By Tyler Kwon and Hanna Kim
While Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) is widely recognized for offering a wide array of academic classes, most students are not aware of the fact that the school also has a thriving music program.
Classes such as Guitar AB, Instruments AB, and AP Music Theory AB are just a few of the lesser known, yet exciting music education options available to students looking to advance and strengthen their musical skill or even learn the basic foundations of playing certain instruments.
According to Visual and Performing Arts Chair Sarah White, who teaches AP Music Theory, while certain classes require prior experience, others are open to any students hoping to learn.
“Students in AP Music Theory must have prior musical experience. This class is a college level theory course so it is essential that students read music and have a basic fluency with music prior to the course. As for the other classes, it is not necessary to have any previous experience with music but many students have some,” White said.
Beyond offering students the opportunity to learn music theory and how to play certain instruments, music classes can offer students an area for discipline and self-expression.
For instance, Junior Ashley Joo, who is enrolled in Guitar AB with teacher Trevor Rigby, has not only honed her guitar skills through the class, but is grateful to have the opportunity to unwind and express herself through music.
“It’s the only class in my schedule that I get to actually have fun and be creative and just play my heart out. I really do appreciate the time I have in guitar class to take a breather and be less stressed,” Joo said.