• Fine Arts Course Descriptions
     

    Listed below are the courses offered at the high school level.  For more information, please contact the individual school or instructor. 

     
     

    Music Performance


    Choral

    Choral Ensemble I, II, III, IV

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: open to all students, upper levels based on director approval


    This is a performance-based class.  It provides opportunities for performers to increase, develop, and refine performance skills and precision vocally.  Students are required to attend after school events such and concerts and other performances.  Emphasis is placed on increasing music reading skills, diction, intonation, and vocal technique.  Students are required to perform in the concert attire as determined by school.  Grades are based on daily class participation, basic skills tests, class work, and performance participation.  Attention is given to all areas that are essential to membership in a music performance.  Each school offers various ensembles; for more information, contact the individual director.


    Instrumental

    Beginning Instrumental Ensemble (Percussion)

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Previous experience may be required.  Please check with local school.


    This class is for any band member who has previous experience playing percussion instruments in middle school or high school.  Students will learn the foundations of all instruments within the percussion family.  Students will be expected to perform on mallet instruments, snare rudiments, as well as many other fundamental skills on the various instruments.  Students will be studying and performing music for marching band, concert band, and percussion ensemble.  Grades are largely based on class participation and playing tests on all percussion instruments.


    Intermediate Instrumental Ensemble (Percussion)

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Band member with previous experience


    This class is for any band member who has previous experience playing percussion instruments in middle school or high school.  Students will continue to build on the foundations of all instruments within the percussion family.  Students will be expected to perform at an intermediate level on all standard percussion instruments.  Students will be studying and performing music for marching band, concert band, and percussion ensemble.  Grades are largely based on class participation and playing tests on all percussion instruments.


    Advanced Instrumental Ensemble (Percussion)

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Band member with previous experience


    This is an advanced level performance-based class for any band member who has previous experience playing percussion.  It provides opportunities for advanced level performers to increase, develop, and refine performance skills and precision on all percussion instruments.   Students will be expected to perform at an advanced level on all standard percussion instruments.  Students will be studying and performing music for marching band, concert band, and percussion ensemble.  Grades are largely based on class participation and playing tests on all percussion instruments.


    Beginning Band I, II

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:   Contact director


    This course provides instruction on the basic technical and musical theory skills needed for successful performance in an ensemble.  This course emphasizes the performance of music appropriate for each ensemble.  This course many also include various components of music history, analysis,cultural influence, and improvisation techniques at a beginning level of understanding.


    Intermediate Band

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Beginning Band (offered in all 8th grade band programs) or audition with director


    This course provides opportunities for intermediate level performers to increase, refine, and further develop performance skills.  This course emphasizes the performance of music appropriate for each ensemble.  This course may also include various components of music history, theory, analysis and cultural influence and improvisation techniques at an intermediate level of understanding.


    Advanced Band

    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Intermediate Band or audition with director


    This course provides opportunities for advanced level performers to increase, refine, and further develop performance skills.  This course emphasizes the performance of music appropriate for each ensemble.  This course may also include various components of music history, theory, analysis and cultural influence and improvisation techniques at an advanced level of understanding.


    Mastery Band

    Grade:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Advanced Band or audition with director


    This course provides opportunities for top level performers to increase, refine, and further develop performance skills.  This course emphasizes the performance of music appropriate for each ensemble.  This course may also include various components of music history, theory, analysis and cultural influence and improvisation techniques at a level of understanding expected of master level performers.



    Beginning Jazz I, II

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  contact director


    Students will be introduced to the many diverse forms of jazz, jazz performance techniques, improvisation, and history.  This is a performance-based class.



    Intermediate Jazz I, II

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  contact director


    Students will be introduced to the many diverse forms of jazz, jazz performance techniques, improvisation, and history.  This is a performance-based class.



    Beginning Orchestra I, II, III, IV

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: none, contact director


    This course provides instruction on the basic technical and musical theory skills needed for successful performance in an ensemble.  This course emphasizes the performance of music appropriate for each ensemble.  This course many also include various components of music history, analysis,cultural influence, and improvisation techniques at a beginning level of understanding.


    Intermediate Orchestra I, II, III, IV

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: contact director


    This course provides instruction on the intermediate technical and musical theory skills needed for successful performance in an ensemble.  This course emphasizes the performance of music appropriate for each ensemble.  This course many also include various components of music history, analysis,cultural influence, and improvisation techniques at a beginning level of understanding.



    Advanced Orchestra I, II, III, IV

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: contact director


    This course provides opportunities for advanced level performers to increase, refine, and further develop performance skills.  This course emphasizes the performance of music appropriate for each ensemble.  This course may also include various components of music history, theory, analysis and cultural influence and improvisation techniques at an advanced level of understanding.



    Music Theory/ History


    Ethnic Music Studies

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: contact director


    This course focuses on how music is incorporated into various cultures.  Students will learn about a variety of styles of music and history, including the influence of music on culture, and likewise, culture on music.


    Intro Music Technology I

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: contact director


    This course introduces concepts used in music production.  No prior experience is necessary.  However, training as an instrumental musician or singer is helpful.  Students will learn about audio recording, editing, sampling, MIDI, arranging, composing, and mastering through various hands on projects.  Headphones and flash drive are required.

     

    Intermediate Music Technology

    Grade:11, 12

    Prerequisite: Intro Music Tech, contact director


    This course will continue a more detailed exploration of the concepts from the intro course.  Students will learn about digital signal processing, equalization, foley effects, and film scoring.  Students will have hands on experience with a digital audio workstation and music notation software.  



    Advanced Music Technology

    Grade:11, 12

    Prerequisite: Intermediate Music Tech, contact director


    This course is designed for the student who is interested in entering the Music Production, Music Business, Music Technology, and Music Education fields.   It will continue a more rigorous exploration of the concepts from the intro and intermediate courses.  Students will focus on sound design, synthesis, recording techniques, and will compile a comprehensive portfolio of their work.  



    Music Theory/ Composition I, II, III, IV

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: contact director


    This course includes instruction on musical notation, compositional techniques and analysis.  Students will also study and analyze the history of music and it’s influence on composition and society.  


    AP Music Theory

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Director approval


    This course is designed to develop an advanced level of understanding of musical theory, preparing students for the AP Music Theory Exam.  The AP Music Theory course corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the learning process. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are emphasized.Students planning to major in music in college may be able to enroll in an advanced music theory course, depending on individual colleges’ AP policies.


    Dramatic Arts

    Acting I, II, III, IV

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: open to all students; upper levels based on teacher recommendation


    This course offers students the opportunity to study acting methods and games to enhance the students knowledge of theater.  The course may involve performance opportunities and some after school rehearsals may be required. Students are expected to perform in front of an audience which will give the student more confidence with public speaking. All areas of theater will be discussed such as Technical theater, house management, Stage management, makeup and costumes. This is an entry level class.



    Advanced Drama I, II, III, IV

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  open to all students; upper levels based on teacher recommendation


    This course offers students the opportunity to study acting methods and games to enhance the students knowledge of theater.  The course involves performance opportunities and some after school rehearsals are required. Students will prepare monologues and scenes for performance. Acting methods are discussed at the advanced level. All areas of theater will be discussed such as Technical theater, house management, Stage management, makeup and costumes. This is an upper level class.



    Musical Theatre I, II, III, IV

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: open to all students; upper levels based on teacher recommendation


    This course introduces the style and characteristic elements of modern musical theatre.  This is an introductory course in musical theatre history and performance.  The course deals with the exploration and study of musical theatre through acting, singing, and dancing.  It also aids in preparation for audition.  It explores a variety of genres and styles to help students gain a well-rounded perspective.  This course is performance based and some previous singing or acting experience is suggested.  This class is a performance class and each student is expected to attend after school rehearsals and performances.


    Technical Theatre I, II, III, IV

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Director Approval


    This is an elective Fine Arts class offering beginning instruction for technical elements of theatre.  Students will learn about sound, lighting, set design/building, back stage assistance, and house management.  This course will offer hands on experience and require students to work several shows after school.  


    Visual Arts

     

    Ceramics/ Pottery I

    Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Visual Arts I;  upper levels based on teacher recommendation


    This course introduces students to ceramics as an art form and emphasizes each of the different types of hand-building techniques, various types of surface decoration methods, and firing processes.


    Ceramics/ Pottery II

    Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Ceramics/ Pottery I


    This course builds on the skills introduced in Ceramics/ Pottery I.  Students will be introduced to wheel throwing and developing competency in more complex hand-building techniques.  Students are encouraged to use a variety of construction methods to express original ideas and concepts three dimensionally.  Basic glaze formulation, a variety of firing processes, basic sculptural processes, and surface decoration techniques will be stressed.


    Ceramics/ Pottery III, IV

    Grades: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Ceramics/ Pottery Level II


    This course allows students to improve skills developed in Ceramics/Pottery II with an emphasis on clay as an expressive medium.  Students will develop greater consistency and skill in throwing and will use the wheel and hand-building process to create original work.  Students will also use clay as a sculptural medium and be introduced to careers in ceramics.  Not all schools offer level IV; please contact the individual school for more details on this course.  



    Drawing Level I, II

    Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Visual Arts I; upper level based on teacher recommendation


    Drawing classes teach various techniques with regard to materials used and subject matter.  The following will be covered: correct use of all dry media; correct use and handling of the pen and ink medium; working on varied surfaces; scratch-board, crayon/oil pastel relief, collage, and mosaic.  Students are required to explore many different subject areas, including life drawing, still life, landscape, and design  They must work in realism, expressionism, impressionism, and the abstract mode.  Historical study is also incorporated.  Not all levels are offered at schools listed above.



    IB Visual Arts SL, Year One

    Grade:  11, 12

    Prerequisite: teacher recommendation



    Jewelry and Metal Crafts I, II, III

    Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Visual Arts I


    Students will use the elements of art and the principles of design to create jewelry.  A variety of techniques will be taught to fashion custom designed jewelry employing paper, clay, fabric, glass, leather, and metal.  Simple traditional metal smithing will be introduced.  Kiln work involving fused glass and precious metal clay will be explored.  Other techniques used may include casting, bead-making, enameling, and keum boo (gold metal foiling).


    Painting Level I, II

    Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Visual arts I; upper level based on teacher recommendation


    While drawing is necessary in this class, most of the projects will consist of working with a combination of wet and dry media.  Students are taught how to paint with various media.  As with the drawing classes, the students will be introduced to and explore many different subject matters and artistic movements of the past and present.  Upper level classes stress critical analysis of master paintings and drawings of different styles and historical periods.  Problem-solving techniques to improve technique and mastery of materials will also be included.  Not all levels are offered at schools listed above.


    Photography I, II, III

    Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Visual Arts I; upper level based on teacher recommendation


    The beginning level photography class explores the history and development of photography, making pinhole cameras, the basic camera types, basics of darkroom processes and film development, fundamentals of digital photography and beginning editing using Adobe Photoshop.  Students will work to create a portfolio of photos showing competency in basic photographic processes.  Upper level classes explore a more advanced use of Photoshop.  They also study the role of photojournalism and documentary photography.  Photo careers are also explored.  Students in the upper level classes will work to develop a more advanced portfolio of photographic images stressing excellence and personal vision.



    Sculpture I, II, III, IV  

    Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Visual Arts I; upper levels based on teacher recommendation


    This course offers opportunities to learn and apply sculpting techniques in a variety of media such as clay, wire, paper, paper mache, found objects, stone, plaster, and wood.  Students study various sculptors, cultures, and periods of art history in which three-dimensional art-work played an important role.  Art history, aesthetics, and art criticism, in addition to art production, are addressed.  Not all levels are offered at schools listed above.



    Visual Arts I, II, III, IV

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Open to all students; upper level based on teacher recommendation


    This course introduces art history, art criticism, aesthetic judgement and studio production.  Emphasis is placed on the ability to understand and use elements and principles of art through a variety of media, processes and visual resources.  Master artworks will also be studied for historical and cultural significance.  Intensity of study increases with each level.  Not all levels are offered at each school.  This course is the prerequisite for all other art classes.



    Visual Arts Graphics Level I, II, III, IV

    Grades: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Visual Arts I; upper levels based on teacher recommendation


    This course introduces art history, art criticism, aesthetic judgment and studio production.  Emphasis is placed on the ability to understand and use elements and principles of design through a variety of media, processes, and visual resources.  The course explores master artworks for historical and cultural significance.  Upper levels of this course deepen the exploration into advanced design problems and how to apply creative ideas using storyboards, layouts and models; planning and presenting creative design ideas, with emphasis on design elements and principles, marketing psychology, production techniques and the design team concept.  Not all levels are offered at schools listed above.


    AP History of Art

    Grades:  11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation


    This course conforms to the College Board topics for the Advanced Placement History of Art Examination.  The AP Art History course explores such topics as the nature of art, its uses, its meanings, art making, and responses to art. Through investigation of diverse artistic traditions of cultures from prehistory to the present, the course fosters in-depth and holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students learn and apply skills of visual, contextual, and comparative analysis to engage with a variety of art forms, constructing understanding of individual works and interconnections of art-making processes and products throughout history.


    AP Studio: 2D Design Portfolio

    Grades: 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation


    Content of this course conforms to College Board standards for the Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio Examination.  Students are asked to demonstrate a conscious and deliberate application of the principles of design: unity, variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, proportion, scale, and rhythm in works of art.  Any two-dimensional media may be submitted, including (but not limited to) graphic design, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, or printmaking.


    AP Studio: 3D Design Portfolio

    Grades: 11, 12

    Prerequisite:  Minimum Ceramics/ Pottery I and II; Teacher recommendation


    Content of this Course conforms to College Board standards for the Advanced Placement Studio Art 3D Design Portfolio Examination.  The 3D portfolio is intended to address a broad interpretation of sculptural issues in depth and space.  The issues may include mass, volume, form plane, light, and texture.  Such elements may be articulated through additive, subtractive, and/or fabrication process.


    AP Studio: Drawing Portfolio

    Grade: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation


    Content of this Course conforms to College Board standards for the Advanced Placement Studio Art 3D Design Portfolio Examination. The Drawing portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media.  Line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark-making are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means, which could include painting, , printmaking, mixed media, etc.  Abstract, observational, and invented works may demonstrate drawing competence.