Course Catalog: Fine Arts Department

INTRODUCTION

There are two types of courses in the Fine Arts Department, Visual and Performing Arts classes. Students are required to take two semesters of Fine Arts electives to fulfill graduation requirements. The Department offers courses designed to develop the skills necessary for appreciation of and participation in the creative process embracing music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. All courses are sequential in nature. Some are presented during 8th period, which are outside the regular school hours (before/after school or weekends).

NOTE: 8th period performing arts classes are taken in addition to, not in lieu of, a student's six classes during the regular school day. Students enrolled in an 8th period performing arts class will not be allowed to drop a course that meets during the regular school day.

PLEASE NOTE: University of California and California State University requirements: Students must complete two semesters of the same visual or performing arts course.  The two semesters need not be taken in the same academic year. Please see your counselor if you have any questions about this requirement, and to help you plan your classes accordingly. 

I. FINE ARTS COURSES

ART AND ARCHITECTURE 1A (6100)

Grade Level - 9, 10, 11, 12
Length - One Semester

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - None
Criteria for Enrollment - None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

Course Description - Designed  to offer students the chance to learn about the art of architectural design in society and its effect on our sense of culture. Particularly interesting for students who plan to major in architecture and/or design of any kind, the class will provide field trips, involvement with our rich cultural environment and an introduction to “hands-on” skills involving design and composition. Coursework will include short papers, a non-written final project, and opportunity for original creative expression. Students do not need to have experience in drawing in order to take this course.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE 1B (6105)

Grade Level - 10,11, 12
Length - One Semester

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - Art and Architecture 1A
Criteria for Enrollment - None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

Course Description - Art and Architecture 1B is a follow-up course to Art and Architecture 1A and is designed as a continuing study of the wealth of artistic expression manifested in the architecture, sculpture, painting and artifacts of traditional cultures and modern architectural expressions. An exploration of earth-friendly, sustainable and green architectural techniques will compliment the hands-on approach to building practices and inspire new thinking about shelter and cultural values. Studio assignments in architectural design, drawing and mixed-media architectural structures created from original student designs, will compliment our study of how particular architects and cultures have used architecture as an expression to image themselves, their culture, and their God.

*ART AND NATURE INTENSIVE: ART AND ARCHITECTURE 1B 8˚ (6106) ADVANCED ARCHITECTURE

Instructor: Katie Wolf
Grade Level - 10, 11, 12
Length - One Semester

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - Art and Architecture 1A and/or approval of instructor
Criteria for Enrollment - None
Length - Friday evening through Sunday evening -- one weekend.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

 PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Three pre-weekend evening meetings will be held.
  2. One post-weekend evening meeting will be held.
  3. This class does NOT meet during regular school day. As with other 8th period classes, it does not qualify the student for a study hall.
  4. No textbook is required, but additional fees will be incurred.

Course Description - A weekend workshop that utilizes a "hands-on" exploration of earth-friendly techniques to demonstrate respect for resources and creative problem-solving. A variety of individual and collaborative assignments will be presented in a manner that challenges the student to experience growth in awareness of the creative process, Nature as master designer, and creating a community of gratitude. A pristine natural environment on the edge of a wilderness area is the setting for the workshop retreat. Aspects will include:

  • all weather campsites
  • bathroom facilities with hot showers
  • nature trails
  • a campfire circle gathering area
  • personal private meditation sites
  • architectural demonstration structures
  • a sculpture garden
  • meals provided
  • workshop materials provided

* This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

STUDIO ART A (6120)

Grade Level - 9, 10, 11, 12
Length - One Semester

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - None
Criteria for Enrollment - None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

Course Description - This course is a "hands-on" class designed to develop skills in design and composition, a variety of drawing styles, and acrylic painting. Students will receive instruction in a variety of media and will be required to use each of them in the creation of original work. The study of historical examples will be a springboard for the student’s creative expression. No previous drawing skills are required to take this class; just come with an open mind!

STUDIO ART B (6125)

Grade Level - 10, 11, 12
Length - One Semester

Type of Course - Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite - Studio Art A

UC/CSU Subject F Approval 

Course Description - As a follow-up course to Studio Art A, the Studio Art B class will place emphasis on the concept of connection and progression in developing and expanding a visual image. A more refined sense of visual decision-making and creative initiative will be stressed and expected of the mature visual arts student. Students will use a variety of materials, techniques, and styles to explore themselves in relationship to their personal history, community, and their God. We will work in acrylic paint, water color paint, pencil, oil pastel, colored pencil, linoleum block prints, and a variety of mixed media materials. A special project involving an in depth self study through visual images will urge the student to see her/himself in various aspects; with a connection to a specific community, a realistic self portrait and a non objective symbol that strikes a familiar resounding chord.

*ART AND NATURE INTENSIVE: STUDIO ART 1B 8° (6126)

Instructor: Katie Wolf
Grade Level – 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Studio Art A and/or approval of instructor
Criteria for Enrollment – None
Length – Friday evening through Sunday evening – one weekend

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

PLEASE NOTE: 

  1. Three pre-weekend evening meetings will be held.
  2. One post-weekend evening meeting will be held.
  3. This class does NOT meet during regular school day.  As with other 8th period classes, it does not qualify the student for a study hall.
  4. No textbook is required, but additional fees will be incurred.

Course Description — A weekend workshop that utilizes a "hands-on" exploration of earth-friendly techniques to demonstrate respect for resources and creative problem-solving.  A variety of individual and collaborative assignments will be presented in a manner that challenges the student to experience growth in awareness of  the  creative  process, Nature as master designer, and creating a community of gratitude.  A pristine natural environment on the edge of a wilderness area is the setting for the workshop retreat.  Aspects will include:

  • all weather campsites
  • bathroom facilities with hot showers
  • nature trails
  • a campfire circle gathering area
  • personal private meditation sites
  • architectural demonstration structures
  • a sculpture garden
  • meals provided
  • workshop materials provided

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

SACRED SYMBOLS ~ STUDIO ART (B/C) (6130)

Instructor: Katie Wolf
Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course –
Senior elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement AND see Note below
Prerequisite – Studio Art A or permission of instructor
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — An experiential class focused on the exploration of the human desire to remember and recognize the Creator.  Through our exploration of symbols used as visual expressions in art, architecture and religious imagery, we will study various faith traditions to gather an understanding of praise older than language and the written word; to “see God in all things.”  In this integrated approach to learning about culture, religion and the arts, each student will create 15 major art pieces that represent the faith traditions studied and their own original works that express an understanding of aesthetics.  Through research, studio work, field trips (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, S.F., First Church of Christ Scientist, Berkeley, St. Mary’s Cathedral, S.F.), written papers, prayer, and reflection, each student will gain an ability to understand the role of the Creative spark in our lives.  An understanding of  their  own creative process will allow them to embrace the universal call of the Beloved to us, His instruments, and our response – an expression of praise.

NOTE: Sacred Symbols will also fulfill one semester Senior elective Religious Studies requirement for graduation.

SCULPTURE A (6150)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

 Course Description — A studio-based problem-solving course that uses a variety of materials; paper, wood, plaster, found objects, and wire to explore the design process in 3 dimensions. Study of historical examples of sculpture will serve as a "spring board" for inspiration directed toward solutions to design projects. The work of 20th century sculptors such as Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and Henry Moore will challenge the student to understand their own creativity. Field trips to local museums and some written work will complement the original work created by the student in the studio and at home.

SCULPTURE B (6155)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Senior elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – 3D Studies/Mixed Media Sculpture
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description - 3D Studies/Mixed Media Sculpture B continues the exploration of the visual world; its relationships of form and space -- in the context of historical examples, environmental/cultural impact, creative self-expression and collaborative pieces. Field trips to local museums and sculpture collections and some written work will complement the original work created by the student in the studio and at home. 

*ART AND NATURE INTENSIVE: SCULPTURE B 8° (6156

Instructor: Katie Wolf
Grade Level – 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester 

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – 3D Studies I and/or approval of instructor
Criteria for Enrollment – None
Length – Friday evening through Sunday evening – one weekend

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

 PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Three pre-weekend evening meetings will be held.
  2. One post-weekend evening meeting will be held.
  3. This class does NOT meet during regular school day.  As with other 8th period classes, it does not qualify the student for a study hall.
  4. No textbook is required, but additional fees will be incurred.

Course Description — A weekend workshop that utilizes a "hands-on" exploration of earth-friendly techniques to demonstrate respect for resources and creative problem-solving. A variety of individual and collaborative assignments will be presented in a manner that challenges the student to experience growth in awareness of the creative process, Nature as master designer, and creating a community of gratitude. A pristine natural environment on the edge of a wilderness area is the setting for the workshop retreat. Aspects will include:

  • all weather campsites
  • bathroom facilities with hot showers
  • nature trails
  • a campfire circle gathering area
  • personal private meditation sites
  • architectural demonstration structures
  • a sculpture garden
  • meals provided
  • workshop materials provided

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

*PHOTOGRAPHY 1A/1B

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
*Course 6160 – Photography 1A
*Course 6165 – Photography 1B
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – Students should have a 35 mm camera, an SLR camera is preferable.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — The Photography 1A/1B class provides a comprehensive study of photography as an art form.   The course will expose the student to fundamental issues unique to the medium through the study of the history of photography.   The students will experience a variety of approaches to the medium of black and white photography beginning with photograms and also including pinhole photography and 35 mm cameras. Students will create their own photograms, use pinhole cameras to get negatives and make positive images, learn how to process black and white film and enlarge. Portrait and still life are a two major aspects of the Photography 1A/1B program. The work of portrait photographers such as Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Yousuf Karsh will be presented in class. For still-life, images from the following artists will presented: Edward Weston, Renger-Patzsch, Minor White and Aaron Siskind. Students will end the year working on a final project consisting of one of the following: portrait, self-portrait or still-life. In addition to creating original work, students will do research on the biography and style of a photographer who has made important aesthetic advances in history.
 

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

 

*MULTIMEDIA DESIGN 1A (6710)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement; UC Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) Elective
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – Interest in developing computer multimedia and design skills through creative web, print, and animation projects.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — This is an introductory computer graphic design course with a focus on graphics and video-editing software. Coursework includes a variety of web and print projects created with software programs Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, as well as music and video projects using Apple’s software programs GarageBand and Final Cut Pro. The learning of traditional art and design principles supports creative work and students are required to consider and critique mass media, the historic study of art and graphic design, and the study of contemporary multimedia artists and designers. Student work will culminate with a digital portfoilio.

NOTE: This course fulfills one semester of the UC VPA requirement.

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

*MULTIMEDIA DESIGN 1B (6720)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement; UC Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) Elective
Prerequisite – Multimedia Design 1A
Criteria for Enrollment – Interest in developing computer multimedia and design skills through creative web, print animation, music, and video projects.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — This class further develops skills learned in Multimedia Design 1A using various Adobe and Apple software programs, as well as an introduction to 3D design.  The development of effective narrative structures will be emphasized so that students learn to use the various media to create intentional works with meaning. Particular attention will be paid to the design process and students' conscious development of their own creative process.   Sample projects include stop motions, animations, music videos, special effects, and student documentary films. Student work will culminate with a digital portfolio.

NOTE: This course fulfills one semester of the UC VPA requirement.

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment. 

DANCE 1A: BALLET, JAZZ, AND SOCIAL DANCE (6601)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval
 

Course Description — This course introduces beginning technique, warm-up exercises, in-class choreography, movement in space, and improvisation.  Students will study ballet, jazz, and social dance forms including Charleston, swing, and hip hop.  As a final project, students will create a dance in small groups and will research the history of a style of dance.

DANCE 1B: MODERN DANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY (6602)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course –
Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Students must complete Dance 1A before taking Dance 1B
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval
 

Course Description — Building off the foundation of Dance 1A, modern dance movements and form are presented.  The class will trace the history of 20th century modern dance through the present using both the history and the movement of major choreographers such as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey. With that history as their foundation, students will experience the choreographic process themselves. Using various creative stimuli, the dancer/choreographers will create new dances both individually and in small groups.

DRAMA 1A: INTRO TO THEATRE (6210)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirementPrerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – None 

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — In Drama 1A we will explore various approaches to acting. We will begin by playing a series of theatre games, move to improvisations, then perform professionally scripted and student-written monologues. Students will develop an approach to enact short monologues from professional play scripts for final presentation. Students may have an opportunity to audition their original monologues for performance in the Student Arts Showcase. Students will also master an overview of the major historical periods of theatre history from Ancient Greece to the 19th Century using student projects and teacher presentations of production, acting, and notable innovators in theatrical art of these periods. By the end of the course, students will have developed an appreciation for the art of the theatre, a respect for working within an ensemble of artists, and an appreciation for the variety of approaches to actor training. 

DRAMA 1B: ADVANCED ACTING (6211)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester 

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Drama 1A: Intro to Theatre or equivalent experience
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — Students will continue the study and development of acting through scene work. While building on the principles and techniques learned in Drama 1A, students will participate in group warm-ups (vocal and physical), theatre games, improvisations, and advanced theatre exercises. Students will work on scenes from professionally produced plays. Students will study 20th Century theatre through the study of playwrights such as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and August Wilson

MUSIC APPRECIATION A: SURVEY OF WESTERN MUSIC (6500)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment - None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — Music Appreciation A is designed for non-musicians and develops the art of perceptive listening and performance in musical composition through experiential activities. Lectures and experiential learning will cover the instruments of the orchestra, composers, performance practice, musical composition techniques, major compositions of the era, baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century eras, and Broadway musicals. Students will have practice in playing, singing, creating, listening to, analyzing, and describing music. They will evolve specific criteria for making informed critical evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of performances and compositions. Students will identify, explain and perform stylistic features of a given musical work. This is an introductory level course, meeting three times per week with extensive participation in musical activities, class projects, demonstrations and live performances.

MUSIC APPRECIATION B: ROOTS OF JAZZ: EXPLORING MUSIC IN CULTURE (6515)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Music Appreciation A
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval
 

Course Description — Roots of Jazz: Exploring Music in Culture is designed for non-musicians and develops the art of perceptive listening to music of Africa, Latin American, India, Bali, China, the Middle East, Asia, Japan, and Eastern Europe. Learning will be balanced between theoretical and experiential song-writing activities. Students will evolve specific criteria for listening to, describing, analyzing, understanding, and creating music as it is understood and experienced in different cultures. Students will play instruments and explore digital media. This is an intermediate level course, meeting four class hours per week with extensive lectures, experiential learning, audio-visual presentations, class projects, demonstration and attendance at live performances.

*AP MUSIC THEORY (6590)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Year

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Prior training and experience in vocal or instrumental music. A Fundamentals of Music entrance exam will be administered the first week of classes to determine eligibility in the course. Materials will be available for interested students over the summer.
Criteria for Enrollment – Students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval
Class receives honors weighting in SI weighted GPA and UC/CSU GPA calculations

Course Description — Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory is a blended learning course that meets both online and several times a week. This course prepares students to complete college level work in the areas of reading and analyzing notated music and aural training. Particular emphasis will be placed upon developing listening skills, sight-singing ability and knowledge of rhythm, melody, harmony, form and other compositional devices. The coursework will emphasize preparation for the Advanced Placement Music Theory examination.

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

II. PERFORMING ARTS COURSES (Most are 8th period classes by Audition)

Grading Policy for Performing Arts classes – Performing Arts classes are repeatable with the first two semesters (A & B courses) counting in the student’s SI GPA. Grades for subsequent semesters (C courses) will be posted on the student’s transcript but not calculated into the student’s SI GPA.

DRAMA 1C: ADVANCED THEATRE WORKSHOP (9710)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester (FALL); offered 8th period ONLY

Type of Course – Elective; this class is not counted in the student’s SI GPA
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – Permission of instructor. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
Time Commitment  Meets 3-5 times per week, afternoons or evenings, 3 hours per meeting.
                                                                                                                                      
UC/CSU Subject F Approval
 

Course Description — This course is an after-school workshop in acting, rehearsal, performance, and technical/design skills culminating in the production of a full-length play in the fall semester. Students are admitted on the basis of a competitive audition held at the beginning of the semester. Four additional students may be selected to the positions of stage manager, stage crew chief, lighting designer on the basis of in-depth interviews. These students will work alongside professionals over the course of the production developing knowledge and skills in each specialized area and their application in performance.

DRAMA 1C: ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP (9710)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester (SPRING); offered 8th period ONLY

Type of Course – Elective; this class is not counted in the student’s SI GPA
Criteria for Enrollment – Permission of instructor. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
Time Commitment – Meets 3-5 times per week, afternoons or evenings, 3 hours per meeting. 

UC/CSU Subject F Approval
 

Course Description — Drama 1C: Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop is an after-school workshop exploring drama, dance and music theories and their application in performance. To that end, students will explore acting, singing, dancing, rehearsal, performance, and technical/design skills culminating in the production of a full-length Broadway musical in the Spring semester. Students will also learn about the historical and cultural significance of the selected piece of musical theatre. Students are admitted on the basis of a competitive audition and interviews held at the beginning of the semester.

INT DANCE WORKSHOP C (9703)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester; offered 8th period ONLY

Type of Course – Elective; this class is not counted in the student’s SI GPA
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – Admission by audition only. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
Time Commitment – Meets 1-2 afternoons per week, 3 hours per meeting.

UC/CSU Subject G Approval
 

Course Description — This course is designed for students with significant dance experience. Emphasis will be on building techniques necessary for presentation and performance of ballet, jazz, and modern dance styles. Students will present a final project of dances at the Dance Concerts in January and/or May.

MIXED CHORUS (8th period)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester; offered 8th period
First Semester Taken: Mixed Chorus A (6551)
Second Semester Taken: Mixed Chorus B (6552)
Subsequent Semesters Taken: Mixed Chorus C (9853) 

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Mixed Chorus A is a prerequisite for Mixed Chorus B.
Criteria for Enrollment – Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms. 

UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only
 

Course Description — This course is open to all freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students will be introduced to good practice procedures for choral rehearsal and to an awareness of different styles of choral music. Student achievement will involve study of sight-singing, notation, phrasing, rhythm, harmony and musical terminology. Students will be expected to spend additional hours beyond the regular class time. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. Men’s/Women’s ensembles will perform at concerts and choral festival.

*MIXED CHORUS (MEN’S CHORUS/WOMEN’S CHORUS)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester; offered during regular school day depending adequate enrollment
First Semester Taken: Mixed Chorus A (Men’s) (6565)
Mixed Chorus A (Women’s) (6567)

Second Semesters: Mixed Chorus B (Men’s) (6566)
Mixed Chorus B (women’s) (6568)
 
Subsequent Semesters: Mixed Chorus C (Men’s) (9869)
Mixed Chorus C (Women’s ) (9870)

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Mixed Chorus A is a prerequisite for Mixed Chorus B.
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only
 

Course Description — This course is open to all freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students will be introduced to good practice procedures for choral rehearsal and to an awareness of different styles of choral music. Student achievement will involve study of sight-singing, notation, phrasing, rhythm, harmony and musical terminology. Students will be expected to spend additional hours beyond the regular class time. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. Men’s/Women’s ensembles will perform at concerts and choral festivals.

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

CHAMBER SINGERS


Grade Level –
10, 11, 12
Length – One Year
First Semester Taken: Chamber Singers A (6546)
Second Semester: Chamber Singers B (6547)
Subsequent Semesters: Chamber Singers C (9863) 

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Audition only and signature of the Director
Criteria for Enrollment – Students enrolled in this choir are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals, which meets three-four times per week outside of normal class hours (see below for description. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only
 

 Course Description — This course is a mixed singing ensemble intended for singers of advanced ability and specializes in performance of challenging literature of diverse genre. Students will read music notation in treble and bass clefs, demonstrate understanding of more complex notation, demonstrate knowledge of terminology pertinent to the performance of choral music, demonstrate and understand correct singing technique, and demonstrate appropriate rehearsal discipline and performance skills. Students will be expected to spend additional hours beyond the regular class time. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals, performances and choral festivals. The class generally meets before school in the morning. 

*JAZZ BAND


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One semester
First Semester Taken: Jazz Band A (6526)
Second Semester: Jazz Band B (6527)
Subsequent Semesters: Jazz Band C (9813)

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – Admission is by audition. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
Time Commitment – Meets 2 afternoons per week for 2 hours each.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only

Course Description — (Jazz) Band is designed for students who have taken private lessons for at least one year or participated in their middle school Band program. Students continue their studies on wind, brass and percussion instruments with warm-up exercises to improve tone, balance, blend, articulation, rhythm and note reading. The Band performs at the Winterand Spring Instrumental Music Concerts. Students are enrolled in Jazz Band A & B (2 semesters) to satisfy the University of California Fine Arts requirement. Jazz Band will either meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons or other time to be arranged. 

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

*ORCHESTRA (Intermediate - 8th period)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester; may be offered during regular school day pending adequate enrollment
First Semester Taken: Orchestra A (6521)
Second Semester Taken: Orchestra B (6522)
Subsequent Semesters: Orchestra C (9803)

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Participation in middle school orchestra program, or private lessons for at least six months
Criteria for Enrollment – None
Time Commitment – Meets 1 evening per week from 6-9 pm.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only
 

Course Description — Intermediate orchestra is the entry-level course for students who participated in their middle school orchestra or band program. Students continue their studies on string, wind, brass and percussion instruments with intermediate exercises in tone production, rhythm, intonation, breathing, and musicianship. The Intermediate Orchestra performs repertoire from MENC grades 2-4, and will combine with the 8th period Orchestra for several pieces at the Fall and Spring Instrumental Music Concerts. The Intermediate Orchestra performs works from the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century repertoires, and will perform at the CMEA festival in the spring

*This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

*ORCHESTRA (Advanced – 8th period)


Grade Level –
9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester; may be offered during regular school day pending adequate enrollment
First Semester Taken: Orchestra A (6521)
Second Semester Taken: Orchestra B (6522)
Subsequent Semesters: Orchestra C (9803) 

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Participation in middle school orchestra program, or private lessons for at least six months
Criteria for Enrollment – Admission is made by audition. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
Time Commitment – Meets 1 evening per week from 6-9 pm.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only
 

Course Description — This is the advanced orchestra for which an audition is required to participate. Auditions are held at the beginning of Fall Semester, and again in December for the following Spring Semester. Students develop technical mastery in all aspects of ensemble playing, including tone production, intonation, rhythmic execution, and musicianship. The Advanced Orchestra performs works from the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire from MENC grades 4-5, and will perform at the CMEA festival in the spring. It is possible that in the Spring, 8th period orchestra may become the Spring Musical Orchestra, rehearsing several evenings per week instead of the regular Monday-Wednesday afternoon practices.

 *This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment. 

*CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Advanced – 8th period)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Year
First Semester Taken: Orchestra A (6541)
Second Semester Taken: Orchestra B (6542)
Subsequent Semesters: Orchestra C (9843) 

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Must be an advanced string player enrolled in Orchestra A or B
Criteria for Enrollment – Admission is made by audition. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
Time Commitment – Meets 2 afternoons per week for 1.5 hours each.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval for A/B only

Course Description — Chamber Orchestra is the advanced string orchestra comprised of the top players from the Symphonic Orchestra.  Admission is by invitation/audition only.  Chamber Orchestra meets two afternoons per week (in addition to the regular Symphonic rehearsal); year-long enrollment is preferred.  In addition to the regular performances and spring tour of the Symphonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra members also perform at CMEA Large Ensemble Festirval in the spring, and members are encouraged to participate in the Chamber Music Program from Dec-March, which concludes with smaller ensemble performances (quartets, trios, etc.) at the CMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival. 

 *This class will be offered pending adequate enrollment.

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St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Courage to Lead; Passion to Serve

2001 37th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 731-7500
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