Performing Arts

Concert Choir, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

What role do you play in the ensemble?

The Concert Choir is a full-year, performing vocal ensemble. Students are expected to enroll in this course for trimesters 1 and 3. If full-year participation is not possible, students may enroll in one trimester and take Morning Choir the other. Concert Choir is a performing class and is intended to continue any previous vocal training a student has received. We will expand on music fundamentals and build skills including: proper vocal technique and posture, solfege, rhythms, basic music theory, tone-balance-blend, performance techniques and concert etiquette. Music studied will represent a wide range of vocal styles, and this study will culminate in concert performances. A minimum of two concerts will be scheduled each year, and participation is mandatory. Those enrolled will also be encouraged and eligible to participate in local and regional festivals and competitions, as well as extra community performances scheduled throughout the year. Concert Choir meets daily, and is open to all students. This course may be taken more than one (1) year.

Course Competencies:

1. Present - Students create, perform and respond with understanding (30%)

  1. Students will perform proficiently a varied repertoire of music of varying styles and time periods, both alone and with others (this includes participation).
  2. Students will also learn skills such as care of the voice and body, breathing and warm-up techniques, tone production and concert preparation & etiquette.

2. Create - Students learn to apply skills and language to understand music notation (30%)

  1. Students will read and write standard music notation and demonstrate competence in using that notation, including notes, rests, rhythms, articulations, dynamics, tempo and style.
  2. Students will continue to develop skills that will help them to read music, not only for class but for auditions and other musical experiences.

3. Respond and Connect - Analyze, relate, and evaluate music & performances (30%)

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge in analyzing, describing and evaluating music and music performances using correct terminology, with the ability to critically judge.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of music in relation to careers, history, culture, other arts and disciplines.

Symphonic Band, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

What role do you play in the ensemble?

The Symphonic Band is a full-year instrumental performing ensemble. Students are expected to enroll in this course for trimesters 1 and 3. If full-year participation is not possible, students may enroll in one trimester and take Morning Band the other. Symphonic Band is a performing class and is intended to continue the previous instrumental training a student has received. We will review many basics of music and build skills including: correct fingerings, proper breath support, posture, articulations, instrument care and maintenance, technical playing, rhythms, scales, dynamics, tone, balance, intonation and concert etiquette. In addition, students will study and perform music alone and with others ranging from various styles and time periods. A minimum of two concerts will be scheduled each year, and participation is mandatory. In addition to these concerts, students will be expected to participate in pep band, parades, graduation services, and possible other performances. Those enrolled will also be strongly encouraged and eligible to participate in local and regional festivals and competitions. This course may be taken more than one (1) year.

Course Competencies:

1. Performance -Students create, perform and respond with understanding (30%)

  1. Students will play proficiently a varied repertoire of music, both alone and with others, of varying styles and time periods (this includes participation).
  2. Students will also learn skills such as caring and holding instruments, breathing, tone, technical playing, and concert preparation/etiquette.

2. Notation -Students are able to understand music notation (30%)

  1. Students will read and write standard music notation and demonstrate competence in using that notation, including notes, rests, rhythms, articulations, dynamics, tempo and style.

3. Evaluation and Relation -Analyze, describe, and evaluate music & performances (30%)

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge in analyzing, describing and evaluating music and music performances using correct terminology, with the ability to critically judge.
  2. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of music in relation to careers, history, culture, other arts and disciplines.

Guitar, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

What are foundational techniques for the guitar upon which all intermediate and advanced methods of guitar playing are based?

This course will cover beginning to intermediate folk and popular guitar styles and techniques. Students will learn how to read music, tablature, and how to correctly hold and perform on the acoustic guitar. This course is open to students who have little or no previous experience in playing guitar. Students do not need to own a guitar to enroll in this class.

Course Competencies:

1. Performance - Students will play proficiently using a varied repertoire of music, both alone and with others, of varying styles and time periods. Additionally, students will demonstrate playing with correct hand position, fingerings and tuning.

2. Notation - Students will read standard music notation and demonstrate knowledge of reading guitar music and using the correct terminology.

3. Evaluation and Relation - Students will create meaning and expression as well as demonstrate an understanding of music in relation to composition and arranging by different composers.


History of Rock & Roll, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How does studying the evolution of rock music teach us about America's history and culture?

This course will introduce students to the history of rock and roll music as it evolved in the United States and spread throughout the world. Students will study the origins, characteristics and stylistic development of rock and roll music from the early 1890s to the present. The focus of class will be on the evolution of rock styles, contributions of important performers, and musical techniques involved in the creation and performance of rock music. In addition to the historical perspective, class discussions and projects will also focus on sociological issues that have influenced the various developments within the genre.

Course Competencies:

1. History and culture - Recognize and discuss historically significant musical styles, forms, composers, events, and especially significant compositions/songs.

2. Society - Gain an understanding of the effect of rock music on culture and society.

3. Listening - Demonstrate the ability to hear and recognize in relatively simple examples some of the basic elements of music such as meter, dynamics, and texture, and to recognize the basic instruments typically used in this music.


Film History, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How do the film techniques used to tell a story differ from those used in literature?

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of film making and acquaint students with a variety of film genres while also exposing students to stylistic innovations, narrative techniques, and cinematic technology. The threefold purpose of this class allows students to become familiar with the interpretive language of film; cultivate the reading of film as text; and create critical arguments regarding the analysis of those texts. Students should be prepared to read texts and write compositions that reflect the understanding and interpretation of the films they have screened for class. Finally, students should possess a work ethic that enables them to satisfactorily complete the assigned readings, writings and film screenings in a timely and successful manner.

Course Competencies:

1. History - The learner will develop and understand a basic knowledge of the history and importance of film.

2. Analysis - The learner will discuss the films in class and write analysis of these artistic products.

3. Technology - The learner will be able to identify and discuss characteristics of various technology.


Music Theory & Keyboarding, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How is sound organized to create music?

Music Theory & Keyboarding is a trimester course covering rudiments of music, notation, basic rhythm, melody, harmony, and elements of form. Students will also learn basic piano playing skills and use keyboards as a tool for practical application of music theory learned in this class.

Course Competencies:

1. Performance - Students will play proficiently using a varied repertoire of music, both alone and with others, of varying styles and time periods. Additionally, students will demonstrate playing with correct hand position, fingerings and tuning.

2. Notation - Students will read standard music notation and demonstrate knowledge of reading guitar music and using the correct terminology.

3. Evaluation and Relation - Students will create meaning and expression as well as demonstrate an understanding of music in relation to composition and arranging by different composers.


Music Technology, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

Why and how has technology become inextricably linked to the creation of and recording of music, even for acoustic or traditional styles of music?

This is an introductory course in music technology, or "electronic music." Music technology is a "hands-on" creative music course exploring all the possibilities for music performance, arrangement, and composition made possible through the use of computer technology. Students will learn to operate synthesizers, both keyboard and modular, as well as develop and increase computer skills while learning to use music software programs such as Finale (notation), Audacity (digital recording), and Mix-Craft (multi-track acoustic recording, similar to Garage Band). Students will be exposed to techniques and systems currently in use in the music industry. Students should be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of music notation.

Course Competencies:

1. Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.

2. Communication, collaboration and creativity

3. Technology Operations and Concepts

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