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Full Fine Arts Course List & Descriptions

Course offerings may vary per school. Please check with your school counselor regarding availability of course offerings and prerequisites.

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Title: Art 1

Course Code: 350100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This introductory course explores the principles and elements of art through design. Students learn foundational knowledge of 2-D and 3-D art forms, basic art concepts, terminology and techniques, tools and materials, cultural literacy and art history.

Prerequisites:  None

 

Title: Art 2

Course Code: 350200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This studio art course addresses a variety of drawing, printmaking and painting techniques in a variety of art styles and media. Students explore advanced color theory, cultural literacy and art history. Students are expected to compile a portfolio of work, maintain a sketchbook and participate in class critiques.

Prerequisites:  Art 1 or teacher recommendation


Title: Art 3 H

Course Code:  350300HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This advanced studio art course is designed to advance drawing, painting and three-dimensional art skills and techniques while expanding students’ knowledge of art history styles and movements and cultural literacy. Student work demonstrates practical exploration and artistic production and the development of a research workbook demonstrates independent critical research and analysis, both visual and written, in multiple cultures.

Prerequisites:  Art 2 or teacher recommendation

 

Title: Art 4 H

Course Code: 350400HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This continuing advanced studio art course is designed to advance drawing, painting and three-dimensional art skills and techniques while expanding students’ knowledge of art history styles and movements and cultural literacy. Student work demonstrates practical exploration and artistic production and the development of a research workbook demonstrates independent critical research and analysis, both visual and written, in multiple cultures.

Prerequisites:  Art 4 or teacher recommendation; Grades 11-12

 

Title: Art:  Photography 1

Course Code: 456600CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description:This introductory studio art course focuses on basic black-and-white still photography techniques. Students will learn to use a 35mm SLR camera and an enlarger, compose photographs, process film print enlargements and present finished photographs. Topics include photographic history, critical evaluation, cultural literacy and career opportunities.

Prerequisites:  Art 1 or Portfolio

 

Title: Art: Photography 2

Course Code: 456700CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This advanced level studio art course provides additional printing techniques, various alternative processes, and challenging shooting assignments. Topics include photography history, critical evaluation, cultural literacy and career opportunities. Students are expected to master ADOBE PhotoShop.

Prerequisites: Photography 1; Grades 10–12

 

Title: Art: Photography 3

Course Code: 456800HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This continuing advanced level studio art course provides additional printing techniques, various alternative processes, and challenging shooting assignments. Topics include photography history, critical evaluation, cultural literacy and career opportunities. Students are expected to master ADOBE PhotoShop.

Prerequisites:  Photography 2; Grades 10–12

 

Title: Art: Photography 4

Course Code: 456900HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This continuing advanced level studio art course provides additional printing techniques, various alternative processes, and challenging shooting assignments. Topics include photography history, critical evaluation, cultural literacy and career opportunities. Students are expected to master ADOBE PhotoShop.

Prerequisites:  Photography 3; Grades 10–12

 

Title: Advanced Placement Studio Art: Two Dimensional Design

Course Code: 357400AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The AP Program offers three studio art courses and portfolios: Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Drawing. The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. AP Studio Art students  create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of the year to produce visual compositions. In early May, students submit actual works and digital images of works for 2-D Design and Drawing Portfolios. These works should demonstrate artistic growth and development. AP Studio Art students work with diverse media, styles, subjects, and content.

Prerequisites:  AP Studio Art; Grades 11-12

 

Title: Advanced Placement Studio Art: Three-Dimensional Design

Course Code: 357500AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students will work on a portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year corresponding to the most common college foundation courses.  Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of the year to produce visual compositions.

Prerequisites:   2-D Design with prior experiences in studio art courses that address conceptual, technical, and critical thinking skills.

 

Title: Advanced Placement Art History

Course Code:  357100AW

Unit: 1 Unit

 Description: This course designed to explore the nature of art, its uses, its meanings, art-making, and responses to art.  Through investigation of diverse traditions of cultures from prehistory to the present, the course fosters in-depth understanding of history of art from a global perspective. Skills include visual, contextual, comparative analysis to engage in a variety of art forms, constructing, understating of individual works at interconnections of art making, processes, and products through-out history.

Prerequisites:  None

 

Title: Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing

Course Code:  357200AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course requires students to produce a portfolio for evaluation. The portfolio is to be prepared and submitted in accordance with specifications required by the College Board. Each portfolio contains three sections: Quality (for which four to six act ual works of art are submitted); Concentration (an in-depth, individual project of up to 20 slides); and Breadth (14 to 20 slides that demonstrate a wide range of experience). The course meets the objective of a general art course at the college level. The College Board determines the syllabus for the course; therefore, the content of the course may not be adjusted. This course is linked to Studio Arts Honors.

Prerequisites:  2-D Design or 3-D Design;  Requirement: AP Studio Art Exam, Studio Arts Honors linked course, summer reading/assignment; Grades 11, 12



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Title: Art: 3-D Design 1

Course Code: 350500CW

Unit: 1 Unit each

Description: Students are guided through the design process to make creative and considerate decisions concerning the interaction of function and aesthetics toward constructing a well-crafted prototype. The design standards are organized in steps that parallel the design process.

 

Prerequisites:  None

 

 

Title: Art: 3-D Design 2

Course Code:  350600CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students are guided through the design process to make creative and considerate decisions concerning the interaction of function and aesthetics toward constructing a well-crafted prototype. The design standards are organized in steps that parallel the design process. Students move through the standards, as shaped by the design process, by working independently and collaboratively with others in order to reach an aesthetically-effective and functional outcome.

Prerequisites:  Art 3-D Design 1

 

Title: Art: 3-D Design 3

Course Code: 350700CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students are guided through the design process to make creative and considerate decisions concerning the interaction of function and aesthetics toward constructing a well-crafted prototype. The design standards are organized in steps that parallel the design process. Students move through the standards, as shaped by the design process, by working independently and collaboratively with others in order to reach an aesthetically-effective and functional outcome. Students are immersed cognitively when involved in the design process. The use of skills such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving are truly embodied in their work. Teaching through design reaches diverse learners who are able to approach design thinking from their own personal perspectives and abilities.

Prerequisites:  Art: 3-D Design 2

 

 

Title: Art: 3-D Design 4

Course Code: 350800HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students are guided through the design process to make creative and considerate decisions concerning the interaction of function and aesthetics toward constructing a well-crafted prototype. The design standards are organized in steps that parallel the design process. Students move through the standards, as shaped by the design process, by working independently and collaboratively with others in order to reach an aesthetically-effective and functional outcome. Students are immersed cognitively when involved in the design process. The use of skills such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving are truly embodied in their work. Teaching through design reaches diverse learners who are able to approach design thinking from their own personal perspectives and abilities.

Prerequisites: Art: 3-D Design 3

 

Title: Art: Drawing 1

Course Code: 352100CW  

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This introductory course provides students with problem-solving experiences in two and three-dimensional media, stressing design elements (line, shape, form, value, color, space, and texture), and design principles, (proportion, emphasis, harmony/unity, balance, rhythm/movement, contrast repetition/ pattern, and variety). Emphasis is on the development of basic skills.

Prerequisites: None  

 

Title: Art: Drawing 2

Course Code: 352200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course provides students with two and three-dimensional design experiences and opportunities to apply these principles in individual artistic expressions. Drawing from observation and developing technical competency are emphasized. Periodic class critiques and the maintenance of a sketchbook and portfolio are required. Topics covered include but are not limited to portraiture, graphics, advertising, and display techniques.

Prerequisites:  Art Drawing 1

 

Title: Art: Drawing 3

Course Code: 352300HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course provides students with two and three-dimensional design experiences and opportunities to apply these principles in individual artistic expressions. Drawing from observation and developing technical competency are emphasized. Periodic class critiques and the maintenance of a sketchbook and portfolio are required. Topics covered include but are not limited to portraiture, graphics, advertising, and display techniques.

Prerequisites:  Art Drawing 2

 

Title: Art: Drawing 4

Course Code: 352400HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This advanced art course emphasizes individualized exploration of specific art problems. The course content is contractual and meets the interests and needs of individual students. This course prepares students for Advanced Placement studio courses. Media and techniques explored may include but are not limited to painting, printmaking, design, mixed media, ceramics, and sculpture. Students in this course will be required to work with more intensity, at a deeper level, and produce a wider range of more difficult and complex material.

Prerequisites:  Art: Drawing 3

 

 

Title: Art: Ceramics 1

Course Code: 456100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a study of ceramic art. Emphasis is on techniques in wheel throwing and hand-building.  Techniques explored may include but not limited to hand-building techniques of pinch, coil, slab, and press-molding with emphasis on imagery and design. Some time will be devoted to the potter's wheel as a forming tool. Forms are approached from simple to complex and small to large. Students learn to mix clay and glaze, load, and fire kilns.

Prerequisites: None

 

Title: Art: Ceramics 2

Course Code: 456200CW

Unit: Unit 1

Description: This course has an emphasis on fine-tuning techniques in wheel throwing and hand-building.  Techniques explored may include but not limited to higher skilled hand-building techniques of pinch, coil, slab, and press-molding with emphasis on imagery and design. Some time will be devoted to the potter's wheel as a forming tool. Forms are approached from simple to complex and small to large. Students learn to mix clay and glaze, load, and fire kilns.

Prerequisites: Art: Ceramics 1  

 

Title: Art: Ceramics 3

Course Code: 456300CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course will focus on more advanced techniques. Instruction in class will cover the 3-dimensional study of various materials. Clay is our main medium for this course. This class will cover composition, elements of design, artists, and how to use ceramics tools/ materials.

Prerequisites:  Art: Ceramics 2

 

Title: Art: Ceramics 4

Course Code: 456400CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course will focus on more advanced techniques. Instruction in class will cover the 3-dimensional study of various materials. Clay is our main medium for this course. This class will cover composition, elements of design, artists, and how to use ceramics tools/ materials.

Prerequisites:  Art: Ceramics 3

 

 

Title: Art: Painting 1

Course Code: 352500CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Drawing and sketches will be required as students learn to use painting tools, materials, and techniques to transfer their drawings and ideas into paintings. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficient painting skills and complete project assignments in media that is not limited to watercolor, tempera, oil, acrylic, or ink. The history and appreciation of painting will also be explored.

Prerequisites: None  


Title: Art: Painting 2

Course Code: 352600CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Drawing and sketches will be required as students learn to use painting tools, materials, and techniques to transfer their drawings and ideas into paintings. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficient painting skills and complete project assignments in media that is not limited to watercolor, tempera, oil, acrylic, or ink. The history and appreciation of painting will also be explored.

Prerequisites:  Art: Painting 1

 

Title: Art: Painting 3

Course Code: 352700HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Drawing and sketches will be required as students use painting tools, materials, and techniques to transfer their drawings and ideas into paintings. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficient painting skills and complete project assignments in media that is not limited to watercolor, tempera, oil, acrylic, or ink. The history and appreciation of painting will also be analyzed by the students.

Prerequisites:  Art: Painting 2

 

Title: Art: Painting 4

Course Code: 352800HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Drawing and sketches will be required as students learn to use painting tools, materials, and techniques to transfer their drawings and ideas into paintings. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficient painting skills and complete project assignments in media that is not limited to watercolor, tempera, oil, acrylic, or ink. The history and appreciation of painting will also be analyzed by the students.

Prerequisites:  Art: Painting 3

 

Title: Art Appreciation 1

Course Code: 351100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This introductory course provides an overview of art and artists through the ages, from prehistoric to modern times. Emphasis is on an understanding and appreciation of various art forms the accomplishments of artists from the past and present and the socio-cultural influences that shape art in society.

Prerequisites:  None

 

Title: Art Appreciation 2

Course Code: 351200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a study of the major trends, styles and periods in the history of art. Emphasis is on an understanding and appreciation of various art forms the accomplishments of artists from the past and present and the socio-cultural influences that shape art in society.

Prerequisites:  Art Appreciation or teacher recommendation

 

Title: Art Appreciation 3

Course Code: 351300CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a study of the major trends, styles and periods in the history of art. Emphasis is on an understanding and appreciation of various art forms the accomplishments of artists from the past and present and the socio-cultural influences that shape art in society.

Prerequisites:  Art Appreciation 2 or teacher recommendation

 

Title: Art Appreciation 4

Course Code: 351400CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a study of the major trends, styles and periods in the history of art. Emphasis is on an understanding and appreciation of various art forms the accomplishments of artists from the past and present and the socio-cultural influences that shape art in society.

Prerequisites:  Art Appreciation 3 or teacher recommendation


Title: Instrumental Music: Band Rehearsal

Course Code: 353000CW

Unit: 1 unit

Description: This course is open to students with no prior instrumental training. The focus will be on fundamentals of wind and percussion instrumental performance with the goal of preparing for participation in advanced instrumental classes. Students must complete mouthpiece-testing to determine the instrument that will render the most success. Students interested in percussion must demonstrate rhythmic skills. A piano background is strongly recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to practice at home, use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. Extra rehearsal time may be scheduled after school.

Prerequisites:  None

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Band Rehearsal 2

Course Code: 353700CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: 

Prerequisites:  None


Title: Instrumental Music: Band Rehearsal 3

Course Code: 353800CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: 

Prerequisites:  None


Title:  Instrumental Music: Band 1

Course Code: 353100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic techniques and performing grade 2 and 3 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Recommendation of middle school band director with audition


Title:  Instrumental Music: Band 2

Course Code: 353200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic techniques and performing grade 3 and 4 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Band 1 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Band 3 H

Course Code: 353300HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic techniques and performing grade 3 and 4 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Band 2 or teacher recommendation with audition


Title:  Instrumental Music: Band 4 H

Course Code: 353400HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic techniques and performing grade 3 and 4 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Band 3 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title:  Instrumental Music: Band 5 H

Course Code: 353500HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic techniques and performing grade 3 and 4 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Band 4 or teacher recommendation with audition


Title:  Instrumental Music: Band 6 H

Course Code: 353600HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic techniques and performing grade 3 and 4 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Band 5 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title:  Instrumental Music: Band 7 H

Course Code:  357800HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic techniques and performing grade 3 and 4 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Band 6 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Band 8 H

Course Code: 357900HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic techniques and performing grade 3 and 4 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Band 7 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Jazz Band 1

Course Code: 453100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a set instrumentation of alto saxes, tenor saxes, a baritone sax, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and one or two vocalists (piano, bass and guitar players must be able to read music and chord symbols). Students study jazz styles and improvisation and rehearse music for performances. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Jazz Band 2

Course Code:  453200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a set instrumentation of alto saxes, tenor saxes, a baritone sax, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and one or two vocalists (piano, bass and guitar players must be able to read music and chord symbols). Students study jazz styles and improvisation and rehearse music for performances. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Jazz Band 1 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music:  Jazz Band 3

Course Code: 453300CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a set instrumentation of alto saxes, tenor saxes, a baritone sax, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and one or two vocalists (piano, bass and guitar players must be able to read music and chord symbols). Students study jazz styles and improvisation and rehearse music for performances. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Jazz Band 2 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Jazz Band 4

Course Code:  453400CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a set instrumentation of alto saxes, tenor saxes, a baritone sax, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and one or two vocalists (piano, bass and guitar players must be able to read music and chord symbols). Students study jazz styles and improvisation and rehearse music for performances. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Jazz Band 2 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music:  Orchestra-Strings 1

Course Code: 355100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on instrumental technique, musicianship, knowledge of music theory and history and ensemble skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in District and State Orchestra Division events. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to practice at home, use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. Extra rehearsal time may be scheduled after school.

Prerequisites:  None

 

Title: Instrumental Music:  Orchestra-Strings 2

Course Code:  355200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on instrumental technique, musicianship, knowledge of music theory and history and ensemble skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in District and State Orchestra Division events. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required. Grade 10

Prerequisites: Orchestra I or teacher recommendation with audition


Title:  Instrumental Music: Orchestra-Strings 3 H

Course Code: 355300HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on instrumental technique, musicianship, knowledge of music theory and history and ensemble skills. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. Students are expected to prepare for/participate in District and State Orchestra Division events, use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments, wear appropriate performance attire and attend at least one professional ensemble performance during the school year. After school practice and performances required

Prerequisites:  Orchestra 2 Honors or teacher recommendation with audition


Title:  Instrumental Music: Orchestra-Strings 4 H

Course Code: 355400HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on instrumental technique, musicianship, knowledge of music theory and history and ensemble skills. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. Students are expected to prepare for/participate in District and State Orchestra Division events, use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments, wear appropriate performance attire and attend at least one professional ensemble performance during the school year. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:   Orchestra 3 Honors or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title:  Instrumental Music: Guitar

Course Code: 356700CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed for the beginner with no prior music or guitar experience. Each student must provide his/her own acoustic guitar and have access to an audio player to practice daily lessons. Grades 9–12

Prerequisites:  None


Title:  Instrumental Music: Guitar 2

Course Code: 458000CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students will continue studies of instrumental guitar technique and music.

Prerequisites:  Guitar 1 or teacher recommendation with audition


Title:  Instrumental Music: Guitar 3

Course Code: 458100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students will continue studies of instrumental guitar technique and music.

Prerequisites:  Guitar 2 or teacher recommendation with audition


Title: Instrumental Music: Guitar 4

Course Code: 458200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students will continue studies of instrumental guitar technique and music.

Prerequisites: Guitar 3 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Piano 1

Course Code: 454100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This individualized-instruction course is designed for both beginners with no previous experience and advanced students who want to improve piano keyboard skills. Students are not required to have access to a keyboard outside of class. Students may repeat this class to gain increased skill.

Prerequisites:  None


Title: Instrumental Music: Piano 2

Course Code: 454200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This individualized-instruction course is designed for both beginners with no previous experience and advanced students who want to improve piano keyboard skills. Students are not required to have access to a keyboard outside of class

Prerequisites:  Piano 1 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Piano 3

Course Code: 454300CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This individualized-instruction course is designed for advanced students who want to improve piano keyboard skills. Students are not required to have access to a keyboard outside of class.

Prerequisites:  Piano 2 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Instrumental Music: Piano 4

Course Code: 454400CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This individualized-instruction course is designed for advanced students who want to improve piano keyboard skills. Students are not required to have access to a keyboard outside of class.

Prerequisites:  Piano 3 or teacher recommendation with audition


Title: Chorus 1

Course Code: 354100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This introductory course emphasizes techniques of singing through tone/vocal production, sight-singing, solfege, ensemble singing, rehearsal techniques and theory. Students in this performing group are expected to participate in concerts and any after-school rehearsals.

Prerequisites:  None

 

Title: Chorus 2

Course Code: 354200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course emphasizes vocal techniques that are developed through the study of correct breathing, diction and intonation. Music studied will encompass all major music eras, including popular, jazz, spiritual and classical repertoire. Emphasis on sight reading and ear training. Students perform daily vocal exercises to increase range, tone quality and breathing capacity. Students perform various types of music in seasonal concerts and other performance opportunities. After-school rehearsals may be required.

Prerequisites:  Chorus 1 or teacher recommendation with audition


Title: Chorus 3 Honors

Course Code: 354300HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed for the performance of advanced musical selections utilizing the study of music theory, music history, ear training and keyboard skills. Students experience a higher level of training in breathing techniques, posture, diction, intonation, balance and overall musical aspects of the voice. Students are expected to prepare for/perform in seasonal concerts, state choral festival, school assemblies and other performances. After-school rehearsals may be required.

Prerequisites:  Chorus 2 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Chorus 4 Honors

Course Code: 354400HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed for the performance of advanced musical selections utilizing the study of music theory, music history, ear training and keyboard skills. Students experience a higher level of training in breathing techniques, posture, diction, intonation, balance and overall musical aspects of the voice. Students are expected to prepare for/perform in seasonal concerts, state choral festival, school assemblies and other performances. After-school rehearsals may be required.

Prerequisites: Chorus 3 or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Chorus 5 Honors

Course Code: 354500HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed for the performance of advanced musical selections utilizing the study of music theory, music history, ear training and keyboard skills. Students experience a higher level of training in breathing techniques, posture, diction, intonation, balance and overall musical aspects of the voice. Students are expected to prepare for/perform in seasonal concerts, state choral festival, school assemblies and other performances. After-school rehearsals may be required.

Prerequisites: Chorus 4 Honors  

 

Title: Chorus 6 Honors

Course Code:

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed for the performance of advanced musical selections utilizing the study of music theory, music history, ear training and keyboard skills. Students experience a higher level of training in breathing techniques, posture, diction, intonation, balance and overall musical aspects of the voice. Students are expected to prepare for/perform in seasonal concerts, state choral festival, school assemblies and other performances. After-school rehearsals may be required.

Prerequisites:  Chorus 5 Honors


Title: Music Appreciation 1

Course Code: 356100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course provides opportunities for students to hear and study music from many different historical periods as well as from various cultures. Trends in American music and the influence of society, media, genre and composers are of special interest. This course is designed to teach a better comprehension of the elements of music which include melody, rhythm, harmony, tempo, timbre, instrumentation, voicing, etc. No prior music instruction is necessary.

Prerequisites: None  

 

Title: Music Appreciation 2

Course Code: 356200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course provides opportunities for students to hear and study music from many different historical periods as well as from various cultures. Trends in American music and the influence of society, media, genre and composers are of special interest. This course is designed to teach a better comprehension of the elements of music which include melody, rhythm, harmony, tempo, timbre, instrumentation, voicing, etc. No prior music instruction is necessary.

Prerequisites:  Music Appreciation 1

 

Title: Music Appreciation 3

Course Code: 356300CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course provides opportunities for students to hear and study music from many different historical periods as well as from various cultures. Trends in American music and the influence of society, media, genre and composers are of special interest.

Prerequisites:  Music Appreciation 2

 

Title: Music Appreciation 4

Course Code: 356400CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course provides opportunities for students to hear and study music from many different historical periods as well as from various cultures. Trends in American music and the influence of society, media, genre and composers are of special interest.

Prerequisites: Music Appreciation 3


Title: Theatre 1

Course Code: 452100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course introduces the fundamentals of theatre including theatre history and styles, fundamental acting techniques, mime, pantomime, voice projection and improvisation and ensemble work.

Prerequisites: None  

 

Title: Theatre 2

Course Code: 452200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course focuses on technical theatre and performance. Students learn set design, costuming, stage make-up, set building, lights and sound. They study character development and script and produce a short play. After school rehearsal may be required.

Prerequisites:  Drama 1 and drama teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Theatre 3 H

Course Code: 452300HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This advanced course focuses on improving performance skills and developing the actor. Students review basic acting techniques and develop skills in storytelling and scene/monologue writing.
After-school rehearsals may be required.

Prerequisites:  Drama 2 and drama teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Theatre 4 H

Course Code:  452400HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This advanced course includes an in-depth study of all aspects of production from business manager to actor to technician. Students further develop script analysis and performance skills and experience directing a class main stage play. After-school rehearsals may be required.

Prerequisites:   Drama 3 and teacher recommendation with audition


Title: IB Theatre Arts SL

Course Code:  452A00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description:  The IB DP theatre course is multifaceted and gives students the opportunity to actively engage in theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. The teacher’s role is to create opportunities that allow students to explore, learn, discover and collaborate to become autonomous, informed and skilled theatre-makers. Students learn to apply research and theory to inform and to contextualize their work. Through researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre, they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community and the world. Students experience the course from contrasting artistic and cultural perspectives. They learn about theatre from around the world, the importance of making theatre with integrity, and the impact that theatre can have on the world. It enables them to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place and culture, promoting international-mindedness and an appreciation of the diversity of theatre.   IB Theatre Arts SL is a one-semester course with IB assessments of the Director’s Notebook, the Research Presentation, and the Collaborative Project.
Prerequisites:  See school counselor for IB criteria
 

Title: IB Theatre Arts HL-1

Course Code: 452B00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The IB DP theatre course is multifaceted and gives students the opportunity to actively engage in theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. The teacher’s role is to create opportunities that allow students to explore, learn, discover and collaborate to become autonomous, informed and skilled theatre-makers. Students learn to apply research and theory to inform and to contextualize their work. Through researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre, they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community and the world. Students experience the course from contrasting artistic and cultural perspectives. They learn about theatre from around the world, the importance of making theatre with integrity, and the impact that theatre can have on the world. It enables them to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place and culture, promoting international-mindedness and an appreciation of the diversity of theatre. IB Theatre Arts HL is a two-semester course, semester 1 in junior year and semester 2 in senior year. It goes into more depth on all topics studied and includes all of the SL assessments along with an additional assessment: the Solo Theatre Piece.

Prerequisites: See school counselor for IB criteria

 

Title: IB Theatre Arts HL – 2

Course Code: 452C00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The IB DP theatre course is multifaceted and gives students the opportunity to actively engage in theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. The teacher’s role is to create opportunities that allow students to explore, learn, discover and collaborate to become autonomous, informed and skilled theatre-makers. Students learn to apply research and theory to inform and to contextualize their work. Through researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre, they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community and the world. Students experience the course from contrasting artistic and cultural perspectives. They learn about theatre from around the world, the importance of making theatre with integrity, and the impact that theatre can have on the world. It enables them to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place and culture, promoting international-mindedness and an appreciation of the diversity of theatre. IB Theatre Arts HL is a two-semester course, semester 1 in junior year and semester 2 in senior year. It goes into more depth on all topics studied and includes all of the SL assessments along with an additional assessment: the Solo Theatre Piece.

Prerequisites:  See school counselor for IB criteria

 

Title: Technical Theatre Arts

Course Code: 452500CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course covers the basic technical aspects of the theater: scenery, lighting, sound, costumes, makeup, properties, poster s, publicity, and stage management. This course also helps the student develop an appreciation of the technical theater through the study of theater history and the reading of plays and viewing of films for analysis of their technical applications. The course offers students practical experience in stagecraft and scenic design through their work on in-class and extra-curricular productions. Grades: 10–12

Prerequisites:  Theatre 1


Title: Dance 1

Course Code:  450100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This introductory course explores various styles of dance: ballet, modern, ethnic, jazz and improvisational. Students learn dance
history and terminology.

Prerequisites:  None


Title: Dance 2

Course Code:  450200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This intermediate level class continues the study of ballet and modern with an emphasis on choreography, technical training and expression. After school rehearsals and performances required. Grades 10-12

Prerequisites:  Dance 1 and teacher recommendation with audition


Title: Dance 3 H

Course Code: 450300HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This advanced level performance class includes comprehensive study of choreography, technique, dance history and improvisation. Students are expected to organize and develop performance opportunities in the community and at school. After school rehearsals and performances required. Grades 10-12

Prerequisites:  Dance 2 and teacher recommendation with audition


Title: Dance 4 H

Course Code: 450400HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This advanced level course requires the creation of a dance portfolio and concentration on skills, knowledge and techniques i n various dance forms. Students participate in every aspect of the dance program: student performances, workshops, tutoring other dance students, festivals and master classes. After school rehearsals and performances required.  Grades 11-12

Prerequisites:  Dance 3 and teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Dance (Modern)

Course Code: 450500CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course explores the technique and the theory of Modern Dance. Emphasis is placed on modern dance techniques and the application of movement principles essential to the training of the dancer.

Prerequisites: None  


Title: Dance: Ballet 1

Course Code: 450600CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course will examine the fundamentals of classical ballet technique.  Students will participate in conditioning, movement exercises and dance phrases designed to increase knowledge and improve execution of basic ballet steps.

Prerequisites: None  


Title: Media Arts 1

Course Code: 351500CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This introductory level art course utilizes computers to introduce students to the dynamic field of Media Arts – specifically Graphic Design with an emphasis on proficiency in Adobe Photoshop. Students will explore using a computer to produce digital artwork and manipulate images creating individual portfolios. Projects are designed to give students exposure to graphic design as a career. Units covered include Introduction to Photoshop, Image Editing, Digital Painting and Creating Merchandise. Students will also engage in learning experiences that encompass art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and production to create portfolio- quality works. Additional course requirements beyond class hours include creating and maintaining an art portfolio, taking photographs along with purchase of a flash drive to store work.  Previous computer experience and access to a digital camera is recommended. There is a $25.00 activity fee for this course. Activity Fee includes color printing.

Prerequisites:  None

 

Title: Media Arts 2

Course Code: 351600CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Media Arts II is geared toward the business-end of digital art building on skills learned in Media Arts I.  Here we will explore Digital Design for advertising, packaging and branding. The job market is in need of individuals with knowledge of technology and artistic talent to creatively solve design problems. In this class students will explore what it is like to create for a client. Projects include creating logos, business cards, brochures, posters and typography as one would for a client-based business. Industry standard software will be used including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  Students will also engage in learning experiences that encompass art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and production leading to the creation of portfolio- quality works. Additional course requirements beyond class hours include creating and maintaining an art portfolio, taking photographs along with purchase of a flash drive to store work. Previous computer experience and access to a digital camera is recommended. There is a $25.00 activity fee for this course. Activity Fee includes color printing

Prerequisites:  Media Art 1


Title: Media Arts 3

Course Code: 351700CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Today’s society relies heavily on digital imagery. In this Digital Studio course students’ art skills are enhanced through the use of the computer to create personally expressive original, digital artworks. This advanced Media Arts course concentrates on the creative side of the digital art.  Projects are designed to push and compliment student’s previous art and computer knowledge to cross artistic boundaries. Projects include Recreating Lost Spaces, Digitizing Old Ideas and Digital Expressionism. Students will also engage in learning experiences that encompass art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and production leading to the creation of gallery-quality works. Industry standard software will be used. Additional course requirements beyond class hours include creating and maintaining an art portfolio, taking photographs along with purchase of a flash drive to store work.  Previous computer experience and access to a digital camera is recommended. There is a $25.00 activity fee for this course. Activity includes color printing.

Prerequisites:  Media Art 2


Title: Media Arts 4

Course Code: 351800CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Today’s society relies heavily on digital imagery. In this Digital Studio course students’ art skills are enhanced through the use of the computer to create personally expressive original, digital artworks. This advanced Media Arts course concentrates on the creative side of the digital art.

Prerequisites:  Media Arts 3


Title: IB Music SL

Course Code: 356A00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The IB music program is a comprehensive program designed to enhance the development of students as complete musicians capable of performing music, composing music and hearing music at the highest level. Students will study western music history, world music, theory and analysis, composition and performance practices.  Students must have a solid understanding of music theory to be successful in the IB Music class. Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to 
Prerequisites:  See School Counselor for IB criteria


Title:IB HL-1

Course Code: 356B00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The IB music program is a comprehensive program designed to enhance the development of students as complete musicians capable of performing music, composing music and hearing music at the highest level. Students will study western music history, world music, theory and analysis, composition and performance practices.  Students must have a solid understanding of music theory to be successful in the IB music class. Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students may challenge the AP Music Theory Exam.

Prerequisites:  See School Counselor for IB criteria

 

Title: IB HL-2

Course Code: 356C00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The IB music program is a comprehensive program designed to enhance the development of students as complete musicians capable of performing music, composing music and hearing music at the highest level. Students will study western music history, world music, theory and analysis, composition and performance practices.  Students must have a solid understanding of music theory to be successful in the IB music class. Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students may challenge the AP Music Theory Exam.

Prerequisites:  See School Counselor for IB criteria

 

Title: IB Visual Arts A SL

Course Code: 351A00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Prerequisites:  See School Counselor for IB criteria

 

Title: IB Visual Arts HL-1

Course Code: 351C00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Prerequisites:  See School Counselor for IB criteria

 

Title: IB Visual Arts HL-2

Course Code: 351D00IW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The IB Visual Arts course provides students with opportunities to explore Art on a Code of levels namely: Aesthetic (Visual) a) Cultural, b) Social, c) Personal. Students may produce work through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, and electronic media and through utilizing found objects. The course is not just about ‘making things’; rather it is a journey that is described in the following way in the IB subject guide: Artistic learning requires a high level of cognition that is both intellectual and emotional. For students to communicate visually they must place themselves within a cultural context, or contexts, from which to discover and develop appropriate techniques. Through the visual arts, people acquire understandings, which are unique in human development. Study of the visual arts allows students to discover ways in which to interpret and comment critically on the human condition.’ Studying the IB Visual Arts course allows students to develop a critical and intensely personal view of themselves in relation to the world. The emphasis within the course will be on growth and commitment through the study of art and on the interrelationship between research and artistic production NOTE: There may be offerings in specific focus areas depending on enrollment such as Photography, Painting / Drawing / 2D- Please contact your IB coordinator for more information Note: Students enrolled in this course will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Prerequisites:  See School Counselor for IB criteria

 

Local Board Approved Courses (LBA)

 

Title: Adaptive Music

Course Code: 359901CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Applied Music offers high school special education students the opportunity to receive small group instruction designed to give an overview of music theory and develop performance skills.  The instructor will assign literature based on each student’s skill level. Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. A variety of methods and repertoire is utilized to refine students’ abilities in listening analyzing and interpreting music.

Prerequisites: See School Counselor for Criteria


Title: Percussion Techniques

Course Code: 459900CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on basic percussion techniques and performing grade 2 and 3 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students must provide their own sticks and mallets. They are expected to practice at home, use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. Extra rehearsal time may be scheduled after school.

Prerequisites:  Recommendation of middle school band director with audition

 

Title: Percussion Techniques Honors

Course Code: 459904HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is a performance-oriented program concentrating on accelerated techniques and performing grade 3 and 4 literature. Students are expected to participate in marching band, concert band and various ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to participate in District and State Band Division activities. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own instruments. They are expected to use current technology to submit recorded playing assessments and wear appropriate performance attire. After school practice and performances required.

Prerequisites:  Band 3 Honors or teacher recommendation with audition

 

Title: Musical Theater

Course Code: 459971CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course focuses on the history of musicals and the stock characters found in them. During the course, students become familiar with the larger, more famous musicals. This performance-oriented class incorporates movement and vocal work; therefore, it is suggested that students who register for the course be able to sing and move well. At the end of the course, students audition for and perform in a musical production to be presented to the school and/or the public. Grades: 10–12

Prerequisites:  Either completed Theatre, Music, or Band Class.