A private high school in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California
Music performing groups are a lively and integral part of life at College Prep.
Music performing groups are a lively and integral part of life at College Prep. Music courses offer students the opportunity to perform in choral or instrumental ensembles and to become acquainted with musical forms and composers of the past and present. Classes are designed to foster proper technique, teamwork, self-expression, and joy.
Chorus is open to all students who want to sing. Singers learn choral and vocal techniques, and sing music from a variety of periods and styles. Before performances the class meets several times in combined rehearsals with instrumental ensembles. The curriculum is designed to engage both novice and experienced singers. The group participates in one major concert each semester and performs more informally, on and off campus, throughout the year.
Advanced Vocal Ensemble (AVE) is a small performing group of singers interested in working at a level both vocally and musically more intensive, expressive, and dynamic than that of the Chorus. AVE sings music of many styles, including classical, world music, and a cappella. Admission is by audition only.
Beginning Instruments is designed for students who would like to begin to play music, learn a new instrument, learn to read music, or learn to improvise on an instrument they already play. Students choose from a wide variety of instruments including guitar, electric bass, and band and orchestra instruments. With the exception of those who choose drums and piano, students provide their own instruments. The class culminates in an informal lunchtime performance.
Open to all orchestra instrumentalists who have prior training, the orchestra rehearses a broad repertoire and performs at school concerts, and other on-campus events. The orchestra also performs with the choral students on the biennial music tour.
This class is for the school’s most advanced classical instrumentalists. Students play chamber music in small groups, usually meeting during the school day, with additional rehearsals before performances.
This performing ensemble explores jazz and rock styles while encouraging and developing improvisational technique. Open to intermediate and advanced players, the class meets several days a week and has additional rehearsals before performances.
AP Music Theory covers traditional four-part writing, figured bass, Roman numeral analysis, interpretive skills, sight-singing, and music dictation. Jazz and pop styles are also taught, including chord symbols and modern chord progressions. This course prepares students for the college entrance exams given by most music colleges at universities and conservatories as well as for the AP Music Theory Exam.