Performing Arts

Band

Concert Band

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Audition Required and Teacher recommendation

The high school band program offers various courses to develop the student’s musical skills. Classes in 9th grade band, intermediate band, advanced band, marching band or jazz band allow students to learn technical and ensemble skills through the study of related literature. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as an integral part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit. Students must provide their own instruments or make arrangements with the teacher to rent school-owned equipment. The curriculum for Adv-MYP band will incorporate global contexts, strategies, and assessment criteria.

 

Symphonic Band

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school band program offers various courses to develop the student’s musical skills. Classes in 9th grade band, intermediate band, advanced band, marching band or jazz band allow students to learn technical and ensemble skills through the study of related literature. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as an integral part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit. Students must provide their own instruments or make arrangements with the teacher to rent school-owned equipment. The curriculum for Adv-MYP band will incorporate global contexts, strategies, and assessment criteria.

 

Percussion Ensemble

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school band program offers various courses to develop the student’s musical skills. Classes in 9th grade band, intermediate band, advanced band, marching band or jazz band allow students to learn technical and ensemble skills through the study of related literature. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as an integral part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit. Students must provide their own instruments or make arrangements with the teacher to rent school-owned equipment. The curriculum for Adv-MYP band will incorporate global contexts, strategies, and assessment criteria.

 

Wind Symphony

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school band program offers various courses to develop the student’s musical skills. Classes in 9th grade band, intermediate band, advanced band, marching band or jazz band allow students to learn technical and ensemble skills through the study of related literature. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as an integral part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit. Students must provide their own instruments or make arrangements with the teacher to rent school-owned equipment. The curriculum for Adv-MYP band will incorporate global contexts, strategies, and assessment criteria.

 

Jazz Band

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school band program offers various courses to develop the student’s musical skills. Classes in 9th grade band, intermediate band, advanced band, marching band or jazz band allow students to learn technical and ensemble skills through the study of related literature. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as an integral part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit. Students must provide their own instruments or make arrangements with the teacher to rent school-owned equipment. The curriculum for Adv-MYP band will incorporate global contexts, strategies, and assessment criteria.

 

Marching Band

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Marching band is offered at all schools as part of the high school band program and is an offering for students who are also enrolled in another band class offering. This course may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Orchestra

CFPA Chamber Strings

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Students who enroll in the high school orchestra develop technical and ensemble skills through the study of orchestral literature. Students receive fundamental training in the proper playing of a stringed instrument and performance and study literature commensurate with their level of ability. Members of this class form the representative string performing group for the school. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Concert Orchestra

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Students who enroll in the high school orchestra develop technical and ensemble skills through the study of orchestral literature. Students receive fundamental training in the proper playing of a stringed instrument and performance and study literature commensurate with their level of ability. Members of this class form the representative string performing group for the school. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Advanced Orchestra

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Students who enroll in the high school orchestra develop technical and ensemble skills through the study of orchestral literature. Students receive fundamental training in the proper playing of a stringed instrument and performance and study literature commensurate with their level of ability. Members of this class form the representative string performing group for the school. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Orchestra Ensemble

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Students who enroll in the high school orchestra develop technical and ensemble skills through the study of orchestral literature. Students receive fundamental training in the proper playing of a stringed instrument and performance and study literature commensurate with their level of ability. Members of this class form the representative string performing group for the school. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Philharmonic Orchestra

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Students who enroll in the high school orchestra develop technical and ensemble skills through the study of orchestral literature. Students receive fundamental training in the proper playing of a stringed instrument and performance and study literature commensurate with their level of ability. Members of this class form the representative string performing group for the school. Some after-school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Choir

CFPA Chorale

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school choral program offers various courses to develop a student’s musical skills based on his/her level of ability. Classes in varsity choir, concert choir, men’s choir, treble choir, or vocal ensemble allow students to learn a variety of vocal skills through the study of related choral literature. Students in these classes develop technical facility and proficient musicianship through a variety of performance experiences. Through group performances, solos, and ensembles, the student is exposed to standard choral repertoire encompassing various styles and periods of music. Some after school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Colgan Chorale

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school choral program offers various courses to develop a student’s musical skills based on his/her level of ability. Classes in varsity choir, concert choir, men’s choir, treble choir, or vocal ensemble allow students to learn a variety of vocal skills through the study of related choral literature. Students in these classes develop technical facility and proficient musicianship through a variety of performance experiences. Through group performances, solos, and ensembles, the student is exposed to standard choral repertoire encompassing various styles and periods of music. Some after school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Concert Choir

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school choral program offers various courses to develop a student’s musical skills based on his/her level of ability. Classes in varsity choir, concert choir, men’s choir, treble choir, or vocal ensemble allow students to learn a variety of vocal skills through the study of related choral literature. Students in these classes develop technical facility and proficient musicianship through a variety of performance experiences. Through group performances, solos, and ensembles, the student is exposed to standard choral repertoire encompassing various styles and periods of music. Some after school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Treble Chamber

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school choral program offers various courses to develop a student’s musical skills based on his/her level of ability. Classes in varsity choir, concert choir, men’s choir, treble choir, or vocal ensemble allow students to learn a variety of vocal skills through the study of related choral literature. Students in these classes develop technical facility and proficient musicianship through a variety of performance experiences. Through group performances, solos, and ensembles, the student is exposed to standard choral repertoire encompassing various styles and periods of music. Some after school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Varsity Choir

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school choral program offers various courses to develop a student’s musical skills based on his/her level of ability. Classes in varsity choir, concert choir, men’s choir, treble choir, or vocal ensemble allow students to learn a variety of vocal skills through the study of related choral literature. Students in these classes develop technical facility and proficient musicianship through a variety of performance experiences. Through group performances, solos, and ensembles, the student is exposed to standard choral repertoire encompassing various styles and periods of music. Some after school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

CFPA Camerata

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school choral program offers various courses to develop a student’s musical skills based on his/her level of ability. Classes in varsity choir, concert choir, men’s choir, treble choir, or vocal ensemble allow students to learn a variety of vocal skills through the study of related choral literature. Students in these classes develop technical facility and proficient musicianship through a variety of performance experiences. Through group performances, solos, and ensembles, the student is exposed to standard choral repertoire encompassing various styles and periods of music. Some after school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Chamber Ensemble

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

The high school choral program offers various courses to develop a student’s musical skills based on his/her level of ability. Classes in varsity choir, concert choir, men’s choir, treble choir, or vocal ensemble allow students to learn a variety of vocal skills through the study of related choral literature. Students in these classes develop technical facility and proficient musicianship through a variety of performance experiences. Through group performances, solos, and ensembles, the student is exposed to standard choral repertoire encompassing various styles and periods of music. Some after school rehearsals and performances are required of all students as a part of these courses. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

Theatre

Intro to Theatre

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Students survey the theatre arts. They have opportunities to experience and appreciate dramatic literature and to participate in the creative processes of performance and production, with emphasis in skill development and theatrical opportunities that enable students to determine personal areas of interest.

 

Technical Theatre Production

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: None

Students study the design, scenery, lighting, makeup, sound, costumes, and public relations necessary to ensure successful theater productions. This course may be taken more than once for credit

 

Theatre III

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Theatre I and II

Students extensively examine dramatic literature, stage and scene design, costume design, theatre history, and performance.

 

Performance Theatre

Grade: 10-11

Prerequisite: 3rd year in the CFPA Theatre Program

Students explore advanced acting techniques, and extensively examine and analyze dramatic literature and theatre of the 20th century. Students will also be introduced to scenic design, costume design, script analysis and performance as it applies to the directorial processes and investigate basic directing techniques.

 

Directing for Stage and Screen

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Complete Adv. Performance Theatre

The student learns how to create a vision for a production and to share that vision with the actors and the design teams who bring it to the stage or screen. The student selects plays and analyzes and edits the script. The student learns to develop calendars, scene designs, ground plans, story boards, and shooting techniques. The student will learn the technical vocabulary, direct for various theatrical stages, as well as for the camera, and develop techniques for optimal uses of performance space. The student studies differing types of theatre and the techniques and styles of important screen and stage directors.

 

CFPA Dance

CFPA Dance I - Company

Grade: 9

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CFPA Dance Program

The content of “Company” is designed to provide students with a survey of the dance arts. Students will be studying ballet, modern dance, and jazz dance technique. Students will also be introduced to dance vocabulary, choreographic concepts, and dance history. Students will also develop performance skills, conduct critique and analysis and begin to develop their dance portfolios.

 

CFPA Dance II - Corps

Grade: 10

Prerequisite: Completion of CFPA Dance I or Acceptance into the CFPA Dance Program

The content of “Corps” is designed to integrate and build upon concepts and skills from Company level class. Students increase their range of physical skills through the disciplined study of dance technique. Students also develop performance and production skills. Students continue to expand their appreciation of the dance arts by further study of dance history and its contribution to society. Students are introduced to the diversity that exists within the art form and their personal aesthetic. Students continue to develop their dance portfolios.

 

CFPA Dance III - Ensemble

Grade: 11

Prerequisite: Completion of CFPA Dance II and recommendation

The content of “Ensemble” is designed to further refine physical alignment and technical execution of dance patterns specific to each dance style studied. Students will develop rudimentary understanding of concepts necessary for dance composition. Students will also begin to examine anatomical and kinetic components of dance, injury prevention and nutrition. This course will also familiarize students with the various aspects of dance production; lighting, sound, and other technical skills. Students continue to develop their portfolios.

 

CFPA Dance III - Composition and Repertory

Grade: 11

Prerequisite: Enrollment in CFPA Dance III and recommendation

Students will be introduced to the process of movement invention while developing the skills for creating and communicating a series of planned movement phrases. Students will also explore different choreographic styles as they produce original choreographed projects for the class.

 

CFPA Dance IV - Artist

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Completion of CFPA Dance III

The content of “Artist” is to develop mastery of physical alignment and technical execution designed of dance patterns specific to each styled. Students will further explore and implement concepts used in dance composition and continue to develop knowledge and understanding of anatomical and kinetic aspects of dance. Students will continue their study of dance history and will explore its impact and relevance to dance in the 21st century.

 

Piano, Music Theory, Music Technology, and Musical Theatre

Piano

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Students will be taught the necessary music fundamentals required to successfully play these instruments. Scales, music vocabulary, dynamics, technique, rhythmic skills and improvisation will be emphasized. All students will learn the beginning level technical and ensemble skills necessary for performance. Piano students will be required to furnish their own textbook and headphones. Some limited performance opportunities may be provided in these classes. These courses may be taken more than once for credit.

 

AP Music Theory

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a high school music performing ensemble and permission of the instructor

AP Music Theory provides students the learning experience equivalent to a college introductory course in music theory. Major areas of study include compositional procedures, listening skills (particularly those involving recognition and comprehension of melodic and rhythmic patterns), harmonic functions, compositional techniques, music textures, music terminology, notation skills, sight-singing, and score analysis. At the end of the course, students will be prepare

 

Music Technology

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a high school music course

This course will offer students the opportunity to develop an understanding of music composition through the use of music notation software and hardware. Students will also develop skills that will assist them with creative and technical expression. A portfolio of compositions, arrangements and recordings representing a variety of styles and compositional situations will be developed throughout the course.

 

Adv. Music Technology

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Music Technology

The Advanced Music Technology course will build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Music Technology and refine the student’s ability to arrange and compose original music and scores for film, using a variety of hardware and software tools. A final portfolio which demonstrates the student’s music development throughout the year will be required.

 

Musical Theatre

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Enrollment in a CFPA Vocal, Theatre, or Dance Program

Students study the collaborative efforts involved in creating the stage musical. In the process they fuse three areas of the arts: singing, dancing and acting.

 

Film Studies

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

This yearlong course seeks to encourage an enjoyment and deeper understanding of different types of film (narrative cinema, documentary, and abstract film) through a critical understanding of how films work artistically, technically, and socially. Through film theory and film production, students will apply a range of critical approaches as well as receiving instruction in video and film production.

 

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