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Arts Electives Classes

High School Arts Elective Curriculum

3D Art       
3D Art is an introduction to the basic elements of art and principals of design, with an emphasis on shape, form, space, texture, and composition used in three-dimensional art. Students will learn the Principles of Design and Elements of Art; development of good three-dimensional compositions and history and style of several three-dimensional artists.
Grade: 9-12 (Elective)        Length: 1 Semester        Prerequisite: $25 per semester fee


Band      
This course is designed to develop skills learned in Beginning Band. Students perform at high school events, Varsity games and Winter and Spring Arts Festivals. High School Band members are required to be part of Marching Band and attendance to morning rehearsals, after school sectional practice and all scheduled performances is mandatory. Absences could affect a student's grade. Absences, during the school year, to rehearsals, practices and performances could affect a student's grade. Absences during the summer break could affect a students participation in High School Band.
Grade: 9-12 (Elective)      Length: 2 Semesters      Prerequisite: $25 per semester fee


Choir  
High School Choir is a two semester course for grades 9-12. In this course students will learn music theory, sight reading skills, and a varied repertoire of music. Students will learn proper vocal techniques, how to sing in parts, and sight reading skills. There are three concerts in each school year; fall, winter, and spring. Students will be able to perform from memory, and use correct rehearsal techniques. In this course students will have the unique experience of singing harmony with a group of students. There is no experience like it. They will learn to work as a group, blend sound, self correct, and share music with the community. Students perform at high school events and Winter and Spring Arts Festivals.
Grade 9-12 (Elective)          Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: None


Advanced Choir      
Advanced Choir is audition only. This is a two semester course for grades 9-12. In this course students will learn music theory, sight reading skills, and a varied repertoire of music. Students will learn proper vocal techniques, how to sing in parts, and sight reading skills. There are three concerts in each school year; fall, winter, and spring. Students will be able to perform from memory, and use correct rehearsal techniques. In this course students will have the unique experience of singing four part harmony.  There is no experience like it. They will learn to work as a group, blend sound, self correct, and share music with the community. Students perform at high school events and Winter and Spring Arts Festivals.
Grade: 9-12 (Elective)          Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: Audition required


Drawing (Fall)     
This course introduces students to the basic elements of line, value, texture, and surface manipulation, with an emphasis on composition and dry media usage, such as pencils and charcoal.   
Grade: 11-12 (Elective)    Length: 1 Semester    Prerequisite: $25 per semester lab fee


Guitar/Piano     
No prior musical training is needed for this class. Students will learn the basics of playing the acoustic guitar and piano. Students learn and utilize the fundamentals of music notation, music reading skills, tone production, intonation, elements of music theory, and listening skills as well as development of proper attitude with emphasis on group participation. Students perform at various school events.
Grade: 9-12 (Elective)         Length: 1 Semester          Prerequisite: None


Percussion     
Beginning Percussion class is designed for early percussionists. Though the music, techniques, and instruments will be similar to the ones used and played in the high school competition percussion group, this class does not need to be auditioned for and will not be competitive. Great for high schoolers interested in learning percussion, or percussionists very interested in competing that may need a little more practice before auditioning. This group may perform at school events and members are required to attend rehearsals, after school sectional practice and all scheduled performances. Absences, during the school year, to rehearsals, practices and performances could affect a student's grade.
Grade: 9-12 (Elective)      Length: 2 Semesters     Prerequisite: $25 per semester lab fee


Advanced Percussion     
A percussion class that must be auditioned for at the end of the previous semester. This is the percussion group that competes in competition percussion as well as performs with the marching band. Advanced Percussion is the highest level of percussion at North Pointe Prep. This group may perform at school events and members are required to attend rehearsals, after school sectional practice and all scheduled performances. Absences, during the school year, to rehearsals, practices and performances could affect a student's grade.
Grade: 9-12 (Elective)      Length: 2 Semesters     Prerequisite: Audition and $25 per semester lab fee


Theatre        
Theatre is a hands-on course designed to give students an understanding of how theatre is created.  Students will gain cursory knowledge of basic theatre terminology as well as more advanced levels of knowledge and experience as they progress through the course.  This course can be repeated to advance knowledge and experience in theatre and how it works.  Students perform at Winter and Spring Arts 
Festivals.
Grade: 9-12 (Elective)         Length: 1 Semester          Prerequisite: None


Watercolor (Spring)
This course introduces students to the basic elements of watercolor painting, with an emphasis on color theory, pigment variations, mixing techniques, layering of color, and wet-on-wet and dry-brush techniques.
Grade: 11-12 (Elective)       Length: 1 Semester       Prerequisite: $25 per semester lab fee