As a proud partner of New England Conservatory’s School of Continuing Education, 77 Arts Academy provides non-credit private music programs through NEC’s School of Continuing Education. We provide adult students, ages 18 and above, private music lessons and certain music courses with NEC faculty members at our Acton facility as an alternative to NEC's Boston campus. Summer opportunities are available as well for students 14 years of age and older.
77 Arts Academy also provides, with our own faculty private, music lessons, music courses, semi-private art classes, and musical instrument rentals. It was founded by local parents in 2011 to provide music and art education that combines theory, practice, and fun especially for children. We believe that such a balanced approach along with a strong faculty and an environment of mutual respect will provide a wonderful foundation for life-long enjoyment of the arts for all students. We strive for continuous improvement by incorporating best industry practices and by proactively soliciting feedback from parents, teachers, and students.
77 Arts Academy
77 Powdermill Rd, Suite 4
Acton, MA 01720
Intro to Music Theory
Tom Scahill, Instructor
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
This will be a basic musicianship course, introducing fundamental principles of music theory. We will cover clefs and the grand staff, scales, intervals, key signatures, rhythm and meter, and basic chord functions and cadences. Additional topics may include, but are not limited to: counterpoint, musical phrase structures, musical form, and a more advanced study of harmony.
In addition to helping you develop basic musicianship skills necessary for reading and writing western musical notation, it will also focus on training your ears to recognize intervals, chord progressions, cadences, and phrase structure. This will ultimately enable you to engage with music more closely and critically as a listener, and will foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of music.
Music Technology & Making Music With Garage Band
course will focus on creating music using the very popular and
easy-to-use music software program Garage Band. The course covers the
essential topics a musician should consider when exploring the use of
computers and technology as related to the music experience. Topics
will include recording audio, working with MIDI files, creating
podcasts, working with video in Garage Band, multitrack recording mixing
and mastering, using microphones, streaming audio and video, creating
music for film, T.V., multimedia and video games. The student will gain
hands on experience and will be the artist, composer, producer and
recording engineer with a final product produced as an online electronic
*Students must own a Mac laptop computer equipped with Garage Band and headphones. WiFi capability is also preferred. Laptops and headphones are to be brought to class in order to complete in class assignments.
Reel Music: Exploring Music in Film
Sean Hagon, Instructor
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
This course explains the various functions of music in film and clearly describes the roles of producers, directors and all other roles in cinema and shows how they each relate to the composer and the musical score for a given film. The evolution of film music from 1895 to the present is discussed and examined covering many of the representative film scores, film composers and styles and trends along the journey. Functions of film scoring and the operational aspects of the film music industry are also discussed along with interviews of music editors, orchestrators, film music agents, studio musicians, music copyists, music contractors and others within the business. Composers will be further examined using video and audio excerpts, representative scores, biography and a listing of the composer’s recognizable compositional style. This course is a must for movie goers, composers and film music enthusiasts.
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