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Middle School Fine Arts (A, E, ILA)

DANCE

Advanced Dance - Course #7148 | Credit (A, ILA) | Grade 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
A course designed to enhance and develop all aspects of dance technique and composition, emphasizing creativity and artistic choreographic skills. There will be performances outside of class time that are part of the course requirements, and they will constitute a portion of the grade.

Dance 1 - Course #7146 | Credit (A, ILA) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
This course offers basic dance techniques, fitness fundamentals, movement qualities, and rhythm with an emphasis on creativity, sequencing, and problem solving.

Dance 2 - Course #7147 | Credit (A, ILA) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Dance 1 or Instructor approval
A course designed to develop dance techniques, flexibility, and coordination, with an emphasis on creativity and artistic composition. There will be performances outside of class time that are part of the course requirements, and they will constitute a portion of the grade.

Social/Ballroom Dance 1 - Course #7144 | Credit (A, ILA) | Grade 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
This course offers instruction and practice in the basic social dance steps, rhythms, and techniques. The following dances may be included; foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, swing, mambo, western swing, and western line dance.


MUSIC
A participation or instrument rental fee may be required.

Band 1 - Brass - Course #1307 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
This is a beginning band class offered for students who wish to learn to play the cornet, trumpet, French horn, baritone horn, euphonium, trombone, or tuba. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. An instrument is required. If available, a French horn, baritone horn, euphonium, or tuba may be rented at the school for a nominal fee.

Band 1 - Large Ensemble - Course #1345 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
This is a course in beginning band offered for students who have had little or no previous experience in playing an instrument. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. An instrument is required. If available, an oboe, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, French horn, baritone horn, euphonium, or tuba may be rented at the school for a nominal fee.

Band 1 - Percussion - Course #1308 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
This is a beginning band class offered for students who wish to learn to play the drums, mallet keyboard instruments, and other percussion-related instruments. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. Drum sticks are required. A drum kit or mallets may also be required as per teacher request.

Band 1 - Woodwinds - Course #1306 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
This is a beginning band class offered for students who wish to learn to play the flute, oboe, clarinet or saxophone. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. An instrument is required. If available, an oboe or tenor saxophone may be rented at the school for a nominal fee.

Band 2 - Concert - Course #1346 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Audition/Interview
This is an intermediate level band course that encourages increased technical and expressive musical proficiency through performance and study of music. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class time with an instrument is required. If available, an oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, French horn, baritone horn, euphonium, or tuba may be rented at the school for a nominal fee.

Band 3 - Jazz - Course #1348 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Audition
This is a course open to students whose interests are in performing jazz, rock, and related musical literature. The group is designed to provide fundamental knowledge of this music through performance. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class time with an instrument is required. If available, a tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, or electric bass guitar may be rented at the school for a nominal fee.

Band 3 - Symphonic - Course #1349 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Audition/Interview
This is an advanced course which performs varied, advanced-level music. Attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals and performances outside of class are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class time with an instrument is required. If available, an oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, French horn, baritone horn, euphonium, or tuba may be rented at the school for a nominal fee.

Choir 1 Mixed - Course #1325 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
This class is open to all students. Emphasis will be placed on quality vocal production, individual singing, and music reading skills. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

Choir 1 Soprano/Alto - Course #1333 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
This is a vocal music course open to all students with soprano or alto vocal ranges. Two, three or four-part music is performed at various concerts. Primary consideration is given to part-singing, good vocal production, and rudiments of music. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirements and constitute a portion of the grade.

Choir 1 Tenor/Bass - Course #1332 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
This is a vocal music course open to all students with tenor or bass vocal ranges. Two, three, and four-part music is performed at various concerts. Primary consideration is given to part-singing, good vocal production, and rudiments of music. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirements and constitute a portion of the grade.

Choir 2 Mixed - Course #1334 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
This is a vocal music course that is open to all students. It covers three and four-part music and a review of singing fundamentals. Approval of the instructor may be required. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirements and constitute a portion of the grade.

Choir 3 - Concert - Course #1335 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Audition/Instructor approval
This is an advanced vocal music group that is designed for students to sing advanced choral literature and build more techniques in singing. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirements and constitute a portion of the grade.

Guitar 1 - Course #1330 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5 Credits
This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a guitar. Emphasis will be placed on: playing position, tone production, fundamental technique, simultaneous playing and singing, reading music, and composing songs/lyrics. Knowledge and skills will include experiences in singing, playing, listening, and connecting to cultures. An instrument is required for class time, as well as for practicing outside of class.

Guitar 2 - Course #1331 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Guitar 1 or equivalent
This is a course designed to provide students with more advanced strums, bar chords, and melodic picking. An instrument is required during class. Practice outside of class time with an instrument is also required.

Music Connections - Course #1301 | Grade 7, 8 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Music Connections is an extension of the K-6 Music Core and includes concepts and skills to integrate music into everyday life. Study will include: exploration in creating, experiments with singing/playing/reading music, development of analytical and evaluative skills in music listening, investigations of various purposes of music, and inquiry into music’s impact on culture, history, quality of life, and other subject areas.

Orchestra 1 - Course #1302 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
This class is for students who would like to learn to play a violin, viola, cello, or string bass. No experience necessary. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. Instruments are required. If available, a viola, a cello, or a string bass may be rented from the school for a nominal fee.

Orchestra 2 - Course #1303 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
This is an intermediate-level orchestra class focusing on intermediate-level literature for orchestra. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirements and will constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class time with instrument is required. If available, a viola, a cello, or a string bass may be rented from the school for a nominal fee.

Orchestra 3 - Course #1304 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Instructor approval (Audition and/or interview possible)
This is an orchestra class focusing on advanced-level literature for orchestra. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class time with instrument is required.


THEATRE

Beginning Theatre - Course #1600 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
This is an introductory course in theatre with an emphasis on performance and playwriting. No previous experience is necessary. The course will include, but not be limited to, improvisation, monologues, characterization, movement, playwriting, and work with voice projection and diction. Other skills learned and developed include critical thinking, rehearsal skills, plot structure, reading, writing, and cooperative group work.

Intermediate Theatre - Course #1601 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Beginning Theatre or Instructor approval
This is an intermediate course in theatre with an emphasis on performance and playwriting. The course will include, but not be limited to, playwriting, characterization, monologues, scenes from plays, movement, voice projection and diction, and improvisation. Other skills learned and developed include critical thinking, rehearsal skills, plot structure, reading writing, and cooperative group work.

Stage Technology - Course #1630 | Credit (E) | Grade 9 | 1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Instructor approval This course provides an overview and experience of the technical phases of theatre including lighting, sound, and management.


VISUAL ARTS
Fees may be required for art courses

3-D Design 1 - Course #1042 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5 Credits
Prerequisite: Art Foundations 1, or Instructor approval
3-D Design provides an overview and introduction to fine crafts, their media, and the cultures they represent. Students will work with mixed media (macramé, batik, hooking, soft sculpture, wood carving, stained-glass, etc.) to create art objects that have a utilitarian purpose. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking skills and art-related technology skills with an emphasis on studio production. Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

3-D Design 2 - Course #1043 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5 Credits
Prerequisite: 3-D Design 1
This class is an advanced course in 3-D design. The student is encouraged to experiment with new materials and to create one-of-a-kind solutions to functional problems. Students are directed to work on independent projects following a theme or pursuing particular problems of design or construction. The goal of the course is to create pieces for exhibition or portfolio purposes.

Advanced Foundation 2-D Art 1 - Course #1025 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5 Credits
Prerequisite for 7 th grade: Art Foundations 1
This course is designed to provide an enhanced experience with the artistic issues of Foundations 1 through two-dimensional art that is not usually included with drawing, painting, and/or printmaking. These non-traditional art media would include (but not be limited to): photo, computer and digital art, collage, photo copy manipulations, and animations. This course is mainly directed towards the effective use of the elements and principles of design.

Art Foundations 1 - Course #1026 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5
Art Foundations 1 provides an overview of visual arts while studying a broad variety of art tools and materials. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

Art Foundations 2 - Course #1027 | Credit (A) | Grade 7-9 | 0.5
Prerequisite: Art Foundations 1 or Instructor approval
Art Foundation 2 provides an overview and introduction to visual arts through studying a variety of art tools and materials. This course builds on Foundations 1 with a more in-depth experience with fewer art forms. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics, with an emphasis on studio production.

Ceramics 1 - Course #1029 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Ceramics develops basic skills in the creation of 3-D forms and pottery from clay. Techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, basic glazing, and firing are taught. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills. Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

Ceramics 2 - Course #1030 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Ceramics 1
This is an intermediate course that builds upon the concepts and skills learned in Ceramics 1. Students will consistently produce quality pieces of ceramics.

Drawing 1 - Course #1044 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5 Credits
Drawing focuses on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills with an emphasis on studio production. Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

Drawing 2 - Course #1045 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Drawing 1
This is an intermediate course in drawing that builds on the skills and concepts taught in Drawing 1. The use of value is emphasized. Atmospheric perspective and accurate shading are studied along with composition.

Painting 1 - Course #1046 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Painting 1 includes wet and dry color media with processes such as transparent and opaque painting focusing on the properties of color. Techniques with color media mixing and application will be covered. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking skills and art-related technology skills. Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

Painting 2- Course #1047 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5/1.0 Credits
Prerequisite: Painting 1
This is an intermediate course that builds on the skills and concepts learned in Painting 1. More complex techniques and processes are taught. Composition is emphasized as the student learns to make a clear visual statement in a painting.

Photography 1 - Course #1058 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5 Credits
Photography includes the inventive use of light and photographic equipment to create art. This is a fundamental course covering camera mechanics, film types, lighting, and composition. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking skills and art-related technology skills. Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

Sculpture 1 - Course #1033 | Credit (A) | Grade 8, 9 | 0.5 Credits
Sculpture is an overview of basic skills used to create 3-D works of art. Both additive and subtractive techniques will be taught. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking skills and art-related technology skills. Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.


LEGEND (Credit)

A = Fine Arts
AAF-M = Applied, Advanced Foundation Math
AAF-S = Applied, Advanced Foundation Science
BS = Biological Science
CS = Chemistry Science
DS = Digital Studies
CTE = Career and Technical Education
E = Electives
ES = Earth Science
F = Financial Literacy
WG = World Geography
HE = Health Education

ILA = Individual Lifetime Activities
ELA = English Language Arts
FL = Fitness for Life
M = Mathematics
PS = Physical Science
PST = Participation Skills & Techniques
Sr. ELA = Senior English Language Arts
S = Foundation/Core Science
WH = World History
USH = US History
USGC = US Government & Citizenship

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