Visual and Performing Arts

 VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Music

The Music Department offers courses and after school activities for students with an interest in and passion for music. Students can identify their interests and needs for creative self-expression and are encouraged to enroll in one or more of the following large ensembles: band, chorus, and/or orchestra. Enrollment in band, chorus or orchestra is a pre-requisite for auditioning for the Massachusetts Northeastern District Music Competition, the Massachusetts All-State Music Competition, or any similar organization, which has the approval of the Massachusetts Educators’ Association. Any of the following courses may be applied toward the graduation requirement for Visual and Performing Arts.
600 Introduction to Music Level: PD                       0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: None                                                                                                                                    Grade 9-12

Expectations: Students will learn the fundamentals of music. Upon completion of this class students will be able to understand the basic elements and fundamentals of music. Students will learn how to read music, identify and use music notation and vocabulary. Students will explore and be exposed to different kinds and styles of music. Students will learn to identify music forms.

621 Band Level: PD                                                      1 Credit
Prerequisite: None                                                                                                                                     Grade 9-12

Expectations: The Band is open to all students. Students will learn and develop performance skills, sight reading, breathing, phrasing, analyzing music and concert production. Students will have the opportunity to use these skills in a great variety of performances. Each year, members of the band participate in Winter Concerts, Spring Concerts, and many concerts for local civic groups, varsity football games, NESBA competitions, parades, pops concert, and graduation.

627 Chorus Level: PD                                               1 Credit
Prerequisites: None                                                                                                                                    Grade 9-12

Expectations: The chorus is open to all students. Students will learn and develop performance skills, sight reading, breathing, phrasing, analyzing music and concert production. Students will have the opportunity to use these skills in a great variety of performances. Each year, members of the chorus participate in Winter Concerts, Spring Concerts, and many concerts for local civic groups.

628 Chorus Level: PD                                              0.5Credit
Prerequisites: None                                                                                                                                    Grade 9-12

Expectations: The chorus is open to all students. Students will learn and develop performance skills, sight reading, breathing, phrasing, analyzing music and concert production. Students will have the opportunity to use these skills in a great variety of performances. Each year, members of the chorus participate in Winter Concerts, Spring Concerts, and many concerts for local civic groups.

638 Orchestra Level: PD                                       1 Credit
Prerequisites: None                                                                                                                                   Grade 9-12

Expectations: The orchestra is open to all students and to woodwind, brass, and percussion players to balance the instrumentation. Students will learn and develop performance skills, sight reading, phrasing, analyzing music and concert production. Students will have the opportunity to use these skills in a great variety of performances. Each year, members of the orchestra participate in Winter Concerts, Spring Concerts, and many concerts for local civic groups.

626 Music Theory Level: CP                               0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Music                                                                                                      Grades 10-12

Expectations: Students will learn the basics of music theory including: the elements of music, how to read music to improve musical literacy, identifying and understanding music vocabulary, compose using melodic and rhythmic notation, aural training, form, pitch, rhythm/meter, scales, intervals, chords, chord progressions, and how to analyze music. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills learned in the class through hands on, written, aural and visual assignments and activities.

601 Introduction to Piano                               0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: None                                                                                                                                   Grades 9-12
Expectations: The curriculum is designed to teach the concepts and fundamentals needed to perform on the piano. The curriculum will increase musical understanding beyond just reading notes by teaching students a vocabulary of chords and keys, accompaniment patterns, and improvisational techniques. Students are expected to play melodies in several positions and have the opportunity to participate in ensemble playing. Students are expected to develop good practice habits, and learn techniques to increase the muscular agility and flexibility of their hands. The curriculum will delve into music at its source, find out how music is constructed, and discover the composers and history behind the music.

602 Introduction to Guitar                          0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: None                                                                                                                                    Grades 9-12

Expectations: The curriculum is designed to teach the concepts and fundamentals needed to perform on the guitar. The curriculum will increase musical understanding beyond just reading notes by teaching students a vocabulary needed, accompaniment patterns, and improvisational techniques. Students are expected to play music in several positions and have the opportunity to participate in playing as a group. Students are expected to develop good practice habits, and learn techniques to increase the muscular agility and flexibility of their hands. The curriculum will delve into music at its source, find out how music is constructed, and discover the composers and history behind the music.

625 Music Composition Level: PD 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Music and/or Music Theory Grade 10-12

Expectations: Students will learn how to create and notate their own music compositions using music technology software and traditional sources. Students need to know how to read and write music notations and understand music terms and vocabulary. Students will study and analyze various musical styles, forms, and composers from around the world to influence, inform and inspire their own music.

Co-Curricular Programs in Music

The Music Department makes available to students several co-curricular activities. Students in these groups are required to audition.

Brass Ensemble
Megatones
Band Front
Chamber Ensembles
String Quartet
Jazz Band

Visual Art

The Visual Art Department offers a variety of courses designed to build on the natural creativity of all students. Through diverse projects, students will learn fundamental art skills and concepts, experience the use of a variety of media and materials, and develop their own unique talents. Students will be introduced to various artists and art movements and will discover basic art history.

The Visual Arts Sequence is a series of courses designed for those students who have an interest in the subject and think they may want to continue taking art through high school. Courses are as follows, Introduction to Art, or Art 1 (required of ALL students before taking upper level art classes), 2-D Art (1, 2 & 3), and 3-D Art (1, 2 & 3). Students have an opportunity to receive Advance Standing in art by submitting a portfolio to the Art Department in the spring of any year.

The Visual Art Department will review these portfolios and designate honors credit to deserving students; which will be represented in class rank and transcripts. Students continuing in Art sequence will need to meet the prerequisite.
Any of the following courses may be applied toward the graduation requirement for Visual and Performing Arts.

700 Art 1 Level: PD                                     1 Credit
Prerequisites: None                                                                                                             Grade 9- 12

Expectations: Curriculum for this foundation art course is structured to teach students the fundamentals of design. Students will spend a major portion of the year learning how to realistically recreate what they see. With this focus in mind, observational work will be emphasized as students learn various standards-based concepts and skills, including how to depict light and shadow, correct proportions, one and two point perspective, and color theory. Electronic technology will be used for reference to research artists and artwork. Design concepts will be learned as students explore composition through a variety of media.

723 2-D Art 1 Level: CP                       1 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art I                                                               Grade 10, 11, 12

Expectations: In this advanced art course, students are expected to spend a full year immersed in drawings and painting. Students will strengthen their ability to draw what they see by studying self-portraits, landscapes, still life and figure drawing. A series of assignments will help students improve skills and develop a personal style.

731 2-D Art 2 Level: H                       1 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 2-D Art 1.                                                   Grade 11, 12

Expectations: In this sequel to 2-D Art I, advance students are expected to continue to explore drawing and painting in depth. Drawing skills will be strengthened as students work more independently. New media will be introduced.

728 2-D Art 3 Level: H                     1 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 2-D Art 2.                                                  Grade 12

Expectations: Students are expected to continue to develop skills learned in 2D Art 2. Students are expected to handle light and shadow, composition and color in an advanced way. Students are expected to hone their ability at drawing what they see. The entire year will be spent on drawing and painting projects.

724 3-D Art 1 Level: CP                    1 Credit
Prerequisite:. Successful completion of Art I                                                          Grade 10, 11, 12

Expectations: This full year course is for second-year art students who enjoy working in three-dimensional media. Through projects in ceramics and sculpture, students will develop a personal style. Students may take up to three years of 3-D Art.

732 3-D Art 2 Level: H                     1 Credit
Prerequisite:. Successful completion of 3-D Art 1                                                  Grade 11,12

Expectations: This full year course is open to third-year art students who want to concentrate on sculpture. Students will begin to work more independently as they further explore 3-D media. Prerequisite: 3-D Art 1 and portfolio approval.

729 3-D Art 3 Level: H                      1 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 3-D Art 2                                                  Grade 11-12

Expectations: This full year course is open to fourth-year art students who want to concentrate on sculpture. Students will be expected to work independently as they further explore 3-D media. Prerequisite: 3-D Art 2 and portfolio approval.

702 Introduction to Art Level: CP 0.5 credit
Prerequisite: None                                                                                                           Grades 9- 12

Expectations: The main emphasis of the course is to teach hands-on studio arts techniques as personal research and creativity are explored. The student will learn basic approaches to drawing and painting using a variety of subject matter, including still life, landscape, and the human figure. In this art class emphasis will be placed on observational drawing. Problems presented stress perception and stylistic organization of line, space, value, texture, and color. Works of major artists and technology will be used for reference. Homework will be a necessary part of this course.

712 Photography 1 Level: PD        1 Credit
Prerequisites: Introduction to Art or Art 1                                                                 Grade 10-12

Expectations: Curriculum for the Photography 1 course is designed for introducing basic photographic concepts and skills to novice photography students. Emphasis is placed on the use of black and white analog photography as an art form while covering the processes, techniques, and aesthetics involved in taking, developing, and printing photographs. Students are expected to use a 35mm camera and pay an activity fee of $35 for photography supplies.
719 Photography 2 Level: PD                     1 Credit
Prerequisites: Photography 1                                                                                         Grade 11-12

Expectations: Curriculum for the Photography 2 course is designed for intermediate-level photography students to work on increasingly challenging photographic techniques and aesthetics. Students will learn various manipulative processes in and out of the darkroom, thus gaining an increasing repertoire of photographic experiences. Students will be expected to work more independently. Work outside of class is required. Students are expected to use a 35mm camera and pay an activity fee of $35 for photography supplies.

735 Advanced Photography Level: PD     1 Credit
Prerequisites: Photography 2.                                                                                       Grade 12

Expectations: Curriculum for the Advanced Photography course is designed to facilitate learning opportunities for experienced photography students. Through an inquiry-based model, students are expected to work on both elegant technical problems and aesthetic challenges in order to create photographs that make compelling visual statements. Students must demonstrate critical thinking about subject matter when shooting, editing and printing. Their artistic choices reflect developing personal styles and their individual interests in Photography, ultimately deepening their knowledge of history, techniques, aesthetics and practice. Students play an integral role in planning and implementing a rigorous, standards-based curriculum, thus learning powerful communication and problem-solving skills in the discipline of Photography. Students are expected to use a 35mm camera and pay an activity fee of $35 for photography supplies.

829 Graphic Design Level: PD                  1 Credit
Prerequisites: Introduction to Art or Art I                                                                 Grade 10-12

Expectations: Expectations: Students will learn about the basic fundamentals of graphic design. Students will study graphic design technics and learn how to create their own utilizing various media including technology software and traditional sources. Students will analyze various art forms, styles, and graphic artists from around the world to influence, inform and inspire their own artistic creations.

Co-Curricular Programs in Art

The Art Department makes available to students co-curricular activities such as the MHS Art Society. Students are encouraged to participate in the Boston Globe Scholastic Arts and the Melrose Celebrate the Arts.