The arts are an important part of the curriculum at Innovation Academy. The growing music department gives all 9th graders an introduction to the study of music and provides opportunities for students to study and make music throughout the upper grades as well.


Music 1, 2, and 3

This curriculum for 9th and 10th grade students seeks to equip students with the vocabulary, analytical tools, and context to talk, think, and communicate about music in an academic manner. These courses are designed to coincide historically with the Form and Content curriculum in the art department, and are a core part of the 9th and 10th grade course of study.

Music 1
Prehistory to Romanticism, students learn and use basic musical vocabulary, music theory, and analytical techniques to deconstruct and understand music they hear. In addition, they are exposed to hundreds of years of music history, focused primarily on the composers and music of the Common Practice Period (commonly called "classical music") and their predecessors.

Music 2 Modernism and Music 3: Modernism
Modernism cover a broad range of music from the music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will explore the parallels between 20th century musicians and visual artists, and connect musical works to the social, political, economic, and philosophical contexts surrounding their creation. Students will also use more advanced analytical techniques (including computer-based spectral analysis) to better comprehend the diverse range of music appearing in the last 125 years.


11th and 12th grade students may choose to take elective coursework in music, which is offered every semester. Music elective offerings vary by year, but have included both musicological courses like African American Music and more hands-on experiences like Electronic Music and Recording.


The High School Chorus is currently open to all high school students. The chorus rehearses and performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary pop and Broadway. They perform numerous times throughout the school year at formal concerts, Exhibition Night, and other events. In addition, students in chorus gain the technical, theoretical, and aural skills to become stronger individual performers and to contribute to the success of the group as a whole.