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Recording Arts Course Descriptions

Dance 1ATop of Page

Grades 9-12, semester-long class               

Students will develop their individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Focus will be given to learning various dance techniques, basic dance history, and expressing one’s self through movement. Students will discover their own movement potential and expand respect of self and others through the practice of studio etiquette, various class structures, and audience participation.  By exploring the field of dance natural connections to personal interests and related fields of study will develop.

Dance 1BTop of Page

Grades 9-12, semester-long class

This course is a continuation of Dance 1A and will continue to develop the individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Critical evaluation of choreographic works will be a key element of the course. Students will be required to embody movement elements by demonstrating basic terms and techniques from various dance genre and styles. The course will also investigate dance figures and their contributions to the field. Student will cultivate an understanding of others and cultures by experiencing their dance and discover that dance is a universal language. Eight to ten of the following genres of dance will be explored in Dance 1A & 1B each year: ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, break dancing, contemporary, Pilates, Hawaiian, Maori, Polynesian, Irish, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, Indian, West African, European Folk, Hmong, and other traditional genres.

Electronic Music CompositionTop of Page

Grades 9-12, year-long class
Electronic Music Composition is designed to give students the necessary tools and techniques to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles. Students will learn the history of electronic music with listening examples that highlight the important people, technology, and techniques associated with electronic music styles. The lessons will include videos describing musical, DAW (Digital Audio Workstations), and synthesis techniques. There will also be a research and analysis component in which students learn to listen critically and adapt to changes in technology and public musical taste. Pro Tools is the primary DAW used in the course and some online programs will be introduced.  Students will be allowed to bring a personal laptop and use their own software to complete certain projects. The course teaches musical topics like melody, rhythm and harmony within the framework of a DAW, starting with an introduction to common scales and rhythms and the developing more complex musical elements throughout the course.

Guitar 1ATop of Page

Grades 9-12, semester-long class
This class is intended for beginning acoustic guitar students. The class will offer instruction on guitar tuning, flat picking, playing single note melodies, 1st position chords, barred chords, musical notation  - both standard musical notation and guitar tablature.  Students will become acquainted with many styles of music including folk, rock, blues, and classical. Singing will also be encouraged in this class. Students are encouraged to provide their own instruments, (either nylon or steel string acoustic guitars), picks, tuners, capos and replacement strings as needed. There will be opportunities for performances in this class.

Guitar 1BTop of Page

Grades 9-12, semester-long class
Prerequisite: Guitar 1A or permission of instructor
Guitar 1B continues and expands upon the technique and knowledge acquired in Guitar 1A. This is a project-based class in which students will form small groups, working on material together. Each small group will work on specific songs suited to the skill level of the students. Pentatonic scales, including the major, minor and blues scales will be employed, as students will be encouraged to improvise guitar solos. Finger picking, flat picking, chord inversions, and alternate tunings, will all be covered in this class.

Music TheoryTop of Page

Grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite:  Completion of Piano 1, or equivalent piano ability and teacher approval

The student's ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to Music Theory. It is assumed that the student has acquired (or is acquiring) basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. Students will develop musical skills that will lead to an understanding of music composition and music theory. Through this course of study, students will learn to analyze, synthesize and create music with an understanding of the various techniques used in Western music. The ultimate goal of Music Theory course is to develop a student's ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Building on this foundation, the course will progress to more creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selecting appropriate chords, composing a musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, and the realization of figured-bass notation.

Orchestra - PTop of Page

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long

Prerequisite: Minimum one year of private instruction with teacher approval, or two years Junior High band/orchestra  

Inspire’s Orchestra is a symphony style ensemble in which strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion are all represented. The orchestra will perform music from the classical, pop and original repertoire. Music will be chosen that will advance the student skill level over the course of the school year. Students also develop the ability to express different styles of music through various rehearsal techniques, independent practice and ensemble performances. Students are encouraged to take private lessons outside of class and will be required to practice independently to improve personal skill. Concert and community performance are a required part of this class.  The Inspire School Orchestra will have many opportunities to perform at concerts for their fellow students and at community events. 

Piano 1-PTop of Page

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

This course satisfies a UC/ CSU requirement for Fine Arts.

This course covers elementary piano technique and knowledge of the structure of music: note names on the grand staff and piano keyboard, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm values, diatonic intervals, major and minor triads and major scales.  Students will follow a progressive study of piano and music theory that will allow them to learn to read and play traditional piano literature.  This course will also explore simple improvisation and composition for piano. The course will include learning scales and chord progressions in several keys, playing lead sheets, and doing some of your own composing.  Piano study will focus on fluent reading, technique, and expressive playing.  Students will also learn about the eras of music history, major composers, and the development of the piano and piano music, in both classical and popular music genres.

Pop BandTop of Page

Grades 9-12, semester-long class

Prerequisite: Intermediate guitar, bass, piano, drum, or vocal skill

This class will combine the talents of young musicians who play electric guitar, drums, electric bass, keyboards, and sing. Students will be placed in bands of similar skill level at the beginning of each semester. The bands will learn and perform music from many different eras of rock-n-roll, including blues, the music of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, ‘70’s, etc. Students will use guitar and bass tablature and lead sheets in order to learn their songs. Videos of the artists will be shown to the class, exposing the students to the style, and culture of each musical decade. As musical units are completed, each band will perform for the class. Performances will also be given for our student body as well as the opportunity to perform in the Fall and Spring Instrumental Music Concerts.

Recording ArtsTop of Page

Grades 9-12, year-long class
Recording Arts introduces basic audio for use in live performance and recording settings. Topics include basic sound characteristics, microphone use, recording technique, and live sound reinforcement. Pro Tools, Garage Band and Logic X and several online programs are introduced with an emphasis put on using Pro Tools to record, mix and master recordings.  This course also details the functions of, and relationships between, the mixing console and the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Students learn how different microphones, signal processors, and other technologies are employed in a variety of applications for the audio industry: music recording, live mixing, and other applications. Student from within the class rehearse and perform during class giving students authentic opportunities to operate live sound and record. Through this course students are provided with an opportunity to work on a project from start to finish utilizing all the technologies and procedures they have learned. This will include recording live music groups, choral and band ensembles, and possibly recording off site.

Recording Arts PracticumTop of Page

Grade 12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Teacher permission is required and students must have completed the foundation and breadth courses.

Recording Arts practicum is an opportunity for advanced recording students to independently develop their recording skills. Practicum students will develop a Capstone project with the help of the Recording Arts Teacher and are accountable to the supervising teacher throughout each semester with a final project made at the end of the semester. Capstone projects can be a personal recording, recordings of other Inspire students or music groups from the community. Recording Arts Practicum may only be taken with prior permission from the Recording Arts Teacher.