Music plays a vital role in the enrichment of the human spirit. Christ School requires that each student accrue one credit in Fine Arts, with 0.5 of that credit coming from Music. The rest (0.5 credits) may come from higher level music classes or Art classes. Students are given the opportunity to experience music in various meaningful ways, whether it be performing, composing, technology, or theory. The curriculum is designed in a sequential fashion to provide students a broad range of musical skills and perspectives.
The Christ School Choir – (Sharing our brotherhood through song.)
The choir is one of the, if not the oldest, standing traditions of the school. The group sings a wide variety of music from various time periods (Palestrina to Pop). Modern a capella techniques are introduced and implemented. Students are given instruction in Solfege for sight-reading. Proper vocal warm ups are done to prepare the voice in the rehearsal setting. The choir’s main purpose is to support the Chapel program of the Christ School, performing for Lessons and Carols, as well as for other special occasions throughout the year. The choir’s rich history includes performances at the White House and the Biltmore Estate. This class is offered in Regular and Honor’s sections. The Honor’s section is auditioned.
Music Appreciation – (Working with one another to understand the world through music.)
This class introduces students to music from around the globe. Elements of music are introduced and implemented into class activities. Students work collaboratively to complete projects which range from basic song structure to soundtracks. Aesthetic judgment is taught through listening journal entries and class discussion. The student will come away from this class with a better understanding of song structure, global music diversity, and various job opportunities in the music field.
Music Theory 1,2,3 and AP – (How does music work?)
These courses are offered to students who would like to pursue a deeper knowledge of the mechanics of music. Basic skills such as: sight reading, melodic dictation, part writing, form and analysis are covered in increasing depth as students progress through the sequenced classes.
Music Practicum (Private Lessons)
Students have the opportunity to further develop their instrumental skills by taking private music instruction. Fundamentals of each instrument are focused upon and technical proficiency is a constant goal. Weekly lessons help students with receiving constructive critiques of their past week’s effort in the practice room. Performances in Chapel and in Assembly are a part of the expectations of the course. Instruments taught – (Guitar, Piano, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings).
Instrumental Ensemble / Band – (Performance based in an ensemble setting)
This class is designed for students with two or more years of experience on their chosen instrument. The class is offered for traditional band instruments (Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, and Percussion). Students will play a wide range of repertoire with opportunities to audition for All County, All District and All State Band.
Music Technology – (Recording, Producing, and Mixing)
The student in this class will learn basic terms and usage of music studio production techniques. The emphasis is geared toward a practical understanding of the hardware and software used in today’s market place.