Instrumental Music Major

Is it hard to walk by a musical instrument and not pick it up or play it? The Instrumental Music Major gives you the opportunity to focus your classes and into the area you love.

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About Instrumental Music Major

This Major will prepare you for the rigors of a college or university Music Major and to perform in the community. The skills and experience you gain include piano, instrumental ensembles, individual technique and performance, music theory and music history. You will be exposed to a variety of music styles including “classical,” blues, pop, and jazz. The major is designed to give a broad introduction to instrumental music while equipping you with a skill you will use the rest of your life.

Advisor

Jim White
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Major Profile

  • Foundation Courses

    • Piano 1
    • Orchestra
    • Pop Band
  • Breadth Courses

    • Electronic Music Composition
    • Recording Arts
    • Music Theory
    • Orchestra 
    • Pop Band
  • Capstone Courses

    • Orchestra
    • Pop Band
    • Music Theory
    • Orchestra
    • Pop Band
  • Electives

    • Performing Arts Foundation
    • Vocal Music
    • Instrumental Music
    • Guitar
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Musical Theatre
    • Art

What Our Students Have To Say...

Duncan Ober

Class of 2016
A tour of Inspire during my sophomore year immediately led me to transfer from another high school.  I never imagined that high schoolers could have access to the kinds of music production spaces that Inspire has. After switching to Inspire for my junior and senior years I made full use of those resources, learning Pro Tools production software in Mr. White’s Recording Arts class. Since graduating in 2016 I have built on these skills and now use Pro Tools daily in my job at KZSC Radio.  As a school of art and sciences, it's easy to think students are either focused on arts or sciences at Inspire. This isn't the case. Inspire is a place where students can grow as artists and scientists. I have such fond memories of walking from a biology lab straight into the music studio, and loving both! In college, picking a major often forces students to choose between passions.  Inspire proved that you don't have to choose. I recently graduated [from UC Santa Cruz] with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and an Electrical Engineering minor. Inspire is the perfect place for students to see the intersectionality of disciplines and grow as well-rounded people, not just single-minded students.
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Elizabeth Allen

Class of 2015
I had a  lot of great teachers who meant a lot to me, but Mrs. Brown definitely had a big influence on me. I first had her for English my freshman year, and she also helped me and my friends start and maintain “The Living Poets’ Society” all four years of school. She very quickly became a friend and mentor to me and I’m so grateful for all her help and support. She very quickly became a friend and mentor to me and I’m so grateful for all her help and support.  My favorite part of Inspire was definitely the community. Inspire was a safe place to express myself and grow. I spent a lot of highschool trying to figure out who I wanted to be and where I wanted to go, and all my teachers-- from art to writing to advisory-- were a huge support. I also loved that I knew so many of the people in the school, and that I got to be around so many incredibly talented friends.  Inspire did a lot to prepare me for life after high school. If we’re talking about college, the music classes I took at Inspire gave me a great foundation in music and helped put me ahead when I started taking college level music classes and working towards my degree in music education. But most of all, Inspire gave me the space and resources to develop as an artist. I had the class time to learn so many artistic skills that I still use, and teachers who were supportive and invested in my success. I’m incredibly grateful for my time at Inspire, and I hope the school continues to be a great place. 
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Elizabeth Ober

Class of 2018
At Inspire, my classes challenged and fascinated me. I chose to go to Inspire because of the variety of courses offered and the ability granted by the block schedule to take multiple electives in a single year. One of my favorite things about Inspire was the focus on cross-disciplinary and intersectional critical thinking—my freshman year engineering class attempted to design a drainage system for the pottery wheels in the art room, my junior year history and English classes assigned a joint final project focusing on rhetoric and current events, and nearly every Inspire class had some focus on larger community engagement. Beyond just assigning books that entertained me, explaining calculus in the only way I've ever heard it make sense, or teaching me how to draw in two-point perspective, I will remember the wonderful teachers at Inspire as the people who provided me with some of my first and most pivotal opportunities to grow as a person and a thinker.
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Emily Redeker

Class of 2017
Since my graduation, I have continued my studies as an Illustration Major at a California State University, and have been accepted into their Bachelor’s of Fine Arts program. Inspire really prepared me for college with longer classes, an alternating schedule, and an environment where my passion for art could flourish. Inspire has amazing staff and teachers who are invested in their student’s success, and the whole school feels like family.
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Emily Teague

Class of 2014
Inspire School of Arts & Sciences played a key role in the development of my character, confidence and creativity. My teachers were passionate role models I admired who truly cared for their students. They encouraged me to explore what I was interested in and were constantly providing their support. I loved that there were so many creative courses offered and the A/B schedule allowed for more of those courses to be options. After I graduated, I felt confident to set out into the world and pursue photography professionally, which I had started as a junior at Inspire. Since then, I’ve traveled and worked in 25 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and West Africa. I’m now living and working out of Brooklyn, New York, as an editorial and commercial photographer. I balance my passion for creating stories in fashion with telling the stories of others through my work with non-profits and nongovernmental organizations. I reflect on my time at Inspire often and am so grateful for all that it provided me. I gained a fantastic education, beneficial life skills, friends, a community, teachers I stay in touch with, and memories I cherish. [button link="http://www.emilyteaguephoto.com/" color="purple" newwindow="yes"] EMILY TEAGUE'S WEBSITE[/button]
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Forrest Fankhauser

Class of 2020
The biggest gift Inspire gave me was the inspiration of my dedicated (and sometimes quirky) teachers. People often ask me about Inspire, not understanding what it has to offer me. I always tell them that we have the best instructional staff. In Math 3, Mrs. Reynolds taught beyond the material covered in the textbook. While teaching about polynomials, she also taught me about the deeper structures and intricacies behind mathematics. I can still remember her insistence on perfection when I take math tests today. More importantly, when she taught us about exponentials, she also taught us about life. I will never forget curve-fitting an exponential curve to her pregnancy hormones! And today, her lessons on exponential graphs helps me read the news with a critical eye, when suddenly y=e^x is crucial to public health and safety! Speaking of health, in Biology, Mrs. Olson introduced us to the world inside our own bodies. Four years later, I still remember what she told us about how soaps can tear apart fats (like viruses), now inspiring me to wash my hands aggressively. In Spanish 1, 2, and 3, Sra. Reid inspired me to continue learning Spanish in my free time. She helped me work past so many frustrating conjugations and grammar rules, but even better she exposed me to a new culture and perspective. Discussions in her classes helped me open up - even though I used to be shy. Once I reached AP Spanish with Sr. Isern, I realized that I had become a completely new person through Spanish. I feel more extroverted and out-going in my new second language, even willing to trip over my tongue trying to talk to a native speaker. Mrs. de la Torre's challenging AP US History was made possible by her passion for teaching. I was shocked to have aced the AP test under her wing, despite missing a month of school due to the Camp Fire. She helped me see a complete view of American History, giving me a deeper appreciation for civil rights and the context I needed to succeed this year in Government. And once I had somewhat outgrown Inspire's math and science classes, our counselors and the whole office staff helped me pursue my goals. They allowed me to follow my education at Chico State, where I was happily surprised that my teachers had prepared me wonderfully for college. The transition was smooth and often the workload was easy in comparison to the standards at Inspire.
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Geoffrey Morales

Class of 2017
I came to Inspire my sophomore year, and if I could go back in time and do things differently, I absolutely would. I would come in my first year so that I could experience all four years of high school at Inspire. This school has changed my life in more ways than anything else I’ve experienced. Inspire offers so many extracurricular courses, and it gave me the opportunity to really find my passion; and I did. I completely fell in love with digital media, specifically video production, and this is something I am now pursuing as a career. Without the extensive list of classes and resources that Inspire offers, I wouldn’t have the slightest clue as to where my future is headed. Not only did Inspire pave the way for my career plan, but it also helped me tremendously on a more personal level. Before coming to Inspire, I had lived in four different towns and attended three different schools. It was hard for me to really feel like I was a part of anything when I was so used to moving around. Inspire was the first place that I really felt a sense of belonging. The environment at this school is so open and welcoming, it’s really just like its own little community. It’s so different from the other schools I’d been to, because you can just tell that all the faculty, they truly care about each and every kid here. You can just feel the love and support. It’s because of the environment at this school that I was able to find the strength and courage to blossom and become the person that I was meant to be. My senior year, I came out as transgender, and even though it was a really scary experience, I felt totally safe because of the support and acceptance that this school encompasses. And that experience alone has completely changed my life in so many ways. If I hadn’t come to Inspire, I honestly don’t know what my life would be like now. I don’t know where I’d be or even who I’d be. What I do know for sure, is that I am far better off having experienced all that Inspire has to offer. And far down the line when I have kids of my own some day, I hope that wherever I am, I’ll find a school that will give my kids as good of experiences as the ones that Inspire gave me.
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Heather Hardie

Class of 2020
Inspire School of Arts and Sciences is by far the best high school in Butte County. I have spent the past for years commuting 60 miles a day in order to get the best education available to me. One of my favorite aspects of Inspire is the opportunity to take so many classes. Inspire gave me the opportunity to take nine classes whereas an average high school would have only allowed me to take six. With those opportunities I got to take four years of Spanish, Orchestra, and Ceramics, all elective classes that I wouldn’t have gotten to take at the high schools in Oroville. With these opportunities I was able to find my passion for the arts and still follow my passion for science. Inspire is the best school that I would have wanted to go to, and going there has been amazing. Another way that Inspire helped prepare me for continuing my education and pursuing my passion was with the amazing teachers and staff there. I have never had such wonderful teachers in my life, teachers who care deeply about their students and teaching them.
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