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Pre-College Division Course Descriptions

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Pre-College Certificate Program

The Certificate Program is the ultimate experience and the recommended course of study in the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College Division. This well-rounded and comprehensive program of private instruction, musicianship study and ensemble performance is designed for students who work with extraordinary dedication and purpose. 

Each of these levels is designed to be completed over a period of one to three years.

Beginning

  • Enrollment in private instruction
  • Grade of B or higher on a Beginning Level performance jury
  • Completion of Introduction to Musicianship
  • Attendance at five Pre-College Division recitals per semester
  • Community outreach performance or project

Intermediate

  • Enrollment in private instruction
  • Grade B or higher on an Intermediate Level performance jury
  • Completion of Musicianship Level 2
  • Enrollment in Ensemble class or accepted outside ensemble
  • Attendance at five Pre-College Division recitals per semester
  • Community outreach performance or project

 Advanced

  • Enrollment in private instruction
  • Grade of B or higher on an Advanced Level performance jury
  • Completion of Musicianship Level 4
  • Enrollment in Ensemble class or accepted outside ensemble
  • Attendance at five Pre-College Division recitals per semester
  • Performance of a half recital
  • Community outreach performance or project

 Young Artist

  • Enrollment in private instruction
  • Completion of at least two courses in Music History and Analysis
  • Enrollment in Ensemble class or accepted outside ensemble
  • Attendance at five Pre-College Division recitals per semester
  • Performance of a full recital
  • Community outreach performance or project

 

Musicianship/Composition


Musicianship/Composition

The musicianship program is designed to cultivate aural perception, musical literacy and a strong inner pulse. Students master elements of music by performing sight-singing, keyboard harmony and rhythmic exercises;taking aural dictation;and studying practical theory, harmony, improvisation and score analysis.

Students are assigned a level and class by the department chair, based on a thorough placement evaluation and in consultation with the musicianship and composition faculty. Musicianship classes cover all the material necessary to pass the theory, musicianship and history assessments offered by the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program as well as the College Board AP Music Theory test. A refresher course for the AP exam may be offered depending on demand among students who have completed Musicianship Level 4. 

All musicianship students (excpet those in Introduction to Musicianship) take faculty adjudicated examinations each semester. Annual grade reports are issued in June and teacher consultations are available as needed.

Composition seminars are offered each year and structured based on level and age. Instructor and chair approval are required.


Musicianship Course Listings

Courses are continually reviewed and adjusted. Required materials must be purchased prior to the first class.

Introduction to Musicianship – Designed for students with general musical knowledge, including the ability to read music, the course introduces students to sight singing, conducting. dictation and improvisation.

Level 1 – Beginning-to-Intermediate theory, ear training, sight singing, improvisation and conducting, using diatonic melodies in simple and compound meter; major and minor keys; intervals; chord progressions; rhythmic design and phrasing.

Level 2 – Intermediate-to-Advanced theory, ear training, improvisation and sight singing, using skips in all diatonic triads; syncopation; harmonic cycles of fifths and thirds; V7 chords; Bach chorales; non-tonal use of seconds; binary and ternary form.

Level 3 – Fundamental harmony, ear training, sight singing, conducting and improvisation, using seventh chords; rhythmic patterns of two against three; inversions of triads and dominant seventh chords; non-tonal use of thirds; theme and variations; and rondo form.

Level 4 – Intermediate harmony, ear training, sight singing, conducting and improvisation, using secondary dominants and chromatic non-harmonic tones; small subdivisions of the beat; changing meters; secondary dominants;9th, 11th and 13th chords; modulation; non-tonal use of sixths; and sonata and concerto form.

Level 5 – Advanced harmonic concepts, ear training, sight singing, conducting and improvisation, using modes and remote modulation in twentieth-century idioms; polyrhythms, quintuplets and meters with unequal beats; tempo modulation; leading tone seventh chords, augmented sixth chords and Neapolitan chords; fugue; and intervals in a non-tonal context.

Advanced Classes in Music History and Analysis The study of the musical style of major composers, analysis of complete scores and readings in musicology. Students must complete a minimum of two of the following courses to meet the requirement for the Young Artist Certificate:

Music History Overview - The Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods analyzed through the works of great composers from these eras.

Middle Ages to the Classical Period - The study of msuical styles and forms of different eras, including Gregorian chant, opera, cantata, sonata and more.

1800s to the Present -  The work of Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mahler, Bartok, Ravel, Messian and others, viewed from national perspectives.

Elective: Composition Seminar  Open to all students enrolled in the musicianship curriculum with permission of the department chair. Composition assignments are performed in reading sessions and recitals. Compositional techniques are discussed in class

New Electives This Year

Fundamentals of Electronic Music and Music Production - An examination of how recordingtechnology has impacted the creation and documentation of music, including soundwalks with iPads; recording techniques;the use of computers to edit, manipulate and invent sounds; projects in Garage Band; and terminology for working with audio, midi, editors, sequencers, and digital audio effects.

Instrument Design: Past Present and Future - An overview of the history of instrument building, the evolution of instruments we use today and the changing relationship between composer, instrument builder and performer. Multimedia collaborative projects include building basic synthesizers, programming electronic circuits and instrument proto-typing projects with Arduino and Korg little bits. The class concludes with demonstrations of the student's own instrument designs.


Ensembles
Collaborating with peers as a member of an ensemble is an ideal way for a young musician to develop perfromance and rehearsal skills. Many find it to be the most exhilarating and gratifying piece of their musical education!

Public chamber music master classes, workshops and performances are part of the curriculum.  Recent master classes have been presented by renowned musicians from the Bay Area and beyond.

Acceptance is based on ability and level of commitment to serious study.  Enrollment for the entire academic year is required. Strong preference for placement in ensembles is given to those that are enrolled in private lesson study in the Pre-College Division.

Chamber Music Ensembles include repertoire study for piano, strings, winds, guitar and harp ensembles. Acceptance by audition.

Chamber Orchestra is an advanced training ensemble devoted to studying chamber orchestra repertoire of four centuries. Acceptance by audition.


Early Childhood
Early Childhood Classes provide developmentally appropriate training for children ages four through eight. These classes are aimed at cultivating each child's musical response. Because
of the early childhood curriculum's progressive nature, students are required to commit to enrollment for the entire academic year.

Dalcroze-Eurhythmics

By tapping into the natural desire for movementthat all children possess, Eurhythmics imparts a thorough sense and feel for music and an understanding of its written language. The study of
music through movement cultivates inner hearing and gives children an intuitive understanding of musical elements, such as pulse, meter, rhythm, phrasing and form.

 

First Steps at the Keyboard is a two-year course for the young pianist (ages five through eight). Using the Peery Habits Piano Curriculum, each group class contains assignments in three categories:

· Muscular - developing muscular skills and a strong and correct hand position
· Practical - developing sight reading, theory and ear training skills
· Musical - developing musical and physical abilities using the standard piano repertoire

Annual events include:
· Student recital - students perform both solo and ensemble selections
· Private evaluations

Students enrolled in this course are required to:
· Practice a minimum of five days per week. Practice time increases by 15 minutes per day per level.
· Have one parent attend all classes. Practice must be supervised by the same parent attending the lesson.
· Have an acoustic piano in good working condition available for practice.

Students enrolled in this course are required to:
· Practice a minimum of five days per week. Practice time increases by 15 minutes per day per level.
· Have one parent attend all classes. Practice must be supervised by the same parent attending the lesson.
· Have an acoustic piano in good working condition available for practice.

Required materials must be purchased prior to the first class.