Music Courses

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Music Theory
(Half Course)
Classes I, II & III
Starting with the fundamentals of music, this course explores a wide variety of music theory topics theoretical problems. Music is examined through harmonic and melodic analysis. Besides the written analysis, music is examined from an aural standpoint through ear training and sight-singing. No past musical experience is necessary, although it is helpful.

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History of Music
(Half Course)
Classes I, II & III
Music History combines the study of music with an active development of listening skills. Students will study major works from the European canon while learning what it means to listen vigorously to music. Musical styles will be examined alongside an investigation of musical processes.

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Chamber Singers
(Half Course)
Classes I, II & III
This is a performing organization that emphasizes tone and detail of phrasing.
Students study and perform great choral literature from every period, especially literature that is written for smaller choral groups. Individuals improve their sight-reading skills, their vocal technique and their knowledge of musical styles. Membership in Glee Club and an audition are required.

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Orchestra
(Half Course)

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Chamber Orchestra
(Half Course)

Classes I, II & III
The orchestra is open to any woodwind, brass, string or percussion player. Besides standard, full orchestral literature, students will experience music of other ensemble types (e.g., wind band, string orchestra). Chamber Orchestra is open by audition only. Chamber Orchestra students rehearse one additional period per week.

Music Package
Satisfies Arts Program Requirement
Classes I, II & III
In place of a single Arts Program course, students with special talent and interest in music may satisfy the arts requirement through a combination of musical activities, generally over a period of two or three years. The package, designed by and for each student, includes one of the courses offered by the department (full or half, depending on the other components) and performance experience through choral singing and/or chamber music and orchestral playing. Music lessons may be part of the package but, by themselves, do not fulfill the performance component. A class in music theory or music history, completed either at Milton Academy or outside of the School, is required in this package. Students should plan to participate in a performing ensemble each year they are at Milton. Application for permission should specify the components of the package and requires the approval of both the music department chair and the academic dean. Applications must be completed by March of the Class II year.

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Jazz Improvisation
Satisfies Arts Program Requirement
Classes I, II & III
This course gives students experience in ensemble playing and improvisation in the jazz and jazz/rock idioms. Students learn and play tunes in a group and explore the tunes for structure and harmony. This course emphasizes listening to recordings integral to the course work. Elementary knowledge of scales is required. The focus is on the development of improvisational and ensemble skills through playing. (Permission of the instructor is required.)

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Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Classes I, II & III
In this continuation of the introductory course, greater emphasis is placed on performing, and the music is more challenging. Students explore complex chord scales, rhythms and structures. The course usually focuses on one artist or one style of jazz music per semester. Additional years in this course allow the advanced jazz student to continue studying and performing under the guidance of our jazz faculty. (Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.)

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Advanced Jazz Improvisation
(Half Course)
Classes I & II
In this continuation of the introductory course, greater emphasis is placed on performing, and the music is more challenging. Students explore complex chord scales, rhythms and structures. Additional years in this course allow the advanced jazz student to continue studying and performing under the guidance of our jazz faculty. (Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.)