Instrumental Music

Instrumental music faculty Mario Flores (winds/theory) and Cynthia Robinson (strings) continue the strong musical legacy at FVS. Students in Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings participate annually in three formal concerts (fall, winter and spring) as well as at off-campus performances in the local Colorado Springs area. The Wind Ensemble also plays at pep rallies and athletic events.  Students seeking to perform in less formal settings can join music clubs, like Jazz Band and Coffee House, which perform throughout the year both on- and off-campus.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COURSES

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  • Chamber Strings

    The focus of this half-major course is the enjoyment of chamber music for stringed instruments, specifically violin, viola, cello and bass ensemble music, with an emphasis on intonation, bowing techniques and ensemble playing. Improving the skill level for the individual player as well as the group is emphasized. The FVS Chamber Orchestra is open to all students with a minimum of one year of study or by audition. Students who own their instruments are asked to provide them for this class; the School may provide some instruments, or students may rent from local music stores. Public performance is required. Prerequisite: Two-year minimum playing experience in a school orchestra or one year of private lesson
  • Wind Ensemble/Concert Band

    Open to student-musicians in grades 9th-12th, this course develops instrument-specific skills as well as aural, theory and critique skills through performance opportunities and historical studies. Music selected for study and/or performance by the Wind Ensemble primarily stems from the Western classical, musical theater and film repertoire; however, music from non-Western cultures from Asia, Africa and Latin America is also a critical component of the course. Wind Ensemble is open to all woodwind, brass, upright-bass, keyboard/piano*, harp and percussion players. Prerequisite: Two-year minimum playing experience in a school orchestra or one year of private lesson. *Limited spots available for piano/keyboard.
  • Musicianship I

    Musicianship is about training to be a musician "as a whole”—as a performer of an instrument or voice, as an artist, and as a scholar. In this course, student musicians are given the opportunity to practice their individual craft in the performing arts via a self-defined plan and within a supportive academic environment that combines 1-1 time with the teacher, individual practice time, and teacher-created apprenticeship opportunities on and off-campus. Apprenticeships provide students on-the-job training to learn and practice the practical and theoretical aspects of instrumental and vocal music performance career. Students in Musicianship 101 will participate in individual and small group performance opportunities (on and off campus) and in group lessons in theory, composition and rehearsal skills. A greater number of these small group meetings will take place at the start of the term with individual practice time scheduled with greater frequency as the course progresses. Individual practice time is an inherent part of the course and is intended to help students develop technical skills in individual instrument. Students will be required to create and articulate a practice routine demonstrating discipline and characteristics typical of the music practice regime; Bi-weekly journals (given to students by teacher); and,a minimum of two performances (one on campus and one off campus) will all be required for successful completion of this course. The class is open to vocal and instrumental musicians of any skill and interest.  
  • Musicianship II

    Musicianship is about training to be a well-rounded musician: a performer of an instrument or voice, an artist, and a scholar. In this course, students practice their individual craft in the performing arts via a self-defined plan within a supportive academic environment. Musicianship combines 1-1 with the teacher, individual practice time, apprenticeship opportunities and performances.  Students are required to articulate and follow a self-driven practice routine demonstrating discipline characteristic of a professional performer, maintain bi-weekly journals, and create recordings of their practices. The class is open to vocal and instrumental musicians of any skill and interest.
  • Music: Composing and Arranging

    This course is for students interested in learning about and developing varied skills and techniques in the art of music composition and arranging within varied classical, film and pop settings. The course is open to all students regardless of prior music background or experience. Lessons and workshops will focus either on the fundamental properties of instrument groups or skills and techniques in theory, composition and arranging. Knowledge gained and skills developed will be applied to individual and group projects that will be presented to varied constituents in the FVS community including peers, classmates, parents and faculty/admin. By the end of the course, students will be able to: Orchestrate and compose music for various settings and genres (pop, jazz, musical theater, film and classical); Arrange or compose music for small and large string and wind sections with and without rhythm section (keyboard, bass, guitar, drums); Analyze songs and scores with an understanding of basic theory-based knowledge (i.e. key placement and modulation) and typical song structures (ABA form, etc); Understand common orchestration techniques used in songs, jingles and films; and, demonstrate effective use of vocabulary for an effective critique process.

Faculty

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  • Mario Flores 

    Brown University - B.A.
    Columbia University Teachers College - M.A.
    Northwestern University - Fellowship Degree
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  • Cynthia Robinson 

    University of Denver - B.S.B.A.
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6155 Fountain Valley School Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80911