2017-18 CVA Course of Study Handbook – Art & Music Departments

Art Department

Studio Art—9th-12th Grade (1 credit)

Three fundamentals of art stage the outline for this course: The Elements, The Nature of Art (aesthetics) and Movements of Art. Students participate in research, observations, studies, readings and experimentations; a process used to build comprehension and exploration into the process of visual productions. The student portfolio will represent in-depth areas of concentration reflecting four methods of formulating ideas; aesthetic base, elements base thematic base, and the problem-solving base. Students need to purchase and keep a visual journal using a sketchbook format and portfolio, and complete homework assignments. ~ Meets Fine Art Requirement

AP Studio Art—10th–12th Grade (1 credit)

The AP Studio Art course is for students interested in a rigorous and focused study in art. Students will develop a quality portfolio that demonstrates a mastery of concept, composition and execution in Drawing, 2D or 3D design. This course is based on a student creating a body of work that demonstrates quality, concentration and breadth. This portfolio will be submitted to the College Board for college credit.

Advanced Art I, II & III—10th-12th Grade (1 credit)

A comprehensive study in art, focusing on four disciplines lasting for ten weeks each: drawing, painting, graphics and sculpture leading to a concentration in art. In the years to follow a student will be able to advance to the next level qualifying them to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts. Each level will define its own expectation to the student. Each class will contain multiple levels giving the more advanced students more independence under certain guidelines and circumstances. Students will create, perform and participate in the arts, knowing and using a variety of art materials and resources, responding to and analyzing works of art, and understanding cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts. ~ Prerequisite: Studio Art

Painting (College Now)—10th-—12th Grade (.5 credit/3 college credits)

The course is to teach the student basic techniques in building a visual image as well as color mixing, schemes, special application of Medias for textures. The student will experience different artist styles, art movements, as well as the artist of the world.

Ceramics (College Now)—10th-—12th Grade (.5 credit/3 college credits)

This half year, advanced course may be taken after the student has completed a full year in Studio Art. The ceramics course study is designed for the student who is interested in working with clay. It includes the use of the potter’s wheel, the creation of ceramic sculpture, the properties of glazes, and experimentation with the various methods of hand building.

Advanced Ceramics—10th-—12th Grade (.5 credit)

The advanced ceramics course study is designed for the student who is interested in working with clay at a more advanced level and has already taken and passed regular Ceramics. It includes the use of the potter’s wheel, creation of ceramic sculpture/glazes, experimentation with various methods of hand building.

Sculpture—10th-—12th Grade (.5 credit)

This advanced course may be taken as a continuation to ceramics or on its own. Students will explore other forms of three-dimensional sculpture, as well as work in conjuncture with the Performance Art class, creating sculpture as parts of sets for an end of the year performance. This course is designed to help students explore the possibilities of self-expression in 3D.

Music Department – Electives

Symphonic Band—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

Students who wish to perform more advanced literature in a wind ensemble setting may enroll in in this course. Band members can expect to perform a variety of literature from the classical, jazz, pop, folk and contemporary genres at four yearly concerts. Students must already play a traditional band instrument, or make special arrangements with the director to fulfill this goal, to participate in symphonic band. Seating auditions may be held during the year. Materials and results can be obtained from the director. Students will also receive group lessons in which they learn basic music theory, history, and instrumental techniques. Rehearsals take place every other day and lesson and concert attendance is necessary to receive a ½ unit of study.

Concert Choir—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

Students who wish to perform in a vocal ensemble, as well as complete their state arts requirement for graduation may enroll in this course. Emphasis is placed on learning traditional choral literature in a variety of styles, including classical literature from each historical period, multicultural, folk, jazz, and Broadway music, and performance at four annual concerts and special events throughout the year. In certain years, some voice lesson groups may become ensembles (such as Chamber Choir men’s and women’s ensemble), which will perform on the Kaleidoscope Concert and other events. Students in Concert Choir will also receive weekly group voice lessons in which they learn basic music theory, history, and vocal techniques. Rehearsals take place every other day and lesson and concert attendance is necessary to receive a ½ unit of study.

Orchestra—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

Students who wish to further advance their knowledge and ability in an orchestral setting may enroll in this course. Orchestra members can expect to perform a variety of literature from the classical, folk and contemporary genres at four yearly concerts. Students must already play a traditional string instrument, or make special arrangements with the director to participate in orchestra. Seating auditions are held at the beginning of the year. Materials and results can be obtained from the director. Students will also receive group lessons in which they learn basic music theory, history, and instrumental techniques. Rehearsals take place every other day and lesson and concert attendance is necessary to receive a ½ unit of study.

AP Music Theory (College Now)—9th-12th Grade (1 credit)/3 college credits

This is a one-credit music elective for students in grades 9-12, in which students study the elements of music. In this class, students will look at how music is put together and created, by studying key signatures, scales and elements of harmony, along with further developing their ear training skills through sight singing and aural dictations. Students will also compose original music and develop a broad sense of how music has evolved over the years by analyzing and studying different genres from different time periods. Students may repeat the course for advanced study of music theory. Students who are interested in becoming stronger musicians or wish to pursue a degree or minor in music are highly encouraged to take this class. Students wishing to complete a graduation sequence in music must have one year of this course. ~ Offered every other year

Performance Theatre (College Now)—9th-12th Grade (1 credit)/3 college credits

This is a full-credit elective in which students study the elements of theatre production and history. Students will examine and engage in a variety of activities that relate to the stage including pantomime, storytelling, readers’ theatre, improvisation, monologues, scene study, play and musical study. Students will also study the history of theatre from the ancient Greeks, to Shakespeare, and Modern Theatre and how it developed and evolved in our society. Students in this class will become the production team for the annual school musical and learn the ins and outs of theatre, along with set design and construction which will lead to them developing their own dramatic revue to be performed in the spring. Students interested in this class must be willing to work alone and cooperatively in groups and perform in front of their peers. Students may repeat this course.

Music Theatre—9th-12th Grade (1 credit)

Music theatre will focus on the history of music theatre. Students will explore the history of music theatre, learn ballads, upbeat numbers, scenes from musical theatre along with vocal and acting techniques. Students will also develop a performance resume and pieces to use for local musical and college auditions. Students in this class will become the production team for the annual school musical and learn the ins and outs of theatre, along with set design and construction which will lead to them developing their own dramatic revue to be performed in the spring. Students interested in this class must be willing to work alone and cooperatively in groups and perform in front of their peers. Students may repeat this course.

Piano Keyboard I—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

In this class, students will learn how to play simple piano pieces and how to play a melody and accompany themselves with chords on the piano. Students will also learn basic music theory as it pertains to the piano including reading notes and rhythms, scales, arpeggios and chords. Class size is limited to 12 due to the number of instruments. This course is ½ a credit (every other day for the full year).

Piano Keyboard II—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

In this class, students will further learn how to play more advanced piano pieces and how to lay a melody and accompany themselves with chords on the piano. Students will also reinforce basic music theory as it pertains to piano including reading notes and rhythms, scales, arpeggios and chords. Class size is limited to 12 due to the number of instruments. Prerequisite: Students must have taken Piano Keyboard I or see Mr. Bunce if they take outside private lessons.

Guitar—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

In this class, students will learn how to play simple guitar pieces and how to play a melody and accompany themselves with chords on the guitar. Students will also learn basic music theory as it pertains to the guitar including reading notes and rhythms, chords and symbols. Class size is limited to 12 due to the number of instruments.

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