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ART HISTORY #91700 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)                                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite: B or better in history course

Art History, students will develop aesthetic concepts and vocabulary to help them describe, analyze, interpret, judge, discuss, and write intelligently about visual arts. Through media such as slides, videos, art prints, and the internet, students will explore art history thereby developing a sound basis on which to form their judgments about the visual arts. The course may be enhanced through field trips and hands-on projects.

ART I: FOUNDATIONS #9120 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite: None 

Art I is a general study of the fine arts, design and art appreciation. This course includes the creation of works of art, analyzing art, studying the art of many cultures, and recognizing the relationship of art to other fields, including media and mass communication. Emphasis is on developing design and drawing skills.                                      

ART II: INTERMEDIATE #9130 (Grades 10, 11, 12)                                                                                                                            

Prerequisite: Art I with a C or better

Art II is a continuation of the study of fine arts, design, and art application with a focus on developing increased skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, etc. 

ART III: ADVANCED #9140 (Grades 11, 12)           

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art II and permission of the instructor based on review of a portfolio of the student's artwork           

In Art III, emphasis is on aesthetic judgment, visual problem solving, creative growth, and increased skills in a variety of media for personal expression. More time will be allowed for individual projects, the development of drawing and painting skills, and assembling of a portfolio. Students will also participate in preparing artwork for public viewing.

CRAFT DESIGN I #9160 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)                                                                                                                                         

Prerequisite: None                                                                  

This course is intended as an introductory arts and crafts course.  The objectives include the elements and principles of design, art, skill-building, and creative applications.  A variety of media and materials will be explored.

CRAFT DESIGN II #9161 (Grades 10, 11, 12)                                                                                                                                          

Prerequisite: Craft Design I with a C or better

Craft Design II is geared to the highly motivated students who have taken Craft Design I and wish to further explore art and craft areas. Some of the areas to be explored include batiking, ceramics, print-making, and mask making.

MUSIC

BEGINNING BAND #9232 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)                                                                                                                                    

Prerequisite: None  

The beginning class in instrumental music is designed for students with no previous instrumental training or musical knowledge. The instructor will provide guidance to the students and their parents in the selection of an instrument with balanced instrumentation a prime objective.  The needs, wishes, physical adaptability, and the best development of the student will always be considered. The class will emphasize the fundamental skills of instrumental music.  By the end of the course students will have met the requirements for Beginning Proficiency as set forth in the Music Standards of Learning by the Virginia Department of Education. The Beginning Band class will perform in at least one concert during the year.

CONCERT BAND #9233 (Grades 9, 10)                                                                                                                                                     

Prequisite: Signature of High School or Middle School Band Director.  Instrument must be approved.  The Concert Band is the ensemble for 9th and 10th Grade students as a continuation of the Intermediate Skills introduced in Middle School Band.  

The curriculum will include continued development of the Intermediate instrumental proficiency through scale studies, ensemble etudes, music theory and history, and Grade IV Band literature.  By the end of the course, students will have met the requirements for the Intermediate Level of proficiency as set forth in the Music Standards of Learning by the Virginia Department of Education.  All performances are required of all members during the school year.  This class meets both semesters, sharing its time with PE, and includes the 9th Grade Health Component and 10th Grade Drivers Ed Course Requirement.

WIND ENSEMBLE #92330  (Grades 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Instrument must be approved.

The Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental ensemble at KGHS.  This course is designed for wind and percussion students who have mastered the Intermediate level of playing after completing one or two years of Concert Band or Percussion Ensemble.  Based on skill level and instrumentation, some advanced 10th Graders will be invited to enroll in this class.  The curriculum will include continued development of an advanced instrumental proficiency through: the study of scale studies, ensemble etudes, music theory and history, and Grade V Band literature.  By the end of the course, students will have met some or all of the requirements of the Advanced Level of proficiency as set forth in the music Standards of Learning by the Virginia Department of Education.  This is a second semester class, but all performances are required of all members during the school year.

 GUITAR #9245 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 

Prerequisite: None  

This class is open to students with no previous musical experience. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a lifetime of guitar playing and music appreciation. Topics include standard musical notation; knowledge of the fretboard through first position; introduction to left and right hand techniques, including fingerstyle and pick technique; fundamentals of music; chords; basic song accompaniment; listening; and understanding of guitar terminology.  The class also includes solo and ensemble literature. A variety of musical styles are explored.   Students must supply a standard acoustical guitar, preferably nylon string, by the first day of class.   

JAZZ ENSEMBLE #92500 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite:  Teacher Approval

The Jazz Ensemble class is designed for instrumental students seeking to develop skills in jazz performance.  The curriculum will include developing an advanced instrumental proficiency through: techniques for scale studies, jazz articulations, improvisation, and the performance of jazz standards in a variety of styles (swing, Latin, bebop, fusion)  By the end of the course, students will have met the requirements of the Intermediate or Artist Level of proficiency (based on their current level of proficiency) as set forth in the Music Standards of Learning by the Virginia Department of Education.  All performances are required by all members during first and second semester.

WOODWIND ENSEMBLE #9251 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in either Concert Band or Wind Ensemble, and have gone through at least one year of band at the Middle or High School level.  

The Woodwind Ensemble is designed for intermediate to advanced woodwind students. Students will study and perform a wide variety of music written for woodwind instruments and ensembles. The curriculum will include continued development of an advanced instrument proficiency through: the study of rigorous music literature, scale studies, etudes for full ensemble, basic music theory, and music history. By the end of the course students will have met the requirements of the Intermediate to Artist Level of Proficiency as set forth in the Music Standards of Learning by the Virginia Department of Education. All out-of-school rehearsals and performances are required of all members during the first semester.

BRASS ENSEMBLE #9253 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in either Concert Band or Wind Ensemble, and have gone through at least one year of band at the Middle or High School level.  

The Brass Ensemble is designed for intermediate to advanced brass students. Students will study and perform a wide variety of music written for brass instruments and ensembles. The curriculum will include continued development of an advanced instrument proficiency through: the study of rigorous music literature, scale studies, etudes for full ensemble, basic music theory, and music history. By the end of the course students will have met the requirements of the Intermediate to Artist Level of Proficiency as set forth in the Music Standards of Learning by the Virginia Department of Education. All out-of-school rehearsals and performances are required of all members during the first semester.

PIANO #9255 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 

Prerequisite: None  

This course is designed as a beginning piano class for students with little or no music reading skills. Students will learn musical skills such as rhythm, harmony, and melody. Students will learn how to read musical notation and will become acquainted with basic piano techniques such as playing scales and intervals, playing single-line melodies with chord accompaniment, and playing simple popular and classical songs. This class is limited to 16 students.

WOMEN’S CHORUS #92850
(Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)                                                         

 Prerequisite:  Successful completion of a middle school or high school chorus class.

The Intermediate Level standards are designed for students who have achieved competency in beginning vocal/choral skills. Emphasis is placed on the continuing development of vocal production techniques and ensemble participation. More advanced sight singing will be studied.   Students are required to purchase or rent a costume and are required to perform outside of school hours for a grade.  Required performance dates will be listed in syllabus.                                                

SELECT CHORUS #9289 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)    Prerequisite: Audition required

Advanced Level female students will continue to acquire proficiency in ensemble singing and will begin to develop competency in individual performance. Singing with refined expressive qualities, the student will perform vocal/choral selections and sight-reading material of increased levels of difficulty. Students will demonstrate expanded abilities in performance, creativity, and analytical investigation and will gain experiential knowledge of leadership and evaluative skills in group and individual settings.  Students are required to purchase or rent a costume and are required to perform outside of school hours for a grade.  Required performance dates will be listed in syllabus.

MIXED CHORUS #9289M (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)    Prerequisite: None

This chorus class is designed for students experiencing their first vocal/choral class. This course introduces fundamental vocal development, traditional notation, and ensemble singing in two or more parts. This course also emphasizes development of sight singing skills and healthy vocal practices.

Students are required to purchase or rent a costume and are required to perform outside of school hours for a grade.  Required performance dates will be listed in syllabus.

VOCAL ENSEMBLE – SHOW CHOIR #92800 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)                                                    

Prerequisite:  Audition Required

This course is designed for advanced female and male choral music students.  The course will emphasize vocal development and musical movement (choreography).    Students will study and perform a wide variety of music, with numerous performances scheduled throughout the year.  Students are required to purchase or rent a costume and are required to perform outside of school hours for a grade.  Required performance dates will be listed in syllabus.

 THEATRE

THEATRE I #14100 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)                                                                                                                                               

Prerequisite:  None

This course introduces students to dramatic and theatrical expression through such areas as performance, play writing, and adaptation. Students will work on assignments, which will help them to organize their thoughts, ideas, and responses to stimuli into modes of communicable theatrical forms. Emphasis will be placed on performance for beginners, play study, audition techniques, and play production.  This course meets the requirements for a fifth English class.

ADVANCED THEATRE II, III, IV #14200, #14300, #14400 (Grades 10, 11, 12)                                                                           

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Theatre I and teacher approval.

This course continues and strengthens the skills developed in Theatre I.  Emphasis will be placed on performance through scene and monologue study, portfolio development, directing, and research.  Students will be expected to achieve a higher level of performance ability and a broader knowledge of theatrical forms than students in the introductory course.


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