MUSIC & THEATRE COURSES (ALL Academies)

CHORUS

Is a non-auditioned co-ed class geared for a beginning singer, who in most cases is being exposed to high school vocal music for the first time. This class should be taken by incoming 9th graders but opened to any grade level. No experience necessary! Learning vocal technique and basic musicianship skills are the basis of this class. This group performs at major concerts during the year


CONCERT & MARCHING BAND

All 9th grade students who were members of their middle school bands are eligible. Students must have their own instruments (tuba, baritone, percussion) will be supplied by the school when available. No beginners are admitted to this group. Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals, concerts, football games and parades. Open grades 9-10.


CONCERT ORCHESTRA

All students who were members of their middle school orchestra and play the violin, viola, cello and bass are eligible. Violinists must own a violin. Violas, cellos and basses will be provided by the school when available. Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals and concerts. Open to grades 9-10.


INTRO TO THEATRE

This course presents an introduction to the world of theatre focusing on its many different areas. Students will study the history and development of costume, make-up, lighting and properties design while viewing the process of play production inclusive of auditions to opening performance. Students will read plays of various style, period, form and setting written by a wide range of dramatists and comedians and memorize a variety of dialogues, monologues and other scripted material. Written compositions of analysis, comparison, contrast, evaluation, synthesis and critique will be assigned as well as various recitations, presentations and projects. Students are encouraged but not required to participate in extracurricular theatre programs


MENS ENSEMBLE

Men’s Ensemble is a group of selected male singers who wish to receive more singing experience than Chorus. This class features pop as well as classical music. Music theory and sight reading is also taught. Men’s Ensemble sings in outside performances that serve the community as well as regularly scheduled concerts at Dearborn High. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor)


PIANO 1 - 2

No previous musical experience is required for Piano 1. Piano 2; however is for students who have completed/tested out of semester 1 in Piano. Students will receive written music theory skills and their applications at the keyboard in the keys of F major, G major, C major and their relative minors. This material will include chords, scales and songs in these keys. Their class time will be divided into two portions: written/lecture and practice time. All material presented can be mastered during class time; a piano at home is not required. A consumable piano theory workbook is required and students will assume responsibility of any damage towards the piano or headphones.


PIANO 3-4

In this advanced piano class, students will progress toward the development of technique and knowledge required to play in all the most frequently used keys. Students in 3 most typically will play in book 2 with more advanced keys. A theory book is also required. Students in Piano 4 will proceed to book 3 in which they will be playing a simplified version of the great masterworks of piano literature. Students also will assume responsibility to payment or replacement of damage piano or headphones.


SYMPHONY & MARCHING BAND

Students are admitted to this class only by the approval of the instructor. Students must have their own instruments although the larger instruments (tuba, baritone, percussion) will be supplied by the school when available. Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals, concerts, football games and parades. Open to grades 11-12.


SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Students are admitted to this class only by the approval of the instructor. Students must have their own violin, viola, cello or bass although the larger instruments (bass and cello) may be supplied by the school when available. Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals, and concerts. Open to grades 11-12.


THEATRE PERFORMANCE

This performance based course focuses on the participation and experience of theatre performance from the perspective of both the actor and the director. Through the use of classical and contemporary monologues, scene work, improvisation, theatre games, vocal techniques and the rehearsal process, students will experience the full process of stage performance in a variety of participatory oral presentations. Students will write narratives, critiques and essays based on the theatre/drama environment and experience. Students will be required to participate and perform in various school productions as both performers and support crew throughout the year as scheduled by the theatre department. A grade of B- or better must be earned for the class to fulfill the speech credit requirement of Language Arts. Students may select this course more than one semester for additional elective credit. (Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre.)


THEATRE PRODUCTION

This activities based course will present students the opportunity to participate in the technical aspects of the production of a theatrical play. Students will study, create and display: set design and construction; lighting schemes; technical sound and music mixing; costume design and creation; make-up and properties. Both individual and team projects will be assigned throughout the course. Compositions, projects and designs will coincide with various productions offered by the drama department.


WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE

This is a select group of women singers who perform at all major concerts during the year. This group is primarily for juniors and seniors with previous experience in chorus. (Recommended prerequisite: permission of instructor)