Cambrian Academy
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4340 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118
408.833.7050


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Music at Cambrian Academy

Music and Art will never be cut from the Cambrian Academy curriculum. We have experienced teachers who offer Choir, Stage Band & Ensemble Band. Students also develop practical and valuable skills in our Audio Engineering and Music Production clases.

Beginning or Advanced Choir

A full year course designed to provide an atmosphere for the enjoyment, appreciation and performance of all types of choral music. The instruction and improvement of voice quality, intonation, ability to read music, ability to sight-sing, and the overall development of musicianship is stressed in conjunction with the learning of each piece of music. The Choir performs at evening concerts and also at graduation and other special events. Attendance at these performances and dress rehearsals are a course requirement.

Stage Band

Standard instrumentation includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drum set and auxiliary percussion. Music will be selected from Jazz, Latin, Rock and Swing styles within the context of a "Big Band." Stage Band will meet during the regular school day, and students are required to participate in a winter and spring concert as well as graduation and other special events.

Music Production / Audio Engineering

Students learn the technical side of live performance support and studio recording.

Sound Reinforcement: These students set up and manage shows by our stage band. Then, taking it to the next level, they provide live sound reinforcement for outside performances, including complex musical productions by other schools, multi-band music festivals, and community concerts. They develop great planning, organizing, coordinating, and real-time problem solving skills. Musical productions have included managing 16 wireless microphones among up to 32 actors.

Audio Engineering: These students work in our professional quality digital recording studio producing expertly engineered, multi-track recordings. Managing up to 32 tracks, they learn how to mix, balance, and modify music recorded by our own performing groups.

Video Production: Music Production students coordinate with our Media Studies and Video Production groups to create various types of video.