Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts

In visual and performing arts courses, students learn about artists and photographers, and enrich their personal culture through choir and band. McCafferty Hall is home to Catholic High's Visual and Performing Arts Department. It exhibits creativity, displayed in the hard work of artists, photographers, musicians, actors, and singers. From the concerts to the musicals to the plays to the visual arts, Catholic High's love for creativity shows.

Art

831 Basic St. Art

CP – Basic Studio Art | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

This foundation course covers the basic handling of tools, materials and techniques. In this basic design course students understand how art works through the elements of art and principles of design. They are able to write about and discuss concepts, ideas, styles and artists, as well as produce art; solving technical, visual, and creative problems encountered by all artists.

833 Int. St. Art

CP – Intermediate Studio Art | Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course is a continuation of Basic Studio Art with an emphasis on using previously acquired skills to express ideas, values, and feelings that are important to individuals and society. Students continue to learn about the rich diversity of art forms that have been made throughout history and around the world.

PREQEQUISITE:
Grade of B or above in Basic Studio Art and permission of instructor

832 Advanced Studio Art 1
839 Advanced Studio Art 2

CP – Adv. St. Art 1, 2| Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

These courses are a continuation of Intermediate Art. Various topics are explored in more detail. The development of a personal portfolio is expected.

PREREQUISITE:
Grade of B+ or above in Intermediate Studio Art or an interview with the teacher along with submission of drawings

834 Multicultural Art Appreciation 1
835 Multicultural Art Appreciation 2

CP – Multi. Cult. Art 1, 2| Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5 (each semester)

These classes offer students the opportunity to learn several of the traditional lost arts and several new ones. The classes emphasize historical perspective and include many hands-on activities. Their focus is on fiber arts—traditional weaving, cloth and silk dying and sculpture and jewelry making cold joining. Papermaking, bookbinding, printmaking and illustration are studied.

848 CP Computer Graphic Design

CP – Comp. Gra. Des.| Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

With the impact of technology on the design fields, designers are required to have both artistic and computer skills. This course acquaints students with artistic principles while developing the ability to solve problems and adapt to continuous changes in work hardware and software technology. Students use a variety of drawing tools, basic color theory and various imaging properties of software to execute
work. The software also enables students to control texture, smoothing and scaling.

PREREQUISITE:
Studio Art 1 or Intermediate Art with a grade of B or above
*May be used to satisfy either Fine Art requirement or Technology requirement (not both)

846 Sculpture and 3-D Design

CP – Sculpture and 3-D Design | Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This course introduces students to the idea of thinking conceptually and creating dimensionally. Students are taught sculpture and 3-D design skills using a variety of materials such as cloth, string, clay, plaster, wood, wire and paper. Students also work on product design as well as theatre props and set design. Creative and “outside of the box” thinking is encouraged.

Band

822 Symphonic Band

CP – Symphonic Band | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

TCHS Symphonic Band provides intermediate/advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion instruction in a class setting. Emphasis is placed on ensemble fundamentals and individual technique through the performance of classical and contemporary wind band literature. The Symphonic Band performs in school and community concerts, as well as MMEA Assessment and out-of-state band festivals. Extra rehearsals and performances are required as part of this course. Spring and Summer Band Camps are required for all Symphonic Band members, as well as fall and spring auditions for chair placement. Freshmen and new members begin their studies in Symphonic Band. Please refer to the TCHS Band Handbook for additional information.

805 Chamber Winds (1, 2, 3)

Honors – Symphonic Band | Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

TCHS Chamber Winds is a course designed for advanced wind and percussion students. Chamber students will gain exposure to
professional chamber wind literature and develop skills to achieve individual music goals, such as All-State, Honor Band, and college auditions. During concert and festival performances, the Chamber Winds will join the TCHS String Orchestra to form the TCHS Symphony Orchestra. They will also perform with the TCHS Symphonic Band. Extra rehearsals and performances are required as part of this course. Spring and Summer Band Camps are required for all Chamber Winds members, as well as fall and spring auditions for chair placement. Please refer to the TCHS Band Handbook for additional information.

PREREQUISITE:
Symphonic Band 1, audition and permission of the Instructor

Choir

813 Concert Choir

CP – Concert  Choir | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

TCHS Concert Choir is the largest vocal ensemble. This choir receives instruction in the fundamentals of singing and beginning music theory. As this is a performance based course, rehearsals and concert performances are mandatory. The Concert Choir, with the Chamber Choir and the A Cappella, performs at the TCHS Christmas Concert and the TCHS Spring Concert. After school rehearsals are held the week prior to each concert. Additionally, some performances may be held outside of school hours and/or off-site. Choir members are expected to participate. New choir members are expected to purchase Concert Apparel.

PREREQUISITE:
Vocal audition and permission of instructor

814 Chamber Choir

Honors – Chamber  Choir | Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

TCHS A Cappella Choir is the most advanced vocal ensemble offering. Students receive advanced instruction in vocalizing.
A Cappella Choir performs four concerts annually. In addition to the concerts, the group may make guest appearances for community
events and fundraisers. Singers are vocally challenged through advanced levels of singing and complex harmonies. To increase creative expression, singers are also asked to perform music with choreography. Singers learn to work in small groups (sectionals) and become leaders within the group. To increase aesthetic awareness, students are encouraged to do research for interesting multicultural choral groups and present them to the conductor. The TCHS A Cappella Choir will share some repertoire with Chamber Choir and Concert Choir.

PREREQUISITE;
Audition for the director demonstrating advanced level of musicianship for assigned placement in the ensemble. Candidate must be able to read music and sight sing.


816 A Cappella Choir

Honors – A Cappella  Choir | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 1

TCHS A Cappella Choir is the most advanced vocal ensemble offering. A Cappella Choir performs four concerts  annually. In addition to the concerts, the group may make guest appearances for community events and fundraisers. Singers are vocally challenged through advanced levels of singing and complex harmonies. To  increase creative expression, singers are also asked to perform music with choreography. Singers learn to work in small groups (sectionals) and become leaders within the group. To increase aesthetic awareness, students are encouraged to research for interesting multicultural choral groups and present to the conductor. The TCHS A Cappella Choir will share some repertoire with Chamber Choir and Concert Choir.

Prerequisite:  Audition for the director demonstrating advanced level of musicianship for assigned placement in the ensemble. Candidate must be able to read music and sight sing.

Guitar

826 Guitar I

CP – Guitar | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This class teaches the basic fundamentals and techniques of playing acoustic guitar including tablature, chords, fingerpicking, and music notation. Music theory, composition, and small ensemble playing are also emphasized in this course. Performance in the Christmas and Spring Concerts is highly encouraged. Instruments are provided. Prior musical knowledge is helpful, but not required.

827 Guitar II

CP – Guitar II | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This class is a continuation of Guitar l. Guitar ll performs pop songs, ensemble pieces, scales, and more advanced techniques of acoustic guitar. Performance in the Christmas and Spring Concerts is highly encouraged.

PREREQUISITE:
Completion of Guitar l

Music

801 Music Appreciation 1

CP | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This course is an exciting approach to general music knowledge. Topics covered in this course include the basics of music, musical eras and composers, world instruments, music of different cultures, and contemporary music. There is no prerequisite for this course and no prior musical knowledge is required.

802 Music Appreciation 2

CP | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This course is a continuation of Music Appreciation 1. Music Appreciation 1 is not a prerequisite for Music Appreciation 2 and no prior musical knowledge is required to enroll in this class.

Music Theory

810 Fundamentals of Music Theory

Honors – Fund Music Th | Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

This advanced level course is designed to engage students in learning activities that will help them to achieve the outcome assessed by the College Board’s AP Music Theory exam. The Advanced Music Theory course is designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. These abilities are developed through various listening, performance, written, creative, and analytical exercises. Although this course focuses on music of the Common Practice Period (1600-1900), materials and processes found in other styles and genres are also studied. Students are encouraged to sit for the College Board’s AP Theory exam. Students who successfully complete the AP Music Theory Exam and plan to major in music in college, may be able to enroll in an advanced music theory course, depending upon the individual college’s policy.

PREREQUISITE:
One year of instrumental or vocal music, and permission of the instructor

Orchestra

806 String Orchestra (1, 2, 3, 4)

CP – String Orchestra | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

TCHS String Orchestra provides intermediate/advanced string instruction in a class setting. Emphasis is placed on ensemble fundamentals and individual technique through the performance of string and full-orchestral literature. The TCHS Chamber Winds are added to this ensemble to form the TCHS Symphony Orchestra. The String Orchestra performs in school and community concerts, as well as MMEA Assessment and out-of-state orchestra festivals. Extra rehearsals and performances are required as part of this course. Spring and Summer Orchestra Camps are required for all String Orchestra members, as well as fall and spring auditions for chair placement. Please refer to the TCHS Orchestra Handbook for additional information.

821 Percussion

CP – Percussion | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course is designed for the development of beginner-advanced percussion students. Students develop knowledge of music reading skills, musicality, music terminology, music history, and music theory. The primary repertoire of this course is Symphonic Band and String Orchestra music, as well as music to be performed as a percussion ensemble. Students are required to prepare short solos on the various percussion instruments. Extra rehearsals and performances are required as part of this course. Spring and fall band camps are required for all percussion students, as well as fall and winter auditions for chair placement. Please refer to the TCHS Band Handbook for additional information.

PREREQUISITE:
Permission of the instructor

Piano

823 Piano

CP – Piano | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course offers entry-level instruction in piano technique, practice habits, organizational skills, keyboard theory, sight-reading, and performance. Students are expected to develop personal discipline, including maintenance of a regular practice schedule.

824 Piano 2

CP – Piano 2 | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course reinforces and continues the development of technical skills, keyboard theory, sight-reading, and recital performance. Basic analysis of musical form and style are introduced and practically applied.

PREREQUISITE:
Piano 1 and/or recommendation of instructor

828 CP Piano 3
829 CP Piano 4

CP – Piano 3, 4 | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

These courses offer expansion, refinement and practical application of previously acquired skills, with emphasis on study and performance of piano literature of all major historical periods. Opportunities for accompanying and large ensemble (orchestra, band, wind ensemble, pit orchestra) participation are available based on Instructor recommendation.

PREREQUISITE:
Piano 1 and 2 and/or recommendation of instructor

Speech & Drama

862 Speech

CP – Speech | Grades  9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5 (fall semester only)

This course is designed to teach public speaking in a practical manner. The goal is to help students learn the skills of speaking required for life beyond high school, by helping students develop speaking skills needed in all aspects of life. Some areas included are persuasive, extemporaneous and choral speeches, and the oral interpretation of prose, poetry, and drama.

863 Drama

CP – Drama | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5 (spring semester only)

This course is open to those interested in perfecting the art of communication. Drama includes pantomimes, improvisation, voice and diction exercises, theater games, skits, monologues, scene development, play reading, and participation in the drama productions. Activities are planned to assist students in sharpening their dramatic skills, improving self-confidence, and creating believable characters. Students also learn about the “behind the scenes” aspect of drama productions: set design, lighting, sound, and public relations.

864 Theatre I

CP – Drama | Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This course offers a basic introduction to all aspects of theatrical production, including but not limited to technology, costumes, and props. Acting basics such as monologues, duet and scenes, and pantomime will also be studied.

865 Theatre II

CP – Drama | Grades 10, 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course is an advanced acting course featuring in-depth monologue and scene work, short play production, and college auditions.
PREREQUISITE;
Theatre I