Music Techniques classes are collaborative musical workshops where students learn how to perform, analyze, compose, arrange, and improvise in a variety of settings and configurations. The repertoire is created or selected by the teacher based on the interests of the students. Student learn to play by copying a popular recording, reading sheet music, or playing from “fake book” lead sheets. Emphasis is on creating compelling musical arrangements and performing them with a high level of musicianship. Topics include instrumental technique, vocal technique, rhythm patterns, ear training, pop music notation, harmony, and physical body awareness.