31 MUSIC/THEATER/DANCE In performing music, a sequence requires enrollment in Music Theory as well as the group activity represented by the student’s area of expertise. INTRODUCTION TO knowledge by rehearsing and performing encourages students to improve on their THEATER pieces from the standard and chosen instrument, and is intended to 1 Credit - Level II contemporary band repertoire. This class prepare the student to continue in the also incorporates elements of music theory high school program. A survey of the various aspects of the and history, and seeks to develop within world of theater, including such topics as each student a broad appreciation for the CHAMBER SINGERS the history of drama and theater in art of making music. 1 Honors Credit - Level IV Western civilization; acting; scenic design; stage lighting; costume; make-up; theater This course is designed to provide organization and management; problems ORCHESTRA * advanced choral students with an of theatrical production; and criticism. 1 Credit - Level II opportunity for in-depth study of vocal This course may be used to fulfill the or 1 Honors Credit - Level IV repertoire through singing, and to enable graduation requirement in the arts. This orchestra course is for students to explore advanced choral intermediate string students. The course literature through performance in a vocally ACTING ENSEMBLE will allow students to acquire the skills, balanced ensemble. Personnel for the 1 Credit - Level II habits, and techniques necessary for ensemble is dependent upon vocal balance. A study of the actor in an ensemble effective musical expression. Students will Prerequisite: Students are selected by group. Performance projects, to be participate in ensemble performances, audition. Minimum average of 90% in presented in chamber settings, will be gaining insight into the principals of Concert Chorus or Treble Choir developed. Students with special interest artistic playing. Public performance is a may pursue this course through an course requirement as well as small-group TREBLE CHOIR * emphasis on directing. Prerequisite: lessons which are scheduled on a rotating 1 Credit - Level II Audition and recommendation basis. Prerequisite: Successful or 1 Honors Credit - Level IV completion of previous year’s orchestra Women’s chorus is open to all students ADVANCED ACTING course and permission of instructor. grades 9-12 by audition. Programs are ENSEMBLE chosen from the best in classical and 1 Credit - Level II SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA * contemporary choral literature. Basic skills This advanced acting class focuses on 1 Honors Credit - Level IV in the areas of vocal production, music, individual work and audition pieces. Symphony Orchestra students will reading, intonation, part singing and Students will explore a variety of develop advanced playing techniques and balance are developed. Formal concerts are performance pieces ranging from classical skills through the study of representative held twice a year, in the winter and the to contemporary theater. Students will orchestral literature from the major music spring. The treble choir rehearses daily and learn to create performance structures and periods. Requirements include public students are required to attend one small- have opportunities to experience theater- performance, participation in additional group lesson per week. Lessons are related careers such as directing, stage ensembles (trios, quartets, chamber organized on a rotating basis. Admission is managing, producing and other technical orchestra, intermediate orchestra, etc.), by audition. Prerequisite: audition careers. Prerequisite: Acting Ensemble, and small-group lessons which are audition, and recommendation scheduled on a rotating basis. CONCERT CHORUS * Prerequisite: Students are selected by 1 Credit - Level II audition. Students must have a or 1 Honors credit - Level IV CONCERT BAND * minimum average of 90 percent in 1 Credit - Level II Concert chorus is open to all students String Orchestra. NYSSMA level 5 or 6. by audition. Programs are chosen from or 1 Honors credit - Level IV the best in choral literature. These include Concert Band is a class offered to CONCERT BAND 9 * a winter concert, a midyear concert students in grades 10-12 who are interested in performing on brass, 1 Credit - Level II devoted entirely to contemporary music, woodwind, or percussion instruments. or 1 Honors Credit - Level IV and a spring concert containing a wide Freshman Band is a class offered to 9th variety of songs such as Broadway The class meets for rehearsal every day for grade students interested in performing on musicals, spirituals, madrigals, one period. Participation in small-group brass, woodwind, or percussion experimental, etc. The concert chorus rotating lessons is required. These groups instruments. The class meets for rehearsal rehearses daily and students are required to meet once per week, and provide deeper every day for one period. Participation in attend one small-group lesson per week. study of such topics as tone production, small, rotating lesson groups is required. Lessons are organized on a rotating basis. note reading, rhythmic accuracy, and These groups meet once per week and Admission is by audition. performance technique. The band performs several times throughout the explore such topics as tone production, school year, including concerts, football note reading, rhythmic accuracy, and MUSIC THEORY I games and parades. Students have the performance technique. The band 1 Credit - Level II opportunity to explore more challenging performs at concerts and parades A synthesis of music theory and music music and to deepen their musical throughout the school year. This course literature into a comprehensive music 32 course. The curriculum deals with the major sequence. Course content visual and aural analysis of musical * Honors level is available in Band, includes advanced applications of materials by developing skills in written Chorus, and Orchestra dance techniques, historical knowledge harmony, ear training, sightsinging, and Prerequisites: and choreographic methods displayed keyboard harmony. There is a one-year in numerous performances and Regents for this course which is required • NYSSMA rating Level IV- for any student wishing to graduate with a Outstanding or V-VI of 90-100% workshop projects. Students will music sequence. Prerequisite: Student • Minimum average of 90 percent prepare for college auditions and must be a member of band, orchestra, during prior year. develop their portfolios for dance chorus, or have experience on a solo • Requirements: Full participation beyond high school. Admission to instrument such as piano or guitar in all phases of the regular class is by audition. program. Prerequisite: Dance I MUSIC THEORY II • Participation in smaller ensembles 1 Credit - Level II (trios, quartets, etc.) STAGECRAFT I Theory II will include the • Independent assignments: (one 1 Credit - Level II continued study of harmony and an each quarter) Serves as an elective, or as 1 unit of a explanation of instrumentation, form • Attendance at two professional 5 unit sequence in Fine Arts or Theatre and compositional characteristics concerts for a Regents Diploma for high school through music history. Prerequisite: • Research paper students. Course content includes the Music Theory I • Solo performance at NYSSMA application of design and construction of all areas of technical theatre including level V or VI lighting, sound, props, costumes, make- ADVANCED PLACEMENT • Multimedia project with a focus up and stage management. To MUSIC THEORY on creativity. implement this knowledge the student 1 Credit - Level VI will have to develop a background of AP Music Theory will include the ARTS ACADEMY knowledge regarding historical periods continued study of harmony and an DANCE I of theatre. The student will be required explanation of instrumentation, form 2 Credits - Level II to develop technical skills required for and compositional characteristics This course will serve as an elective both preproduction and production through music history. This course or as credits toward a dance major involvement. The student will develop concludes with the AP Music Theory sequence or as 2 credits (double a working vocabulary of technical terms. exam. Prerequisite: Music Theory I period) of a 5-unit sequence in Fine Through the use of video presentations, Arts for a Regents Diploma for high artist-in-residence presentations, technology presentations, performance MUSIC school students. Dance satisfies the visits and practical daily application of TECHNOLOGY/RECORDING Arts requirement for graduation. skills the students will acquire TECHNOLOGY Course content includes the knowledge which will enable them to 1 Credit - Level II application of dance technique and design and run any aspect of technical This course will offer students the historical knowledge to performance theatre required by any production. opportunity to integrate technology and workshop projects. Ballet, Jazz, The student will also explore career with Music Composition. It will Modern dance technique, cultural opportunities in technical theatre. dances and historical periods of dance combine Digital/Audio recording and will be studied through video MUSICAL THEATRE Midi Programming. Students will presentations, artist-in-residence 2 Credits - Level II explore Sound Engineering, Music presentations, technology Music/Theatre course serves as an Production Careers, and relate presentations, performance visits and Synchronization of Music for Video. elective, or as 2 credits (double period) practical daily application of skills. in a Fine Arts or Theatre Sequence for a The technology services provided by Students will study choreography, Regents diploma for high school this class will be available to orchestra, creating projects reflecting the various students. Course content includes the band, chorus and theory classes. performances, technical styles and history of Musical Theatre and its Students in these classes will be able to methods of choreography. The history impact on society, the development and create portfolios for their college of dance will be explored as it reflects application of vocal, dance and acting auditions. Entire ensembles will be and affects religious and social techniques as applied to Musical recorded for critical listening and influences of a particular time period. Theatre performance, and the critique (one of the Standards for the Career opportunities in the field of opportunity for students to develop a Arts). Recording Technology will dance will be explored. portfolio of audition pieces for college. involve interdisciplinary activities such Through regularly scheduled performances, “Recital”, Musical as design for CD covers, original DANCE II Theatre classes will serve as an Arts compositions orchestrated and 2 Credits - Level II resource for the general school performed, voice-overs, and This class serves as an elective or as population, thereby enabling all underscoring for video. 2 credits (double period) toward a students to participate as consumers.
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