Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department includes all musical groups as well as individual music lessons. You can find more detailed and most up-to-date content on our Music Department personal website.

Classes Offered

Tour Groups

Bel Canto (Touring Choir) – 10 credits

This course emphasizes voice building and musical interpretation. It also provides experience in ensemble performance. A student’s vocal quality, attendance, and music-reading ability will be considered for grading purposes. Members will be chosen by audition, must be a part of the group for both semesters, and must be a member, in good standing, of Sylvan Singers. Fee $20/semester.

La Sonnette Ensemble (Touring Handbell Choir) – 10 credits

This course provides a growing musical experience. Each student must strive for excellence in bell techniques to provide a cohesive group. Members will be chosen by audition and must be a part of the group for both semesters. Prerequisite: Some piano/organ experience is required. Fee $20/ semester.

 

Musical Groups

Orchestra – 5 credits

This course emphasizes the performance of quality orchestra music. Musicianship is developed through the principles of balance, intonation, articulation, rhythm and proper tone production. It is an instrumental performing ensemble that includes brass, percussion, strings and winds. Prerequisites: Audition with instruments on Major Scales: For strings, G, D, A, and C; for brass, winds, and percussion, F, Bb, Eb, and C; basic rhythm reading; sight reading. and a melodic solo. Fee $20/semester.

Sylvan Singers (Concert Choir) – 5 credits

This course emphasizes sacred choral compositions within the various periods of music and acquaints a student with vocal techniques. It is available to all students, according to their voice quality, punctuality, and willingness to learn. Members will be admitted by audition and should plan to be part of the group for both semesters. Fee $20/semester.

Music Classes

Dimensions of Music (Dual Enrollment)- 5 credits

Dimensions of Music explains how society has related to and been influenced by music from earliest recorded history. The course involves much listening and discussion. Students also learn the fundamentals of conducting. It is a hands-on course, where personal opinion and creative thought is valued.

Music Theory – 5 credits

This course teaches the fundamentals of music notation and harmony. Students analyze chord structures and harmonize melodies. Sight singing and musical dictation are an integral part of this course. Students are required to write an original composition and hymn. Prerequisite: Piano/ organ, instrumental, or vocal background is required.

Music Lessons

Guitar Lessons – 2 credits*

Private guitar lessons are available for students from beginner to advanced levels. Beginners learn notation reading and basic chords, and perform songs, while advanced students learn chord theory, scales, modes, and improvisational techniques. This course includes one period of instruction and requires 175 minutes of practice per week. Fee $140/quarter Instrument.

Lessons – 2 credits*

Private instrument lessons emphasize the musical and physiological principles of playing a woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument. The instruction is tailored to fit the physical and personality characteristics of each student, with the goal of effective musical performance. This course includes one period of instruction and requires 175 minutes of practice per week. Fee $140/quarter.

Organ Lessons – 2 credits*

This course provides individual lessons involving one period of instruction and requires 175 minutes of practice per week. Prerequisite: Two years of piano. Admission by audition only. Fee $140/quarter.

Piano Lessons – 2 credits*

This course provides individual lessons involving one period of instruction and requires 175 minutes of practice per week. Students will be accepted on the basis of their audition. Fee $140/ quarter.

String Lessons – 2 credits*

This course provides individual lessons involving one period of instruction and requires 175 minutes of practice per week. Students will be accepted on the basis of their audition. Fee $140/ quarter.

Voice Lessons – 2 credits*

This course emphasizes voice building and repertoire. Opportunity is offered for public performance. This course includes one period of instruction and requires 175 minutes of practice per week. Admission by audition only. Fee $140/quarter

*Music students will be accepted on the basis of their audition, enthusiasm, interest, and availability of an instructor. No student may drop a music lesson after four-and-a-half weeks into the semester.

Contact Information
Lawrence Galera
Music Director
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Our Faculty

Eric Engen
Music and Computer Teacher, IT Administrator

Eric Engen

Eric Engen is a Music, Math, and Applied Arts teacher for Blue Mountain Academy....
Lawrence Galera
Music Director

Lawrence Galera

Lawrence Galera is the Music Director at Blue Mountain Academy.