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Theatre
Theatre is an introductory course that allows students to combine creativity, humor, and their talent as a performing art. The student will experience aesthetic perception, creative expression, and knowledge of cultural/historical importance of drama. They will also develop the ability to critique drama. The student will explore stage movement, voice control, playwritting, set, design, cooperative acting techniques, and improv techniques.

Advanced Theatre 1
Advanced Theatre: Production allows the student to fully explore facets of acting, directing, vocal techniques, singing, dancing, choreography, lighting design, costume design, set design, poster design, and various other theater related skills. Playwriting and directing will be required of all students. This class requires self-motivation and initiative. Students will be required to do work outside of the regular day to prepare for the projects in which they will be involved. This course is production-oriented and the students will have to be able to work in groups and/or individually with equal ease. The students will experience creative expression, artistic perception, and the knowledge of the historical/cultural importance of drama. Multimedia applications will give students the opportunity to explore the use of technology through performance art. All art forms will be integrated into the performances. Prerequisite: Acting audition and instructor’s approval.

Advanced Theatre 2
Advanced Theatre 2 is an advanced class in dramatic arts designed for students with a variety of performing arts and/or technical experience. The emphasis is on practical application of skills for career paths in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Industry. This course will include expanded study in all areas of theatre: techniques of acting, choreography, theatre business skills, technical theatre (sound, recording, lights, design, costumes, construction, etc.), theatre history (traditional and non-traditional), analysis of elements of theatre, script and screenwriting, directing, managing, and performance. All students will be required to play a significant role in creating, writing, directing, and producing a short film and a short play. Advanced Theatre 2 students will be able to work with advanced Video Production students to film and edit their projects. Prerequisite: Theatre or Advanced Theatre 1 or instructor’s approval.

Marching Band/Symphonic Wind Ensemble
This is a one-year, two semester course in the field of instrumental music, performance oriented for winds and percussion. The first semester is centered primarily on the development of marching drills, field show techniques, and parade performance. Students are required to attend two evening rehearsals a week. The second semester emphasizes the wind ensemble approach to playing, rehearsing, and performing literature from the earliest styles to the most contemporary. Students will be required to participate in extra-curricular performances throughout the year, including home football games, pep rallies, concerts, festivals, and community events. In Preparation for this program, there is a two week band camp two weeks prior to the start of school. Prerequisite: Band Director’s approval by audition.

String Orchestra
This is a one year or one semester course in the field of instrumental music. Students will be expected and required to perform at extra-curricular activities both in the fall and in the spring. The first semester focuses on the development of fundamental instrument technique as well as instruction in basic music theory. The second semester focuses on honing basic skills as well as the development of more sophisticated music performance practice techniques. Instruments to be taught: Woodwinds, brass, and strings (strings being: violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Percussion, guitar, piano, and mallets will not be taught in this class.

Jazz Ensemble
This is a one-year, two semester course in the field of “Big Band Jazz.” This class studies, rehearses, and performs music written specifically for “Big Bands.” This includes music from all eras, including performance styles and concepts ranging from the earliest forms of jazz music to the latest contemporary styles. Students will be required to participate in all of the extra-curricular performances that this band participates in (festivals, concerts, and community events). Prerequisite: Band Director’s approval by audition.

Guitar
Guitar is a class designed to cover the basic fundamentals of playing both popular music and classical music for guitar. Students will learn to read and comprehend basic classical music notation (guitar tablatures) and contemporary notation, perform musical selections for classroom peers and for the public with the possibility of recording songs rehearsed in class, outline the history of the guitar, and describe the major genres in which guitar has played a major role.

Percussion Ensemble
This course is centered on covering all fundamentals of percussion, including but not limited to great artists, percussion literature and composition, basic and advanced performance techniques, instrumental vocabulary, ethnic percussion, drum line, drum set performance, and the history of percussion. Also covered are the different styles and concepts of percussion performance ranging from the earliest forms to the latest, most advanced techniques. Students are not required to, but may be able to participate in a small number of extra-curricular performances throughout the school year, including school and community events.

Mixed Choir
This is a one-year course for the beginning, intermediate or advanced female or male singer. No previous experience in singing, performing, or musical training is required. The curriculum will include vocal technique, music skills (theory and musicianship), and preparation to perform individually, in small groups, and as a large group. A wide variety of musical styles will be studied. Students will be required to participate in extra- curricular performances including (but not limited to) Winter Concert, Spring Concert, Showcase Concert and various festivals.

Advanced Women's Choir
This is a one-year course for the advanced female singer. Previous experience in singing, performing, and knowledge of basic music skills is required. The curriculum will include a continuation of vocal technique, music theory and musicianship and performance training in small and large groups. A wide variety of musical styles written especially for women’s voices will be studied. Students will be required to participate in extra-curricular performances including (but not limited to) the Winter Concert, Spring Concert, Greyhound Concert, and various festivals. Prerequisite: Enrollment by audition only.

Show Choir
This is a one-year course for accomplished female and male singer/performers (sophomores, junior or senior.) Previous experience in singing, dancing, performing and knowledge of basic music skills is required. The curriculum will include the study of pop, vocal jazz and show music with choreography. Additional rehearsal time outside of class may be required. Students will be required to participate in extra-curricular performances and activities many times throughout the year. These may include (but are not limited to) school and community projects and performances, social activities, Winter Concert, Spring Concert, Showcase Concert, various festivals, competitions and choral retreat. Prerequisite: Enrollment by audition only.

Introduction to Dance
This course is a beginning/intermediate dance class for the student who has little or no background in dance. Students will learn jazz, hip hop, swing, Latin, contemporary, musical theater and other popular dance styles. Students do a dance warm up each day to learn basic dance technique, positions and movements. Students will also learn how to choreograph their own dance combinations. We will also be viewing a wide variety of dances on video and learn how to describe and critique dances. This class meets off campus at the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy.

Intermediate/Advanced Dance
This course requires previous dance experience. Students will focus on building dance techniques along with developing strength, flexibility, balance, proper alignment, turns, jumps, combinations, and choreography. All major dance styles are studied in class, as well as learning how to choreograph dances. Students will be required to participate in class-related performances. This class may meet off campus at the Fine Arts Academy Dance Studio. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation by audition. Note: This earns elective credit for graduation.

 

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