Photo caption: Mr. Osvaldo Mendoza, Instrumental Music Director
The Instrumental Music conservatory, under the direction of Osvaldo Mendoza, emphasizes classical and jazz music. Music professionals coach students weekly throughout the year. Students receive intensive training in their chosen instrument(s) in wind, percussion, brass, jazz and string.
Students study music theory (AP Music Theory is also offered), ear training, jazz theory and improvisation, electronic music skills, composition and orchestration. Classes are also offered in 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.
Students are given many opportunities throughout the year to perform in front of audiences at recitals in the intimate space of the Black Box theatre. The instrumental music students are in high demand for holiday performances and public and private events in the community. The beginning and advanced jazz bands play in the school library during the spring at lunch. Students perform both solo or as part of a chamber orchestra, ensemble or jazz 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. CoSA Instrumental Music students are passionate about their craft. On any given afternoon, they’d rather be playing their instrument than doing just about anything else. Many go on to study music in college, or to continue to perform in college and as adults.
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