HS Music

 

Overview

The Music Department strives to teach students about the technical principles of music, to expose them to a diversity of styles and genres ranging from the renaissance to contemporary popular music and to provide them with the tools to create expressive pieces of art. The development of technique, exposure to historical and contemporary music, and freedom of expression are all integral to empowering students with the skills to be independent, creative, and critical thinkers, as well as successful musicians and literate consumers of music.

The music program at Innovation Academy offers students a wide range of opportunities for experienced and inexperienced students. The program offers coursework in Choral and Instrumental Music as well as a variety of other electives including Music Technology and American Popular Music.

Ensembles

The High School Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble are currently open to all high school students. Chorale is open to students in grades 10-12.  The Chorus and Chorale rehearse and perform repertoire ranging from madrigals, sacred, and secular contemporary music.  They perform throughout the school year at school-wide events, Exhibition Night, and concerts. In addition, students in chorus gain the technical, theoretical, and aural skills to become stronger individual performers and to contribute to the success of the group as a whole.

Strands

Work in music is assessed in the following strands

  • Execution

    The Execution strand evaluates students in the technical aspects of music. This will include the understanding and application of technical vocabulary, music theory, compositional techniques, and analytical processes. In performance courses, students will be evaluated on the use of and growth in areas like technique, diction, sound production, and intonation.

  • Collaboration

    Music is a naturally collaborative environment, and this requires students to develop and exercise several skills including being considerate, listening, being engaged, and adjusting. Collaboration addresses both professional interactions as well as musical flexibility and desire to work toward a common musical goal.

  • Comprehension

    Communicating about music is inherently difficult. As the jazz pianist Thelonious Monk once said, “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” Comprehension evaluates students in their ability to synthesize their theoretical knowledge and aural observations into objective and coherent writings, discussions, and presentations on music studied and performed.

  • Work Habits

    The Work Habits strand reflects the effort students put into completing homework, studying regularly, and working in class.

Music Faculty

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