Mr. Shaun Cloonan (Music Theory, Music Technology)
Mr. Chris Rodack (AP Music Theory)
North Hills High School's music department is equipped with a fine arts lab, which enables music theory and technology courses to be offered. This lab includes a teacher workstation, LCD projector, printer and 12 student workstations with the following components:
- 27" iMac computers, running OSX Catalina
- Yamaha MIDI Keyboard with USB connector
- Focusrite 2i2 - 2.0 USB Audio Interface with
- AKG K240 MK II semi-open studio headphones
- MakeMusic Finale v26 notation software
- Audacity digital audio workstation software
- Adobe Audition digital audio workstation software
- Access to Breezin’ Thru Theory & Composing online lessons
- GarageBand & iMovie
- Access to Noteflight Learn online notation software
The purpose of this course is to enhance the students’ understanding of the underlying principles of music. The course covers topics ranging from basic rhythm to modes of the minor scale. Students will also explore music software and online resources throughout the class. Successful completion of this course is recommended to enroll in Music Technology and/or AP Music Theory.
Semester Course, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
The purpose of this course is to explore technology resources used to create, evaluate, arrange, and perform music. Real-world applications of music technology are discussed, and topics covered include: sound systems and recording, film scoring, radio commercials and jingles. Apps & programs utilized include Incredibox, GarageBand, iMovie, Noteflight, Adobe Audition, and Audacity.
Semester Course, Grade Level: 10, 11, 12. Recommended experience with music theory to register
AP (Advanced Placement) Music Theory
AP Music Theory develops a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The achievement of this goal is promoted by integrated approaches to the student’s development of aural, sight-singing, written, analytic and compositional skills.
Full-Year Course, Grade Level: 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Music Theory or Teacher Recommendation.