Music Production Beginner (1 unit)
Prerequisites: Audition, basic musical reading, performance experience
This course is a study of the basic concepts related to music production, composition, and songwriting. The units covering music production will discuss concepts related to loops, arranging, mixing, mastering, and recording through the use of Garageband and ProTools. Units on composition will discuss the concepts of orchestration, instrumentation, basic music theory, melody, functional harmony, and rhythm through the use of Sibelius and Finale. Units on songwriting will discuss musical expression, writing lyrics, and writing melodies. The final project for this course will result in students using all of the skills and programs listed above to write, record, and produce their own song.
Music Production Intermediate / Advanced (1 unit each)
Prerequisites: Previous level course AND teacher recommendation.
These courses study intermediate and advanced concepts related to music production, composition, and songwriting. Garageband, ProTools, Sibelius, and Finale software are used with a particular focus on orchestration, part-writing, and rhythm. The final project for these courses will result in students using all of the skills and programs listed above to write, record, and produce their own songs. Honors credit is available for levels 3 and above. To receive honors credit students are required to complete an honors contract. Honors credit courses require students to complete an advanced curriculum with rigorous coursework that increases the level of student performance in the arts area.