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50.0211701     Survey of the Visual Arts CP (S)
    Offered to 9th – 12th grade students
This introductory course is designed to provide experience in a wide range of art forms. Students explore a variety of art materials and techniques through a series of projects which might include basic design, art history, painting, ceramics, sculpture and crafts.
 
50.0311702       Drawing I CP (S)
    Offered to 9th – 12th grade students
Beginning students explore the world of drawing. The elements, principles and technical skills are acquired through a series of sequential drawing experiences dealing mainly in pencil with additional experimentation in charcoal, ink, pastel, and markers.
 
50.0312703     Drawing II CP (S)
    Offered to 9th – 12th grade students     Prerequisite - Drawing I
The focus of the course is for students to further develop their drawing abilities and skills, after learning the basic fundamental skills from Drawing I. The goal of this course is to develop a more individual approach to drawing.
 
50.0411704     Clayworks I CP (S)
    Offered to 10th – 12th grade students
The focus of this course is on all aspects of working with clay. The course covers hand building, coil and slab techniques, and varous techniques of glazing and finishes with possible wheel throwing at the end of the semester.
 
50.0412705     Clayworks II CP (S)
    Offered to 10th – 12th grade students   Prerequisite - Clayworks I
This course is for students who have completed a semester of Clayworks l and will focus on a more in depth approach to working with all aspects of clay. The course will cover hand building, wheel throwing and various techniques of glazing and finishes.
 
50.0511700       Printmaking CP (S)
   Offered to 10th - 12th grade students
This course will intoduce the student to various techniques involved in printmaking, which include relief, monoprint, Xerox transfer and etching.
 
50.0611706     Three-Dimensional Sculptural Forms CP (S)
    Offered to 10th – 12th grade students
This course is for the student interested in the construction of three-dimensional pieces involving a variety of media: paper, wood, fiber, clay, plaster, metal and other mixed techniques involved in the construction of sculpture.
 
50.0000707     Design Fundamentals CP (S)
    Offered to 10th - 12th grade students
This course deals with the application of the elements and principles of design in a variety of mediums. Students are given assignments that apply to areas of design which might include graphic art, illustration, and architecture. Students will also learn about the art movements which contributed to the development of design from the 1880’s to the Modern era.era.

50.0321708     Exploring Painting CP (Y)
    Offered to 10th – 12th grade students   Prerequisite - Drawing I or Survey of the Visual Arts Students will learn the historical development of painting through series of related projects. Students will apply color theory and color relationships to create various color effects in their work and master techniques related to the medium.
 
50.0000709     Advanced Studio Art CP (Y)
    Offered to 11 th – 12 th grade students      Prerequisite: Drawing I, Exploring Painting or Survey of the Visual Arts
Advanced Studio Art is designed for the serious minded art student who has mastered the fundamental skills and desires to further develop his/her artistic abilities. This course focuses on the perfection of technical skills through work with sophisticated imagery and in-depth assignments.
 
50.0813740     Advanced Placement Studio Art: 2-D Design (Y)
     Offered to 12th grade students   Prerequisite – Advanced Studio Art and Exploring Painting or Design Fundamentals.  All students must submit a  portfolio showing proficiency in drawing and painting.
This course is designed for self-motivated students committed to serious study in art. A prescribed portfolio reflecting three areas of study: Quality, Concentration, and Breadth, is submitted to the evaluators of the Advanced Placement program. All students are required to submit an AP portfolio and college credit may be awarded on the basis of the evaluation.
 
50.0814741      Advanced Placement Studio Art: 3D (Y)
   Offered to 12th grade students    Prerequisite - Advanced Studio Art and at least two of the following: Clayworks I, Clayworks II, and 3-D Sculptural Forms. Students must also submit a portfolio showing commitment, talent, and interest in this subject and medium to be considered for this course.
This course is designed for self-motivated students committed to serious study in art. A prescribed portfolio reflecting three areas of study: Quality, Concentration, and Breadth, is submitted to the evaluators of the Advanced Placement program. All students are required to submit an AP portfolio and college credit may be awarded on the basis of the evaluation.

50.0811741     Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing (Y)
   Offered to 12 th grade students   Prerequisite – Advanced Studio Art and Drawing  or Survey of the Visual Arts as well as Drawing I or SUrvey of the Visual Arts as well as Drawing II or Exploring Painting. All students must submit a  portfolio showing proficiency in drawing and painting.
This course is designed for self-motivated students committed to serious study in art. A prescribed portfolio reflecting three areas of study, quality concentration, and breadth, is submitted to the evaluators of the Advanced Placement program. All students are required to submit an AP portfolio and college credit may be awarded on the basis of the evaluation.
 
51.0000701     Dance I CP (Y)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students
This course is an introduction to ballet, jazz and various social dance forms. The course focuses on the basic concepts and performance related to these dance forms. Group discussions center on dance vocabulary, dance history and choreography. Students perform in the Spring Dance Concert and the student choreography project.
 
51.0000702     Dance II CP (Y)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students            Audition required
This course continues the study of ballet and jazz fundamentals the intermediate level.  An introduction to modern dance is offered. Group discussions center on dance vocabulary, cultural dance history and choreography. Students perform in the Spring Dance Concert and the student choreography project.
 
51.0000703     Dance III CP (Y)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students       Audition required
This course continues the study of ballet, jazz and modern dance at an advanced level. Students further develop their technique through increased complexity in class combinations, musical phrasing and choreography. Group discussions center on dance vocabulary, dance history, dance technology and choreography. Students work with guest choreographers. Students perform in the Spring Dance Concert and the student choreography project.
 
51.0000704     Dance Company CP (Y)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade student        Prerequisite - currently studying ballet outside of school                                                                                Audition required
This course is for students who have achieved proficiency in ballet, as well as jazz technique through outside training. Students perform at an advanced level and demonstrate the ability to work as an ensemble. Outstanding stage performance and strong work ethic are required. Group discussions center on dance vocabulary, dance history, dance technology and choreography.  Students participate in master classes and work with guest choreographers.  Students will rehearse on Wednesday afternoons (as well as in daily class) and perform during Open House, Morning of the Arts, community outreach performances, the Spring Dance Concert and the student choreography project.
 
52.0000701     Oral Communication CP (S)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students
This course emphasizes personal and interpersonal skills through many verbal and visual projects. The creation of original commercials (writing and videotaping) is the course highlight, as well as a formal twelve minute speech at the end of the semester. Self-evaluation is an integral part of the class.

52.0210702     Dramatic Arts/Fundamentals I CP (S)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students
This is a basic course in acting for students who have little or no experience in this area. Memorizing lines and performing scenes, as well as the reading of popular plays are some of the challenges. Field trips to live theatrical productions, both amateur and professional, are required. A solo monologue is performed and evaluated at the end of the semester.

52.0220703      Dramatic Arts/Fundamentals II CP (S)
    Offered to 10 th – 12 th grade students
This course includes further study of acting techniques: body movement, improvisation, and scene presentation. It also includes more advanced vocal, physical and emotional exercises as well as proper monologue delivery and technique. Students also participate in drama workshops on campus, read popular plays, and take field trips to local professional theaters. Two contrasting monologues are performed at the end of the semester.
 
52.0000708     Advanced Scene Study and Playwriting CP (S)
    Offered to 11th - 12th grade students with Department approval
This is a course for the advanced student with strong acting and writing ability. This includes analysis of relevant plays, how they were constructed, implemented and performed. This course will include a detailed examination of scenes from a variety of popular plays. Work will be critiqued by Drama Director and guest professional actors. Solid writing and performance skills are paramount
 
52.0000705     Directing CP (S)     
    Offered to 11 th – 12 th grade students Prerequisite - Pius Players for at least 2 years                                             Department approval required
This is a performance based class for the advanced student presently in Pius Players. Audition for 2 of the 3 seasonal shows (Fall/Winter/Spring) is required. Students will read relevant plays, analyze scenes, co-direct short selections and strengthen improvisation skills through “comedy” conventions. Students will also assist Drama Director with designated yearly productions, rehearse during class and participate in after school rehearsals and performance. A directing project exam will be performed for evaluation at the end of the semester.
 
52.0000706     Survey of Musical Theatre CP (S)
       Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students
This course is designed for actors as well as non actors. The course will examine how musical theatre egan in America and its impact on the Broadway experience. Performance techniques are included.

52.0460707     Theater Technology CP (S)
   Offered to 9th – 12th grade students                                                              Department approval required
This course will emphasize practical use of equipment and operation of the theater.  It will include use of lighting and sound equipment, stage and house management, building and equipment maintenance and working with performers and patrons of the arts.  Students will be required to participate in at least three of the five Fine Arts productions that take place during second semester.  There will be a final exam as well as a comprehensive “hands on” exam.
 
53.0000790     Concert Choir CP (Y)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students     Audition required for new members
Concert Choir is a performance-based class with the added benefit of theory for singers. This includes basic music theory and ear-training. Theory quizzes will be given regularly; and sung tests will be administered (in sextets) to test students’ memorization of performance pieces. Repertoire includes classical, Christmas, and pop songs. Students perform in the Morning of the Arts, Open House, the Christmas Concert, the Fine Arts Assembly, and the Spring Concert Series. Off-campus performances and adjudicated festivals may be included.
53.0841701     Beginning Guitar CP (Y)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students
This course is for students with little or no experience on the guitar. Students learn the fundamentals of guitar, finger style techniques, and how to read and write music. No prior music knowledge is necessary. Development of musical sense and understanding of basic musical concepts and theory will be introduced with the guitar. History of the guitar in Western music will be examined. Emphasis is on proper form and technique development. Students are required to have a suitable guitar prior to the first class. Acoustic and nylon string guitars are preferred, but not required. This class may only be taken once.
 
53.0851702     Intermediate Guitar CP (Y)     Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students           
   Audition required
This course is for students with a working knowledge of the fret board on the guitar. Students work on more advanced concepts of right and left hand techniques with the guitar. The course teaches music reading skills, theory, and improvisational techniques. Development of musical concepts and improvisational styles will be examined. Classical and modern guitar literature in Western music will be examined. Emphasis is on proper form and technique development. Students are required to have a suitable nylon string guitar. This is a performance class and after school rehearsals, performances, and concerts are required. This class may only be taken once.
 
53.0861703     Advanced Guitar CP (Y)        
      Offered to 9 th - 12 th grade students          
          Audition required
This course is for students with advanced knowledge of the fret board on the guitar. Students learn advanced concepts of right and left hand techniques with the guitar. The course teaches advanced reading skills, theory, and improvisational techniques. Development of musical ideas, composition, and improvisational styles will be examined. Classical and modern guitar literature in Western music will be examined. Emphasis is on proper form and technique development. Students are required to have a suitable guitar nylon string guitar. This is a performance class and after school rehearsals, performances, and concerts are required.
53.0140704     Music Appreciation CP (S)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students
No music experience is needed for this class. This course will take students on a musical journey through time. Students will listen to many musical examples and study eras and major advancements in the history of music. Specific eras to be studied will include music from the Middle Ages through the Rock and Roll Era. Students will engage in daily discussions and listening sessions.

53.0210705     Music Theory CP (S) - not offered in 2013-2014
    Offered to 9 th - 12 th grade students with Department approval   
Students study basic fundamentals of music theory (rhythm and meter, keys, harmonic analysis, aural recognition of intervals) on a more in-depth level than they would in a performance class. Students will also be introduced to composition techniques and analysis of musical form.
 
53.0230741 Advanced Placement Music Theory (Y))
   Offered to 11th - 12th grade students       Department approval required
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to master the rudiments of music notation, part-writing, intervals, scales, keys, chords, meter, and rhythm. The course involves a high level of problem solving, analysis, and creativity. In order to further aural development, students will be required to engage in sight-singing, melodic dictation, and rhythmic dictation. Harmonic and motivic analysis, along with the analysis of repertoire will be examined in this course. Students should anticipate an average of 1 hour of homework per night and they are required to take the AP exam in May.
 
53.0000706     Concert Band CP (S)
    Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students   Audition/Interview required for new students
This course is open to any student who has had at least one year of instruction on a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. Focus will be on the development of concert technique including articulation, pitch, rhythm, phrasing, dynamics, and tone quality. Members are encouraged to take private lessons. Members of the Concert Band are automatically enrolled in Concert Jazz Band or Symphonic Band (as advised by the director) for second semester. The class develops and strengthens basic technique through music literature ranging from basic to intermediate levels. The class rehearses and performs traditional concert band literature, such as classical and movie soundtrack music, appropriate to the skill level of the group. The concert band performs at the Christmas Concert in December and the spring concert in April. The group may be required to rehearse after school in preparation for concerts.
 
53.0000710 Concert Jazz Band (S)
   Offered to 9th – 12th grade students with Department approval
The Concert Jazz Band performs a variety of Jazz and Pop music literature. Instrumentation includes brass, woodwinds, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, upright double bass, drumset, and piano/keyboard. Jazz history along with observations of performances by various artists will be studied. Mandatory performances include the Spring Concert and scheduled outreach events. Students will rehearse and perform Jazz band literature ranging from basic to intermediate levels. The group may be required to rehearse after school in preparation for concerts.
 
53.0000707     Marching Band-Wind Instrument CP (S)
       Offered to 9 th -12 th grade students     Audition/Interview required for new students
Students must have at least one year of instruction on a Brass or Woodwind instrument. Focus will be on development of marching and playing technique, and learning of marching repertoire. The Marching Band performs a half-time show at home football games. Performances at one or two away games may be scheduled. The group also participates at several mandatory marching band competitions as well as certain community events. Marching Band members are required to attend band camp and several late July and early August rehearsals. Members are also required to attend weekly after-school practices. The group also performs in the Christmas Concert.
 
53.0000708     Marching Band-Percussion CP (S)
       Offered to 9 th - 12 th grade students     Audition/Interview required for new students
Students must have at least one year of instruction on a percussion instrument. Focus will be on development of marching and playing technique, and learning of marching repertoire. The Marching Band performs a half-time show at home football games. Performances at one or two away games may be scheduled. The group also participates at several mandatory marching band competitions as well as certain community events. Marching Band members are required to attend band camp and several late July and early August rehearsals. Members are also required to attend weekly after-school practices. The group also performs in the Christmas Concert.
 
53.0000709     Symphonic Band CP (S)
       Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students      Audition/Interview required for new students
To be eligible for this course students must have be enrolled in marching band the first semester, unless otherwise decided by the band director. The symphonic band rehearses and performs intermediate to advanced literature. Members are encouraged to take private lessons. The group will perform in at least one concert second semester. The group will occasionally perform at the GMEA large group festival evaluation or another select event. The group may be required to rehearse after school in preparation for concerts.
 
53.0000700     Advanced Drumset Applications I CP (S)
       Offered to 9 th – 12 th grade students     Audition/Interview required for new students
This course is open to students who have a minimum of one year drumset playing experience. Students must know some basics of reading drumset music notation. The focus of the class is the study of drumset rhythms, particularly in the idioms of jazz, pop, and world music (Latin, African, Caribbean ). Students will learn material through dictation, listening examples, and hands-on drumset playing. If a student does not have a drumset at home, he/she must sign up to practice before or after school in the band room. The history of the drumset itself and significant performers in all genres will also be a focus of the class.  This class does not perform in concert.