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Visual & Performing Arts

Dance

Dance 15, 25, 35 (5 credits each)

The introductory course is designed for students with little or no dance training. Students will explore a wide range of dance styles including jazz, modern, ballet, tap, hip hop and folk dance. These dance styles will be studied in a practical format where students learn new steps and choreography. Students will also learn about each dance style and its history, theory, and terminology. At the end of the semester, dance students participate in a showcase.


Drama

Advanced Acting 15, 25, 35 (5 credits each)

  • Prerequisite: Concurrently enrolled in Drama 10 or instructor permission

Advanced Acting 15 students join with Advanced Acting 25 and 35 students to form an ensemble. Advanced Acting 15 is geared to the Grade 10 student keen to perform in productions to enrich their class work. The main stage production takes place in early December and M.E. LaZerte’s One Act Play Festival in early April. The rehearsals and classes run Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Drama 10, 20, 30 (5 credits each)

You will learn the skills needed in performance: stage combat, improvisation, speech, theatre studies, technical theatre and basic acting. Students intending to continue to Drama 20 and 30 are strongly encouraged to take Drama 10 for 5 credits. Note: Drama 10 IB is a 5-credit course. Students that cannot fit Drama 10 IB into their schedule may be able to enrol in an after-school section of the course that meets with the advanced Acting 15 class. There are also International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme sections of this course.

Muscial Theatre 15, 25, 35 (5 credits each)

  • Recommendation: Co-registration in choir or dance

These classes are for students at all grade levels—whether you’re a novice or experienced—focusing on singing, dancing and acting in the musical theatre genre. The courses will emphasize rehearsal discipline, risk-taking, and working together to perform a final show in the theatre.


Music

Audio and Video 15, 25, 35 (5 credits each)

Audio and Video is a new program that focuses on songwriting, electronic music, recording, and live sound at the 15 level. Various elements of the entertainment business are explored, such as band management, promotions and live radio. Students learn how to create their own music using computer programs and keyboards as well as live instruments and recording. In the 25- and 35-level courses, students will learn about video production. They’ll create exciting projects with video, sound track recording, and editing.

Choral Music 10, 20, 30 (5 credits each)

Singers have the power to make people happy, to celebrate success and connect with an audience. If you want to be part of an amazing team, then these courses are for you! Choral Music 10 focuses on vocal skill development, ear training, theory, sight-reading, rhythm and performance. Your singing voice will become fuller. You will learn basic piano skills and gain songwriting technique. Take the chance with choral music. Participate in concerts, special events, festivals and music trips.

Drum Line (General Music Drum Line) 10, 20, 30 (5 credits each)

Drum line teaches students to read rhythms and play multiple percussion instruments. Classes will focus on traditional drum line techniques with snare, bass drum, tenor drums, and cymbals. Students will also learn some Latin percussion rhythms and drum set techniques. There are all kinds of performance and showcase opportunities. Let’s start the grooves!

Guitar 10, 20, 30 (5 credits each)

Guitar is a course offered to everyone, whether you’ve never picked up a guitar or you’ve been playing for years! Learn to play your favorite songs, read music, jam with other people, and even write some songs of your own.

Instrumental Jazz 15*, 25, 35 (5 credits each)

  • Prerequisite: Junior high band experience or training on piano or violin

Through the exploration of jazz music, students gain insight into the creative world of improvising and performing within traditional jazz styles. Students learn a variety of pieces ranging from pop, to Latin, to traditional jazz. Several pieces will include a vocalist also! The typical instruments in jazz band are wind instruments, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion. These exciting courses will give you the foundation to pursue post-secondary jazz studies or a career in the music industry. The Jazz Band will rehearse twice a week after school—Monday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. *Instrumental Jazz 15 is only offered as a block 5 (after school) course.

Instrumental Music 10, 20, 30 (5 credits each)

  • Prerequisite: Junior high band experience or training on piano or violin

With teamwork, practice, and dedication, one band can create one sound! Instrumental Music 10 furthers the music skills you gained in junior high and adds theory, ear training, history/music appreciation and performance. You have the chance to perform at concerts, special events, festivals, and extracurricular activities. Band trips create amazing memories during high school!


Visual Arts

Art 10, 20, 30 (5 credits each)

Art 10 is an introductory course in the visual arts for all students regadless of their ability levels. Art courses allow students to experiment with a variety of techniques and materials within teacher-directed projects. Students will work to develop strong technical skills in drawing, painting, and 3D media.

Drawing 15, 25, 35 Advanced Techniques (5 credits each)

  • Recommendation: Co-registration in Art 10

These unique courses focus on the development of strong drawing skills. Students will use a variety of methods and materials to develop self-confidence, creative thinking and technical skill. Students will learn to draw highly realistic objects and portraits and do figure studies. They will begin to develop a portfolio of excellent work that can be used for entry to post-secondary art programs. Students of all skill levels are welcome.