Art electives are offered in the following categories for students in Grades 7 and 8: digital arts, performing arts, visual art, and music. Students select these courses in the spring by rank ordering their choices in an electronic form, sent through email. All students will be placed in three courses, one each trimester. Performing arts classes prepare for an ensemble performance either large or small during the term.Musical Theatre History
Have you ever wondered how a Broadway Musical is created? In this course, students will research the people, shows and events that helped shape the rich history of musical theatre. With a solid understanding of these elements, students will then work collaboratively to create their own truly original musicals.
This course is all about exploring current musicians and artists who are trending now. Students will examine artists such as Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake (and others) with a particular focus on their music, videos, social media, and their public image and platform. Recognizing that all of them have “made it big” in the music industry, we will explore what allowed them to reach their goal? What set them apart from so many other aspiring musicians, and what may have inspired and influenced their decision to pursue a career in music? (Disclosure: some video and lyric content may be PG-13)
Students will learn how to write lyrics and music, and the class will produce a CD. No prior music skills required. If you can write a poem, or play three notes, you can write a song!
Do you love to sing but need help hitting the high notes? Do you want to be on stage? Looking to prepare for an audition? This course offers instruction in vocal technique, musical interpretation and performance in a group setting, and is open to any student wishing to improve their solo singing. Repertoire will be chosen from among a broad selection of genres including art song literature and suitable Broadway/stage material, and students will be responsible for providing/purchasing their own music scores. Students will receive guidance in choosing appropriate repertoire and coaching on individual singing in a master class atmosphere and will be expected to prepare two songs during the course of the trimester. This is not an ensemble class.
A Capella Ensemble
This course is for students that want to sing more contemporary music with their fellow students in a small group setting. Repertoire will be tailored to the interests, voices and beatboxing skills of the participants, but will be along the lines of the Pentatonix, Home Free, and the Real Group.
If you want to know more about how to write your own music or how to play the music you love by ear then this is the course for you! Musicianship is available to any student wishing to improve their music reading, aural skills and music theory knowledge, offering differentiated instruction in the “grammar” of music. Open to students at any level of experience, regardless of musical interests, we will play ear-training games in class, utilize online resources, and learn how music is put together so you can connect what you hear with what is on the page.
This course is designed for beginners who would like to experience the fundamentals of instrumental music within a fun and collaborative learning environment. Topics include basic chords, strumming, reading notation, posture, tuning, and learning to play several popular songs. There are no prerequisites for this course. An instrument will be provided for you or you may bring your own.
Students in Grades 7 and 8 either continue studying in their performing art or are assigned to skill building during that time. Students are able to participate in more than one ensemble.
Students in Grades 6-12 who have experience reading music are welcome to join Jazz Band. This ensemble practices once a week from 7:30-8:00 a.m. This course is ungraded.