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Music Theory:

All students of Celia Cruz are required to complete two years of theory. Music Theory classes focus on developing reading, writing and ear-training alongside the performance skills gained in ensemble.

Keyboard Elective:

In this elective, students expand their musical knowledge by learning how to play keyboard in a variety of styles and genres.

Vocal Technique:

A class designed to enhance the vocalist’s ability to sing as a soloist or in a choral setting. Emphasis is on proper breathing and vocal tone production. Sight reading skills are stressed as students read through their repertoire. Students are required to participate in NYSSMA solos.

Men's Chorus:

An elective open to all male students from any ensemble to who are gifted vocalists and would like to have the opportunity to sing in such a group. Students learn music from a wide variety of styles while improving sight reading skills. Music is both a cappella and accompanied. This group performs in the Winter and Spring Concert series’.

Music History:

A year long course which briefly outlines and covers periods of music history from the Middle Ages to the present. Touches on stylistic, cultural, and historical trends of each period. Highlights important forms, their usage and listening examples.
Mandatory pre-requisite class for the Music Exit Exam.

Guitar Class:

We cover intermediate through advances techniques including essential chords/harmony, picking technique, melodic and solo playing as well as classical technique for those interested in a college level pursuit of the instrument. This a performance group with on focus on technical development.


In this English elective, students learn the basics of journalism, photography, and  and hone their writing skills.  The journalism class is responsible for the school's newsletter, Cruz News, and creates the annual yearbook.

Sing Production: