Individual and collective creativity are the focus of the music program. Combining study in content-based (music theory, ear training, solfege, music analysis) and performance-based (improvisation, technique, expression) areas, vocalists and instrumentalists collaborate with each other to create original compositions and arrangements in a variety of styles. Students perform in small ensembles throughout the year. Additionally, students develop skills in reading music for his or her voice or instrument, and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations. Music students receive study and training to better prepare them for post-secondary music study and/or a career in the music industry.
Upperclassmen Music students begin the process of assisting with the development of the End of Year Performance titled, CASALive!, starting the first week of school. Every Wednesday, students from all programs work together in the Integrated Arts curriculum. Six various art disciplines: dance, theatre, music, film and video, visual art and creative writing, collaborate to discover a theme, and develop the end of year program while cultivating an appreciation for the various art disciplines. During the course of a 9-month period, students break into small groups consisting of various arts disciplines to discuss and create scenes that later develop into fully realized components of the performance. Each class is asked to embellish scenes, using dialogue, music, prop suggestions, movement, and film interpretation as related to the chosen theme and thesis. The result? An artistic rendering of a theme more closely related to performance art than a high school musical or narrative play. More importantly, students learn the art of working together ---all the highs and lows of collaboration that accumulates into an original, crowd-pleasing performance for the community to enjoy.
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