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Visual & Performing Art

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Linda Brown – Department Chair 65302 302 

Jason Armistead 65337 304 

Perry Ware 65303 303 

Pete Tittl 65013 1103 

Tim Williams 65305 305 


BEGINNING ART

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: None

Max credit: 10

A year-long course. May not be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirements. This is a basic introduction to the elements of art, art history, criticism and process through the exploration of various art media. Students are introduced to various art media theory through critique. Students will gain an awareness and appreciation of art in all sectors of their life and environment, as well as its impact globally and historically. They will expand their knowledge of visual art elements and principles of design through experience with a wide variety of media and techniques. Must pass with a “C” or better to move to Intermediate Art. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

INTERMEDIATE ART

Grades: 10-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Completion of Beg. Art with “C” or better.

Max credit: 30

A one-year course. May not be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This course builds upon the skills developed in Beginning Art and applies them to more advanced processes. Art history, criticism and theory are explored more extensively. Must pass with a “C” or better to move to Advanced Art. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

ADVANCED ART

Grades: 11-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Completion of Intermed. Art with “C” or better.

Max credit: 20

A one-year course. May be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This course refines the skills developed in Intermediate Art and applies them to more advanced processes. Art history, criticism and theory are explored more extensively. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

EXPLORING MUSIC

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisites: None

Max credit: 10

A year-long course. This course will discuss the different elements of music, the instruments of the orchestral family, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th century music including Opera, musical theater, film, jazz, and rock.

BAND BEGINNING

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: No previous experience is required.

Max credit: 20

A year-long course, open to new students at the semester. This course is designed to give beginning wind and percussion players the opportunity to learn proper playing technique, embouchure control, breathing and fingering techniques, music reading, and basic performance skills. Students should enroll if they do not have enough music fundamentals and basic training from their previous musical experiences. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

ADVANCED BAND

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Proficiency on a band instrument. Director’s permission and audition required.

Max credit: 40

May be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts requirement for graduation. The band will perform at several concerts and attend festivals. Attendance at all scheduled performances required. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

CONCERT BAND

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Proficiency on a band instrument. Director’s permission and audition required.

Max credit: 40

May be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. Band performs at concerts, festivals, and related events during second semester. Music studied is from a variety of styles and time periods from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic transcriptions as well as modern literature written for Concert Band. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

ADVANCED COLOR GUARD

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Audition and director’s permission.

Max credit: 40

A year-long course. May be repeated for credit. May be entered at semester with audition and instructor approval. Meets District Fine Arts graduation requirement. Fall semester is an attached unit to the marching band and will perform at all home football games, some parades, and several marching competitions throughout the state. There is a mandatory two-week Color Guard/Marching Band Camp in late August two weeks before school starts. There is also rehearsal one hour every day before 1st period and one weekly after school sectional. Spring semester will be used for indoor competition shows. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Advanced proficiency on a band instrument and approval of instructor.

Max credit: 40

A year-long course. May be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. The Jazz Ensemble performs at numerous events on and off campus. The music studied and performed includes jazz, swing, and pop. This is an advanced instrumental music. The fall semester class will also play the role of Pep Band. The Jazz Ensemble will perform at least one formal concert during each semester, perform at some away football games as the Pep Band and attend 2-5 rating festivals. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Proficiency on a band instrument. Director’s permission and/or audition required. May be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement.

Max credit: 40

Percussion ensemble will have both beginning and advanced players. Advanced ensemble will attend 6-10 required competitions and performances locally and out of town each semester. The fall semester is a percussion section for the Marching Band, and the spring semester is a separate competing group. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

BASS CHOIR—”CHAMBER MEN”

Grades: 9-10

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Director’s permission.

Max credit: 20

A yearlong elective course. May be repeated for credit. May be entered at the semester with director’s permission. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. Course content includes sight singing, music theory, and music history, as well as vocal production and technique. Six performances will be expected. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

TREBEL CHOIR 2 – BELLES

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Audition or Director’s permission required.

Max credit: 20

A yearlong elective course. May be repeated for credit. May be entered at the semester with director’s permission. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. The class will involve an in-depth study of choral literature of all types and styles. Course content includes sight singing, music theory, and music history, as well as vocal production and technique. Extensive performances will be expected. Students are expected to provide performance uniforms. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

CHOIR MIXED 1

Grade: 9

Credit: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: None

Max credit: 20

Choir Mixed 1 is a beginning vocal ensemble for males and females. Instruction includes music theory, music history, vocal techniques, sight singing, performance decorum, and ensemble performance techniques. The ensemble performs frequently during the school year, including numerous festivals. Enrollment requires an audition. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

CHOIR MIXED 2

Grade: 10

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Audition or director’s permission required.

Max credit: 20

Choir Mixed 2 is an intermediate vocal ensemble for males and females. Instruction includes music theory, music history, advanced vocal techniques, advanced sight singing, performance decorum, and advanced ensemble performance techniques. The ensemble performs frequently during the school year, including community service concerts, numerous festivals, and a spring tour. Enrollment is by audition. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

ADVANCED MIXED CHOIR

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Audition or director’s permission required.

Max credit: 20

A yearlong elective course. May be repeated for credit. May be entered at the semester with director’s permission. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. An advanced course requiring audition for enrollment. Course content includes sight singing, music theory, and music history, as well as vocal production and technique. This is a major performing ensemble on campus. Extensive performances will be expected. Students are expected to provide performance uniforms. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

ADVANCED CHAMBER CHOIR

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Audition or director’s permission required.

Max credit: 40

A yearlong elective course. May be repeated for credit. May be entered at the semester with director’s permission. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. “The most advanced vocal ensemble.” An advanced course requiring audition for enrollment. Course content includes sight singing, music theory, and music history, as well as vocal production and technique. This is a major performing ensemble on campus. Extensive performances will be expected. Students are expected to provide performance uniforms. Offered “0” period. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

ADVANCED TREBLE CHOIR – “CHAMBER BELLES”

Grades 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Audition or director’s permission required.

Max credit: 20

A yearlong elective course. May be repeated for credit. May be entered at the semester with director’s permission. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This is an advanced chamber women’s ensemble, which will include advanced study of sight singing, music theory, music history, as well as vocal production and technique. Chamber Belles is a major performing ensemble on campus and extensive performances will be expected. Students are expected to provide performance uniforms. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

DRAMA 1

Grades: 9-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: None.

Max credit: 40

A one-year course. May be entered at the semester with permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. An introductory course which sets the foundation for all theater courses. Students are involved in class performances including pantomimes, improvisations, and an opportunity to perform in a winter and/or spring showcase. Stage orientation, acting skills, and technical theater skills are introduced. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

DRAMA 2

Grades: 10-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 1 with “C” or better.

Max credit: 40

A one-year course. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This intermediate course continues to hone acting and technical skills introduced in Drama 1, using improvisation, scene study, dialect study, and other acting exercises. Students will be involved in class performances including pantomimes, improvisations, and a performance in a winter and/or spring showcase. Stage orientation, acting skills, and technical theater skills will be introduced. One-act plays will be student-produced in class. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

DRAMA 3

Grades: 11-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 2 with “B” or better.

Max credit: 30

A one-year course. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This advanced course continues to hone acting and technical skills introduced in Drama 1, using improvisation, scene study, dialect study, and other acting exercises. Students will be involved in class performances including pantomimes, improvisations, and a performance in a winter and/or spring showcase. Stage orientation, acting skills, and technical theater skills will be introduced.

A drama unit performance will highlight the year. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

DRAMA 4

Grades: 11-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 3 with “B” or better.

Max credit: 10

A one-year course. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This advanced course continues to hone acting and technical skills introduced in Drama 1, using improvisation, scene study, dialect study, and other acting exercises. Students will be involved in class performances including pantomimes, improvisations, and a performance in a winter and/or spring showcase. Stage orientation, acting skills, and technical theater skills will be introduced.

A drama unit performance will highlight the year. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

DRAMA PRODUCTION

Grades: 10-12

Credits: 5 per semester

Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 1, its equivalent or instructor approval.

Max credit: 40

Drama Production is a year-long course. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. The technical theatre class is designed to introduce and to augment particular techniques in theatre production. Tech students study the many aspects of set and lighting design, construction techniques, as well as sound amplification and design needed for various theatrical events held in our Performing Arts Center. The course will include a working management of the Performing Arts Center, with emphasis on providing the technical support for theatrical, musical, and speaker presentations. Meets A-G University of California requirement.