Performing Arts Dept.

715 Symphony Orchestra: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Previous Playing Experience
Symphony orchestra is for all students in grades 10-12 who play violin, viola, cello or bass. This ensemble provides student with a variety of performing opportunities; including string orchestra, full orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solos. Symphony Orchestra performs literature at the class C, B, A difficulty level from the MSBOA basic music list (see www.msboa.org). Key concepts of include building instrumental technique skills, music reading, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, and ear training.

720 Chamber Orchestra: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Prearranged Audition and permission of instructor
Chamber Orchestra is for all students in grades 10-12 who play violin, viola, cello or bass. This ensemble provides student with a variety of performing opportunities; including string orchestra, full orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solos. Chamber Orchestra performs literature at the class C, B, A difficulty level from the MSBOA basic music list (see www.msboa.org). Key concepts of Chamber Orchestra include building instrumental technique skills, music reading, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, and ear training.

725 9th Grade Band: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Previous Playing Experience
Ninth Grade Band is for students who play a wind or percussion instrument. This ensemble provides students with a variety of performing opportunities; including full band, full orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solos. Ninth Grade Band performs literature at the class D, C, B difficulty level from the MSBOA basic music list (see www.msboa.org). Key concepts of Ninth Grade Band include building instrumental technique skills, music reading, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, and ear training.

726 9th Grade Orchestra: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Previous Playing Experience
Ninth Grade Orchestra is for students who play violin, viola, cello or bass. This ensemble provides students with a variety of performing opportunities; including string orchestra, full orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solos. Ninth Grade Orchestra performs literature at the class D, C, and B difficulty levels from the MSBOA basic music list (see www.msboa.org). Key concepts of Ninth Grade Orchestra include building instrumental technique skills, music reading, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, and ear training.

727 9th Grade Mixed Choir: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: None
Ninth Grade Mixed Choir is for students who sing any voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass). This ensemble provides a variety of performing opportunities; including full choir, chamber ensembles, solos, festival and Cabaret. Ninth Grade Mixed Choir performs literature at the primary and intermediate difficulty levels from the MSVMA repertoire list (see www.msvma.org). Key concepts of this class include developing vocal technique skills, music reading, learning solfège, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, and ear training. See SHS Choirs for more information.

728 Music Theater and Operetta Workshop: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: None
Music Theater/Operetta Workshop is for all students in grades 9-12 who are interested in vocal music and drama. This class provides students with a variety of performing opportunities including short music drama scenes, small choral ensembles and a fully staged operetta or musical theater production every trimester. Key objectives of this course include developing vocal techniques skills, music reading, ensemble rehearsal skills, character development and stage movement. See SHS Choirs for more information.

733 Wind Ensemble: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Prearranged Audition and permission of instructor
Wind Ensemble is for student in grades 10-12 who play a wind or percussion instrument. This ensemble provides students with a variety of performing opportunities; including full band, full orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solos. Wind Ensemble performs literature at the class B, A, AA difficulty level from the MSBOA basic music list (see www.msboa.org). Key concepts of Wind Ensemble include building instrumental technique skills, advanced music reading, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, and ear training.

734 Symphonic Band: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Previous Playing Experience
Symphonic Band is for all students in grades 10-12 who play a wind or percussion instrument. This ensemble provides students with a variety of performing opportunities; including full band, full orchestra, chamber ensembles and solos. Symphonic band performs literature at the class C, B, A difficulty level from the MSBOA basic music list (see www.msboa.org). Key concepts of Symphonic Band include building instrumental technique skills, music reading, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, and ear training.

741 Chamber Choir: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Prearranged Audition and permission of instructor
Chamber Choir is for students in grades 10-12 who sing any voice part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass). This ensemble provides a variety of performing opportunities including mixed choir (SATB), treble choir (SSAA), and men’s ensemble (TTBB), solos, festivals and Cabaret. Chamber Choir performs literature at the advanced difficulty level from the MSVMA repertoire list (see www.msvma.org). Key concepts of this class include developing vocal technique skills, advanced music reading, solfège, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, appreciation and ear training.   See SHS Choirs for more information

748 AP Music Theory: 2 Trimesters
Prerequisite: Passing score on the Music Theory Basic Competency Test
AP Music Theory is for all students in grades 10-12 who want a deeper understanding of the various building blocks of music theory; melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, texture, and form. Students will strive to answer this though the development of written skills (analysis, composition, and notation) and musicianship (listening skills, sigh-singing, and harmonization at the keyboard). The work in this class is equivalent to that of a first-year college course in music theory and culminates in the AP exam.

750 Music Theory: 1 Trimester
Prerequisites: Read music at the intermediate level, basic instrument or voice skills
Basic Music Theory is for all students in grades 9 -12 who want to know more about music. Because music is an important part of life, knowing how music is put together can improve the performance of music, increase the understanding of music and expand the enjoyment of music.

753 Introduction to Guitar: 1 Trimester
Prerequisites: None
Introduction to Guitar is for students in grades 9-12 who have never played guitar. Students will learn basic hand and finger positions, primary chords, simple strumming patterns and single note melodies. Reading and writing musical notation and guitar tablature are also components of this course. Singing while playing as well as basic care and maintenance of the instrument will be included in the curriculum. Only acoustic and classical guitars are used in this course. A school instrument will be provided, but students may bring an instrument from home.

752 Guitar I: 1 Trimester
Prerequisites: Introduction to Guitar, or permission of instructor
Guitar I is for students in grades 9-12 with basic guitar skills who want to improve their performance level and ability to read and write musical notation and tablature. Students will learn hand and finger techniques, advanced chords, syncopated strumming patterns, finger picking patterns, and single note melodies in different positions. Music theory as it relates to guitar performance will be introduced in Guitar I. Singing while playing will be a component of the class. Students will also design individual projects and recital programs during the trimester. Care and maintenance of the instrument will be included in the course, and only acoustic or classical guitars may be used. Students are encouraged to provide their own instrument for Guitar I, but school instruments will be available if necessary.

754 Guitar II: 1 Trimester
Prerequisite: Guitar I or permission of instructor
Guitar II is for students in grades 9-12 with intermediate or advanced guitar skills who want to improve their performance level and the ability to read and write musical notation and tablature. Students will learn hand and finger techniques, chord construction, scales, specialized strums and picking patterns, articulations, and basic improvisation skills. Musical notation and music theory as it relates to guitar performance will be continued in Guitar II. Singing while playing will be a component of the class. Students will design a specific individual study project culminating in an extended recital during Guitar II. Care and maintenance of the instrument will be included in the course, and only acoustic or classical guitars may be used. Students should provide their own instrument for Guitar II, but school instruments will be available if necessary.

756 Concert Choir: 3 Trimesters
Prerequisites: Previous singing experience
Concert Choir is for all students in grades 10-12 who sing any voice part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass). This ensemble provides a variety of performing opportunities including mixed choir (SATB and SAB), treble choir (SSA and SSAA), solos, festivals and Cabaret. Concert Choir performs literature at the intermediate difficulty level from the MSVMA repertoire list (see www.msvma.org). Key concepts of this class include developing vocal technique skills, music reading, learning solfège, ensemble rehearsal skills, music history, appreciation, and ear training. See SHS Choirs for more information.

758 A Cappella Basics: 1 Trimester
Prerequisites: None
A Cappella Basics is for students in grades 9-12 who sing any voice part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass). In this elective class, students who are confident and independent singers will learn the basics of a cappella part singing in a variety of styles including madrigal, jazz and pop.

760 Acting I: Beginning Acting: 1 Trimester
Prerequisites: None
In this course, students will study and practice the art of acting through improvisation and scenework. Students will practice and hone their acting skills through exercises that build their ability to pantomime, be heard, characterize, react with their bodies, and think on their feet. This course is designed to get students of all ability and experience levels to take a closer look at what performing before a live audience really entails--its underlying philosophy, technical and aesthetic aspects, and processes--while also providing personal guidance in sharpening of individual performance skills. Daily participation and attendance is key to the success of this course.

762 Acting II: Intermediate Acting: 1 Trimester
Prerequisites: Acting I with a B or better or permission of instructor
In Intermediate Acting, students will build on their previous acting experience by exploring and apply techniques developed by famous acting teachers Stanislavski, Adler, Meisner, Strasberg, and others. This course will emphasize characterization through reading, analyzing and performing dramatic pieces of literature. Students will continue to work on voice, body, and movement techniques introduced in Acting I. This course is for anyone interested in furthering their acting skills and learning to better critique their own work as well as that of others.

764 Stagecraft: 1 Trimester
Prerequisites: None
This course will allow theater students to build their knowledge of the many aspects involved in putting together a production including acting, directing, set designing, costumes, lights and sound, stage managing and publicity. While all students will cover all topics, each individual student will also choose an area that they are most interested in to focus on through a trimester long project. In addition, the class will culminate in a full- length, live production of a play. The play will be produced solely by the students with guidance from the instructor. The class may involve a small amount of rehearsal time or tech hours outside of class, so only students with a serious interest in theatre should take part in this course.