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Other Music Course Descriptions

2564 | Unified Music: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Elective – no prerequisite

Students are introduced to various musical instruments and performance opportunities. General education students who register for the course take the role of supportive peer helpers for students with disabilities. Students will work in diverse peer groups in conjunction with paraprofes­sional aides and teacher to help Integrated Services students complete music projects and activities. Students are introduced to various musical instruments and subject matter in this class. Dual registration in an orchestra or band ensemble is required as a peer mentor.

 

2985 | Music Theory and Composition: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Humanities – no prerequisite

This is a semester introductory course of traditional western music theory. Course encompasses harmony, melody, form and composition. At FCHS: This class is intended for anyone who wants to learn about why music sounds the way it does. The class begins with learning about the basics of music. Then, the class will give students the chance to write their own music. They will become familiar with music notation software including Finale, Garage Band and Logic. Students will compose as a class and as individuals, and a portfolio of student work will be created. Anyone who wants to learn more about music is welcome regardless of previous music experience.

 

2773 | Music Theory and Composition II: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Humanities – prerequisites: Music Theory & Comp, or Piano II, or AP Music Theory

Extending the knowledge gained in Music Theory and Composition, students will be encouraged to explore their own musicality through the composition of various musical styles ranging from classical to jazz to pop to 21st century while simultaneously learning skills related to musical listening and score analysis. 

 

2560 | Guitar (Beginning): 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

This course is designed to train students in techniques which include fundamental theory in reading and playing notes  rhythms  chords  scales  and accompaniment styles. This is a beginning course and students should furnish their own guitars. Students should furnish their own acoustic or electric guitar. (or can use one provided by FCHS).

 

2561 | Guitar II: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – prerequisite: Guitar I or Instructor Approval

Guitar II will study the intermediate and advanced concepts in guitar and music theory. The course begins with review of fundamentals, including reading music, TAB, rhythms, and tuning the guitar. The course will then cover scales, intervals, and triads on the guitar. After covering these music theory concepts, the course will move into covering performance of famous guitar genres. The course will cover the blues, including composers, style, and techniques. Then the course moves to playing popular music. This will be done as part of a two or four‐person ensemble. Finally, the course will cover performance of Rock ‘N Roll and Heavy Metal. Students should furnish their own acoustic or electric guitar. (or can use one provided by FCHS)

 

2635 | Beginning Class Piano: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

This course is designed to introduce students to basic piano playing techniques which will include the study of fundamental theory in reading and playing notes, rhythms, chords, scales, and accompaniment styles. At FCHS: Class will be limited to 12 students per section per semester.

 

2636 | Piano II: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – prerequisite: Beginning Class Piano or Instructor Approval

This course is a continuation of piano playing techniques acquired in Beginning Piano that will expand upon the study of fundamental theory in reading and playing notes, rhythms, chords, scales, and accompaniment styles. At FCHS: Students will explore different musical styles and genres and learn to play music in the classical and pop style.

 

2845 | Modern Band: Variable credit – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – prerequisite: Instructor Approval

This course teaches students to perform, improvise and compose using the popular styles that they know and love including rock, pop, hip hop, folk and other modern styles. Modern Band classes feature guitar, ukulele, bass, keyboard, drums, vocals, technology. Students will learn to read iconic and traditional music notation such as tablature, chord diagrams and lead sheets. At FCHS: This class is arranged, but meets during 9th hour, after school. Instrumentation is limited and will be determined by instructor approval.

 

2778CEFRCC | FRCC History of Rock and Pop (MUS 126): 5 credits/3 college credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Humanities – no prerequisite

MUS126: Provides a survey of basic materials of music, musical forms, media, genres, and musical style of American rock and popular music from the late 19th century to the present. Focus on the course will be on studying genres and styles within the context of their role in American society, culture, and political landscape. 

 

2512 | Music Production and Technology: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

This course will introduce students to the various aspects of music and digital media production, including live sound reinforcement and mixing, digital editing, multi-track recording, MIDI sequencing, music notation, and studio editing. Students will apply the tools of technology and the language of music to create original musical and multimedia works. Basic knowledge of the elements of music and/or previous experience in a music course is highly recommended. At FCHS: Students will use Audacity, Garage Band, LogicPro and iMovie.

 

2772 | AP Music Theory/Humanities: 10 credits – grades 11, 12 –  Humanities – prerequisite: recommended current enrollment with a school performing ensemble or possession of high-level musical skills and consent of instructor

Music Theory is an Advanced Placement course. Course content offers the basic fundamentals of music structure, music history, and composition. Additionally, this course explores music and its effect on humanity through history, geography (ethnomusicology), language, visual arts, and dramatic elements. Students will compose their own music, applying a variety of styles as well as cultural implications. Opportunity also exists for live performance of student compositions. This course should be seriously considered by students who anticipate the study of music on the college level and for whom the global implications of music throughout history are of interest. Students completing this course may elect to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Music Theory. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment with a school performing ensemble preferred, though not required, or possession of high-level musical skills and consent of instructor.

 

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