A Cappella Choir: This course includes three- to eight-part singing a cappella as well as accompanied. Attendance is required at all performances. All members are automatically members of combined chorale.
Advanced Band: Symphonic / Marching Band: This course is for the advanced music student. The first part of the year is spent as a marching band. At the conclusion of the football season, the band prepares for the concert season. Attendance is required at all performances and extra rehearsals. This is a performance-oriented class.
Advanced Band: Wind Ensemble: This course is open to all advanced wind, brass, and percussion students. Enrollment may be limited, which may call for auditions in sections having more people than needed. This is a performance class for students interested in improving their musicianship through performance of serious musical literature and study of advanced theory and music history. Attendance is required at all performance and extra rehearsals.
Advanced Drama: Advanced acting requires a full understanding of the theatre, past and present, so students wil l study history and genre through class activities and scene work in a vari ety of periods and types of plays. Training in makeup, costuming, sound and lighting techniques, and directing will also be offered. Play production will be part of the class as well. Students will develop a promotional campaign, design programs and sets, pursue acting and script skills such as identification of a playwright's intent, what mood a play requires and how sets affect the play. The emphasis will be on theatre as an art form. Course requirement includes 20 hours per semester of extracurricular activity. Advanced Drama (#0621) and Advanced Drama Second Year (#0622) will meet the 4th year high school English requirement.
Advanced Placement Studio Art: The AP Studio Art program enables highly motivated students to do college-level work in studio art while in high school. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, candidates submit a portfolio of work for evaluation and possible college credit at t he end of the school year. AP work does involve significantly more time and commitment than most high school courses; therefore, the program is intended for students seriously committed to the study of art.
Art 1: This is an introductory art class into the fundamentals of drawing, painting, printmaking, art history, art appreciation, and aesthetic judgment. Projects in the class will emphasize the elements and principles of design and varied technical skills, such as drawing and painting. This course is a prerequisite for Art II/ Advanced and AP Art.
Art 2/Advanced: Advanced Art is an extension of the skills and techniques developed in Art 1. Th is course is intended for students who wish to continue their studies of drawing, painting, art history and design at a more advanced level.
Baritone Chorus: This is a class in vocal performance for the baritone or changing voice. All members are automatically members of the Chorale (combined vocal classes). This is a performance course and attendance is required at all events.
Beginning/Intermediate Instruments: This course is designed for students with an interest in learning or improving their skills on an instrument. Students may study woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, piano, electric bass, or strings.
Dance 1: Dance I is an introduction to different types of dance and basic dance technique-jazz and ballet primarily. Creative expression, music interpretation, and elements of choreography will be explored as well as the History of Dance.
Dance 2: Dance II continues to develop the dancer as artist and technician. Emphasis is placed on technique and style, choreography, and performance components. Production elements, such as basic training in makeup, costuming, and directing, wil l be developed throughout this course. A course requirement includes 5 hours per semester of extracurricular dance/theater experience. Each student wil l perform in front of a school or community audience regularly.
Drama: The first semester will survey the basic ski lls every actor needs, such as theatre term inology, movement, improvisation, and vocal techniques . The second semester will explore acting techniques, including extensive pract ice in character development, line interpretation, and stage presence, culm inating in performance. Course requirement includes 10 hours per semester of ext racurricular theatre experience.
Digital Imaging: Digital Imaging is a "school to career'' course that teaches students a broad set of skills in the Adobe Creative Suite using Photoshop, Illustrator and lnDesign while maintaining a fine arts approach and focus. The course will introduce how to work with basic vector and raster-based images while emphasizing individual creativity. Photography is also a component where composition and lighting will be used to add to the creativity in the Creative Suite. All projects will focus on developing perception and application of the principles of design and elements of art through the coursework along with creative problem solving, experimentation, and critique and revision. Digital Imaging is a course where students will use state-of-the-art digital imaging software and concepts to create projects which integrate art, graphic design, photo manipulation and illustration, while exposing students to career options involving graphic design in a technological world.
General Chorus: This is a basic singing class. This is the only singing class open to freshmen without auditions. It is required for preparation for advanced singing courses. Basic techniques of breath control, tone production, reading music, vowel tone, and consonant articulation. Some public performance is required.
Jazz Ensemble: This course is open to all advanced sax, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm players. Enrollment may be limited, which may call for auditions in those sections having more people than needed. Students may be required to enroll concurrently in Advanced Symphonic/Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, or Concert Band, at the discretion of the instructor. This is a performance class, which follows the same basic rules as Advanced Band (see above). Music played will be accepted jazz improvisation as well as standard repertoire. Attendance is required at all performances and extra rehearsals. This is a performance-oriented class.
Theater Technology and Producation: The Theatre Technology class is designed to give the student an overview of the various components that make up the practical/technical side of the performing arts. The class will survey the areas of business management, costuming, lighting, makeup, promotion, set construction, sound, and team building. Each element will be explored from the standpoint of concept, design, and practical application, with opportunities for implementation during one of the season's productions. Careers in theatre will also be investigated, through research using our extensive Career Center, in terviews with working professionals, and optional internship assignments.
Treble Ensemble: This is an advanced two-, three-, and fourpart singing course. Attendance is required at all performances. All members are automatically members of combined chorale.
3-D Design: Introduces the basic elements and principles of design involved with 2- and 3-dimensional art. Areas of study may include ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, stained glass, computer graphics, and other media. The course involves 2- and 3-dimensional design and satisfies the VAPA graduation requirement. This course is a prerequisite for Advanced 3-Dimensional Design. Problem solving is emphasized.