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Performing Arts

BAND I, II, III, IV
Prerequisites: None, available  to  grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Some fees are involved.
McNicholas’  band  program meets as a class daily.  The first quarter is dedicated to marching band and requires a significant amount of time out of class to prepare for competitions. The remaining three quarters are dedicated to concert band and have occasional rehearsals after school, immediately before a concert.  During the winter, there is also pep band.   Knowing how to play an instrument is helpful but not required.

PERCUSSION TECHNIQUES
Available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This class allows the student to study the history, style, and technical percussion while developing skills at a quicker pace. Athough separate in nature, the percussion class interacts directly with the band class and performs with various band ensembles. The first quarter is dedicated to marching band and requires a significant amount of time out of class to prepare for competitions. The remaining three quarters are dedicated to concert band and have occasional rehearsals after school immediately before a concert. During the winter ther is also pep band Knowing how to play an instrument is helpful but not required.

MUSIC APPRECIATION  I
Prerequisites: None, available to grades 10, 11, 12
This one semester course focuses on music in culture and history.  Students will develop an appreciation of the human motivation to create music and its role in identifying cultures and chronicling history.  Students will study the foundations of Western music from classical to jazz. Students will receive a general history of each style/genre, use listening skills to identify key components, and articulate the message and purpose of the music. This course can combine with Music Appreciation II to complete the fine arts requirement.

MUSIC APPRECIATION  II
Prerequisites:   None, available to grades 10, 11, 12
This course, which can combine with Music Appreciation I to fulfill the fine arts requirement, examines music as artistic expression in dance, opera, musical theatre, film, technology and popular culture.  Students will receive a general history of each style/genre, use listening skills to identify key components, and articulate the message and purpose of the music.

AP MUSIC THEORY

Prerequisites:  Teacher Recommendation.  Available to grades 10, 11, 12
This one year course is designed to teach the student how music is created and constructed, as well as how to write and compose music.  This class is perfect for any student thinking of music as a career or who wants to learn how to compose music.

CONCERT CHOIR
Prerequisites: None, available  to  grades 9,10,11,12.
Students may take this class for the fall or spring semester or the whole year.
Students taking this course  will  study and  perform  music  of  a variety of styles.  This   musical group is  ideal for students with all levels of ability.  Students will learn sight-reading skills, musical notation, and varied choral styles.  Students may take this class for a year to fulfill their fine arts requirement.

LITURGY CHOIR
Prerequisites: None, available  to  grades 9,10,11,12.
Students may take this class for the fall or spring semester or the whole year.
Liturgy Choir meets Monday and Wednesday from 2:50 – 4:00.  Liturgy choir is offered as a 9th bell class, for .25 credit.  This group is open to singers, and ALL instrumentalists, and provides music both for monthly school liturgies, and for occasional Sunday masses, prayer services, concerts, and other events at neighboring parishes.

GUITAR TECHNIQUES
Prerequisites:  None.  Available to 10, 11, 12  Limited Enrollment
This one semester course is directed toward beginning and intermediate students who want to learn how to play the guitar.  Basic music theory, styles of music and a performing guitar ensemble would also be included for the student to help develop music and performing skills.  The students will need to supply their own acoustic guitar.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE I
Prerequisites: None.  Available to grade 9 by audition. Available to grades 10,11,12                           
Theatre Performance I will concentrate on the fundamentals of both the performance and technical areas of theatre. The student will explore the historical roots of theatre, learn basic acting skills,  participate in stage productions/stage management, and practice basic directing techniques.  Preparation for these activities will follow a structured set of guidelines.  Emphasis is on developing individual interpretive and organizational skills as well as performance appreciation.  Grade for this course is based on performance, preparation of materials and written tests.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE II
Prerequisites: Theatre Performance I credit of a B+ or higher and teacher recommendation. Available to grades 10, 11, 12
Theatre Performance II concentrates on acting and directing. Students will study the development of acting and directing, applying these skills to in-class and public performances.   In addition, students will  be responsible for reviewing professional, and school productions.  Grade for  this course is based on performance, preparation of materials, written tests, and research projects.   Emphasis is on ensemble work.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE III
Prerequisites: Theatre Performance I, II, credit of a B+ or higher and teacher recommendation.  Available to grades 11, 12
Theatre Performance III will require students to do major projects each quarter.  These projects will be in the areas of directing, acting, stage management and designing.  Historical research on playwrights, actors, and designers will be incorporated in the course work.  The technical area will require that set models be built, light plots designed, and  ground plans graphed.  These projects will end in oral presentation to the class.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE IV  
Prerequisites: Theatre Performance I, II, III credit of a B+ or higher and teacher recommendation.  Available to grade 12.
Theatre Performance IV is essentially an independent theatre seminar.  The student will be doing major projects in the areas of technical theatre, performance theatre, and playwriting.  In all these areas, the student will be expected to follow the guidelines and meet the criteria specific to the selected projects.  Grades will be based on preparation, reports, work journals, performances, and in-class participation.

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