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Creative Music


Grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12

Subject Area/Course Credit: Creative Arts, 1 credit

Prerequisite: None, though previous music experience and enjoyment of music of any kind supports the curriculum

Creative Music is an introductory level project-based course that enables students to create and explore music through a wide range of activities. Students will develop an understanding of how the elements of music create impact and emotion in composition and performance. In our specially designed Mac Lab, students use current music software such as Noteflight, Logic Pro and Ableton, to  compose melodies, explore sound effects and film scoring, compose raps, work with MIDI, and learn the basics of mixing, production, and recording. Learning basic guitar skills during the course allows students to explore rock and pop melodies and harmonies, as well as vocal performance and songwriting. Students will share work in class and learn to respond to the work of others. Students will also engage in several independently-designed projects where they can delve into their personal musical interests. Note: Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared for Music Studio I and may be considered for IB Music or AP Music Theory.