Meet the Faculty
Course Number: 45340A
This course offers students opportunities to create, perform, listen to, and analyze music from various styles and genres (e.g. rock, pop, jazz and classical). Current technological developments are used in this class to provide "state of the art" learning opportunities. One unit of this course may serve as the required fine arts course for the recommended and distinguished achievement graduation programs.
Music Theory AP
Course Number: 45445A
Prerequisite: Knowledge of music fundamentals and/or Approval of instructor
This course will be a study of advanced music literacy, focusing on aural and written musical skills. This course covers material typically taught at a college freshman level. For students who plan to continue musical studies on the college level, this course will offer an essential opportunity for in-depth study and preparation. Current technological developments are used in this class to provide "state of the art" learning opportunities.
About The Classroom
The Plano East Music Theory Department strives to achieve high standards of music literacy and competence in performers and non-performers alike. To understand the goals of literacy and competence, one must first accept that music is a language. With that knowledge in place, we can now set goals in four separate linguistic areas: verbal skill, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Please visit the music literacy page to find out more about the specific goals of the PESH Music Theory program.
About The Teacher
Mr. Pedigo began teaching Music Theory at Plano East Senior High in the fall of 2000. He also served as a part-time assistant choir director for his first four years at Plano East. Mr. Pedigo previously held positions teaching beginning band and choir at Hendrick Middle School and choir at Vines High School.
His responsibilities at Plano East include teaching the Music Theory and Music Theory AP courses at Plano East. Additionally, Mr. Pedigo has frequently been called upon to provide technical assistance with sound reinforcement for many campus activities such as Camp Panther, pep rallies, volleyball matches, Stay Day events, and assemblies in the auditorium as well as district-wide events such as the annual PISD Teacher of the Year banquet and the annual PISD/City of Plano Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration held at Plano Centre.
Mr. Pedigo is a product of the Plano Independent School District. He played saxophone in the Bowman, Williams, and Plano East Band programs, serving as Drum Major of the Williams Marching Band and the Plano East Marching Panthers. Mr. Pedigo also sang in the Plano East Choir program and was active in the Plano East Jazz Band as well as Sound Invention, Plano East's Jazz Choir. After graduation, he attended the University of North Texas where he played saxophone in the Concert Band and Marching Band and sang with the Concert Choir, Grand Chorus, and Jazz Singers.
Mr. Pedigo holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas. He has served as an AP Exam Reader each of the last three years and served as a Table Leader in the most recent session. Mr. Pedigo is also an Associate Lead Teacher for Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc. where his primary responsibility is to collect, analyze, and interpret data from schools participating in the Excellence in the Arts program for the purpose of advancing arts education in the North Texas area.