Students are taught perspective and the basics of composition, then encouraged to develop their own personal styles. With guidance, beginners gain self-confidence while serious artists work to build portfolios.
Music is now an integrated aspect of the humanities. Students are exposed to a wide range of music and encouraged to broaden their perspectives. They listen and work with elements of music in order to understand how these elements are shared by music throughout the world. Offerings in the arts are both curricular and extracurricular. Extracurricular options include drama, dance, private vocal and instrumental instruction, while Chorus, Chamber Choir, Handbell Ensemble, and Instrumental Ensemble now receive academic credit.
Applied Music is a course designed for students who have a strong desire and ability to pursue music at the post secondary level. The course is designed to allow 6th form students a consistent monitored daily opportunity to work on mastering their chosen instrument. It is understood that a student accepted into Applied Music intends to major or minor in music at the college level. The student must meet rigorous guidelines in order to qualify for acceptance into this course. Their growth over the course of the year is measured through private lessons, and numerous public performances for which they receive constructive criticism as well as grades. Previous students who have taken this course have used their fall semester to prepare for college auditions or in the production of a supplemental CD for college applications. The second semester culminates in a public recital or a private juried performance before a panel of qualified adjudicators.
Music Theory (Advanced Placement)
In this advanced course on the elements of musical structure, students are taught pitch, duration, intervals, and dynamics. An in-depth study of four-part harmony, form, and analysis is also included in the course. More challenging aspects of the course require students to master melodic and harmonic dictation as well as the ability to sing a melody at sight.
Studio Art I
As part of the Humanities curriculum, Studio Art I offers a unique learning experience focusing on exposure to historical and cultural traditions. This course introduces all fourth form (or sophomore) students to visual arts from around the world through cross-curricular lessons. While developing an appreciation for art and understanding of fundamental art principles, students work with a wide range of media including, but not limited to, graphite, paint, charcoal, mixed media, photography, and ceramics. Above all, this course focuses on creative problem solving, effective communication, and building visual awareness. (Half-credit course, required for forth form)
Studio Art II
This course is designed for a studio experience filled with personal initiative, perseverance, and solid work ethic. Students are encouraged to work independently, participate in critique, and learn from failure. Building upon the idea of art as a problem-solving discipline, students develop increasingly sophisticated critical thinking skills as they study and create art. Students explore new visual concepts and more advanced presentations. Students are taught to examine their surroundings more closely, analyze artwork more insightfully, and develop their artistic voice. Innovation and new answers are essential as students pursue a more concentrated study of art, including ceramics, painting, illustration, mixed media, and more. (Half-credit course open to forth form; full-credit course, open to fifth and sixth forms)
Studio Art III - IV
This course is an intensive studio class tailored to the individual. These advanced level studio art courses refine artistic skills and theories while continuing to investigate more advanced methods and concepts integral in the arts. Students prepare portfolios, present their work, participate in critiques, and research aesthetic theory and art history. Through the continuing development of technique and perspective, as well as patience and discipline, students learn to effectively communicate through their art. (Full-credit course, open to fifth and sixth forms)
Advanced Placement Studio Art (2-D Portfolio)
Advanced Placement Studio Art is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art; the program demands significant time, commitment to deadlines, and dedication to the quality of their work. Students address a very broad interpretation of 2-D issues and media. Students are to demonstrate mastery of elements and principles of 2-D design through any two-dimensional medium or process. The purpose of the course is to create and assemble artwork in a culminating portfolio, which is submitted for unbiased adjudication based on the artist’s use of the elements and principles, as well as quality of craftsmanship, variety of media, and ability to follow a theme.