Instrumental Music training emphasizes classical and jazz music. In addition to the conservatory’s Director, professionals in wind, percussion, jazz and string are brought in on a weekly basis throughout the year to provide specialized training and coaching. Students study music theory (AP Music Theory is also offered), ear training, jazz theory and improvisation, electronic music skills, composition and orchestration. They also study music history and culture, music technology and the music business. Students have access to a state-of-the art computerized music studio where students compose, arrange and record music.
In addition to CoSA’s large music studio, there are several soundproof practice rooms. Students play piano, drums, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, electric guitar, tuba, trombone or any other instrument they desire to learn. As a music elective, they may also play in the Coronado High School Band. A key component of the conservatory program is semester jury assessment by a team of faculty and music professionals, at which the student presents evidence of performance skills.
Students are given many opportunities throughout the year to perform in front of audiences at twice-annual Instrumental Music recitals, holiday performances and public and private events in the community. Students perform solo or as part of a chamber orchestra, ensemble or jazz band.
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