This performance-based course is intended for intermediate string students who enjoy making music in an orchestra setting. Students will hone their basic music skills and musicianship through playing an array of styles of music ranging from classical to pop. Orchestra members will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work by performing at four on-campus concerts throughout the school year and when we travel to the LA area to perform at Forum Music Festival in the third trimester. This diverse experience will allow students to become well-rounded musicians. Students will be graded on their attendance at performances, practice habits and improvement.Students who are new to the strings program will be evaluated and placed in a level that is appropriate for their ability.
This course is open to 6th graders that play violin, viola, cello or bass. Students must have at least two years playing experience and demonstrate proficiency in the basic fundamentals of performance. Students must also show a strong interest in performance and possess a commitment to daily home practice. Private lessons are not required but strongly recommended. Musicians in Advanced 6th Strings will perform standard string repertoire at the Grade 2-3 level difficulty alone and Grade 4-6 with other advanced grades to form Lancer Orchestra. Students may enroll in this level with the teacher’s recommendation.
Band is a full year course for woodwind, brass and percussion students. The band performs five concerts each year including the Holiday Concert and a music festival in Orange County. Students will develop technique through long tone exercises, scales and chords. The band learns and performs concert pieces, music from films, jazz and rock music. Developing each student’s musical abilities and building a high quality performing ensemble are the primary goals of the course.
Students will develop the basic elements of vocal technique demonstrated through the use of warm-up exercises. They will sing in multi-part harmony, which will improve their sense of pitch and their ability to project the voice with confidence. Students will also learn the fundamentals of music theory and ear training, heightening their ability to sight-sing and read a vocal score. There will also be small group projects where 2-4 students pick a song they are passionate about and record it, make a video with their iPads, and do research on the song and artist. Solo projects are also acceptable. Regular concerts throughout the year will help students to mature in performance technique and stage presentation. Performing a varied repertoire (contemporary and classic pop, rock, with occasional excursions into Broadway, jazz and classical) will help develop an appreciation of a wide range of music.
This class provides an introduction to percussion techniques, note reading, rhythmic awareness, and ensemble playing techniques. We will use O Passo, a Brazilian movement-based method, to create a foundation for understanding rhythm and playing together as a group. We will also study the traditional American drum rudiments to facilitate the acquisition of correct stick technique.During the first trimester, we will focus on counting and understanding syncopation through the study and performance of Brazilian rhythms. In the second trimester, we will focus on reading and performing percussion ensemble music written in traditional Western musical notation. In the third trimester, we will study concert percussion instruments such as timpani, bass drum, and snare drum. We will also begin drum set studies. Students will perform as percussionists in ensembles including other instruments such as wind ensemble or rock band.
Sixth grade guitar is an introductory one-year course with a focus on fundamentals in music. Students learn to read standard notation, tablature and chords in first position while playing in various ensembles with students of similar experience. The course will emphasize both classical and contemporary techniques of playing the guitar. The course also emphasizes team exploration as students choose their own selections for presentation in small classical and “rock project” ensembles during the course of the year.
Continuing seventh-grade guitar class is a one-year courses emphasizing both intermediate Classical and Contemporary styles of music. Students play in ensembles with students of similar experience, heightening personal technique, awareness of music theory and skill in reading music. The course also emphasizes team exploration as students choose their own selections for presentation in small “rock project” ensembles at the end of the year. Students entering in seventh grade must audition and gain approval of the instructor to show mastery of sixth grade concepts.
Continuing eighth-grade guitar class is a one-year courses emphasizing advanced Classical and Contemporary styles of music. Students play in ensembles with students of similar experience, heightening personal technique, awareness of music theory and skill in reading music. The course also emphasizes team exploration as students choose their own selections for presentation in small “rock project” ensembles at the end of the year. Students entering in eighth grade must audition and gain approval of the instructor to show mastery of sixth and seventh grade concepts.