Louis Johnson, instrumental music teacher at Rifle High School, is offering a new year-long elective music course, entitled T.H.A.T. Music. The class includes music theory, history, appreciation, and technology. Expected enrollment is 21-24 students for the class, which requires no prior musical experience. Students start off with eleven weeks of learning to count rhythms, read music, build major and minor scales, and analyze triads and chords. During the next seven weeks, the music history part of the class will be covered, and students will work in groups to research an assigned period of music history (renaissance, baroque, classical, or romantic), prepare a multimedia presentation of the musical period, and teach what they have studied to the rest of the class. The music appreciation portion of the class begins after Christmas break and will continue for ten weeks. During this time the class will study the evolution of 20th century musical genres such as modern classical, jazz, folk music, country and western music, R & B, and rock ‘n’ roll. The last eight weeks of the class will be spent learning about and experimenting with music technology. Students will learn to use music notation software and music recording and editing software, as well as how to set up and control a sound system and sound board for live performances. “Until now, the only music classes offered at Rifle High School have been performance classes (bands and choirs),” said Johnson. “There has been quite a bit of student interest in gaining a deeper understanding of how music works, how music is written and developed, and how the commercial music business works, and how technology has impacted music. Now they have the opportunity to learn.”Garfield Re-2 Schools opened yesterday with a brand new beautiful Highland Elementary School, and eight new additional classrooms at Kathryn Senor Elementary. Most of the additional space at Wamsley Elementary (cafeteria, kitchen, health room, one workroom and one classroom) will be ready for occupancy when school opens. The majority of work on the new Wamsley gymnasium has been completed, and the gym will be ready for use on Sept. 13. The Open House for the Wamsley addition will be Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.The new main phone line to Highland Elementary is 625-6800, and the attendance/absence reporting line is 625-6804.Kay’s column, “Re-2 News,” usually appears every Tuesday.
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