Fine Arts & Performing Arts

COURSES
General Art I
General Art offers a variety of art projects from which the students can choose and gear toward, with individual interests and abilities.  The objectives of this course are to help the student become creative and constructively critical in their thinking, to help them develop a healthy emotional outlet, and to enrich their cultural life. In order to accomplish these objectives, students are offered instruction in the areas of painting, drawing, design, sculpture, ceramics, crafts and print-making.

General Art II
This course is intended for students who have been in the General Art course for one or more years and are ready to move to a more advanced level of art.  This is the second tier of General Art which offers a variety of art projects from which the students can choose and gear toward individual interests and abilities.  The objectives of this course are to help the student work more independently while utilizing resources, building on technical skills in art, and continuing their growth in being creative and constructively critical in their thinking. Students will be expected to display a high level of responsibility in maintaining the visual workspace.

Painting and Design
Using individual painting and design techniques, students will work toward the overall visual presentation of their artwork, including both presentation and style. This course is designed for serious art students. 

Art Major 
The Art Major course is designed for the student who intends to pursue a career in the visual arts.  Since a portfolio of art work is normally required for admission to art school, this course is directed to that end.  Students are therefore required to work in the major areas of visual artistic expression and to explore a variety of media, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, print-making, and graphic arts.  It is hoped that by covering these areas students will be ready for acceptance to and success at an institution of higher learning. 

Drawing
In this drawing class, students will learn how to draw landscapes, still lifes, and portraits, using a variety of media. They will learn techniques of drawing from direct observation, contour drawing, and 1-and 2-point perspective, composition and design. It is expected that a sketchbook will be maintained in order to provide practice in drawing. The instructor will provide individual as well as group instruction and feedback, and students will learn how to look at their own, and others’ art, critically. Through an analysis of each student’s skill, goals may be created based on determined strengths and weaknesses. In order to enrich students’ art knowledge, famous artists and major styles will be introduced within the context of selected assignments, and one museum field trip will be planned in the year.

Band 
The Concert Band is a combination of wind and percussion instruments. It is a performing ensemble that gives concerts throughout the year. Its purpose is two-fold: (1) to develop technical proficiency on at least one instrument and to build an aesthetic appreciation of music in general, so that the student can learn to become a functioning member of any musical ensemble; (2) to contribute to the musical growth and pride of the school and community by participating in various functions such as concerts, parades and assemblies. Open to qualified musicians.

Mixed Chorus
This chorus section consists of soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices (all voice types from highest to lowest) with emphasis placed on developing advanced ear training, vocal technique and music reading skills.  The course enables students to develop familiarity with a wide range of choral literature and styles.  Some extracurricular rehearsals and performances are required.  Open to all singers willing to perform in concerts several times per year.  Prior singing experience is helpful but not necessary.

Treble Chorus 
This Chorus section consists of soprano and alto (high and middle) voices with emphasis placed on developing introductory ear training, vocal techniques and music reading skills.  The course enables students to develop familiarity with a wide range of choral literature and styles.  Some extracurricular rehearsals and performances are required.  Open to all singers willing to perform in concerts several times per year.  Prior singing experience is helpful but not necessary.

Music Production
Music Production is a beginning level course open to all students at any grade level. Students will study electronic music making with Ableton 9 Live and FL Studio including drum sequencing and programming MIDI instruments as well as recording audio in a multitrack environment using PreSonus Studio One. Students will also learn the basics of live audio mixing and recording using the P.A. systems in our school.

Beginner Guitar
This course is designed for students with little to no experience on guitar. Acoustic or electric is acceptable. Students will learn open position chords and songs that use them. Some basic music theory is also included in this class.

Advanced Guitar
The next level of guitar puts an emphasis on chords outside of the open position, inversions, scales, modes, improvisation, and ensemble skills.  

Guitar Ensemble
This course focuses on reading traditional music notation in an ensemble setting. Beginners are welcome, and students are not expected to know how to read music. Reading music notation will be taught throughout the class. There will be some evening performances by this group for which attendance will be required.

Intro to Music Theory
This course covers the basics of notation and harmony. No previous experience is required. Students will study intervals, chords, scales and how basic chord progressions form to make music. (This course is an AP Theory pre-requisite)

AP Music Theory
AP course descriptions are updated regularly. Please visit AP Central® (apcentral.collegeboard.org) to determine whether a more recent course description is available.
*Permission of instructor required for grade 9 students

**Students may receive college credit; however, this is dependent upon the college and the grade earned on the A.P. Music Theory exam. There is an A.P. exam fee associated with this course.** 


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