Open to all 2nd -12th grade – no audition required
The CSC CORE program is designed to be a comprehensive music and performance education.
The CORE program includes:
Piano Class – Every CORE student takes piano class. Piano classes take place in one of our Yamaha piano labs. There is a 3 or 4:1 student to teacher ratio. Each student has their own Yamaha Clavinova with headphones. For students who don’t take private piano lessons this is their piano instruction. At minimum they are learning major and minor scales through the circle of fifths and working on repertoire. For students who take private piano lessons the time is used to reinforce what they are working on in lessons or to study another genre such as jazz or pop.
Studio Class – Studio class is a class of 10-20 students. It is essentially a weekly Master class. Each week students perform part or all of a piece of music they are working on in their practice time. There are two mentors present; one to lend observations and suggestions and another to accompany vocalists. Studio Class is essential to the culture of CSC. It is used as a platform to make announcements and hold auditions in addition to manifest excellent performance practices. Students are exposed to everything from piano sonatas, to opera arias, to jazz standards, to monologues as they watch their peers perform each week. 8 year olds become inspired as they witness their older peers perform. This class is also key to our ‘peer to peer’ mentoring.
Music Theory – CSC students learn to hear, read, write, analyze, and understand the language of music. This supports everything they do from composing an original piece, to performing a broadway number, to improvising a jazz solo. CSC has four levels of theory and students are placed in the appropriate class based on a placement exam. Every theory class includes ear training as well.
Circle of 5ths
Basic rhythmic values
Notes on the staff and piano keyboard
Drawing note shapes – fitting them on lines and spaces
Drawing treble and bass clefs and staves
Basic dynamics (piano, forte)
Basic tempi (adagio, andante, moderato, allegro, vivace, ritardando, accelerando)
Basic time signatures (3/4 and 4/4)
Slurs and ties
Basic repeat signs
Octave, half-step and whole-step, perfect 4th, perfect 5th
Circle of 5ths
Major and natural minor scales
Odd time signatures
Simple vs compound meter
Advanced tempi and dynamics
Ledger lines and grand staff
Circle of 5ths
All 12 key signatures
Double sharps and flats
Harmonic and melodic minor
Chromatic intervals and intervals beyond the octave
7th, 9th and 13th chords
More advanced progressions
Basic harmonic analysis
Course Overview: Advanced Theory is the culmination of CSC’s earlier theory courses. Fundamentals from previous courses are strengthened while moving further into analysis and four-part harmony. In addition to the weekly topics below, ear training will be part of every class.
Sample Week to Week Lesson Plan:
9/14: Contrasting the Baroque and Classical Eras
9/21: Motives, Melody, Phrase and Period Forms
9/28: Triad review
10/5: Seventh Chords, Non-Harmonic Tones, Basic Analysis
10/12: Form Analysis
10/19: Form Analysis
10/26: Triads in Four-Part Harmony
11/2: SATB Voice Leading with Triads in Root Position and Major Keys
11/9: Major and Minor Triads in Root Position and Minor Keys
11/16: Triads in Inversion
11/23 Thanksgiving/Fall Break, No classes
Objectives and Goals: Advanced Theory will prepare students for the theory portions of college entrance exams and give them the tools they need to test out of basic college theory courses. In addition to the weekly topics below, ear training will be part of every class.
Recording Arts – In the Recording Arts program we primarily use the Logic Pro X digital audio workstation (DAW) to teach students how to create their own recordings. We also have a basic tape based analog four track recording setup to keep students grounded in the history of their craft. Students are encouraged to compose their own works or to create cover or remix versions of other artists songs.
The R.A. program is a place where much of our course content coalesces. All students take piano class and USB MIDI keyboard controllers are our primary means of inputing sequenced note data. We record multi-tracked performances of multiple instruments allowing students to perform on their primary instrument as well. Music theory is referenced over and over as students learn to build chord sequences and compose melodies. Songwriting, arranging and composition are an integral component of the curriculum. There is often collaboration where two or three students work together on a project thereby learning to cooperate and to navigate differences of creative opinions.
We teach basic electronic signal flow, microphone techniques, songwriting, sequencing, acoustics, sound design, arranging and strengthen performance skills. Students learn to use dynamics processing, equalization and filters, time based effects like reverb, delay and chorus, distortion and other coloration effects as well as the art of creating a mix with a sense of depth, space and excitement.
Students are encouraged to produced high quality finished tracks which are showcased on our Soundcloud account giving a sense of completion and accomplishment which can easily be shared with friends and family around the world. All students learn about collaboration, electronics, physics, language, computer skills, discipline and planning multiple layers of abstract concepts to reach an intended goal. For students who will go on to professional music careers we are giving them the skills necessary to be a successful 21st century musician where increasingly the artist must be fluent in all aspects of composing, arranging, performing and recording.
Theater – The Core Program takes the Novice students to the next level of their theater education with an emphasis on Exploratory Theater, Character Development, Character Relationships, Vocal Technique, Monologue and Scene Work., Audition Technique, Story Telling, Improvisational Theater, Theater History/Origins, Greek Theater, Shakespearean/Elizabethan Theater, Contemporary Theater, Musical Theater/Dance, Story Development, Playwrighting, Prop/Costume work, Movement for the Stage, Body Awareness, Breathing Technique, as well as incorporating elements of Technical Theater such as Props & Costume Design and building, Set Design/Construct, and Lighting and Sound Design. The Core classes practice collaboration in the creative process of performance and design, and work together to develop comprehensive end of semester/end of year performances from the ground up.
Private Lessons – CSC private lesson mentors are world class working artists. CSC offers lessons in any genre on any instrument, voice, theater, and dance. We have many wonderful partners in the community that allow us to provide the best private instruction our community has to offer. In private lessons, CSC students receive rigorous year round instruction in the area of their choosing that requires consistent daily practice. We hold monthly recitals for students to present their private lesson material. Students can choose to participate in Royal Conservatory examinations up to three times a year. Upon leaving CSC, each student has the goal to be playing or singing at a professional or near professional level so that they can successfully gain enrollment to the University or Conservatory of their choice. Musicality, tone production, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, sight reading, phrasing, pedagogy, and repertoire are all emphasized.
Alexander Technique – Throughout their experience at CSC, students have the unique and invaluable opportunity to learn the Alexander Technique. One of our full time mentors is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and CSC is proud to be able offer students AT instruction similar to what students receive at institutions like Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, DU, Northwestern and others. CSC students receive AT instruction in studio class and can take private AT lessons.