Music Courses

78 Chorus

Course Number: 

MUS121

This class is a supportive, safe, and fun place for anyone who likes to sing. Students will have the opportunity for both ensemble and solo singing in a variety of genres. Open to all levels of experience, all that is required is a love of singing and a desire to learn more about music and your voice!

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

78 Evolution Band

Course Number: 

MUS136

The Evolution Band is the PVPA version of band class. If you play an acoustic wind or percussion instrument (saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet, xylophone, etc.) or string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass, etc.), this is the class for you. This is also the class if you are looking to learn how to play these instruments for the first time. We play all types of music arranged specially for the group. In the Evolution Band you will learn how to play an instrument, read music, and be a great ensemble all while having a great time.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

78 PVPA Orchestra

Course Number: 

MUS168

The PVPA music department wants you to bring your instrumental skills to the party. This is a great opportunity to hone your ensemble playing skills, and increase your technical ability on your instrument. Orchestral and concert instruments are included in this ensemble that plays music from Bach and Brahms to John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Blend, style, and percision will all be addressed in the PVPA Orchestra.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

78 Rhythm Section Workout

Course Number: 

MUS170

Have you always wished you could play piano, bass, drumset or guitar? Then this is the class for you. Rhythm Section Workout will give students the opportunity to learn the instruments that are part of the popular music rhythm section. Instruments such as acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, piano and keyboards, and drumset will be taught. You will learn proper instrument technique, stylisic conventions on the instruments and play songs to help you practice the various techniques. If you have never played an instrument before or have some experience, this is a class that can teach you how to rock out with the best of them.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

78 Rock and Soul Review

Course Number: 

MUS155

The Rock and Soul Review is the premiere 7/8 performing ensemble for electric and popular music instruments (electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, drumset, and pop/rock vocals). Band members survey and discuss various musical styles, and create arrangements that are suited to the group. Members are expected to take the class for the entire year. The music is challenging, but worth all the work when you get to rock out on the big stage!

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

78 The Wide World of Music

Course Number: 

MUS171

This class will explore all aspects of music. No previous experience in music is necessary. In a classroom setting, this course will explore listening techniques, stylistic and cultural studies in music, technical and theoretical music studies, as well as many other aspects of the music world. Students will interact through games, discussions, field trips, and projects. This class is a great way to get introduced to the world of music, or explore facets of music you never thought to consider.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

7/8 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

A Cappella Ensemble

Course Number: 

MUS101

Spectrum is PVPA's high-level vocal performing ensemble specializing in a cappella (voice alone) arrangements of all different styles of music. If you want to push your vocal capabilities to their maximum, then this class is for you. Explore tight vocal harmonies, complex rhythms, and advanced vocal techniques in PVPA's premier vocal ensemble. Students are expected to take the class both semesters.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

D-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

Adv Music Composition and Arranging

Course Number: 

MUS153B

This course gives students the opportunity to compose their own musical works, orchestrate them for various instrumentations, and make arrangements to be performed by student and professional musicians. Basic music notation and theory knowledge is required.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Must have passed Music Mastery

Adv Music Theory: India

Course Number: 

MUS166

This course will focus on some of the concepts and music of the east, specifically India, but including examples from Turkey, Bulgaria, Afghanistan, and Algeria. One of the main concepts covered is the system of Konnakol (Solkattu), an Indian system of vocalized rhythmic assessment that is, once assimilated, the most advanced and accessible system available to the practicing musician. This system requires physical and mental discipline, a basic understanding of mathematics, and an open mind and heart. Student performances will demonstrate some of these concepts in an advanced musical setting.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Must have passed Music Mastery

African Drum I

Course Number: 

MUS162

This section of the dance/drumming class focuses on the study of West African drumming, rhythms and chants. Students increase technical proficiency and knowledge in traditional rhythms from Guinea, West Africa and other countries in western Africa, and take part in the powerful interaction between movement and music.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block

Jazz Ensemble

Course Number: 

MUS110

The Groovy Truth is PVPA's high-level performing ensemble specializing in the musical styles used in jazz culture, such as Swing, Bebop, Jazz Rock, Latin American, and World. If you want to learn how to improvise, perform multiple styles of music, and expand your musicianship, then this is the course for you. Students are expected to take the class both semesters.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

D-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

Music Mastery

Course Number: 

MUS140

Mastery through understanding is the philosophy of this course, which helps you master basic music notation, aural and written harmonic recognition, basic part writing, and the language musicians use to communicate their art to the world. This is a great way to push your musicianship to the next level!

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

A-Block

Pop R and B

Course Number: 

MUS147

Pop/R&B is PVPA's high-level performing ensemble specializing in the music of Motown, 70's Funkadelic, and Pop styles from yesterday and today. If you wish to learn music by artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, and Ray Charles, then this ensemble is for you. Students are expected to take the class both semesters.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

E-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

PVPA Orchestra

Course Number: 

MUS172

The PVPA music department wants you to bring your instrumental skills to the party. This is a great opportunity to hone your ensemble playing skills, and increase your technical ability on your instrument. Orchestral and concert instruments are included in this ensemble that plays music from Bach and Brahms to John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Blend, style, and percision will all be addressed in the PVPA Orchestra.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

H-Block

Rock Ensemble

Course Number: 

MUS114

The smallest of the PVPA ensembles rocks the hardest! This class teaches the skills to perform in a professional rock band. The Rock Ensemble plays the music of artists such as Boston, Jimi Hendricks, and Pink Floyd, just to name a few. You also learn the historical significance of the rock greats, which further cement you knowledge of the world's great rock legacy! Students are expected to take the class both semesters.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

E-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION

The Singers Studio

Course Number: 

MUS142

This class is a supportive, safe, and fun place for anyone who likes to sing. We will explore how the voice works and how to keep it healthy. We will prepare singers for open mics, auditions, and any performance where the use of your singing voice is required. Students will have the opportunity for both solo and ensemble singing in a variety of genres. Open to all levels of experience, all that is required is a love of singing and a desire to learn more about music and your voice!

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block

The Singers Studio Opera

Course Number: 

MUS105B

Singer's Studio: The Opera Experience gives a new musical opportunity for singers here at PVPA. This course will provide singers of all levels and experience the opportunity to realize their talents, through operatic literature, in the practice of vocal technique, diction, movement, and dramatic presentation. Students will be offered the opportunity to expand their potential by preparing and performing in their own operatic production. In addition to performing, students will learn more about the history and culture of opera through discussion, research, and experiencing the magic of attending a live performance.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block

Vocal Technique

Course Number: 

MUS132

Voice study and proper technique is the secret to success for every serious vocal artist. This course designed to teach you how to sing with more freedom, have better breath control, and understand how to take care of your voice. Each week, you'll learn about the mechanics and anatomy of the voice, effective warm-up and practice routines, and ways to address performance anxiety. As the course progresses, you'll gain the skills to sing in various styles with greater facility and awareness. By the end of the course, you will be able to: sing with consistent, accurate intonation; develop coordinated breath support to help stamina and increase control; demonstrate a free tone quality with minimum tension; establish beneficial practice habits to help growth and development; and take care of your voice. Students will be required to spend time practicing at home and to keep a practice journal.

Term(s): 

Fall and Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block

W Mus History Modern Masters

Course Number: 

MUS167B

This class will explore the rich musical tradition found in the 20th century. We will explore the development of tonality/atonality, musical form, composers, and culture of the time. When possible we will attend live performances outside of class, and listen to recorded performances in class.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

W Mus History Romanticism

Course Number: 

MUS167

This class will explore the rich musical tradition found in the Romantic Era (1830-1900). We will explore: the development of the symphony, musical forms, composers, and culture of the time. We will review the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras in order to compare and contrast the music of the Romantic era to what came before. When possible we will attend live performances outside of class, and listen to recorded performances in class.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

WOFA African Drum II

Course Number: 

MUS165

This is the drum section of PVPA's West African drum and dance company. Students perfect African rhythms from Guinea, West Africa and other countries in western Africa, and improve upon their abilities with traditional rhythms, hand techniques and positions. All students take part in the powerful interaction between movement and music. Students are encouraged to participate in both semesters.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

D-Block

Pre-requisite: 

AUDITION