We have the great opportunity in Aspen Academy’s music program of working with our students from kindergarten all the way through 8th grade. We have an incredible amount of instruments and technology available for our musicians here and use it in every way that we can in our daily activities.

Our K-4 program is based mostly on the theory and the knowledge of music foundations. By the time they reach Middle School, they will have worked through understanding music, music notation, rhythmic reading and interpretation, as well as varying instruments such as piano, voice, ukulele and guitar, and different forms of percussion.

Our middle schoolers have the option between four different classes; Rock Band, Elements of Music, Music Technology & Composition, and Advanced Broadcasting. Rock Band and Elements of Music are performance based classes in which the students will work on group based content that they will learn how to rehearse and perform together for events such as AMP’d and the Arts Presentations at the end of each semester. Music Technology & Composition takes a deep dive into musical software such as Garageband and Logic Pro to create songs following different prompts. Their music will be featured at the aforementioned events as well. Advanced Broadcasting is set aside to work on elements of video editing and creation with AMP'd performances in the the forefront.

Instruments offered currently at Aspen Academy are:

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Ukulele
  • Electric Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Drum Set
  • Hand Percussion
  • Banjo
  • Electric Bass
  • Stand-up bass

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Chris Holtzem

Music Instructor, Essentials Department Co-Chair

Chris has over a decade of experience in teaching and creating musically competitive programs. He has also had an outstanding performing career as he has traveled the country with groups such as Spirit of Atlanta in Drum Corps International, and has worked alongside artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Keith Urban, and Michael W. Smith. He loves Aspen’s focus on leadership, teamwork, and overall character building. He grew up in southern California and loves ultimate frisbee, Spikeball, surfing, and any other beach activity.

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