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Electives

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Ready to explore your musical interests and try something new?

Merit’s in-person electives are here to help young musicians tap into new ways of thinking about and making music. Students will have the chance to join Merit’s jazz band, try their hand at composition, learn how to improvise music on the spot, and prepare for the AP Music Theory exam.

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Do you play a jazz instrument? Looking for a fun opportunity to play with other student musicians in Chicago? Merit’s Concert Jazz Band is a great place for young saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drumset, bass, piano, and guitar players to make music together.

This class is open to students with at least 3 years of playing experience, but no jazz experience is necessary! Space in the Concert Jazz Band is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited by instrumentation needs. Be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot!

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Interested in being able to play your instrument without needing written music? Musicians who aren’t jazz experts are often called upon to “make something up on the spot”, but many don’t know how.

In Merit’s Improvisation for Non-Jazz Musicians course, students will learn how to improvise in various musical contexts and genres. Improv skills will be taught through listening examples and by applying techniques on your instrument.

Students should have a minimum of 3+ years playing experience on their instrument to enroll in this class.

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Join Merit’s Music Composition elective to explore the fundamental elements of compositional thought and structure. Study the basic parameters (pulse, melody, harmony, texture, etc.) of music composition by analyzing musical works and creating your own.

This course is open to Merit students who have completed Merit’s Level 3 Theory course or scored a satisfactory level on Merit’s Theory Placement Exam. New to Merit? Contact Merit’s Program Coordinator, Amy Bischoff (abischoff@meritmusic.org), to complete the placement exam in order to qualify to enroll in this class.

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Prepare for the AP Music Theory exam and deepen your knowledge of how music functions in Merit’s Special Topics in Music Theory elective.

This course is open to Merit students who have completed Merit’s Level 3 Theory Class or scored a satisfactory level on Merit’s Theory Placement Exam. New to Merit? Contact Merit’s Program Coordinator, Amy Bischoff (abischoff@meritmusic.org), if you would like to complete the placement exam in order to qualify to enroll in this class.

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