Upper School Courses and Ensembles include:
AP Music Theory
The AP course in music theory consists of a full academic year of work in preparation for the Advanced Placement examination. Students study ear training by rhythmic and melodic dictation and through the identification of intervals, triads, and inversions. Harmonic analysis utilizes figured bass symbols and emphasizes the principles of voice leading in tonal harmony. Exercises in part-writing and composition are an integral part of the course.
This course is open to all girls who are interested in singing. The focus of the class is to build healthy vocal technique for each singer, whether her goal is to perform in school musicals or audition for Madrigal Singers. Singers will perform as an ensemble in school concerts throughout the year, studying treble literature of all styles, from classical to popular music. Bel Canto (from the Italian, beautiful singing) is a style that emphasizes beauty of tone throughout the full range of the voice. Students will also concentrate on improving sight-reading skills through solfege study and basic music theory.
Madrigal Singers: Honors Choral Ensemble
This course is designed to offer the most advanced level of choral music training at GA. The Madrigal Singers study treble literature of all periods, from the Renaissance through contemporary music. Their schedule includes several performances a year for school and community events and an international tour every two years. Solfege is the foundation of sight-reading using the Oxford Folk Song Sight Singing Series. Musical excellence is achieved by emphasis on ear training, vocal/choral techniques, and study of the highest quality literature written for women’s voices. Students are assessed through regular singing tests in the performance repertoire. Auditions are held in the spring for the following school year. Students with other choral experience or voice training may audition with permission of instructor.
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Students in this co-ed ensemble have the option to take it for credit. This course explores the various styles of gospel music, both contemporary and traditional. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening vocal technique and part singing ability. Rehearsals are held during the clubs time on Fridays with additional evening and morning rehearsals as scheduled.