Fine and Performing Arts
Music Course Descriptions
This course is designed to give the student an enriching and diverse instrumental music education. This class provides several performance opportunities for the student in a variety of settings. The daily objective of the course is to foster and promote musical growth through the playing of an instrument by the student. As a member of the band program, group effort and cooperation are necessary to a successful program. Band is a skilled effort in which each student is expected to show technical and musical growth throughout this course. Students should have at least one year of previous band experience to join this ensemble, though exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to grow in their musical education through performance in a vocal-based ensemble. Daily objectives include singing technical warmups to improve vocal technique and singing repertoire that will promote musical growth through its variety. As a member of the choir program, group effort and cooperation are necessary to a successful program. Choir is a skilled effort in which each student is expected to show technical and musical growth throughout the course. Students can join choir with or without any previous choral experience.
History of Rock and Roll
This class is a survey of the history of rock music including its antecedents in Rhythm & Blues and Country. Two main areas of study include a focus on musical characteristics and evolving musical styles, and a consideration of the sociopolitical impact rock music has had on late 20th Century life. This elective will also look at the cultural, economic, and social influences that shaped the American musical phenomena that is rock and roll music. Students do not need to have any musical experience to enjoy this elective.
In Music Appreciation, students will recognize the development of music from a historical and cultural perspective. Students will study the fundamentals of music and discover basic music terminology, instrument families, tempo, rhythm, form, and meter. These elements will then be used throughout the course as a foundation for discussion of music throughout history. Eras covered will include Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and a variety of 20th century genres. Students will gain an understanding of the context in which music was created by recognizing and aurally identifying style characteristics, genres, and representative masterworks from various periods. Students do not need to have any musical experience to enjoy this elective.
Beginning Guitar Class
For beginning guitar players, this class will focus on learning to read music, learning to play chords and their structure within basic rock and blues format. Students will build technique by learning to play rhythm guitar, melodic figures, and in guitar ensembles. Students must provide their own guitar and are expected to practice outside of the class hours. Students do not need any musical experience to enjoy this elective.
Introduction to Theatre:
This class explores theatre history from its tribal roots, to its blossom in the seat of civilization in Ancient Greece, through its evolution to the modern age, to stage productions of today’s Broadway scene. Rounded topics give a full picture with focus on set/costume design, stagecraft, stage management, acting/directing theory as well as acting styles. (2 semesters, 3 credit hours per semester)
Introduction to Pottery
This introductory course will focus on multiple forms of hand building and decorating pottery that will be fired in an electric Kiln. Pottery methods might include but be not limited to pinch, coil, slab construction of pottery and small 3-D sculptures and relief sculptures. Decoration of the pottery might include but not be limited to glazes, underglazes, and acrylic paint. Some history of pottery through the ages will be included in the course work.
Level 2 pottery will continue the foundations of the introductory course with the additional use of potter’s wheels to create various forms of thrown Pottery.
Introduction to Art fundamentals. Areas included are: 1. DRAWING — emphasis on line, value, shape, and texture; 2. DESIGN — introduction to basic elements of design; 3. PAINTING — fundamental methods and techniques associated with watercolor; 4. METALWORKING– jewelry: copper & brass; 5. PRINTMAKING– introduction to basic printmaking processes and techniques; 6. SCULPTURE — exploration of 3-dimensional forms and bas relief carving using stone, wood, and leather working; 7. CALLIGRAPHY — graphic design & shirt design; 8. PHOTOGRAPHY — basic composition; 9. MACRAME — the ancient art of knotting using paracord. (2 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)
Introductory studio courses in each studio area of concentration. The areas include: 1. DRAWING — introduction to representational drawing with emphasis on visual perception; 2. DESIGN — emphasis on design elements of color, space and compositional strategies; 3. PAINTING — introduction to the theory and perception of color with instruction in techniques appropriate to paint media; 4. PRINTMAKING — emphasis on woodblock, and other forms of printmaking; 5. METALWORKING — jewelry saw work with copper & brass; 6. CALLIGRAPHY — graphic design & t-shirt design; 7. Stone, wood carving and Leather working in bas relief; 8. Macrame the ancient art of knotting using paracord. (2 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)
The students choose to work in different areas within the framework of advanced art. This course is open to Juniors and Seniors who have experience in varied fields of art. The student sets out a program in a particular media and explores it to the fullest limits of possibility. The areas of concentration include: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Stone carving letter and image, Wood carving, Leather working, metalworking, calligraphy, graphic design, and Basic Photo composition. Macrame the ancient art of knotting using paracord. (2 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)