Instrumental Music

Instrumental music faculty Mario Flores (winds/theory/recording and Shauna Smith (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-Denver Areas . 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, Coffee House, and our new Recording Studio Club perform throughout the year both on and off campus.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COURSES

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  • Advanced Theory and Composition

    Advanced Music Theory builds on theory content and performance skills  introduced and developed in Composition-Arranging class. As with AP Music Theory, "the goal of this course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that is heard or presented in a score".   Students in Advanced Music Theory read, notate, perform and compose music from varying genres and historical periods. In addition, students further aural skills already learned in Composition-Arranging through listening exercises, sight-singing examples, written exercises, and  analysis. Arranging and orchestration techniques are taught and developed through individual and group projects. Performances for the school community are required.
     
  • 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 well-rounded musician: a performer, an artist, and a scholar.  In Musicianship I, students practice their individual craft music via a self-defined plan within a supportive academic environment.  This course combines 1-1 with the teacher, individual practice time for students, performance opportunities (solo and group) and group work in theory and history.  Students articulate and follow a self-driven practice routine demonstrating discipline characteristic of a professional performer, maintain journals, create recordings of their practices.  The class is open to vocal and instrumental musicians of any skill and interest.   
    Performance Requirements: 2xSolo and 1x in Group, per term
    Theory Covered:  Introduction to Songwriting 
  • Musicianship II

    “Musicianship” is about training to be a well-rounded musician: a performer, an artist, and a scholar.  In Musicianship I, students practice their individual craft music via a self-defined plan within a supportive academic environment.  This course combines 1-1 with the teacher, individual practice time for students, performance opportunities (solo and group) and group work in theory and history.  Students articulate and follow a self-driven practice routine demonstrating discipline characteristic of a professional performer, maintain journals, create recordings of their practices.  The class is open to vocal and instrumental musicians of any skill and interest.   
    Performance Requirements: 2xSolo and 1x in Group, per term
    Theory Covered:  Introduction to Songwriting 
  • Musicianship III & Honors

    “Musicianship” is about training to be a well-rounded musician: a performer, an artist, and a scholar.  In Musicianship III, students practice continue their individual craft music via a self-defined plan within a supportive academic environment.  This course combines 1-1 with the teacher, individual practice time for students, performance opportunities (solo and group) and group work in theory and history.  Students articulate and follow a self-driven practice routine demonstrating discipline characteristic of a professional performer, maintain journals, create recordings of their practices.  The class is open to vocal and instrumental musicians of any skill and interest.   
    Performance Requirements: 2xSolo and 2x in Group, per term
    Theory Covered:  Introduction to Arranging (III) and Recording Studio (III Honors)
  • 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

List of 2 members.

  • Mario Flores 

    Brown University - B.A.
    Columbia University Teachers College - M.A.
    Northwestern University - Fellowship Degree
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  • Shauna Smith 

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6155 Fountain Valley School Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80911