Fine Arts

  • INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
    .5 credit (9th Grade) 1 credit (HS)
    *Elective Course*
    A beginning level course designed to introduce students to theatre. Introspection into a brief history of theatre is the foundation of this course. Students will be introduced to the different genres of theatre as well as master the skills of basic stage terminology. This is a general elective course.

    BAND
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Band is a one year course which offers the student an opportunity to rehearse and perform in marching band and concert band. Emphasis is placed on proper playing technique, marching fundamentals, ensemble fundamentals, and the study of concert band literature. Band also offers the student the opportunity to play in additional ensembles, pep band, and jazz band. Mandatory marching band rehearsals begin three weeks before school opens to prepare for the marching band season. It then meets daily during the school year. Band is a performance based course and participation in scheduled activities is mandatory.

    MUSIC APPRECIATION
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Music Appreciation is a general survey of music and its composers, with extensive listening in order to develop intelligent understanding and appreciation of the world’s great music. This course will provide the foundation necessary for successful participation in college level humanities classes.

    MUSIC HISTORY
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Music History will familiarize the student with a large body of musical material from all genres of musical writing; vocal, instrumental, symphonic, and choral literature. Special attention will be given to style, form, and compositional techniques of principal composers. Students will study early music through the music of the 20th century.

    CONCERT CHOIR
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Students in this intermediate level ensemble with emphasis on group and individual singing will continue to sing a varied musical repertoire of increased difficulty. Emphasis will be placed on ensemble skills (e.g., balance, intonation, rhythmic unity, phrasing) while performing with a group. Independent musicianship and leadership are encouraged (e.g., sight-reading with technical accuracy as well as identifying articulations, expressive symbols, and terms). Students will begin to explore and identify opportunities for life-long involvement in music. Mandatory performance activities may include (but are not limited to) formal concerts, workshops, adjudicated events and the annual spring musical.

    CHAMBER SINGERS
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This is the premiere choral ensemble at the high school level with extensive performance opportunities. Students will sing (alone and/or in ensembles) advanced music literature and demonstrate accurate intonation and rhythm, fundamental skills, advanced technique, and a high degree of musicality. Students are expected to interpret music symbols and terms expressively when performing a varied repertoire of music. Students demonstrate an understanding of musical style and form and are able to articulate and justify personal philosophies regarding music in their lives and cite examples that contributed to this thinking. Mandatory performance activities may include (but are not limited to) formal concerts, workshops, adjudicated evens and the annual spring musical.

    CHORALE
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This is the premiere choral ensemble that offers extensive performance opportunities. Students will sing (alone and/or in ensembles) advanced music literature and demonstrate accurate intonation and rhythm, fundamental skills, advanced technique, and a high degree of musicality. Students are expected to interpret music symbols and terms expressively when performing a varied repertoire of music.
    Students demonstrate an understanding of musical style and form and are able to articulate and justify personal philosophies regarding music in their lives and cite examples that contributed to this thinking. Mandatory performance activities may include (but are not limited to) formal concerts, workshops, adjudicated events and the annual spring musical.

    CHAMBER CHOIR
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This ensemble is an opportunity for those students who wish to have additional choral experiences. Students will work independently and as a group on skills necessary for a successful performance (i.e., technical accuracy, tone quality, articulation and expression for the work being performed with good posture and breath control). Musical opportunities may include (but are not limited to) musical auditions, solos for concerts, student recitals, and/or adjudicated events. Mandatory performance activities may include (but are not limited to) formal concerts, workshops, adjudicated events and the annual spring musical.

    VOICE CLASS
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This vocal music class places emphasis on vocal technique and solo singing for those students who wish to have additional choral experiences. Students will work independently and as a group on skills necessary for a successful performance (i.e., technical accuracy, tone quality, articulation and expression for the work being performed with good posture and breath control). Musical opportunities may include (but are not limited to) musical auditions, solos for concerts, student recitals and/or adjudicated events.

    ORCHESTRA
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Orchestra offers students the opportunity to rehearse and perform musically and to understand the literature for orchestra as well as to improve the individual musician’s playing ability. Emphasis is placed on proper playing technique and ensemble fundamentals.
    Participation in orchestra also offers the student the opportunity to play in additional ensembles and pit orchestra. Orchestra is a performance based course and participation in scheduled activities is mandatory.

    Introduction to Theatre II - Script Analysis
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This course is designed to introduce students to the skills of basic script analysis. There will be extensive work in exploring playwright’s works with emphasis on social issues and concerns.
    The students will develop a personal theatre philosophy based on analysis of individually chosen portfolios. This course is highly recommended for students majoring in theatre in college.

    FOUNDATIONS OF ART
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This course is an introduction to art covering the elements and principles of design and the process of organizing visual forms. This course establishes the foundation for the knowledge based creation of student art. All subsequent art courses will reinforce and build on this foundation. Students will complete projects, concentrating on the elements and principles of design, while using a variety of materials.
    Students will also learn to analyze a work of art and study the development of art through the ages.

    DESIGN
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This is a comprehensive art course the builds upon the foundations of art. Students will be able to understand the basic concepts of design using a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking and crafts.

    DRAWING & PAINTING
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Drawing is a studio art course based on realistic and expressive drawing experiences. Working with live models, still life objects, and close observation, the students will increase their understanding of the realistic interpretation of 3- D forms on a 2-D plane. Students will experiment with drawing as an expressive art form and each student will have the opportunity to explore a variety of drawing media. This class will introduce drawing techniques such as: sketching, contour line, gesture, pointillism, cross hatching, and realistic value studies.

    COMPUTER ART
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This class is for art students with an interest in computer art. The students will learn how to use basic Adobe Photoshop skills to produce their art work. Digital cameras and scanners will also be used in this class. The Internet will be used as a resource tool to gather information and research. The course will emphasize the design and layout of logos, business cards, letterheads, promotional ads, storyboards, signs, displays, and Website ads.