Our "General" music program is ever-growing. These are courses that are open to any student regardless of age or previous experience (or lack of). Although many of the music courses at Nauset High School are open to all students, these courses are designed for the student that haven't taken a music course in a while. We encourage all students to consider one of these courses as an elective in their schedules:
Music Technology: This course is an entry-level course open to all students in grades 9-12. The goal of this course is to teach music through technology. The course is designed around a framework of film scoring. Students learn to compose, arrange, compile and edit music and video through such programs as Garageband, Sibelius, iMovie and more. Students learn to score for short clips and student-made films.
Piano Keyboarding: This course is also designed for any student who wishes to add piano skills to the list of things they can do. Although much of the course is based on individual skills, there is most definitely an ensemble aspect to this class; where students create and rehearse music together. No prior music skills are required. Students have left this course with a strong beginning to play this instrument for the rest of their lives.
Guitar: Guitar is a class that is open to all students in grades 9-12 regardless of prior music experience. Students learn the basics of tab, note-reading and chord playing. You will NOT learn "On Top of Old Smokey" here. It's a course that uses popular music from the past 30 (or so) years to teach the skills you can use for the rest of your life. Songs such as: Let It Be, Time of Your Life, Banana Pancakes, I'm Yours are just a few of the 30 songs you will learn while in this class. A guitar at home is helpful but not necessary and we have enough guitars at school for the entire class.
Music Theory/College Prep: This course is offered for the student that wishes to know more about the "science" of music. Music, although an art form, is based on science: the structure, harmony, chord progressions, melody of music. This class centers on the "nuts and bolts" of how and why music works. Composition, arranging, sight-singing, music history, piano skills, are all learned in this class. It's not easy, but it is worthwhile. If you plan on- or are even considering- furthering your study of music after high school, this course is designed for you.