High School Electives
Class Piano Boot Camp (limit 14 students per section) - Tell your seniors who are planning to be music majors about this class. One of the UCA piano teachers will teach ‘Introduction to Class Piano” to students (0-1 year piano experience). Scales, triads, arpeggios, I-IV-V-I progressions, etc. Great head start to college. Taught in the piano lab. This summer, expanded sections allow students can take both Piano Boot Camp and Music Technology.
Music Technology Class (limit 9 students per section)- A very popular class. Students work with Finale, midi interface, sequencing, and other music software. Taught in the computer lab at SFA.
Theory (expanded to 3 sections) – Teach frequently-used musical terms (tempo and stylistic), key signatures, major and minor scales, chords, simple ear-training exercises and intervals, chord progressions, simple dictation.
College Prep Theory – A GREAT class for seniors who will be freshmen music majors next fall.
Conducting Class - Basic patterns of 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8, dynamics with the left hand and right hand, cueing, basic marcato and legato styles, dynamics, etc. Suggest bringing recordings for conducting.
Jazz Improv – Focus on the “how to” of basic improvisation and jazz styles. A “hands on” approach to improvisation and jazz styles. Students bring instruments.
Technique/Scales Class – Brass & woodwind. Strengthen students’ ability to perform simple to complex rhythms in different meters (i.e. how to count rhythms!!). Also, students should improve ability to play major & minor scales needed for all-region auditions. A “hands on” approach has worked well in the past. Teaching tip: Use a rhythm sheet to explain, then perform rhythms, especially dotted rhythms in conjunction with rests. Students bring instruments.
Reed-making class – Double reed players learn the basics of making their own reeds.
Masterclass/Audition Music – Same as Junior High class, but with high school all-region material. Teachers provide the masterclass materials and all-region music. Students bring instruments.
Small Ensembles – Homogeneous ensembles - for chamber music experience. Ensembles may perform for each other on Friday, but not required. Students bring instruments.
Sightreading Class – Same as Junior High class but with high school level sight reading music. Students bring instruments.
Drum Set Class – “How to” techniques for the drum set. Good preparation for all-region jazz auditions. FOR PERCUSSIONISTS ONLY!!
2 Jazz Bands – By audition. Students in jazz band do not take any other electives.
Advanced Jazz Class: For students in a school jazz band with some jazz experience. Strengthen styles, articulations, advanced jazz scales, look at all-region jazz audition material.
Intro to Jazz Class: Learn to play different jazz styles, different articulations, beginning blues scales, rhythm studies.