Performing Arts Course Information Sheets

  • 2018-19: Acting I

    Course Description: Acting I focuses on methods and approaches to acting that include vocal technique: projection, articulation, and emotion; blocking and staging scenes and monologues; movement and vocal quality that creates character and character relationships; interpretation and analysis of text; exploration of non-acting elements of theatre.

    ● Students will create and perform two scenes and two monologues
    ● Students will explore tactics, objectives, and obstacles to create a believable character
    ● Students will critique in a constructive manner so as to improve performance
    ● Students will become familiar with a variety of dramatic genres and styles and incorporate that knowledge into performance
    ● Students will create a one-act production project that explores the technical aspects of theatre

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  • 2018-19: Acting II

    Course Description: Acting II focuses on techniques and approaches to acting including: concentration and communication; vocal technique; blocking; directing; character development and interpretation; and most importantly, a repertory approach to theatre emphasizing group dynamics and support.

    ● Students will work together to produce three full-length productions to be performed in Eagle Theater
    ● Students will rehearse outside of class time as well as use class time to work in small groups critiquing rehearsals and his/her own character development.
    ● Students will learn how to improve their own performance as well as look at the overall production in order to provide constructive feedback to the director, actors, stage manager, and designers.
    ● Students will communicate a character’s motivation or line of reasoning to others in written and spoken form.
    ● Students will interpret a variety of textual information through individual and group performances, and demonstrate awareness of the intended audience through discussion and written reflection.
    ● Students will express ideas via a variety of plays performed for the school and local community.
    ● Students will work to create a full theatre experience, including building sets, painting, designing sound, costumes, and lighting in addition to promoting productions through brunch activities and selling tickets

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  • 2018-19: Choir (Concert)

    Course Description: Concert Choir is an auditioned choral ensemble for intermediate to advanced mixed voices, sophomore through senior. Students will rehearse and perform a variety of intermediate to advanced choral repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary, pre-collegiate, collegiate, and professional level. Students will explore music literature idiomatic of large choral ensembles. Students will focus on correct vocal production, breathing, diction, and musicianship skills bia the expressive vocal art form.

    Students will have extensive exposure to challenging repertoire, performances, and festival opportunities.

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  • 2018-19: Chorale

    Coursre Description: LAHS Chorale is an open enrollment choral class for beginning to intermediate singers. Girls - sophomore through senior and boys - freshman through senior may enroll. Students will rehearse and perform a variety of beginning to intermediate choral repertoire from a variety of musical periods. Singers will explore music literature idiomatic of a medium sized choral/vocal ensemble. Students will focus on correct vocal production, breathing, diction, and general musicianship skills.

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  • 2018-19: Ensemble (Girls)

    Course Description: Girls Ensemble is an open enrollment, entry level choral course for beginning to intermediate singers. The class is predominantly freshmen, but is open to all ages. Students will rehearse and perform a variety of beginning to intermediate choral repertoire from diverse musical periods. Students will explore music literature idiomatic of a treble choral ensemble. Students will focus on correct vocal production, breathing, diction, and musicianship skills via the expressive vocal art form.

    Students will experience performing in the Winter and Spring Concerts.

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  • 2018-19: Ensemble (Jazz)

    Course Description: 

    ● In Jazz Ensemble,, students learn the skills, technique, and musicianship needed for performing big band and jazz repertoire including improvisation. The class consists of ensemble rehearsal beginning with group warmup and tuning, musical focus on a specific piece being prepared for upcoming performance or focusing on concepts and techniques within pieces being studied...including musical form and analysis, theory, and performance practice. During much of the class, students will follow the teacher who will lead by visual and musical modelling. At other times, students will collaborate in small groups in student lead rehearsals focusing on the specific needs of their sections.

    ● Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble which is appropriate for advanced-intermediate and advanced musicians playing an instrument in a contemporary big band, saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano, bass, drums, and guitar. Musicians in this class should know the basics of music theory, sight read at an advanced level, exhibit a proficiency and artistry on their instrument . Students should be able to perform, all major and relative minor scales in one octave on their instrument as well as the modes associated with the major scales.

    ● Students are expected to challenge themselves physically and mentally and to take musical risks. Excelling in Jazz Ensemble requires a great deal of motivation and hard work. Students in this class will need to give their full effort daily.

    ● Every student is required to participate in all concerts that are scheduled for this ensemble. (Calendar has been handed out at Back to School Night, sent out via email, distributed in class, and is available online.)

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  • 2018-19: Ensemble (Wind)

    Course Description: 

    ● In Wind Ensemble, students learn the skills, technique, and musicianship needed for performing wind band repertoire of many genres and styles , including classical, contemporary, popular, musical theatre & film scores and chamber works.. The class consists of ensemble rehearsal beginning with group warmup and tuning, musical focus on a specific piece being prepared for upcoming performance or focusing on concepts and techniques within pieces being studied...including musical form and analysis, theory, and performance practice. During much of the class, students will follow the teacher who will lead by visual and musical modelling. At other times, students will collaborate in small groups in student lead rehearsals focusing on the specific needs of their sections.

    ● Wind Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble which is appropriate for advanced-intermediate and advanced musicians playing a traditional woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Musicians in this class should know the basics of music theory, sight read at an advanced level, exhibit a proficiency and artistry on their instrument . Students should be able to perform, all major and relative minor scales in one octave on their instrument as well as be able to analyze and sight read syncopated and compound rhythms.

    ● Students are expected to challenge themselves physically and mentally and to take musical risks. Excelling in Wind Ensemble requires a great deal of motivation and hard work. Students in this class will need to give their full effort daily.

    ● Every student is required to participate in all concerts that are scheduled for this ensemble. (Calendar has been handed out at Back to School Night, sent out via email, distributed in class, and is available online.)

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  • 2018-19: Girls Twenty-One

    Course Description: Girls Twenty-One is an auditioned choral ensemble for advanced female singers, sophomore through senior. Students in this treble choir will rehearse and perform a variety of intermediate to advanced choral repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary, pre-collegiate, collegiate, and professional level. Singers will explore music literature idiomatic of female vocal ensembles. Students will focus on correct vocal production, breathing, diction, and general musicianship skills.

    Students will have extensive exposure to challenging repertoire through performances and festival opportunities.

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  • 2018-19: Glee (Girls)

    Course Description: Girl’s Glee is an open enrollment class for female voices from all grade and ability levels. Students will rehearse and perform a variety of beginning to intermediate level choral repertoire from diverse musical periods. Students will explore music literature idiomatic of a male vocal ensemble. Students will also perform a major work during the Winter and Spring Concerts. Students will focus on vocal production, breathing, diction, and general musicianship skills.

    This is a half-credit course which meets Mondays at lunch and scheduled additional rehearsals. Students are expected to eat lunch during the class.

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  • 2018-19: Glee (Men's Varsity)

    Course Description: VMG is an open enrollment class for male voices from all grade and ability levels. Students will rehearse and perform a variety of beginning to intermediate level choral repertoire from diverse musical periods. Students will explore music literature idiomatic of a male vocal ensemble. Student will also perform a major work during the Winter and Spring Concerts. Students will focus on vocal production, breathing, diction, and general musicianship skills.

    This is a half-credit course which meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays at lunch. Students are expected to eat lunch during the class.

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