Fine Arts Department

Supervisor: Dan Twisler, (Visual Arts, Vocal & Instrumental Music) 908-284-7157, dtwisler@hcrhs.org

Mr. Twisler holds an undergraduate degree from TCNJ, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University, and a Supervisor’s certificate from Rowan University. He is currently pursuing his Ed.D. at the University of the Cumberlands. Mr. Twisler came to Hunterdon Central in 2001 as a math teacher. In his 15 years in the math department, he taught and helped create curriculum for a variety of classes, taught PD in technology, and served on the committee to introduce tablets. In 2015 he was honored as the Teacher of the Year. He has been a reader and question developer for College Board for APCSA and APCSP, and has been an adjunct professor at TCNJ since 2015. He spent 5 years as a supervisor of Mathematics and Business at Watchung Hills before returning to Central in 2021 as the supervisor of Art, Business, Health & Phys Ed, and Music.

Supervisor: Brendan McIsaac (Drama & Film) 908-284-7145, bmcisaac@hcrhs.org

Mr. McIsaac holds a Master of Letters degree from Drew University and a Master of Educational Leadership and Administration degree from Rutgers University. He started teaching in 1995 and has been at Hunterdon Central since 1997 as an English teacher and supervisor. He currently also supervises Drama and Film. In 2017, as IMC supervisor, Mr. McIsaac worked to develop the District's Makerspace. In 2014, NJPSA recognized him as the New Jersey Visionary Supervisor of the Year. Mr. McIsaac has worked extensively with professional development, technology, testing, and strategic planning, but his passion remains working with teachers and students through curriculum, instruction, and assessment. His involvement in education extends into his home community where Mr. McIsaac served as a board of education member and president for nine years.


The Fine Arts Department is proud to offer a wide range of learning experiences in Visual Arts, Vocal and Instrumental Music, and Drama. Students have an opportunity to explore courses to further develop their artistic skills, prepare for careers, or follow their passion for the arts.

These courses may be used to satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirements. This flow chart illustrates possible course sequencing. Please note: Prerequisite and recommendation requirements are listed in the course descriptions. Please read these carefully to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course. While we encourage students to challenge themselves in their course selection, the demands of higher level courses can be significant. If you are considering a change in level, talk to your current teacher and counselor for guidance.

Click to view a video of Mr. Twisler describing courses in Fine Arts: Visual Art, Choral & Instrumental Music:

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2023-2024 Fine Arts Course Descriptions

ART COURSES:

#700 – CRAFT AND DESIGN– 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Note: This course serves as a prerequisite for #718 Sculpture.

Craft and Design is an introductory course that exposes students to various art & craft materials and projects. Although students are introduced to 2D design projects, greater emphasis is placed on 3D sculptural work. Students may work with ceramics & glazes, various paper arts and various media to create sculptural pieces. Through the use of the elements of design, students will develop skills to design and create aesthetically pleasing works of art that can be utilized in everyday life.


#711 - ART 1 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Art 1 is an introductory course that explores the elements and principles of art and how they are used in the art-making process. Students will experience a wide range of two-dimensional art through drawing and painting that are both aesthetically and visually creative. Projects are explored through diversified art history and visual examples ranging from student work to contemporary artists. Students develop higher-level problem-solving skills and creative works through practicing techniques and creating art studies. Students experience a variety of 2D materials ranging from ink, colored pencils, charcoal, and painting while demonstrating techniques such as line art, shading, perspective, and color theory.


#719 - DRAWING AND COMPOSITION - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #711 Art 1

Drawing and Composition is a foundation course which concentrates on the aspects of composition and developing skill with different media. Students explore still life, landscape, perspective and abstract drawing. Students complete daily sketchbook assignments to help develop drawing skills.


#725 — TEAM ART (PEER ASSISTED ART) - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12 or by counselor placement
Prerequisite: 5 credits in Art

TEAM ART is designed with an inclusion model in mind. Both Special and General Education students will work together through a curriculum designed to cultivate and promote student leadership, peer mentoring, collaboration and creativity in the Art environment. The focus of this class will be to provide students with a variety of creative experiences in drawing, painting, ceramics, crafts and other art forms. Peer assisted learning will be used to cultivate partner and “team” relationships focused on self-expression. General Education students will apply, interview and be selected to participate in this course, while Special Education students will be able to elect this course as their initial high school art experience. The course is ultimately designed to foster an inclusive environment for all students in Art Education.


#712 - ART 2 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisites: #711 Art 1

Having demonstrated success in the prerequisite course, students undertake the advanced nature of the content. Art 2 represents a shift from the design-based curriculum of Exploring Art or Art 1 to a fine arts approach. Students develop skills in the techniques of various media in order to create drawings, paintings and sculpture that are appreciated for their aesthetic value rather than serving a useful function. At the Art 2 level, concentration in the practice of art expression is emphasized. The common thread of each ensuing experience is the method of transforming original images into aesthetic material form.


#710 – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1 – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

In Digital Photography 1, students explore the foundations of digital photography as a visual fine art. Students are not required to supply their own camera but are encouraged to use their camera if they have one. Students will be required to take photographs off campus for many of the projects. This course guides students through the basics of digital photography, focusing on how to use a digital camera and learn compositional skills. Students will explore introductory photo editing software techniques to enrich the quality of their images. Basic printing skills will be introduced to create high-quality photographic images.Students will use studio lighting equipment to learn a variety of techniques while using light modifiers. At the conclusion of each project, students will critique, evaluate and reflect upon the techniques they have learned and the photographs they have produced. At the end of the course, students create a portfolio exemplifying their best photographs.


#721- DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #710 Digital Photography 1

Digital Photography 2 builds upon the knowledge and skills gained during The Art of Digital Photography 1. Students are not required to supply their own camera but are encouraged to use their camera if they have one. Students will be required to take photographs off campus for many of the projects. Advanced digital camera controls will be explored and used to enhance the quality of the student’s photographs. Digital Photo 2 uses cutting-edge photo manipulation in photo editing software to create both conventional and innovative photographs. Students explore advanced studio photography while also independently creating images off campus. Students will critique each other's work offering feedback and suggestions. At the end of the course, students create a digital portfolio showcasing their best work.



#716 - ADVANCED DRAWING & PRINTMAKING - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisites: #711 Art 1

Students explore various traditional and experimental techniques and processes using value and color to create original works of art.Themes may include surrealism, abstraction, realism and portraits. Drawings will be created using pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and pastels.Printmaking techniques include linoleum, drypoint and monotype. A weekly sketchbook is required.


#717 - OIL PAINTING - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisites: #711 Art 1

In this course, exercises in composition and color theory are conducted in preparation for painting projects. Creative thinking and innovative approaches are encouraged. In addition to oils, other media including acrylics and watercolors are explored, which will expand the range of the painting experience. Artists, as they relate to paintings, are studied.


#714 –HONORS PORTFOLIO PREPARATION - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Equivalent of two years (7.5 credits) of Art instruction (#700 Craft and Design does not count toward the 7.5 credit prerequisite).

Offerings in this course include portfolio development, art career direction, and advanced studies in specialized areas. Students will focus on utilizing a range of materials and ideas, observational studies, school-specific portfolio requirements, and developing a personal voice in their art. Students will offer and receive feedback on their work in the form of class critiques. The culminating project is a body of artwork which would satisfy the portfolio requirements for art college admissions. It is recommended that students who are interested in applying for admission to an art school take this course in their Junior year.


#715 – CERAMICS 1 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Note: This course serves as a prerequisite for #720 Ceramics 2 and #718 Sculpture; it does not serve as a prerequisite for other Art courses.

A variety of hand-built and wheel-throwing techniques are explored by the students in this course. Hand-built methods include pinch, coil, and slab vessels, as well as bas-relief and in-the-round sculpture. Students design and build ceramic objects that are intended for use in the home or for aesthetic purposes. Various decorating and glazing skills are learned to enhance the original clay works.


#720 – CERAMICS 2 – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: #715 Ceramics 1

The Ceramics 2 course is designed for those students who are highly motivated, self-directed and have excelled in ceramics 1. Building upon the techniques learned in Ceramics 1 which include handbuilding, potter’s wheel and sculpture, Ceramics 2 students will learn further techniques in these areas through cultural and historical references as inspiration. Students will have the opportunity to create an independent body of work at the conclusion of the course. Exploration of different clay bodies, firing methods and surface decoration may be part of the course. The culminating project requires students to create a portfolio of their work.


#718 - SCULPTURE - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: 2.5 credits of art


The sculpture course is designed to acquaint students with subtractive and additive means of creating in-the-round and bas-relief sculpture. A variety of techniques and media are introduced and practiced. Sculpture is based on the study of natural and artistic forms and objects. Student-produced objects are created in terms of the aesthetics relating to the principles and elements of design and composition.


#731 - HONORS G & T ART 1 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Students interested in the Gifted & Talented Art program must apply. Students will have to complete a test on drawing skills and submit photographs of two pieces of art. Students can contact the Art supervisor for more information.

Honors G&T Art 1 is designed to develop students' skills in the creation of expressive/conceptual artwork. In addition to developing technical skills, students develop creative and critical thinking skills through problem-solving and peer critiques. In a nurturing and challenging environment, students work with a variety of media to create conceptual artwork that expresses ideas, emotions and/or makes a statement of a political/humorous/philosophical nature. In order to develop technical skills, students are required to keep a journal of observational drawings.
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#732 - HONORS G & T ART 2- 5 CREDITS
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: #731 G & T ART 1

The second level course further advances creative and critical thinking skills and provides structured opportunities to forward student self-discipline and independent behavior. The first semester includes a battery of anatomical drawing activities culminating in a self-awareness/self-portrait. The second semester is devoted to self-initiated independent studies. In addition to class work, journal keeping is required.

#733 - HONORS G & T ART 3 - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: #732 G & T Art 2


G&T 3 is for highly motivated students that demonstrate exceptional ability, interest, and dedication to the study and creation of art. There is a focus on all aspects of art, from 2D to 3D to digital design, while utilizing a wide range of different media and styles. Emphasis will be on the development of higher-level art techniques and styles that will culminate in creating a well-rounded body of work. Students will demonstrate self-expression, higher-level problem-solving skills, critical thinking, technical achievement, appreciation of diversified art through art history, and mature use of the Elements and Principles of Art.


#735 – AP ART & DESIGN (DRAWING, 2D DESIGN, & 3D DESIGN)– 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: An additional 7.5 credits of Art Instruction OR Honors G&T Art 2 OR Honors G&T Art 3 OR Portfolio Preparation.

Advanced Placement Art & Design is a rigorous course intended for students who wish to explore complex ideas and methods in Art. Students will be required to pursue an artistic investigation throughout the year and create art on an overarching theme. The focus will be on the refinement of a student's personal voice and style through the exploration of their chosen investigation. This is a highly independent course with expectations that students will be able to plan, prep, and execute projects by the deadlines.
Students will be required to: complete homework, keep a sketchbook throughout the course, attend and participate in all critiques and class discussions, submit a digital portfolio and complete a final project. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take either the AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Drawing, or AP 3-D Art and Design exam, depending on their style of artwork and material choices. Students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply. This course may be taken multiple times with a focus on AP content and corresponding exam.

#702 – AP ART HISTORY – 5 CREDITS
Grades 11-12

Note: This course will be offered only during school years that begin with an odd year (2021, 2023). Please plan accordingly.

Art history emphasizes understanding works of art within their historical context by examining issues such as politics, class, religion, patronage, audience, gender, function, and ethnicity. The AP Art History course teaches students visual and contextual analysis of works of art. This course is suitable for students interested in exploring art from a historical perspective as well as students interested in studying art at the post secondary level. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. Students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.


DRAMATICS AND FILM COURSES:

#722 – INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Do you like movies? Find out how they get produced, and learn the language of film. Students view and discuss a number of excellent classic Hollywood films, many of which appear on lists of the best films of all time. Students cultivate the ability to write concise, articulate reviews of films and explore the concept of what it means to be a classic, with regard to film.


#729 - HONORS FILM STUDIES – 2.5 Credits
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #722 Introduction to Film Studies

This course builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in Introduction to Film. Students analyze film and study the directors. A final research project requires students to select a director, investigate written sources about their subject, critically view at least two of the director's films, and complete an analysis of the films based on the literature.


#706 – EXPLORING THEATER – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

What is involved in theater? In this entry-level drama class students will explore the world of theater arts through theater games, improvisation, monologues, acting scenes, play analysis, and career exploration. This class is for students with no or limited stage experience. In Exploring Theater class interest is necessary; experience is not!


#707 - THEATER STUDIES - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course is for the student with previous stage experience in lead roles, supporting character roles, backstage crew experience or the highly motivated student without stage experience. Students memorize and perform 4/5 page scenes for peers and invited audiences. Students study script analysis, acting, directing and stage production. This class is designed for the highly motivated theater student.


#708 - ADVANCED THEATER STUDIES - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #707 Theater Studies

Advanced Theater Studies is a course designed for those students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing intensive work in the performing arts. This course provides students with the opportunity to study advanced acting and design techniques through hands-on projects, workshop assignments, and research. It is highly recommended that students take this class as a junior or senior. Research into theater history and character subtext is geared to the advanced student.

#709 – HONORS THEATER – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #708 Advanced Theater Studies

Honors Theater explores the study of physical acting in voice and body. Serious scene work with intense character development will join the work of physical acting. Students will study technical theater needs to support production work. This may include set design, costumes, props, lighting and sound.


MUSIC COURSES:

#751 - FRESHMAN CONCERT BAND - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

Concert Band is designed for freshman band students who play a brass or woodwind instrument. Students should recognize that this ensemble - although the entry level ensemble at the high school - is not designed for beginning band students. The music performed in this class is designed for students with three to four years of instrumental music training. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary concert band music, with emphasis on training musicianship skills. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for regional and all-state bands. Although not a requirement of Freshman Concert Band, it is recommended that all band students consider enrolling in marching band. An audition is held for students interested in being considered for the advanced Wind Symphony for their sophomore year. All students who successfully complete Freshman Concert Band are eligible for the Symphonic Band, which is the next level concert band for students in grades 10-12.


#752 – FRESHMAN PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE -5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This course is designed for freshman band students who play a percussion instrument. Students should recognize that this ensemble, although the entry level ensemble at the high school, is not designed for beginning percussion students. The music performed in this class is designed for students with three to four years of instrumental music training. Prior experience in large ensemble performance is recommended. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Students perform as a percussion ensemble as well as part of the Freshman Concert Band. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May/June. Students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to audition for region and all-state bands. It is highly recommended that all students enrolled in Freshman Percussion Ensemble also audition for the marching band.


#755 - SYMPHONIC BAND - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: #751 Concert Band or #752 Principles of Percussion or Audition


Symphonic band is designed for grades 10-12 students with prior instrumental music ensemble experience. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary concert band music with emphasis on training musicianship skills. In addition to the traditional rehearsal process, students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, and in combined rehearsals with the Symphonic String Orchestra. Students enrolling in the symphonic band must have successfully completed Freshman Concert Band and/or pass an audition with the band director. Due to musical limitations, percussion students must pass an audition. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for region and all-state bands. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May/June. Although not a requirement of Symphonic Band, it is recommended that all band students consider enrolling in marching band.

#756 - WIND SYMPHONY– 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Audition

Wind Symphony is the advanced level curricular instrumental music ensemble. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary concert band music with emphasis on training musicianship skills. In addition to the traditional rehearsal process, students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, and in combined rehearsals with the Advanced String Orchestra. Students enrolling in Wind Symphony must pass an audition with the band director. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for region and all-state bands. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May/June. Although not a requirement of Symphonic Band, it is recommended that all band students consider enrolling in marching band.

#750- MARCHING BAND (after School)- 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course is an option available to students willing to participate in a for-credit, curricular program while performing with the Marching Band and its supporting units. Students are required to participate in all events throughout the school year, including football games, parades and community events. Subjective and objective evaluation of student progress in the attainment of group goals, as well as individual musical growth, is the basis of course structure. Because of the group’s very visible role in various community functions, level of performance is a critical factor in determining student progress. In addition to signing up for the course, students are required to submit a separate registration packet in the spring (incoming freshmen should see their middle school band directors for the registration packet). Marching Band is an optional course.

#741 - FRESHMAN STRING ORCHESTRA – 5 CREDITS
Grade 9

Freshman String Orchestra is designed for freshman students who play a string instrument: violin, viola, cello or string bass (piano spots are available in limited numbers). Students should recognize that this ensemble, although the entry level ensemble at the high school, is not designed for beginning orchestra students. The music performed in this class is designed for students with three to four years of instrumental music training. In this course, students learn individual techniques, as well as ensemble proficiencies. Students are also encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary orchestral music, with an emphasis on training musicianship skills. Prior experience in large ensemble performance is recommended. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May/June. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for regional and all-state orchestra.

#746- SYMPHONIC STRING ORCHESTRA- 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #741 Freshman String Orchestra or Audition

Symphonic String Orchestra is designed for grades 10-12 students with prior instrumental music ensemble experience. In addition to the traditional rehearsal process, students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, and in combined rehearsals with the Symphonic Band. Students enrolling in the symphonic orchestra must have successfully completed Freshman String Orchestra and/or pass an audition with the orchestra director. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary orchestral music, with emphasis on training musicianship skills. Prior experience in large ensemble performance is recommended. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May/June. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for regional and all-state ensembles.

#747 – ADVANCED STRING ORCHESTRA – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Audition

Advanced String Orchestra is the advanced level curricular string ensemble. In addition to the traditional rehearsal process, students are encouraged to participate in small chamber ensembles, and in combined rehearsals with the Wind Symphony Band. Students enrolling in Advanced String Orchestra must pass an audition with the orchestra director. Focus is placed on the study of traditional and contemporary orchestral music, with emphasis on training musicianship skills. Prior experience in large ensemble performance is recommended. Students are not required to attend after school rehearsals, as this ensemble rehearses during the school day. Concerts are performed annually in December, March and May. Students enrolled in this instrumental ensemble have the opportunity to audition for regional and all-state ensembles.

#762 – FRESHMAN CHOIR 1 - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

Freshman Chorus is an elective open to all freshmen who have an interest in singing and who wish to improve their vocal skills. Students learn proper vocal production, sight-reading, diction, correct phrasing, dynamics, good intonation, and proper blend. Through concert performances, students learn techniques of stage presence and the spirit of cooperation essential to this performing art.

#768 - TREBLE CHOIR - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Treble Choir is an elective open to sophomore, junior and senior students who have an interest in singing. This course offers the student vocalist a continuing musical experience. Music from various historical periods, styles and cultures is performed. Through the use of repertoire and vocal exercises the student’s musical knowledge is expanded to include proper usage of vowel techniques, good diction, correct phrasing, proper dynamics, intonation and blend. Through concert performances, the student learns techniques of stage presence and the spirit of cooperation essential to the performing arts.

#769 – CONCERT CHOIR - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12


Concert Choir is an elective open to all sophomore, junior and senior students who have an interest in singing. This course offers the student vocalist a continuing musical experience. Music from various historical periods, styles and cultures is performed. Through the use of repertoire and vocal exercises the student’s musical knowledge is expanded to include proper usage of vowel techniques, good diction, correct phrasing, proper dynamics, intonation and blend. Through concert performances, the student learns techniques of stage presence and the spirit of cooperation essential to the performing arts.

#781 - JAZZ/POP CHOIR - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisites: Enrollment in a large group ensemble (Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, String Orchestra)

Students enrolled in the Jazz/Pop Choir study jazz and contemporary popular vocal music. There may be opportunities for community outreach through singing as part of the class. Students must be enrolled in an additional five (5) credit music ensemble class.


#771 MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION 1 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This elective course is designed for the student who wishes to become a better musician by understanding the basic principles of musical composition. Included in the curriculum is the study of major and minor keys, meter, rhythm, chord progressions, elementary form and basic harmonization of melodies. Students will have the opportunity to create music utilizing the principles being learned.

#772 - HONORS MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION 2 - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #771 Music Theory and Composition 1

This elective course is an extension of Music Theory and Composition I (previously known as Harmony and Creative Writing I) and expands upon the techniques of writing and harmonizing melodies in a variety of music forms. Emphasis is placed on music composition.


#773 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #771 Music Theory and Composition 1

This is a rigorous course intended for students who wish to expand upon the curriculum of Music Theory and Composition I (previously known as Harmony and Creative Writing I). Emphasis is placed on aural skills (ear-training and sight-singing skills, plus melodic and rhythmic dictation) and on further study of composition techniques. Students will analyze music by composers of the past up to compositions by present day musicians, including a study of composition techniques of the 20th century. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.


#775 - PIANO KEYBOARD 1 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Group instruction using the music MIDI lab is offered for those students who desire to learn basic piano skills. The course is designed so that each student can learn to play the piano at his/her own pace. No previous background is required.

#776 - PIANO KEYBOARD 2 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #775 Keyboard 1

Group instruction using the music MIDI lab is offered for those students who desire to enhance their piano skills. Students who have taken Piano Keyboard 1 will continue to learn at their own pace.

#778 – EXPLORING MUSIC 1 – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Exploring Music 1 is designed to teach students the essential value of music as seen through various cultures and how it reflects on their life and society. Students examine their own musical tastes and those of other cultures.

#779 – THE EVOLUTION OF ROCK AND ROLL- EXPLORING MUSIC 2 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #778 Exploring Music 1

This course traces the evolution of music in our society and focuses on the origin of rock and pop music. Students learn to identify major artists and typical sounds of each new style of music.


#780 — TEAM MUSIC (PEER ASSISTED MUSIC) - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12 or by counselor placement
Prerequisite: 5 credits in Music

TEAM MUSIC is designed with an inclusion model in mind. Both Special and General Education students will work together through a curriculum designed to cultivate and promote student leadership, peer mentoring, collaboration, and creativity in the Music environment. The focus of this class will be to provide students with a variety of creative experiences in singing, moving, and playing musical instruments. Additionally, students will learn to develop their critical listening skills allowing them to respond and react to music in new ways. Peer assisted learning will be used to cultivate partner and “team” relationships focused on self-expression. General Education students will apply, interview, and be selected to participate in this course, while Special Education students will be able to elect this course as their initial high school music experience. The course is ultimately designed to foster an inclusive environment for all students in Music Education.

#703 - HISTORY OF BROADWAY MUSICAL THEATER - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

This course traces the history of the American musical theater from the late 1800's to the present day Broadway "blockbusters". Topics covered include historical importance, influences on the culture of the day, and prominent people involved in each musical. Students will view approximately 15 musicals through the ages. The course is augmented by a field trip to see a current Broadway musical, as well as video and audio highlights of previous "hits".