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Electives Offerings


Electives can be added to
          any program for just 

$225 each.

View Classroom Calendar for an overview of times and locations:

Elective Classes

Audio Production (12:00-12:45pm | room 109)
     Instructor | Mike Elliott

Work hands-on with cutting edge audio hardware and software in a recording studio setting. Learn how to use microphones, preamps, and digital interfaces to capture recordings in ProTools, Logic, Garageband and more.

Beginning Guitar (1:00-1:45pm | room 107) 
     Instructor | Ben Meyer

Learn to play the guitar in a fun and engaging group class. Participants learn to read chord symbols, TAB, and standard music notation. *You must have your own guitar to participate in this class.

Beginning Piano (9:00-9:45am | room 209) 
     Instructor | Agnieszka Sornek

Learn to play the piano in a supportive group environment by applying fundamentals of music theory and notation acquired during class. *You must have access to a piano or keyboard outside of class.

Music Technology Basics (11:00-11:45am | room 218)
     Instructor | Ryan McMasters

Explore and discuss the realm of producing music. Dive into topics such as mixing and mastering, using plug-ins to shape sound, working with virtual instruments within MIDI sequences, and much more. This introductory course is recommended for anyone looking for a comprhensive technology overview.

Music Composition (11:00-11:45am | room 209)
     Instructor | Brian Buckley

Immerse yourself in the music of master composers by exploring the life and works of a different composer each month. Applying the analytical and theoretical skills developed in musicianship, students will identify the key characteristics that make each composer's music distinct. Students will then compose short musical works in imitation of that composer's style and technique. By the conclusion of the course students will be able to synthesize an array of compositional approaches into their own unique and emerging style.

Prerequisite: minimum one year in Musicianship III.

Sound for Film & Video (11:00-11:45am | room 109)
     Instructor | Mike Elliott

Uncover the magic of creating sound effects and ambient environments for film & video. Work hands-on with cutting-edge video editing and sound design software to synchronize sound and music to a moving picture.


Elective Ensembles

Classical Guitar Ensemble (12:00-12:55pm | room 107)
     Instructor | Eric Brockschmidt

Enjoy making music with other guitarists under the direction of an ensemble coach. This ensemble focuses on technique and repertoire of various styles and genres.  Collaborate with both youth and adults in weekly rehearsals and work toward a formal performance at the end of each term. Participants must have their own guitar to participate in this ensemble.

Intrada Chamber Ensemble (9:00-9:45am | room 322)
      Instructor | Carmen Blanco

Enjoy making music with others in this introductory ensemble.  Work with a coach during weekly rehearsals to practice performance techniques while gaining first-hand experience in performing in an ensemble.

Jazz Combos & Improvisation (11:00-11:55am | room 206)
     Instructor | Ken Foley

Enjoy expressing your musical side in a Jazz Combo. These groups are miniature versions of larger Jazz ensembles and are typically made up of 3-7 players. Participants work weekly with a coach and have fun in rehearsals while developing skills for improvising and learning to communicate more musically with the other members of the group.

Vocal Theater Ensemble (1:00-1:55pm | PNC Recital Hall)
     Instructor | Katherine Bell

Collaborate with other students in small groups to recreate broadway musical scenes while learning about stage direction and movements.  All students are welcome! You do not have to be a vocal student to participate in the ensemble.