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Academy of Creative and Performing Arts: Instrumental Music

Hosted at Pennsville Memorial High School

Students participating in the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts: Instrumental Music program are enrolled in a double period of core major curriculum each year.  One is their major performance ensemble (Band or Orchestra) and the other is an Advanced Music Class.  In addition, students receive a private or small group lesson on their major instrument with an adjunct specialist on regular basis.

This program is designed for the dedicated student who wishes to fully explore their artistic major and pursue music as a college major.  Students explore various aspects of subjects included in typical college courses.  This includes a basic understanding of the historical development of music, music theory, composing and arranging, elementary piano playing, ear training, and conducting.  Studies in the Advanced Music courses are taught using a music technology lab.  This introduces the student to the world of music theory and composition using state-of-the-art MIDI, keyboard, and composition software and equipment.

Students enrolled in this academy program participate in recitals as well as performances given by their major music ensemble.  In addition to a variety of shows, plays, and concerts that take place at Pennsville Memorial High School, students will participate in a Senior Recital.

An audition is required during the admissions process for this academy.  The audition is similar to that required for the All South Jersey Middle School Band or Orchestra (run by the South Jersey Band and Orchestral Directors Association).  Specific details are available on the web at under “Audition Info.”  Students who have been selected for All-South Jersey Band or Orchestra are exempt from the audition.

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