Windsor School Center of Excellence Music Brochure

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The Music Academy at Windsor School aspires young musicians, composers and producers, helping them to develop both traditional music skills and the fundamental components of music technology and music production. Created in partnership with The Sanctuary at Albany, a state-of-the-art recording studio set along Albany Marina, the program is built around core fundamental competencies to build a strong musical foundation, creating wellrounded musicians, writers and producers.

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CURRICULUM The Music Academy provides a flexible curriculum designed to cover a variety of musical disciplines including performance, composition, aural awareness, recording techniques, music production, music business and musical analysis. Recognizing the music industry offers a multitude of careers, students in the Academy can tailor the program to their particular interests while completing the core courses.

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A F O U N DAT I O N T H R O U G H CORE COURSES The core classes are available to all students in the Music Academy and gives each student the opportunity to develop necessary, key skills in music and music technology. With a solid foundation, students can further study and develop in any number of areas of special interest. For those students who enter the Academy with an already strong foundation can move to more advanced course options earlier than scheduled.

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CORE COURSES F U N D A M E N TA L S O F M U S I C Music Performance solo and ensemble performance technique on your instrument of choice Music Composition producing scores for a variety of ensembles, composition techniques; texture, melody, harmony and structure Music Theory written notation, reading and understanding music, development of aural awareness

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F U N DA M E N TA L S O F M U S I C T E C H N O LO GY

MUSIC BUSINESS & M A N AG E M E N T

Control Room mixing consoles, learning controls, routing and efficient work flow

The music business and management program will focus on a variety of topics, including copyright and intellectual properties, marketing products, communication, assessing finances and planning budgets. Final year students will market and manage a musical product, their own music, as a practical task.

DAW sequencing, sampling, plug-ins, virtual instruments, audio, midi Recording Technique types of microphones, polar patterns, placement, gain structure, tracking, DI, re-amping Mixing editing audio, applying basic effects, pan, balance, automation

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CREATING A PORTFOLIO THROUGH THE NEXUS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

All Academy students also attend a music business and management lecture series in collaboration with the NEXUS School of Business. This course includes lectures, workshops and practical projects that help students learn the business side of music. From copyright and intellectual property to product marketing, communications, finance and planning, the Music Business & Management course encompasses all aspects of the industry, and ends with a final-year project of marketing and managing your own music as a product.

NEXUS Luxury Collection is an international hospitality, real estate development and asset management company backed by financier Joe Lewis, golfing greats Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, and actor and musician Justin Timberlake. W W W. N E X U S L U X C O . C O M

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SANCTUARY SESSIONS: MUSIC ACADEMY CONCERT SERIES Students have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform live as solo artists and as part of an Academy band at live events curated by The Sanctuary. Professional musicians will lead workshops and prepare students for concerts, where they can further develop performance techniques and skills in ensemble musicianship.

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For those students more interested in music technology, The Sanctuary allows them to gain real-world experience by working with professional sound engineers on concerts, from setting up equipment to running the sound system for live shows. This hands-on approach to learning is a critical component in developing the skills required for professional work in sound production and performance. 13


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IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE MUSIC CURRICULUM Students in the Music Academy are divided into two (2) classes, each class completing the modules and projects across a wide range of music disciplines. Freshman and sophomore students are paired together and junior and senior students are paired together. Once students begin Grade 11, they may choose their specialization for their capstone project.

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FRESHMAN YEAR TERM 1

TERM 2

TERM 3

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Recording Project Single mic techniques, vocals, guitars (DI and amp)

Creating Music Using Technology Loops, drum sequencing

Production Project Record and mix your ensemble performance project

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Song Structure & Analysis How are songs created?

Chord Progressions & Melodies How do you create a catchy tune?

Composition Project Writing a song for pop ensemble

Solo Performance Techniques Specialized instruction on your instrument of focus

Ensemble Musicianship Working with others to create a band

Live Concert Performance Recital Five-minute solo, five-minute ensemble

Recording 101 Types of microphone, polar patterns, placement, gain structure, DI, overdubbing

DAW Basics Tracks, plug-ins, VST, MIDI

Mixing Basics Editing audio, using basic effects, pan, balance and automation

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SOPHOMORE YEAR TERM 1

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TERM 3

MODULE I

Recording & Mixing Project Record and produce your solo performances

Recording & Mixing Project Band recording project to record and produce your ensemble performances

Live Lounge Recording Project Creating live recordings of acoustic covers used for the ensemble project

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Music Theory Advanced Time signatures, scales, intervals

Circle of Fifths, Extended Chords and Cadences How to create interesting chord progressions

Composition Project Fully notated score, producing a song for your band

PERFORMANCE

Solo Performance Techniques Specialized instruction on your instrument of focus

Ensemble Musicianship Working with others to create a band

Live Concert Performance Recital Ten-minute solo, ten-minute ensemble

Control Room Learning controls and efficient work flow

Effects Basics EQ, compression, delay and reverb

Live Sound and Live Session Recording

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JUNIOR YEAR TERM 1

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Composition: Chords, Texture, Melody, Instruments and Structure How to write hit songs

Composing Using Technology Synthesis, sampling, sequencing; using technology to enhance your musical ideas

Improvisation Skills Jazz and pop chord embellishment, melodic improvisation, sight reading chart, song interpretation and development

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Music Theory Developing listening skills and aural awareness

Music Theory Keys, scales, harmony and intervals

Music Theory Four-part harmony, roman numeral chord analysis

MODULE III

Recording Project Record and produce an original song

Music Business & Management Lecture series

Musical Styles and Genres Analysis of features

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Monthly Concert Series Music Academy Live Band Solo Recital Work and Recording, 5-track cover EP 1:1 Instrument Tuition

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Recording Techniques Drum kit, multi mic, stereo pair

Mixing Techniques Creative use of EQ, compression, reverb, delay, balance and pan

Remix Stylistic features to remix existing songs in new styles

SENIOR YEAR TERM 1

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Composition: Chords, Texture, Melody, Instruments and Structure How to write hit songs

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TERM 3

Composing Using Technology Synthesis, sampling, sequencing; using technology to enhance your musical ideas

Improvisation Skills Jazz and pop chord embellishment, melodic improvisation, sight reading chart, song interpretation and development

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Qualification Prep AP Music Theory, ARBRSM Music Theory and Performance

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Portfolio Project Music business and management, manage and market a product

PERFORMANCE

Monthly Concert Series Music Academy Live Band 1:1 Instrument Tuition

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Capstone Portfolio Project Concept EP: write, record, perform, produce, and market your own work Experience: recording engineer, experience in prep and running sessions

Curriculum is subject to change based on availability of The Sanctuary at Albany.


“Great musicians and producers are not born, but made, and we are excited to develop those aspiring performers, composers and musicians through the Academy.” — D A N H O L D E R , Music Academy Co-Director

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LEADERSHIP DA N H O L D E R Music Academy Co-Director As Windsor School music director, Dan believes developing musicianship at an early age is vital for enriching the heart and soul through creative experiences. Previously a music teacher in England, he has qualifications in both music and music technology and has performed in several jazz ensembles with a specialism in woodwind. R I C H E VAT T Music Academy Co-Director Richard is The Sanctuary’s Technical Manager and Audio Engineer with over fifteen years of experience in the music industry and education sector. Formerly the Music Technology Skills Instructor for Coventry University and The University of Westminster, he is a certified instructor for Pro-Tools 11 and a highly experienced technical installation engineer. 18


FERNANDO MIRAMONTES Instructor

ROMEL SHEARER Instructor

S TA Z Z I E A P P L E YA R D Instructor

A guitarist, producer, and audio engineer, Nano studied classical guitar and music theory at The University of Tampa. Later, Nano went on to obtain a BA (HONS) in Music Production and Sound Engineering Degree from the world-famous Point Blank Music School in London.

A native Bahamian, Romel Shearer teaches violin, viola, and cello and has performed with many music ensembles including the San Angelo Symphony, Irving Symphony Orchestra, and Bahamas National Youth Orchestra. Before teaching, Romel studied under the internationally acclaimed cellist Dr. Jesús CastroBalbi at Texas Christian University.

Bahamian-born songstress Stazzie Regina studied Music Performance and Theatre at the University of Toronto and performed in multiple shows with the Florida Grand Opera. After ten years of touring with several high-end bands across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, Stazzie returned to The Bahamas to continue performing as a professional musician while providing private tuition as a vocal coach and piano teacher. 19


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FACILITIES Set on the Albany campus of Windsor School will be professionally designed, acoustic spaces for the Music Academy students. Currently in design and construction, these spaces will include a live room with a stage, where the students can perform concerts and recitals, as well as professional-standard recordings. A control room with Apple stations will allow students to mix and produce music while also record performances.

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In addition to the classrooms at Windsor School, Music Academy students have the opportunity to learn within one of the most cutting-edge creative environments in the world at The Sanctuary at Albany. This recording studio and facility features a live room and control room along with five break-out rooms ideal for songwriting or instrument and vocal recording. Spanning more than 7,500 square feet, The Sanctuary affords the highest level of quality, with cutting-edge equipment and software, and has been utilized by some of the most renowned musicians in the industry.

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2021-22 MUSIC ACADEMY SCHEDULE 1:30 - 4 p.m., five days a week Opportunities to participate in events, workshops and sanctuary sessions, which may occur on weekends, evenings and school breaks

FEE $10,000 per year

ENROLLMENT To enroll in the Music Academy at Windsor School, please contact:

Dan Holder danielholder@windsorschoolbahamas.com

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