SONGWRITING
Students will learn basic and advanced songwriting techniques including melody, harmony and phrasing, and will be closely examining theory, styles, and genres that will inform their compositions. Additionally, students will study the art of lyric writing and how strong text and a “hook” can support and enhance melody. An added emphasis will be on songwriting collaboration both within Oaks Christian and possibly global institutions, highlighting skills in lyrics and top lining, music production and composition. Students will have the ability to either perform their songs in various venues or have them performed by some of our Oaks Christian vocalists. Masterclasses and guest songwriters will be an exciting component of the songwriting pathway. Opportunities will be available for songs to be reviewed industry professionals.

 

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Intro to Digital Recording

This semester-long class is the exploratory and entry level of the digital recording medium. The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) format of Soundtrap will be explored. Soundtrap is a versatile DAW that works as an app on any platform (Apple or PC) and on any device from a laptop to a cell phone. Students will be introduced to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and audio loops. Students will explore the platform through creative introductory projects such as podcasts, project based learning and collaborative compositions. Students will learn how to convert their projects to mp3’s. Additionally, this class will prepare students for entry into Beginning Digital Recording. 

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Songwriting l

In this semester-long class, students will learn basic and advanced songwriting techniques including melody, harmony and phrasing, and will be closely examining theory and genres that will inform their songwriting.  Additionally, students will study the art of lyric writing and how strong text and a “hook” can support and enhance melody. Various styles of music from traditional jazz, R & B and rock to today’s top hits will be investigated and studied.  Added emphasis will be on collaborative songwriting, highlighting skills in lyrics and top lining, music production and composition. 
 

Music Theory

This one-semester course designed to develop musical skills that will lead to a thorough understanding of music composition and music theory. The emphasis will be on the rules of theory and composition, ear training, sight singing, score analysis and contemporary chord theory. Offered in a semester format, students would be able to learn music theory on a deeper level in a very quick-paced setting. A basic understanding of music theory essentials and approval from the instructor is a prerequisite. 

Arts and Christian Ethics

Beginning Digital Recording

The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) format of Apple’s Logic Pro X will be taught. Students will gain a basic knowledge on Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and audio recording as well as editing recorded tracks and regions. An overview of basic functions of Logic Pro X will be presented so that at the end of the course students will be able to record their own musical projects and convert them to an mp3 format.

Songwriting ll

In this semester-long class, students will learn basic and advanced songwriting techniques including melody, harmony and phrasing, and will be closely examining theory and genres that will inform their songwriting.  Additionally, students will study the art of lyric writing and how strong text and a “hook” can support and enhance melody. Various styles of music from traditional jazz, R & B and rock to today’s top hits will be investigated and studied.  Added emphasis will be on collaborative songwriting, highlighting skills in lyrics and top lining, music production and composition. 

Professional Development (Reel, Capstone, Recital)

Professional Development classes are designed to partner students with their track providing hands on opportunities to create and experience their field in a professional setting. While not all students will have internships, we will work to place as many qualified students as possible in real-world situations to allow them to learn alongside professionals. Also included are final techniques specifically needed in the student's area of study to move forward into the professional world and college. 

Marketing and Branding

Keeping up with the latest ways to market and brand one's art is a full time job. This class will focus on developing a student's personal brand including elements that make them unique as well as how to market themselves in our culture and the digital marketplace. We will explore: brand development, social media presence, A&R, marketing, PR, marketing, promotions (radio, print, TV, digital), digital marketing and media buying, stream strategy, creative services and design, and brand partnerships. With more and more artists in the market, this class is designed to give students a head start into the world of marketing.

Advanced Digital Recording l

The Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) of Apple’s Logic Pro X and Avid Pro Tools will be taught and explored in depth. Students will expand on their knowledge on Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and audio recording as well as editing recorded tracks and regions. Post-production techniques as well as writing to picture and film scoring will be investigated. Students will learn how to mix their projects using EQ, compression, reverb, delay, sends, and auxiliary tracks.

Beginning Piano/Piano Proficiency

Students in this course will develop functional keyboard skills that will provide self-expression and personal growth through participation in music. The course will expose students to basic piano techniques, theory, scales, chords, and repertoire as well as encompass the skills of early sight-reading and beginning improvisation. The discipline of consistent practice in conjunction with graded early-adult piano methods will aid the student in successfully comprehending the fundamentals of music reading as well as executing elementary piano repertoire. Additionally, students will be exposed to a variety of styles and composers, as well as music from the various periods of music, increasing their knowledge and appreciation of various genres.

Entrepreneurship and Business

Students in this course will develop functional keyboard skills that will provide self-expression and personal growth through participation in music. The course will expose students to basic piano techniques, theory, scales, chords, and repertoire as well as encompass the skills of early sight-reading and beginning improvisation. The discipline of consistent practice in conjunction with graded early-adult piano methods will aid the student in successfully comprehending the fundamentals of music reading as well as executing elementary piano repertoire. Additionally, students will be exposed to a variety of styles and composers, as well as music from the various periods of music, increasing their knowledge and appreciation of various genres.

Internship