work with distinguished guest artists, and sing in various performances on and off campus.  This course meets 3 days a week.


String Orchestra
4 terms, non-solid, 1 credit, A

 The string orchestra is open to all CMA and CGA musicians who play violin, viola, cello and string bass. The orchestra maintains a busy performance schedule and performs on and off campus several times a year. The members also perform in chamber ensembles and combine with the string orchestra when the literature calls for a full orchestra with winds..

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