Instrumental Music Conservatory
The Instrumental Music Conservatory is a collective of instrumentalists of a variety of musical instruments, experiences and backgrounds. This performance-based course explores and studies a variety of styles of music including classical, world music, jazz and popular in exciting and diverse environments from large group to small chamber ensembles. Students will gain knowledge and skills in instrumental technique, music theory, ear training, improvisation and ensemble performance. In collaboration with the teacher, students are guided and encouraged to assist in selecting music as well as arranging and composing for the ensembles. Students playing any music instrument at all levels are welcomed and encouraged to audition. Students are highly encouraged to have, in conjunction with their Instrumental Music Conservatory commitment, a private teacher for their instrument and a full-year commitment to the Conservatory. Performances include the annual Carol Night, Mayfield Benefit, Music in May spring concert, and other public performances such as Holiday Music at One Colorado, Disneyland Performing Arts OnStage, Knott’s Berry Farm Performances in the Park and more.
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|The Vocal Music Conservatory courses offer an immersion into serious study of vocal style and technique. All levels of experience and backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to participate. The conservatory consists of the Mayfield Women’s Ensemble and Advanced Women’s Ensemble classes. The performance-based Women’s Ensemble explores the music from the Renaissance to the present, emphasizing standard choral repertoire and contemporary Gospel music while building skills in vocal technique, sight singing, music theory and ensemble performance skills. The advanced class emphasis is on advanced vocal technique and tone production, sophisticated solo and choral literature along with audition and solo preparation. Performances include the annual Carol Night, Mayfield Benefit, Music in May spring concert and participation in various choral festivals, field trips, community events and liturgies. A full-year commitment is recommended. |
Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory
AP Music Theory is a vigorous advanced level course designed to engage students in learning activities that help them to achieve the outcomes assessed by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Music Theory Examination. The AP Music Theory course is designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic elements and structure of music that are heard or presented in a score. These abilities will be developed through various listening, performance, written, creative, and analytical exercises. Although this course focuses on music of the Common Practice Period (1600–1900), materials and processes found in other styles and genres are also studied. The course includes, but is not limited to, the study of a wide variety of vocal and instrumental music from the standard Western tonal repertoire. Students will cover all areas of theory fundamentals in preparation for the AP Music Theory Exam. Students who successfully complete the AP Music Theory Examination and plan to major in music in college may be able to enroll in an advanced music theory course, depending upon the individual college’s policy.
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Director of the Conservatory for the Arts, Instrumental Music Teacher
(626) 799-9121 ext. 217
Northern Illinois University - B.A.
San Francisco State University - M.A.
California Institute of the Arts - M.F.A.