Geography: Semester 2

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • World Geography and Cultures (Publ. Glencoe/McGraw Hill; Author. Richard G. Boehm; ISBN. 978-0-07-874529-4)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet

Contemporary Keyboarding: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Key of D

  • Key of D
  • Inversions
  • Damper pedal

Lesson 2: The Blues

  • Blues chords
  • 12 bar blues
  • The blues scale
  • Blues improvisation

Lesson 3: Key of B-flat

  • Key of B-flat
  • B-flat inversion practice
  • B-flat chords improvisation
  • Improvisation exercises

Lesson 4: Additional Theory Concepts

  • Sixteenth notes
  • Compound vs. simple meter
  • 6/8 time signatures

Lesson 5: Seventh Chords

  • 7th chords
  • Diatonic 7th chords in C
  • Chord accompaniment
  • Ear training

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)

Contemporary Keyboarding: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Major and Minor Five Finger Patterns

  • Piano mechanics
  • Note identification review
  • Octave practice
  • Major and minor five finger patterns

Lesson 2: The Chromatic Scale

  • Chromaticism
  • Chromatic scale
  • Major diatonic triad exercise

Lesson 3: Improvisation

  • Improvisation in the key of F
  • Triplets
  • Diminished and dominant 7th chords
  • Chord practice

Lesson 4: Developing Your Technique

  • Technique exercise
  • Composition assignment
  • Improvisation exercise

Lesson 5: Syncopation and Expanded Notation

  • Syncopation
  • 1st and 2nd endings
  • Improvisation with syncopation

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)

 

Bass Guitar: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Articulations

  • Dynamics
  • Staccato and legato
  • Bends
  • Vibrato
  • Harmonics

Lesson 2: Expanding Your Range on the Fretboard

  • Playing scales up the neck
  • Playing arpeggios up the neck

Lesson 3: Note Identification Practice

  • Strategies for learning the fingerboard
  • Advanced scalar patterns

Lesson 4: Intervals

  • Interval Patterns
  • Major scale in thirds
  • Combining thirds and scale fragments
  • Embellishing your bass line

Lesson 5: Improvisation

  • Beginning improvisation
  • Beginning transcription
  • Transcription practice

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Bass Guitar: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Minor Scales

  • Major scale review
  • Scale patterns
  • Melodic minor scale
  • Harmonic minor scale
  • Natural minor scale

Lesson 2: Keys

  • 12 keys
  • Key signatures
  • Tonality

Lesson 3: Diatonic Chords

  • Diatonic chords
  • Chord progression practice
  • Learning songs by ear

Lesson 4: Arpeggios

  • Arpeggios
  • C Major diatonic triads
  • Seventh chords

Lesson 5: Adding Style to Your Bass Line

  • Hammer-on
  • Pull-offs
  • Slides
  • Ghosted/Muted notes

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

 

Voice: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Resonance and Tonal Placement

  • Sensation versus reality
  • Vowels
  • Articulators

Lesson 2: Genres and Styles of Singing

  • Music timeline
  • Venues and Audience
  • Working across genres

Lesson 3: Microphone technique

  • Types of microphones
  • Set-up
  • Studio singing
  • History of the microphone

Lesson 4: Performance Etiquette and Audition Technique

  • Performance preparation
  • Identifying your strengths
  • Etiquette

Lesson 5: Collaboration and Live Performance

  • Common terminology
  • Preparing for a rehearsal
  • Performance preparation
  • Expression onstage

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Broadway Presents! Teens’ Musical Theatre Anthology (Publ. Hal Leonard; 2009 edition)
  • Folk Songs for Solo Singers Volume 1 (Publ. Alfred Music; 1996 edition)

 

Voice: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Expanding your Range

  • Voice types
  • Genre changes
  • Technique

Lesson 2: Ear Training

  • Pitch and Timing
  • Music Theory
  • Intonation and Tuning

Lesson 3: Song Interpretation

  • Analyzing text for meaning
  • Context and subtext
  • Melodic content

Lesson 4: Meter, Feel, and Tempo

  • Meter
  • Tempo
  • Compound and Simple time

Lesson 5: Scales, Key Centers, and Harmony

  • Harmony and Melody
  • Major and Minor
  • Key Centers
  • Chorus and Back-up singers

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Broadway Presents! Teens’ Musical Theatre Anthology (Publ. Hal Leonard; 2009 edition)
  • Folk Songs for Solo Singers Volume 1 (Publ. Alfred Music; 1996 edition)

Trumpet: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Chromaticism Revisited

  • A-flat major scale
  • Tendency notes (D, E♭ and E)
  • Chromaticism review
  • Range practice
  • Trumpet history

Lesson 2: Intervals

  • D-flat major scale
  • Basic flexibilities group III
  • Introduction to basic intervals
  • Clarke studies (A♭ and D♭)

Lesson 3: Expressive Long Tones

  • B major scale
  • Expressive long tones
  • Routine review—fundamentals
  • Clarke studies (B major)

Lesson 4: Mouthpiece Buzzing Revisited

  • G-flat major scale
  • Improvisation
  • Mouthpiece buzzing revisited
  • Flexibilities group III

Lesson 5: Trumpet History

  • Trumpet history
  • Major scale review
  • Performance preparation
  • Performance Review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Trumpet care kit like this or
  • Herbert L. Clarke’s Technical Studies for the Cornet (Publ. Carl Fischer Music Publisher; edition 1984) and First Book of Practical Studies for Cornet & Trumpet (Publ. Alfred Music; edition 1985)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Trumpet: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Intro to Clarke Technical Studies

  • B-flat major scale
  • Introduction to triplets
  • Flexibilities group 1
  • Intro to Clarke Technical Studies

Lesson 2: Improvisation and Transposition

  • A major scale
  • Concert pitch and the transposing trumpet
  • Improvisation assignment
  • Wynton Marsalis’ practice routine
  • Clarke studies

Lesson 3: Scales and Tendency Notes

  • E-flat major scale
  • Chromatic scale review
  • Tendency notes (D and C♯)
  • Trumpet history
  • Clarke studies (E♭ and A)

Lesson 4: Simple and Compound Meters

  • Improvisation assignment
  • Flexibilities group II
  • Trills
  • Scale and Clarke practice technique
  • Simple and compound meters

Lesson 5: Key Signature Identification

  • E major scale
  • Naming the key signature
  • Articulation revisited
  • Clarke study in E and velocity practice

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Trumpet care kit like this or
  • Herbert L. Clarke’s Technical Studies for the Cornet (Publ. Carl Fischer Music Publisher; edition 1984)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Saxophone: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Arpeggios

  • Arpeggios in Sharp and Flat Keys
  • Reeds
  • Performance Review Preparation

Lesson 2: The Pentatonic Scale

  • Sharp Key Pentatonic Scales
  • Flat Key Pentatonic Scales

Lesson 3: New Notes

  • Quadruplets in Compound Meter
  • High F♯ key
  • Low A key (Baritone Saxophone)

Lesson 4: The Blues

  • Blues Form
  • Blues Scale
  • Improvisation

Lesson 5: Trills

  • Famous Saxophonists
  • Trills

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument with neck strap
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Reeds
  • Swab & cork grease (should come with instrument)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Saxophone: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW

Lesson 1: Basics 1 Scale Review

  • Articulation Review
  • Embouchure Review
  • Long Tones

Lesson 2: Expressive Markings

  • Key Signatures
  • Notation
  • Dynamics
  • Notation Instructional Terminology

Lesson 3: Sharp Key Major Scales

  • New Scales: E, B, F♯, C♯
  • Patterns for New Scales
  • Saxophone History

Lesson 4: Flat Key Major Scales

  • Classical Saxophonists
  • New Scales: E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭
  • Patterns for New Scales

Lesson 5: The Chromatic Scale

  • Chromatic Scale Exercises
  • Rhythm Study: Quarter-note Triplets

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument with neck strap
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Reeds
  • Swab & cork grease (should come with instrument)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

 

French Horn: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Mahler 1 in A Major

  • Mahler Symphony No. 1, 1st movement excerpt
  • A Major Scale
  • Mahler excerpt—1st horn part
  • Listening assignment

Lesson 2: Schubert in G Major

  • Schubert Symphony No. 9, 1st movement
  • Ranger
  • Schubert Symphony No. 9, 1st movement improvisation
  • Listening assignment

Lesson 3: Weber in G Major

  • Weber Overture
  • Low range
  • Composition assignment
  • Listening assignment

Lesson 4: Tchaikovsky 4 in C Minor

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
  • Chunking rhythm
  • History—Tchaikovsky
  • Volume and intonation

Lesson 5: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in B-flat Major

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement trio
  • Articulation
  • Transposition
  • Listening assignment
  • History—Symphony No. 3

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (single or double)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Required: International Horn Society (https://www.hornsociety.org/)
  • Horn care packet from Amazon likethis or this which contains valve oil, slide grease, mouthpiece brush, and horn cleaning snake.

French Horn: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Frère Jacques in B-flat Major

  • Revisiting Basics 1
  • Frère Jacques
  • Frère Jacques improvisation
  • B-flat major scale
  • History—studio horn playing in Los Angeles

Lesson 2: Mahler 1 in B-flat Major

  • Minor Frère Jacques
  • B-flat minor scale
  • Style markings
  • Improvisation
  • History

Lesson 3: Mussorgsky in E-flat Major

  • Mussorgsky
  • Additional instrumental lines
  • Historical context
  • Listening assignment
  • E-flat major scale

Lesson 4: Dvořák in D Major

  • Dvořák in D Major
  • Dvořák surrounding parts
  • Accents
  • Volume

Lesson 5: Simple Gifts in F Major

  • Simple Gifts
  • Sustaining through long phrases
  • Simple Gifts improvisation
  • Transcription assignment

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (single or double)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Required: International Horn Society (https://www.hornsociety.org/)
  • Horn care packet from Amazon likethis or this which contains valve oil, slide grease, mouthpiece brush, and horn cleaning snake.

Flute: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Timekeeping in Compound Meter

  • Sixteenth notes in compound meter
  • Irish melodies
  • New note: low C
  • C major scale: two octaves

Lesson 2: The Circle of Fifths

  • Famous flutist: Jean-Pierre Rampal
  • Eighth and two sixteenth note rhythms
  • The circle of fifths
  • New note: high E
  • E major scale: two octaves

Lesson 3: F Major and Dotted Rhythms

  • Expression terms
  • New note: high F
  • F major scale
  • Dotted eighth-sixteenth notes in simple meter
  • Cut time

Lesson 4: A Major, A-flat Major, and Articulations

  • Famous flutist: Claire Chase
  • A and A-flat major scales
  • Tenuto and portato articulations
  • Dotted eighth-sixteenth-eighth rhythm

Lesson 5: Ornaments, Form and Review

  • Mordents
  • C. al Fine
  • Scale review
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & tuning rod
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Mirror
  • Soussmann Complete Method for Flute – Part 1 (Publ. Carl Fischer Music) and 123 Easy Classical Studies for Flute (Publ. Universal).

Flute: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Intro to Clarke Technical Studies

  • Flute family
  • High note review
  • New note: Low D
  • D major scale two octaves

Lesson 2: Dynamics

  • Dynamics
  • Dotted quarter, eighth note
  • Eighth note triplets

Lesson 3: Compound Meter

  • Famous flutist: Joachim Quantz
  • New dynamics
  • Tempo markings
  • Compound meter

Lesson 4: Arpeggios and Grace Notes

  • Famous flutist: Paul Taffanel
  • Arpeggios
  • Grace notes

Lesson 5: E-flat Major

  • Famous flutist: James Galway
  • New notes: low E-flat and high E-flat
  • E-flat major scale: two octaves
  • First and second endings
  • Sixteenth notes in simple meter

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & tuning rod
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Mirror
  • Music Stand (similar to this one)
  • Soussmann Complete Method for Flute – Part 1 (Publ. Carl Fischer Music) and 123 Easy Classical Studies for Flute (Publ. Universal).

Music Theory: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Compound Intervals

  • Why do we have compound intervals?
  • Simple vs. compound intervals
  • Labeling compound intervals
  • References for simple and compound intervals
  • Ear training

Lesson 2: Triads

  • What is a triad?
  • Major triads
  • Minor triads
  • Augmented triads
  • Diminished triads
  • Ear training

Lesson 3: Seventh Chords

  • What is a seventh chord?
  • Major seventh chords
  • Dominant seventh chords
  • Minor seventh chords
  • Half diminished seventh chords
  • Diminished seventh chords

Lesson 4: Triad and Seventh Chord Inversion

  • What are triad inversions?
  • Root position triads
  • First inversion triads
  • Second inversion triads
  • What are seventh chord inversions?
  • First, second, and third inversion seventh chords

Lesson 5: Harmonic Rhythm and Syncopation

  • What is harmonic rhythm?
  • Musical examples of harmonic rhythm
  • What is syncopation?
  • Examples of syncopation
  • Performance Review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Pencil and notebook paper (will need to print PDFs in course)
  • Strongly suggested: instrument in working condition
  • Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)

Music Theory: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Major and Minor Key Signatures, Circle of Fifths

  • A (very) brief history of accidentals and key signatures
  • Key signatures
  • Sharp key signatures
  • Flat key signatures
  • Circle of Fifths

Lesson 2: Relative and Parallel Relationship

  • Relative relationships
  • Parallel relationships

Lesson 3: Intervals

  • Melodic and Harmonic Intervals
  • Interval Quality
  • Diatonic intervals in the major scale
  • Diatonic intervals in the natural minor scale
  • Ear training

Lesson 4: Intervals Part II

  • Review of intervals
  • Augmented and diminished intervals
  • Minor 2nds, tritones, and unisons
  • Enharmonic equivalents
  • Consonant and dissonant intervals
  • Interval reference charts and songs for intervals

Lesson 5: Interval Inversion

  • Interval inversions
  • Inverting intervals
  • Inverted interval quality

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Pencil and notebook paper (will need to print PDFs in course)
  • Strongly suggested: instrument in working condition

Ukulele: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: D Major

  • D Major Scale
  • Scale review
  • Ear training
  • Practice habits and routines

Lesson 2: B Minor

  • Alternate tuning
  • B minor scale
  • Interval study
  • Ear training

Lesson 3: B-flat Major

  • B-flat major scale
  • Interval study
  • Ear training
  • String-skipping

Lesson 4: G Minor

  • G minor scale
  • Interval study
  • 5/4 time signature
  • Eighth-note triplets
  • Slurs—hammer-ons

Lesson 5: A Major

  • A major scale
  • Interval study
  • Seventh chords
  • Ear training

Lesson 6: F-sharp Minor

  • F-sharp minor scale
  • Ear training
  • Cut time
  • History
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)

Ukulele: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: C Major

  • Review of Basics 1
  • C major scale
  • Interval study
  • Ear training
  • Barre chords
  • History

Lesson 2: A Minor

  • A minor scale
  • Diatonic chords
  • Interval study
  • C. al Fine
  • History

Lesson 3: F Major

  • F major scale
  • Diatonic Chords + chord progressions
  • Double-stops
  • Ear training
  • History

Lesson 4: D Minor

  • D minor scale
  • Interval study
  • Ear training
  • “Tag-the-end”
  • Composition

Lesson 5: G Major

  • G major scale
  • S. al Fine
  • 1st and 2nd endings
  • Swung eighth notes
  • Slurs—slides and pull-offs
  • History

Lesson 6: E Minor

  • E minor scale
  • Interval study
  • 6/8 time signature
  • History

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)

Classical Guitar: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Guitar-peggios

  • Arpeggios
  • Study with dyads and arpeggios
  • Rhythm
  • Notes on string four in Position V

Lesson 2: More on Practicing Efficiently

  • On practicing
  • Guitar history
  • B minor scale
  • Sightreading

Lesson 3: Glissando and Portamento

  • Guitar history
  • B melodic minor scale
  • Arpeggio study no. 49 by Julio Sagreras
  • Glissando
  • Portamento
  • Notes on string five in Position V

Lesson 4: Movable Scale Forms

  • Review on constructing scales
  • Intervals
  • Notes on string six in Position V
  • Rasgueado exercise no. 2

Lesson 5: Simple and Compound Meters

  • Ascending and descending slurs on the guitar
  • The C sharp minor scale
  • Simple and compound meter
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Footstool or alternative (suggestions in lesson 2.2)
  • Armless chair or stool
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Classical Guitar: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Dedicated Daily Practice

  • 5 daily practice routines
  • Rhythmic dictation
  • Basics 1 practice supplements

Lesson 2: Free Stroke Finger Technique

  • Free stroke
  • Dyads using free stroke
  • Free stroke scale study
  • Minor scales
  • Basics 1 review

Lesson 3: Flamenco Music

  • Polyphonic music
  • Alternation between pulgar and fingers
  • Extending the C major scale
  • Flamenco music
  • Rasgueado

Lesson 4: Sagreras Excerpts

  • Notes on string two at position V
  • Timbre
  • The A minor scale
  • Lessons 41 and 44 by Julio Sagreras

Lesson 5: Using the Ring Finger (Anular)

  • Right-hand tilt
  • Using anular
  • Developing free stroke with anular
  • Notes in string three in Position IV
  • Guitar history

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)
  • Footstool or alternative (suggestions in lesson 2.2)
  • Armless chair or stool
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Drums: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Syncopated Hi-Hat and Ride Patterns—Part 2

  • Alternative hihat patterns—1e+
  • Alternative ride patterns—1e+
  • Alternative hihat grooves—1e+ (alternating)

Lesson 2: Breakbeats

  • History of the breakbeat
  • Eighth-note breakbeats
  • Sixteenth-note breakbeats

Lesson 3: Hihat Barking—Part 1

  • Barks in eighth-note grooves
  • Barks in sixteenth-note grooves

Lesson 4: Hihat Barking—Part 2

  • Offbeat sixteenth-note barks with bass drum
  • Essential sixteenth-note bark grooves
  • Alternating sixteenth-note bark grooves

Lesson 5: Gadd Grooves

  • History—Steve Gadd
  • Gadd grooves parts 1 & 2
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (full set: floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Drum sticks (suggestion in lesson 1.5)
  • Drum Throne (stool)

Drums: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Sixteenth-Note Grooves

  • History of rock & pop music
  • Right hand sixteenths
  • Alternating sixteenth grooves

Lesson 2: Disco Grooves

  • Characteristics of disco music
  • Eighth-note disco grooves
  • Alternating sixteenth-note disco grooves
  • Additional four-on-the-floor disco grooves

Lesson 3: Bell-Accent Grooves—Downbeats

  • Downbeat bell grooves parts 1-4

Lesson 4: Bell-Accent Grooves—Upbeats

  • Upbeat bell grooves parts 1-4

Lesson 5: Alternative Hi-Hat/Ride Patterns—Part 1

  • Alternative hihat/ride patterns—1+a
  • Alternative ride patterns—1+a
  • Alternative hihat patterns—1+a (alternating)

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (full set: floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Drum sticks (suggestion in lesson 1.5)
  • Drum Throne (stool)

Guitar: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: The Blues

  • Guitar history
  • The B7 chord
  • The blues

Lesson 2: The Pentatonic Scale and Introduction to Soloing

  • Concept review piece
  • The open E-minor and A-minor pentatonic scales
  • Soloing

Lesson 3: Open Power Chords

  • Guitar history
  • Concept review piece
  • Open power chords
  • Variations on open power chords

Lesson 4: Movable Power Chords

  • Concept review piece
  • Movable power chords with roots on the fifth and sixth strings
  • Memorizing notes on the fifth and sixth strings

Lesson 5: Barre Chords

  • Concept review piece
  • Guitar history
  • Barre chords
  • 12th fret harmonics
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & pick
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)
  • Metronome
  • Capo

Guitar: Foundations 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Common Fingers and Guide Fingers

  • Basics 1 concept review
  • Basic open chords
  • Common fingers
  • Guide fingers

Lesson 2: Dyads

  • Concept review piece
  • Dyads
  • Guitar history

Lesson 3: Transposition

  • Concept review piece
  • Diatonicism and chords
  • Chord clock
  • Capo theory

Lesson 4: Alternating Bass

  • Concept review piece
  • Alternating bass
  • Variations on alternating bass

Lesson 5: Fingerpicking

  • Concept review piece
  • Guitar history
  • Fingerpicking
  • Fingerstyle accompaniment
  • Travis picking

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & pick
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)
  • Metronome
  • Capo

Cycling

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
  • Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
  • Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  • Recognize the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

Required Materials.

Students will need reliable access to a computer and internet for their coursework.  Students will also need access to a bicycle and helmet.

8th U.S. History: Semester 2

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe historical events that led to the development of America, its people, and its government.
  2. Describe history from a variety of viewpoints.
  3. Use skills that will help you in other areas of your education and life.

Course Materials

  • The units contain all of the material that you will need to successfully complete the unit quizzes and the final examination.
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet.

8th U.S. History: Semester 1

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Understand historical events that led to the development of America, its people, and its government.
  2. View history from a variety of viewpoints.
  3. Use skills that will help you in other areas of your education and life.

Course Materials

You will need access to a good atlas of the United States.

Reliable access to a computer and internet.

Science 8: Semester 2

Learning Outcomes

There are four main areas that you should master during this course:

  • Describe the theories accounting for the history of the earth.
  • Explain the air, weather, and water patterns of Earth.
  • Describe the movement of Earth’s continents and the origin of volcanoes and earthquakes.
  • Distinguish between rocks and minerals and describe how both are formed.

Course Materials

  • There is no textbook that goes along with this course; it is a self-contained course. All of the information you need can be found in the units throughout this course.

Required Resources

Reliable access to a computer and internet.

Science 8: Semester 1

Course Learning Outcomes

There are four main areas that you should master during this course:

  1. Describe the organization of the world around us, first on an atomic level, and then on a macroscopic, familiar level (from atoms to objects we use daily).
  2. Explain and provide several examples of different types of energy and discuss how energy changes from one form to another.
  3. Identify and utilize simple machines in everyday life.
  4. Define motion and the various items that affect motion.

Course Materials

  • You will not need a textbook to complete this course. All of the information you need is in the lessons.

Required Resources

Reliable access to a computer and internet.

Science 7: Semester 2

Course Learning Outcomes

There are four main areas that you should master during this course that continue on from the first half of this course:

  1. Explain different systems (digestive, circulatory, and immune) in our bodies and how they work together to make us whole.
  2. Explain the properties and states of matter.
  3. Describe the basic principles of ecology, including basic conservation principles.
  4. Describe the basic spheres of earth science and explain the effects of astronomy systems on Earth.

Required Resources

Reliable access to a computer and internet.

Science 7: Semester 1

Course Learning Outcomes

There are four areas that you should master during this course.

  1. Describe the organization and makeup of living things first on a microscopic, cellular level and then on a macroscopic, familiar level (from cells to humans and things in between).
  2. Identify characteristics that are common to all living things.
  3. Explain the principles of heredity, including Mendelian genetics.
  4. Describe the interactions of living things with each other and their environment.

Required Resources.

Reliable access to a computer and internet.

Math 8: Semester 2

Learning Outcomes

After you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Simplify roots and solve equations with roots; use radicals in the Pythagorean theorem to analyze triangles and the distance between points.
  2. Evaluate the relationship between angles and find the measure of angles formed by a transversal and polygons.
  3. Use different transformations to move figures on a coordinate plane.
  4. Determine if figures are similar or congruent using transformations and informal arguments.
  5. Find the volume and missing measures of cylinders, cones, hemispheres, spheres, and composite figures.
  6. Construct and interpret two-way tables, including their relative frequencies; construct and interpret scatter plots and lines of best fit (trend lines) and then make predictions using the information.

Course Materials

Glencoe Math, Your Common Core Edition (Course 3, Volume 2). 1st ed. McGraw-Hill Education, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-07-661904-7.

Texas Instruments Explorer 30 (TI-30) or other graphing calculator with similar capabilities; this is the same calculator used in MATH 035.

Math 8: Semester 1

Learning Outcomes

After you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Solve diverse types of equations using properties of equality, the distributive property, and like terms; write equations with one variable to represent real-world situations.
  2. Write linear equations given graphs, tables, or points; find the slope and constant rate of change; and determine if a linear equation is proportional.
  3. Write equations and solve systems of equations by using graphing, substitution, elimination, and algebraic methods.
  4. Identify and represent functions; identify the type of function; construct functions in different representations, including graphs, equations, and numeric and verbal forms; identify different parts of a function and compare different functions with each other as they apply in everyday situations; and interpret functions to give them meaning.
  5. Work with exponents, their expressions, and rules of use; identify how exponents can be helpful in expressing very large or small quantities; and perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation.
  6. Use the number system to work with and compare rational and irrational numbers; determine the value of numbers; use rational approximations for irrational numbers; and identify the meaning and properties of roots.

Course Materials

McGraw-Hill. Glencoe Math, Your Common Core Edition. Course 3, vol. 1.1st ed. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill, 2013. (ISBN-13: 978-0-07-661530-8)

Texas Instruments Explorer 30 (TI-30) or other graphing calculator with similar capabilities

Math 7: Semester 2

Learning Outcomes

After you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Simplify and compare fractions.
  2. Change from fractions to mixed numbers and fractions to decimals and vice versa.
  3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers.
  4. Identify unit rates in different representations.
  5. Work with ratios, proportions, and percents.
  6. Use number lines and modeling with integers.
  7. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers.
  8. Work with algebraic expressions and equations.
  9. Write and solve equations and inequalities.

Required Resources.

The calculator explorations are written for the Texas Instruments Explorer 30 (TI-30); however, most other graphing calculators have similar capabilities.

Reliable access to a computer and internet.

Math 7: Semester 1

Learning Outcomes

After you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to

  1. Represent data using a bar graph, a line graph, and a circle graph. Also make a spreadsheet, frequency table, and a line plot.
  2. Find the mean, median, and mode of a data set. Compare measures of central tendency among data sets.
  3. Find probabilities of events, predict the relative frequency of events, and use simulations to identify frequencies for compound events.
  4. Identify geometric terms such as points, lines, planes, segments, rays, and angles. Classify types of polygons by their number of sides. Explore types of triangles and special quadrilaterals.
  5. Perform operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division on decimal numbers.
  6. Identify divisibility rules for numbers. Find the greatest common factor and least common multiple for a set of numbers using prime factorization.
  7. Find the area of geometric figures and the surface area of various geometric solids.
  8. Use estimation skills to order, approximate, and round answers to problems.
  9. Use various problem-solving skills to solve real-world application problems.

Required Resources.

The calculator explorations are written for the Texas Instruments Explorer 30 (TI-30); however, most other graphing calculators have similar capabilities.

Reliable access to a computer and internet.

English 8: Semester 2

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply new vocabulary words to your reading and writing.
  2. Write your own persuasive letter, argumentative essay, journal entries, and novel chapter.
  3. Analyze literature by reading an epic adventure and a novel and completing additional recreational reading.
  4. Identify the elements of the research process and incorporate them into your own research paper.

Course Materials

Most of the reading you do in this course will be found online within the course. However, you will need to have a copy of the novel Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. This novel was published in 2000 and should not be hard to find. You may check this book out at your local library or purchase a copy of it from a bookstore.

English 8: Semester 1

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply new vocabulary words to your reading and writing and expand your individual “world of words.”
  2. Write your own creative poems, opinions, journal entries, film-to-novel comparison, expository essay, and short story.
  3. Compare and analyze life experiences by reading examples of several literary forms, including poetry, short stories, informational texts, and a novel.
  4. Identify the elements of fiction and incorporate them into a short story of your own.

Course Materials

You will need to have a copy of the novel The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper. It was published in 1973 and was awarded a Newbery Honor Award. This novel should not be too difficult to find; you may check it out at your local library or purchase a copy of it from a bookstore.

English 7: Semester 2

Course Outline: 

Lesson 1: Theme
Lesson 2: Poetry
Lesson 3: Shakespeare
Lesson 4: Literary Genres
Lesson 5: Research
Lesson 6: Publishing

What You Should Already Know

The prerequisite for English 33 is English 31: Seventh-Grade English 1, or a seventh-grade equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

This course will enable you to continue your growth as an effective reader and communicator. Here are the main learning outcomes of this course:

  1. Identify themes in literature, as well as the presence of imagery, symbols, and figurative language.
  2. Analyze techniques in poetry that intensify and enrich the experience of language; memorize and recite a poem using effective presentation skills.
  3. Compare the characteristics of selected genres in literature, including science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and dystopian literature.
  4. Read and interpret Shakespearean sonnets and excerpts from a play.
  5. Use the steps of inquiry and research to investigate your world; compose a research paper that develops a well-supported thesis and avoids plagiarism by citing sources.
  6. Apply reading and writing strategies by reading a novel and identifying the key ideas and questions it raises.
  7. Expand and enrich your vocabulary by learning word-mastery strategies.

Course Materials

This course requires no additional textbook; however, we will read and discuss a novel throughout the course, which you must acquire:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

English 7: Semester 1

Course Outline: 

Lesson 1: Reading Strategies: Literary Fiction
Lesson 2: Short Stories
Lesson 3: Biography and Autobiography
Lesson 4: Fables and Myths
Lesson 5: Reading Strategies: Informational Text
Lesson 6: Grammar and Language Workshop
Lesson 7: Argument and Persuasion

What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course, but you should have basic seventh-grade-level reading, writing, and grammar skills.

Learning Outcomes

This course will enable you to continue your growth as an effective reader and communicator. In this course you will learn to do the following:

  1. Apply effective reading strategies to both literary fiction and informational text.
  2. Analyze characteristics of short stories, traditional stories, and nonfiction writing.
  3. Refine writing and persuasive skills by composing papers and giving presentations.
  4. Use correct grammar and language conventions in your own compositions.
  5. Expand and enrich your vocabulary by applying word-mastery strategies.

Course Materials

This course requires no additional textbook; however, we will read and discuss a novel throughout the course, which you must acquire:

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Bass Guitar: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Learning Bass Lines Efficiently

  • Notes on the third string
  • 3/4 time signature
  • Identifying song form
  • Pickup bar
  • Bass history
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 2: Muting Technique and Closed Position

  • Bass history
  • Notes on the fourth string
  • Muting technique and closed position
  • Right hand exercises

Lesson 3: Accidentals

  • Accidentals
  • Enharmonic equivalents
  • Developing effective practice habits
  • Bass history

Lesson 4: Dotted Quarter Note Rhythms

  • Bass history
  • Dotted quarter note rhythms
  • The tie
  • Repeat sign

Lesson 5: Major Scales

  • Major scale construction
  • 5-fret shapes
  • Applying scales during practice
  • Bass history
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Contemporary Keyboarding: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Intervals and Range Expansion

  • Melodic intervals
  • Harmonic intervals
  • Crossing over to expand range

Lesson 2: The Dotted Quarter Note

  • Piano history
  • Dotted quarter notes
  • Expanded intervals
  • More dynamics
  • Improvisation

Lesson 3: Accidentals

  • Accidentals
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 4: Major Scales and Key Signatures

  • Stepwise motion
  • Scales and key signatures
  • Scale practice

Lesson 5: Primary Chords and Triad Construction

  • Triad formation
  • Primary chords in F
  • Primary chords in G
  • Composition
  • Performance review
  • Final exam preparation

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)

Saxophone: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Pinky Notes

  • Pinky notes in the right and left hand
  • 3/4 time
  • Pickup measure
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 2: Palm Keys and Dotted Quarter Notes

  • Dotted quarter note
  • The tie
  • Ties between measures
  • Palm keys

Lesson 3: Accidentals In-Depth

  • Accidentals
  • Enharmonics
  • Compound meter
  • The triplet

Lesson 4: Major Scale Construction

  • Major Scales (F, G, D, A, B♭)
  • Patterns in major scales
  • Repeat sign
  • Articulations (tongued vs. slurred)

Lesson 5: Intro to Improvisation

  • Evolution of jazz saxophone
  • Introduction to improvisation
  • Improvisation practice
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument with neck strap
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Reeds
  • Swab & cork grease (should come with instrument)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Ukulele: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Demystifying the Fretboard (the chromatic scale)

  • Octaves
  • The musical alphabet
  • Accidentals
  • Half- and whole-steps
  • The chromatic scale
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 2: From Chromatic to Diatonic (the Key of C)

  • Chromatic scale review
  • Scales and keys
  • Extracting a major scale
  • C major scale/key of C major

Lesson 3: Building Harmony

  • Introduction to harmony
  • How to build triads
  • Triads in the key of C
  • Common chord progressions

Lesson 4: Reading and Playing Standard Notation

  • Introduction to standard notation
  • Elements of standard notation
  • Advantages and disadvantages of standard notation
  • Playing material

Lesson 5: More Strumming and Rhythms

  • Reviewing strumming
  • Reviewing rhythm
  • New note durations and rhythms
  • Alternate strumming
  • Pick-up measure
  • 3/4 time signature
  • Playing material

Lesson 6: From One Key to Another (the Keys of G & F)

  • Review of the chromatic scale
  • Review of scales and keys
  • G major scale/key of G major
  • Triads in the key of G
  • F major scale/key of F major
  • Triads in the key of F
  • Playing material

Lesson 7: From Major to Minor (the Keys of A Minor, E Minor and D Minor)

  • Review of the chromatic scale
  • Review of scales and keys
  • A minor scale/key of A minor
  • E minor scale/key of E minor
  • D minor scale/key of D minor
  • Playing material

Lesson 8: Ukulele History

  • Origin of the ukulele
  • Pre-WWII
  • Post WWII to present
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)
  • Pick

Trumpet: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Flexibilities and the Chromatic Scale

  • Trumpet maintenance: part 2
  • Intro to flexibilities
  • Dotted rhythms and ties
  • Chromatic scale and enharmonics
  • The basic mutes
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 2: Key Signatures and Technical Checkpoint

  • The G major scale
  • Arpeggios
  • Intro to key signatures
  • Scale practice technique
  • Tuning, posture, and breath checkpoint

Lesson 3: Long Tones

  • The D major scale
  • 16th note values
  • Long tones
  • Trumpet history

Lesson 4: Organizing Your Practice

  • Organizing your practice
  • F major scale and range
  • Additional music terminology
  • Accidentals

Lesson 5: Trumpet History

  • Trumpet history
  • The keyed trumpet
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Trumpet care kit like this or
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

French Horn: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Go Tell Aunt Rhody

  • Introduction to dynamics
  • New keys: C major and A minor
  • Performance piece: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • Performance review piece

Lesson 2: Lightly Row

  • Horn history
  • Introduction to mutes
  • Performance piece: Lightly Row
  • Lightly Row inner voice lines

Lesson 3: Long, Long Ago

  • C major scale
  • Performance piece: Long, Long Ago
  • Inner voice lines
  • E-flat and F major scale

Lesson 4: Long, Long Ago in A Minor

  • Tuning
  • Long, Long Ago in A Minor
  • Chromatic scale
  • Problem solving

Lesson 5: Preparing for the Final Exam

  • Improvising melodic phrases
  • Improvisation on Long, Long Ago in A Minor
  • Improvisation on inner voice lines
  • Performance Review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (single or double)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Horn care packet from Amazon likethis or this which contains valve oil, slide grease, mouthpiece brush, and horn cleaning snake.

Flute: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Key Centers, Scales and Additional Rhythms

  • Warming Up
  • Cumulative study
  • Intro to major scales
  • Eighth-notes
  • Key signatures
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 2: Tone Refinement and Articulations

  • Tone refinement exercises
  • Intro to staccato
  • Intro to pick up notes
  • New notes F♯ and A♭
  • C and G major scales

Lesson 3: The Chromatic Scale

  • Enharmonic review
  • New note C♯
  • Chromatic scale
  • The tie

Lesson 4: Key Signatures

  • New note high D
  • D major scale and exercises
  • Accents
  • Sharp key signatures

Lesson 5: The Shinobue and Technical Review

  • Shinobue
  • Breathing revisited
  • Ritardando
  • Scale review
  • Performance Review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & tuning rod
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)
  • Mirror

Classical Guitar: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Using All Four Fingers of the Left Hand

  • Ear training
  • Using all four fingers of the left hand
  • Notes on string three
  • Pulgar
  • Free stroke

Lesson 2: Accidentals

  • Open string B
  • Accidentals
  • Notes on string five

Lesson 3: Major and Minor Thirds

  • Major and minor thirds
  • Notes on string two
  • Studies on strings two through four
  • Guitar history
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 4: The Major Scale

  • Notes on string one
  • The major scale
  • Sight reading
  • Ties within a measure
  • Pickup measures
  • Guitar history

Lesson 5: Sight Reading Skills

  • Notes on string six
  • Online exercises
  • Daily studies
  • Sight reading
  • Guitar history
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Footstool or alternative (suggestions in lesson 2.2)
  • Armless chair or stool
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Bass Guitar: Basics 1 – UC Approved

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Bass Guitar

  • Bass guitar history
  • Parts of the bass guitar
  • Types of basses
  • Bass guitar equipment
  • Holding the bass guitar
  • Fingerboard diagrams
  • Tuning

Lesson 2: Playing on the Fretboard

  • Warm-up stretches
  • Fingerstyle plucking
  • Using a pick
  • Left hand position
  • Finger permutations
  • Your first bass line

Lesson 3: Reading Tablature and Rhythms

  • Bass history
  • Tuning the bass to itself
  • Introduction to notation
  • Using the staff and reading rhythms
  • Rests
  • Reading tablature

Lesson 4: Introduction to Standard Notation

  • Standard notation—pitch
  • Notes on the first string
  • First string étude
  • Bass history

Lesson 5: Bass Guitar Maintenance

  • Bass history
  • Bass guitar care and maintenance
  • Notes on the second string
  • Dotted half note rhythm

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Contemporary Keyboarding: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Keyboard

  • Piano history
  • Types of pianos
  • Setting up to play
  • Sounding notes on the keyboard
  • Rhythm and timing
  • Time signatures

Lesson 2: Reading Notation

  • Pitch notation and the grand staff
  • C-position
  • Right hand exercises
  • Left hand exercises
  • Both hands together
  • Improvisation introduction

Lesson 3: Hands Together

  • Piano history
  • Middle C position
  • Combining C and middle C positions
  • Eighth notes

Lesson 4: Moving Hands

  • Low G-position
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo indication
  • Composition
  • Dotted rhythms
  • 3/4 time

Lesson 5: Open and Close Hand Position

  • Piano history
  • Reading pitch notation efficiently
  • Identifying random notes quickly
  • Articulation

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)

Flute: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Flute

  • History of the flute
  • Parts of the flute
  • Flute care
  • Proper playing posture
  • Breathing, embouchure, first sounds

Lesson 2: Assembling and Playing the Flute

  • Holds—extending time and troubleshooting
  • Introduction to articulation
  • First song on the headjoint
  • Assembling the flute

Lesson 3: Fingering Charts and Note Reading

  • Hand position
  • Fingering chart review and first three notes
  • Flute history
  • Reading notes on the staff
  • Beat, tempo and rhythm

Lesson 4: Breath Control

  • How to warm up
  • Notation
  • Flute history
  • New note C and exercises
  • Breath control
  • Right-hand note F and exercises

Lesson 5: Ornamentations and Accidentals

  • Intro to trills
  • Intro to slurs
  • Intro to accidentals
  • New notes B♭, D , E♭

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & tuning rod
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Thin piece of cotton fabric
  • Mirror

French Horn: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Getting Started—Holding the Horn, Breathing, and Embouchure

  • Parts of the horn
  • Assembling and holding the horn
  • Breathing
  • Embouchure and creating sound
  • Maintaining the horn

Lesson 2: Hot Cross Buns

  • Embouchure work
  • Breathing exercises
  • Playing in E-flat major
  • Articulation
  • Performance Piece: Hot Cross Buns

Lesson 3: More on Hot Cross Buns

  • History of horn
  • Flexibility exercise
  • Playing in F major
  • Breathing exercise
  • Gaining musical literacy

Lesson 4: Pierrot

  • Breathing exercise
  • Introduction to the metronome
  • Flexibility exercise
  • Performance piece: Pierrot
  • Gaining musical literacy

Lesson 5: Major Duple

  • Range exercise
  • Introduction to solfège
  • Solfège exercise
  • Finger chart
  • Performance Piece: Major Duple

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (single or double)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Horn care packet from Amazon likethis or this which contains valve oil, slide grease, mouthpiece brush, and horn cleaning snake.

Saxophone: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Saxophone

  • Saxophone history
  • Parts of the saxophone
  • Types of saxophones
  • Holding the saxophone
  • Fingering charts
  • Reed placement
  • Embouchure and producing a sound

Lesson 2: Breathing Technique and Onsets

  • Hand position
  • Introduction to breathing
  • Basics of articulation
  • C Major Scale
  • First simple song

Lesson 3: Reading Rhythms

  • Adolphe Sax history
  • Tuning the saxophone
  • Introduction to notated rhythms and reading on the staff
  • Rhythm Practice
  • Rest and rest exercises
  • Second simple song

Lesson 4: Reading Standard Notation

  • Standard Notation
  • Notes (in the right and left hand)
  • Right- and Left-hand Study
  • Bis Key
  • History of standard notation

Lesson 5: Chromatic Fingerings

  • Third simple song
  • Chromatic fingerings in both hands
  • Rhythmic accuracy and counting skills
  • Syncopation
  • Dotted Rhythms
  • Instrument and Reed Care and Maintenance

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument with neck strap
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Reeds
  • Swab & cork grease (should come with instrument)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Ukulele: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Ukulele

  • Types of ukuleles
  • Parts of the ukulele
  • Holding the ukulele
  • Tuning the ukulele
  • Understanding the fretboard
  • Playing your first notes
  • Ukulele care

Lesson 2: Playing Chords

  • How to read chord diagrams
  • How to finger chords
  • Strumming
  • Switching between chords
  • How to name and say chords
  • Playing material

Lesson 3: Reading and Playing Rhythms

  • Introduction to rhythm
  • How to use a metronome
  • Note durations
  • Time signature and counting rhythm
  • Tempo
  • Playing material

Lesson 4: Reading and Playing Tablature

  • Tablature introduction
  • Elements of tablature
  • Advantages and disadvantages of tablature
  • Playing material

Lesson 5: The Sound of Silence

  • Introduction to rests
  • Using notes vs. rests
  • Introduction to ties
  • Playing material

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)
  • Pick

Trumpet: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Trumpet

  • Parts of a trumpet
  • Assembly and holding the trumpet
  • Trumpet maintenance: part 1
  • Posture and breathing
  • Playing your first few notes
  • History of the Trumpet

Lesson 2: An Introduction to Buzzing and Reading Music

  • Mouthpiece buzzing
  • Articulation and tonguing
  • Articulation practice
  • Introduction to reading music
  • Pulse and tempo

Lesson 3: First Notes and Articulations

  • Common first notes
  • First five notes with articulation
  • Attack
  • Whole notes, measures and time signatures

Lesson 4: Reading Rhythms

  • Half and quarter values
  • Slurring
  • Trumpet history
  • Eighth-note values
  • Flats, sharps and naturals
  • Dynamics

Lesson 5: Timekeeping Skills and Scales

  • Introduction to the metronome
  • Exploring time signatures
  • Introduction to scales
  • Introduction to tuning
  • Embouchure guidelines

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Trumpet care kit like this or
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

 

Classical Guitar: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Classical Guitar

  • Types of guitars
  • Parts of the classical guitar
  • Fingers of the right hand
  • Tuning the guitar
  • Notating Rhythms

Lesson 2: Playing Position and Sounding the Strings

  • Holding the guitar
  • Finding the correct playing position
  • Sounding the strings
  • Beat and rhythm
  • Guitar history

Lesson 3: Reading Rhythms and Notation Symbols

  • Studies in moving across strings
  • The left hand and left arm playing position
  • More notation symbols
  • Guitar history

Lesson 4: Reading Standard Notation

  • Acoustic guitars
  • Ledger lines
  • Reading notation on the guitar
  • Fine tuning the right hand attack

Lesson 5: Intervals

  • Intervals
  • Dotted rhythms
  • Altering rhythmic values with ties
  • Guitar history

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Footstool or alternative (suggestions in lesson 2.2)
  • Armless chair or stool
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)

Music Theory: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Compound Meter

  • Compound duple meter
  • Compound triple meter
  • Compound quadruple meter
  • Label the pulse in odd meter
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 2: Counting

  • Why we need to count
  • Counting the beat in simple meter
  • Counting subdivisions
  • Counting compound meters

Lesson 3: Pitches, Whole and Half Steps, Accidentals

  • Pitch
  • Half and whole steps
  • Accidentals
  • Theory history

Lesson 4: The Major Scale and Scale Degrees

  • The major scale
  • Constructing the major scale
  • Scale degree names

Lesson 5: The Minor Scale

  • The natural minor scale
  • The harmonic minor scale
  • The melodic minor scale
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Pencil and notebook paper (will need to print PDFs in course)
  • Strongly suggested: instrument in working condition

Music Theory: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Notes, Staff, and Clefs

  • Parts of a note
  • The staff
  • Clefs
  • Writing notes on a staff
  • Stem direction
  • Theory history

Lesson 2: Note Names on the Staff

  • Note placement on the staff
  • Ledger lines and notes on ledger lines
  • Theory history

Lesson 3: Measures and Bar Lines

  • Single bar lines
  • Double bar lines
  • Systemic bar lines
  • Repeat signs
  • Pop song form

Lesson 4: Note and Rest Values

  • Note values
  • Rest values
  • Writing rests on the staff
  • Dots and ties

Lesson 5: Simple Meter

  • Beat and pulse
  • Simple duple meter
  • Simple triple meter
  • Simple quadruple meter

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Pencil and notebook paper (will need to print PDFs in course)
  • Strongly suggested: instrument in working condition

Guitar: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Full Chords and Strum Patterns

  • Alternate strumming
  • Five strum patterns
  • D7 chord
  • Full G, C, D, and E minor chords
  • Playing two chords per measure
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 2: Playing in Other Time Signatures

  • 3/4 Time
  • Two chords per measure in 3/4
  • Simple meter
  • Other time signatures
  • Pickup measure
  • The tie in strumming notation

Lesson 3: The G Major Scale

  • Guitar history
  • G major scale
  • Dotted quarter note
  • Anticipated chord changes
  • Notes on the fourth string

Lesson 4: The C Major Scale

  • Guitar history
  • Notes on the fifth string
  • C Major Scale
  • Notes on the sixth string

Lesson 5: A Deeper Understanding of the Fretboard

  • Fretboard understanding
  • Chromatic scale
  • Major scale construction
  • “Say and Play” warm up
  • Beyond the 12th fret

Lesson 6: Keys and Key Signatures

  • Keys and key signatures
  • Minor scale construction
  • Relative scales
  • Theory assignments
  • Performance review
  • Preparing for your final exam

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & pick
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)
  • Metronome
  • Capo

Voice: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Vowels

  • Discuss how vowels are formed through a brain-body connection
  • Discover how to form vowels without excess tension
  • Evaluate different vowel timbres and placement
  • Evaluate and assess how different singers choose vowels

Lesson 2: Phrasing and Style

  • Define and recognize appropriate breath phrasing
  • Discover and distinguish between different types of articulation
  • Evaluation the effect of dynamic choices
  • Engage in exercises to compare phrasing and style choices

Lesson 3: Enunciation and Vibrato

  • Enunciation process
  • Consonant Formation and Tongue Twisters
  • Vibrato and Breath Spin

Lesson 4: Vocal Health & Good Habits

  • Preventative care to preserve vocal health
  • Vocal conditions due to overuse
  • Vocal hygiene

Lesson 5: Music’s Cultural and Personal Impact

  • Discuss the impact of African American culture on contemporary music
  • Compare types of singing based on period
  • Evaluate and assess personal progress in this course

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Broadway Presents! Teens’ Musical Theatre Anthology (Publ. Hal Leonard; 2009 edition)
  • Folk Songs for Solo Singers Volume 1 (Publ. Alfred Music; 1996 edition)

Website: radiooooo.com (Author: Benjamin Moreau; url: http://radiooooo.com)

Voice: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: How the Voice Works

  • Develop an understanding of anatomy for the singer
  • Physically define proper singing posture
  • Examine the condensed timeline of singing and relate it to your interests
  • Apply your knowledge of anatomy and posture into vocal exercises

Lesson 2: Breath and Supported Singing

  • Identify the muscles of the breath mechanism and their functions
  • Compare different types of breathing and muscular support
  • Demonstrate various onsets of tone
  • Listen and compare different inhalations and the effect on tone

Lesson 3: Preparation for Singing: Stretches and Movement for Singers

  • Physically engage in warm-up stretches
  • Discuss anatomy of the throat to illustrate importance of preparation
  • Demonstrate energizing stretches to help with lessons and performance

Lesson 4: Registers

  • Define and locate the different registers of the voice
  • Discover techniques to transition between registers
  • Discuss and assess different qualities of sound

Lesson 5: Learning your music

  • Define and compare basic form components
  • Define and interpret musical notation
  • Identify different strategies to memorize material
  • Distinguish and assess song form based upon listening

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Broadway Presents! Teens’ Musical Theatre Anthology (Publ. Hal Leonard; 2009 edition)
  • Folk Songs for Solo Singers Volume 1 (Publ. Alfred Music; 1996 edition)

Drums: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 16: Ride Cymbal

  • History of cymbals
  • Ride cymbal basics
  • Quarter-note grooves—three-way coordination
  • Eighth-note grooves—three-way coordination

Lesson 2: Hihat

  • Hihat basics
  • Hihat notation
  • Closed hihat grooves
  • Incorporating your left foot—four-way coordination

Lesson 3: Crash Cymbal

  • Crash cymbal basics
  • Essential crashes
  • Phrases with multiple crashes
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 4: Introduction to Drum Fills

  • Drum fill basics
  • Snare drum fills—one beat
  • Snare drum fills—two beats
  • Snare drum fills—one measure

Lesson 5: Tom Toms

  • Tom-tom basics
  • Tuning the tom-toms
  • Two-beat tom-tom fills
  • Four-beat tom-tom fills
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (full set: floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Drum sticks (suggestion in lesson 1.5)
  • Drum Throne (stool)

Drums: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Snare Drum Basics

  • History of the snare drum
  • Parts of the snare drum
  • Drumsticks and drum heads
  • Tuning the snare drum
  • Grip types
  • Proper technique for playing
  • Rudiments: single strokes and double strokes

Lesson 2: Rhythmic Notation

  • Pulse and tempo
  • Introduction to metronome use
  • Rhythmic notation basics
  • Notes and rests
  • Simple rhythms
  • Notation history

Lesson 3: Eighth & Sixteenths

  • Eighth notes and rests
  • Sixteenth notes and rests
  • Rudiments: paradiddles

Lesson 4: Bass Drum Basics 1

  • Parts of the bass drum and accessories
  • History of the bass drum
  • Tuning the bass drum
  • Bass drum technique
  • Bass drum rhythm exercises

Lesson 5: Bass Drum Basics 2

  • Bass drum rhythm exercises continued
  • Bass and snare drum rhythms—tw0-way coordination
  • Backbeat rhythms

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (full set: floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Drum sticks (suggestion in lesson 1.5)
  • Drum Throne (stool)

Guitar: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Guitar

  • Guitar history
  • Types of guitars
  • Parts of the guitar
  • Holding the guitar
  • Plucking and picking
  • Hand health
  • Tuning the guitar

Lesson 2: Playing With Both Hands

  • Left hand position and fingering
  • How to read music diagrams
  • Fretting warm up
  • Strumming
  • G, C, and D chords

Lesson 3: Reading TAB and Rhythms

  • Warm up exercises
  • Beats and rhythm
  • Reading rhythms
  • How to read tablature
  • Reading rests
  • Guitar care
  • String replacement

Lesson 4: Reading Notes on the First and Second Strings

  • Notes on the first string
  • First string études
  • Notes on the second string
  • Second string études
  • Dotted rhythms

Lesson 5: Standard Notation Fundamentals

  • Standard notation
  • Up picking
  • Alternate picking
  • Rhythm assignments
  • The tie

Lesson 6: Accidentals

  • Guitar history
  • Accidentals
  • Notes on the third string
  • Syncopation

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & pick
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • The Rhythm Trainer (John Blank; http://www.therhythmtrainer.com)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)
  • Metronome

Chemistry: Semester 2

Course Learning Outcomes

The main purpose of this course is to help you become proficient in core principles of chemistry.

Here are some of the main things you will learn to do:

  1. Organize the elements that make up our Earth and our atmosphere.
  2. Solve, in a common-sense fashion, chemical problems dealing with results from an experiment or reaction.
  3. Discuss atoms—their makeup, what they do, and how they do it.

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection

Chemistry: Semester 1

Course Learning Outcomes

The main purpose of this course is to help you become proficient in core principles of Chemistry. I hope that this course will help you get the most out of building your scientific thinking foundation. Here are some of the main things you will learn to do:

  1. Organize the elements that make up our earth and our atmosphere.
  2. Solve, in a common-sense fashion, chemical problems dealing with results from an experiment and/or reaction.
  3. Discuss atoms—their makeup, what they do, and how they do it.

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection

Meteorology

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection

Secondary Mathematics III: Semester 2

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Graphing calculator (suggested: TI-84, TI-86, or TI-89)

Secondary Mathematics III: Semester 1

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Graphing calculator (suggested: TI-84, TI-86, or TI-89)

Secondary Mathematics II: Semester 2

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Graphing calculator (suggested: TI-84, TI-86, or TI-89)

Secondary Mathematics II: Semester 1

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Graphing calculator (suggested: TI-84, TI-86, or TI-89)

Secondary Mathematics I: Semester 2

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Graphing calculator (suggested: TI-84, TI-86, or TI-89)

Secondary Mathematics I: Semester 1

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Graphing calculator (suggested: TI-84, TI-86, or TI-89)

Precalculus: Semester 2

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Graphing calculator (suggested: TI-84, TI-86, or TI-89)

Precalculus: Semester 1

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Graphing calculator (suggested: TI-84, TI-86, or TI-89)

Health

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection

English 09: Semester 2

REQUIRED RESOURCES:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
  • Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline)

*Students attending Educational Advantage will have the opportunity to use EA’s copy of the texts or listen to them via Audible.

English 09: Semester 1

REQUIRED RESOURCES:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Night (Elie Wiesel)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare)

*Students attending Educational Advantage will have the opportunity to use EA’s copy of the texts or listen to them via Audible.

English 12: Semester 2

REQUIRED RESOURCES:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Blood Brothers (Elias Chacour)
  • House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
  • A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)

*Students attending Educational Advantage will have the opportunity to use EA’s copy of the texts or listen to them via Audible.

English 12: Semester 1

REQUIRED RESOURCES:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)
  • Outliers (Malcom Gladwell)
  • The Great Divorce (C.S. Lewis)

*Students attending Educational Advantage will have the opportunity to use EA’s copy of the texts or listen to them via Audible.

English 11: Semester 2

REQUIRED RESOURCES:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

*Students attending Educational Advantage will have the opportunity to use EA’s copy of the texts or listen to them via Audible.

English 11: Semester 1

REQUIRED RESOURCES:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Crucible (Arthur Miller)
  • Macbeth (William Shakespeare)
  • Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

*Students attending Educational Advantage will have the opportunity to use EA’s copy of the texts or listen to them via Audible.

English 10: Semester 2

REQUIRED RESOURCES:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)
  • Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare)

*Students attending Educational Advantage will have the opportunity to use EA’s copy of the texts or listen to them via Audible.

English 10: Semester 1

REQUIRED RESOURCES:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
  • Ten Days in a Madhouse (Nellie Bly)

*Students attending Educational Advantage will have the opportunity to use EA’s copy of the texts or listen to them via Audible.

Digital Literacy (8th grade)

Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to prepare you for the workplace by helping you become comfortable using a computer. When you complete this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain technology operations and concepts.
  2. Use productivity application software.
  3. Use communication networks, the Internet, and digital citizenship.
  4. Use multiple processes of electronic communication and collaboration.
  5. Integrate course knowledge in another general education class.

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection
  • A computer with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access (Microsoft Office Suite). Equivalent software found in Google Docs or on Macintosh computers may also be used, but be aware that versions of software will be different and may or may not have the tools to complete parts of the assignments.

Biology: Semester 2

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection

LAB MATERIALS:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White bread
  • Wheat bread
  •  Sandwich bags
  • 4 glasses
  • Measuring cups
  • 4 stalks of celery (with leaves–if possible)
  • Food coloring (4 different colors)
  • Stopwatch
  • Oyster, clam, or mussel
  • Colored pencils
  • Fabric or blindfold
  • Several labs call for various, common food items
  • Lab 7 requires a friend or family member

Biology: Semester 1

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection

LAB MATERIALS:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • M&M’s
  • Scissors
  • Coins
  • Tape
  • Cup
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Leaf from tree or house plant
  • Green split peas
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Table salt
  • Measuring cups
  • Wooden stick
  • Meat tenderizer (or approved replacement: pineapple juice or contact lens solution)
  • Blender
  • Strainer
  • Small glass container (or test tubes)
  • 2 bowls
  • 5 cups of four different types of dry beans (or a multi-bean mix)
  • 2 trays (or cookie sheets)

Astronomy

Course Outline: 

  1. Observing the Night Sky
    2. Historical Highlights in Astronomy
    3. The Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets
    4: The Solar System—Jovian Planets, Comets, Asteroids, etc.
    5: The Sun and Other Stars
    6: Galaxies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should have done the following:

  1. Developed a basic knowledge of astronomy, both historical and observational.
  2. Acquired an appreciation for astronomy and the night skies.
  3. Learn how astronomers study the universe and exercise some of those skills yourself.

Course Materials

This course is self-contained. You do not need a separate astronomy book to complete the units.

Required Resources

Access to a computer and internet access.