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.
Special Topics in Music: Ragtime to Rap - A History of American Popular Music
2 term, non-solid, ¼ credit, A
Ragtime to Rap looks at the social, cultural and political history of America through a musical timeline. We actively listen to music, view films, research, and interact with visiting artists, as well as host panel discussions with adults from the community. Course objectives include understanding and demonstrating in writing, speech, and projects a knowledge of various elements of music, such as instrumentation, vocal styles, melody, rhythm, timbre, form, and texture. Students will also be asked to explore in depth, via course projects, the function of music in the history of America in terms of its cultural, political, social, and economic significance. Country musics, Hip Hop, Folk Revival, Jazz, Blues, Rock are examples of genre covered in greater depth. This course meets 2 days a week.
Special Topics in Music: 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 necesary 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 Rockand 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.
Beginning Music Theory
1 term, 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. . .
Special Topics in Music: Music Theory for Guitarists
1 term, non-solid, ¼ credit
This course examines the theoretical aspects of guitar playing. Topics include: 1) how to read, play, and create tablature, musical notation, and lead sheets; 2) how scales and chords relate to guitar improvisation; 3) how to write a song, from concept to performance. Students must have their own instrument, preferably an acoustic guitar. This course meets 2 days a week.
1 term, 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 credit (2 days a week)
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.
4 terms, non-solid, 1 credit, A
The Concert Band, an ensemble of approximately 90 musicians, performs a variety of music. The class is open to any capable musician who plays a band instrument. There is at least one performance in every term, and musicians participate in other activities such as the state solo and ensemble competition and various special ensembles, musical groups, and honor groups off campus. Throughout the year, select wind players and percussionists join with the strings of the orchestra to perform appropriate full orchestra literature. This class meets three times per week and plays for a variety of school activities. The course meets 3 days a week.
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.
4 terms, non-solid, 1 credit
Orchestra is a string ensemble of 20-plus musicians, open to any capable musician who plays an orchestral string instrument. Members participate in such activities as the state solo and ensemble competition and various special ensembles, musical groups, and honor groups off campus. Throughout the year, select wind players and percussionists join with the strings to perform suitable full orchestra literature for a variety of school activities. This course meets 3 days a week.