Music

Graduation Requirements:

Students are required to take at least one semester of Performing Arts. Only courses labeled as “Advanced” and AP have pre-requisites. All other classes are open to all students and do not require any previous skill or experience.


ALL YEAR
MU910 Charter Singers
MU940 Symphonic Band

 

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2
MU931 Songwriting
MU932 Songwriting
MU933 History of Rock and Roll MU934 History of Rock and Roll
  S654 The Physics of Sound

 

MU910  
CHARTER SINGERS
(2 UNITS)  ALL YEAR

The goal of this organization is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in a balanced, blended choral ensemble. It will utilize extensive literature and opportunities for performance. Students are given individualized vocal training and study the voice’s relationship to the performing ensemble. Charter Singers will strive to provide the students with progressive experiences in singing, hearing and learning to understand a generous sample of the choral heritage, representing many periods, styles and languages. 

Please note: Quakers Dozen, a select vocal ensemble, is open by audition to students of above-average ability and interest in choral music. Students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible, but upperclassmen will be given priority in membership. This group can be used to fulfill the activity requirement. Prerequisite: concurrent participation in Charter Singers. (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades)

MU940 
SYMPHONIC BAND

(2 UNITS)  ALL YEAR

This instrumental organization is open to students who have previously participated in the Middle School band or have a desire to play an instrument. Band members have the opportunity to continue to refine fundamental music skills and to perform in a variety of music styles. Students will develop an increase in self-discipline, a sense of responsibility and a feeling of pride and accomplishment as an individual and group member. Please note: Jazz Band is a select instrumental ensemble that can be used to fulfill an activity requirement. The purpose of this organization is to provide interested students with an opportunity to play the different styles of jazz music. Throughout the school year, this group will have the opportunity to perform for a variety of audiences. Prerequisite: concurrent participation in Symphonic Band. (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades)

MU931, MU932
SONGWRITING
    
(1 UNIT)   SEMESTER 1, SEMESTER 2

Through independent and group study, this course teaches students the mechanics of song and lyric writing. Students learn to use their personal computer as a master tool in the creative process. Skills developed include mastering the GarageBand application, recording separate tracks, importing various media, lyric brainstorming, editing, recording vocals, and mixing. Finally, students investigate the various song markets, including pop music and rap music, to which students’ original songs can be submitted for publication. Limited to 12 students. In addition, a formal study of the music business is offered, which includes music production, record companies, talent management, music publishing, royalties, copyrights, distribution, and touring. The course will include visits to Penn Charter by industry professionals. (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades)

MU933, MU934
HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL
(1 UNIT)   SEMESTER 1, SEMESTER 2

This course explores the complex creative processes that have allowed rock music to endure as a living art, fed from sources deep within nonconformist, anti-mainstream, multiethnic American culture. From the blues and gospel to reggae, punk, grunge, and rap the emphasis is on the social/political environment of the fifties, sixties, and seventies featuring a comparison of styles, forms, writers, and groups, while researching the artists’ personal lives and careers. Additionally, a formal study of the music business is offered, which includes music production, record companies, songwriting, talent management, music publishing, royalties, copyrights, distribution, and touring. The course will include visits to Penn Charter by industry professionals. (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades)

S654
THE PHYSICS OF SOUND
(1 UNIT) SEMESTER 2

This course is for students with a love of music and an interest in studying the science behind music. During this class, we will learn the physics behind the creation of sound by various instruments and then use this knowledge to design and build our own instruments. We will also study the fundamentals of music theory and use this to compose music to play on the instruments we have created. This course can be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for Performing Arts. (11th and 12th grades)
 

NOT OFFERED 2017-2018

OS101, 102, 103
FOUNDATION ARTS
(1 UNIT)   NOT OFFERED

See Visual Arts for course description. 

MU815, MU816
THE MUSIC BUSINESS

(1 UNIT)  NOT OFFERED

A formal study of music production and the recording industry, talent, management, song writing and plugging, demos, attorneys, sampling, music publishing, royalties, copyrights, distribution, live performance and road business, etc. The course will include field trips to major recording studios, interviews with technicians and visits to Penn Charter by performing artists. (10th, 11th, 12th grades) 

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Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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