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Exploratory Art.docx A06Exploratory Artvary1Middle Level Credit6thArt
In Exploratory Art, students experiment with a variety of media to create visual art. Characteristics and expressive features of art (elements of art and principles of design) are emphasized in two‐dimensional and three‐dimensional work. The development and application of basic techniques, skills and technology are stressed. Students learn to respect their own and others ideas, artistic expressions and personal style as they objectively analyze and evaluate works of art. Art history and culture studies will focus on regions within the 6th grade, social studies curriculum.   Additional cultures that are not addressed in the 6th grade social studies curriculum may also be included.
Exploratory Art WHEEL.docx A07Exploratory Art WHEELvary1Middle Level Credit6thArt
In Exploratory Art, students experiment with a variety of media to create visual art. Characteristics and expressive features of art (elements of art and principles of design) are emphasized in two‐dimensional and three‐dimensional work. The development and application of basic techniques, skills and technology are stressed. Students learn to respect their own and others ideas, artistic expressions and personal style as they objectively analyze and evaluate works of art. Art history and culture studies will focus on regions within the 6th grade, social studies curriculum.   Additional cultures that are not addressed in the 6th grade social studies curriculum may also be included.
Art 1.docx A11Art 11 Semester1Middle Level Credit7th, 8thArt
Building on Exploratory Art learning experiences, students study and apply the elements of art and principles of design in compositions. Inspired by artists and art history, students learn about various materials, tools, techniques, processes and technology in both two and three‐dimensional art.  Students build and refine motor skills throughout this course. Personal expression is nurtured through an exploration of the creative process.  Students understand the role of visual art in shaping historical and cultural traditions. Art history and cultural studies focus on regions within the seventh and eighth grade social studies curriculum. Additional artists and cultures that are not addressed in other middle level art courses may also be included.
Art 2.docx A12Art 2vary1Middle Level Credit8thArt
Building on Exploratory Art learning experiences, students study and apply the elements of art and principles of design in compositions. Inspired by artists and art history, students learn about various materials, tools, techniques, processes and technology in both two and three‐dimensional art. Students build and refine motor skills throughout this course. Personal expression is nurtured through an exploration of the creative process. Students understand the role of visual art in shaping historical and cultural traditions. Art history and cultural studies focus on regions within the seventh and eighth grade social studies curriculum. Additional artists and cultures that are not addressed in other middle level art courses may also be included.
Crafts.docx A15Craftsvary1Middle Level Credit7th, 8thArt
In this one term course, students are introduced to a variety of craft and folk art materials, tools, techniques, processes and technology. Students create well‐crafted, functional and decorative pieces based on art from different cultures as they develop and refine motor skills. Though this course, students understand the role of crafts in shaping historical and cultural traditions. Art history and cultural studies focus on regions within the seventh and eighth grade social studies curriculum. Additional artists and cultures that are not addressed in other middle level art courses may also be included.
Visual Arts Focus 1.docx A17Visual Arts Focus 11 year1Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thArt
Building on Art I learning experiences, students study and apply the elements of art and principles of design in compositions. Inspired by artists and art history, students learn about various materials, tools, techniques, processes and technology in both two and three‐dimensional art. Students build and refine motor skills throughout this course. Personal expression is nurtured through an exploration of the creative process. Students understand the role of visual art in shaping historical and cultural traditions. Art history and cultural studies focus on regions within the seventh and eighth grade social studies curriculum. Additional artists and cultures that are not addressed in other middle level art courses may also be included.
Visual Arts Focus 2.docx A18Visual Arts Focus 21 year1Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thArt
Building on Art 2 learning experiences, students study and apply the elements of art and principles of design in compositions. Inspired by artists and art history, students learn about various materials, tools, techniques, processes and technology in both two and three‐dimensional art. Students build and refine motor skills throughout this course. Personal expression is nurtured through an exploration of the creative process. Students understand the role of visual art in shaping historical and cultural traditions. Art history and cultural studies focus on regions within the seventh and eighth grade social studies curriculum. Additional artists and cultures that are not addressed in other middle level art courses may also be included.
Advanced Art.docx A19Advanced Artvary1Middle Level Credit7th, 8thArt
Three Dimensional Design.docx A20Three Dimensional Designvary1Middle Level Credit7th, 8thArt
During this one term introductory course, students learn about various materials, tools, techniques, processes and technology of three-dimensional design. Construction methods include casting, assemblage, carving and modeling. The students study a form from different points of view along with how it occupies the space. This interaction is the essence of three-dimensional design that makes it a unique art form. Emphasis is on building and refining motor skills throughout this course. Students understand the role of three-dimensional design in shaping historical and cultural traditions. Art history and cultural studies focus on regions within the eighth grade social studies curriculum.  Additional artists and cultures that are not addressed in other middle level art courses may also be included.
Middle Level Drawing and Painting.docx A21Middle Level Drawing and Paintingvary1Middle Level Credit7th, 8thArt
This one term Drawing and Painting course provides experiences in a wide range of media though the intentional application of elements of art and principles of design.
Students build drawing and painting skills through exploration and practice with materials, tools, techniques, processes and technology. Observation, critical thinking and problem solving are stressed as important components of the drawing process and discovering personal style.
Students understand the role of visual art in shaping historical and cultural traditions.
Art history and cultural studies will focus on regions within the seventh and eighth grade social studies curriculum. Additional artists and cultures that are not addressed in other middle level art courses may also be included.
Ceramics.docx A23Ceramicsvary1Middle Level Credit7th, 8thArt
In this one term course, students are introduced to the properties of ceramic clay. Inspired by artists and art history, students learn about various materials, tools, techniques, processes and technology of ceramics. The emphasis in this course is on hand-building, however wheel-throwing is introduced where facilities allow. Students will create functional and non-functional pieces and finish them in a variety of ways while developing and refining motor skills. Students understand the role of ceramics in shaping historical and cultural traditions. Art history and cultural studies focus on regions within the seventh and eighth grade social studies curriculum. Additional artists and cultures that are not addressed in other middle level art courses may also be included.
Middle School Photography.docx A27Middle School Photography1 Semester1Middle Level Credit7th, 8thArt
"A picture is worth a thousand words.” Photographs play an important role in our world today. We photograph to preserve memories, document events, and create artistic works. This course introduces students to the basics of photography, including camera functions and photo composition. Students will learn what it takes to create a good photograph and how to improve photographs of animals, people, and vacations. They will also begin working with their photographs using photo-editing software. Through a variety of assigned projects, students will engage their creativity by photographing a range of subjects and learning to see the world through the lens of their cameras.
Middle Level Digital Art.docx A28Middle Level Digital Artvary1Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thArt
Create original art by controlling technology. Emphasis will be on building the skill of using technology as a tool to produce and refine original art. Students will learn various techniques such as how to import and manipulate original art and computer-based images, digital camera use, computer illustration and animation. Apply the principles and elements of art in composition and explore how this art form has shaped historical and cultural traditions.
Exploratory Band P2P MS.docx AB10mExploratory Band1 Semester5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
General Band P2P ms.docx AB110mGeneral Band2 Semesters10Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course) Prerequisite: None. This class is for students who are committed to exploring a new band instrument. Band instruments are:  flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, baritone, trombone, bassoon, tuba, and percussion. Students do not need any prior music experience. Students will learn about music theory, playing music in a group, music history, and musical performance. Students will play a variety of musical styles. Students are responsible for renting or owning their own instrument. Practice and participation in concerts is required.
Concert Band P2P  ms.docx AB210mConcert Band2 Semesters10Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course) Prerequisite:  Audition.  The Concert Band will play a wide variety of sheet music. The band will develop each student’s sight-reading skills. Students will play a variety of musical styles. Students are responsible for renting or owning their own instrument. Practice and participation in concerts is required.
Jazz Band P2P ms.docx AB220mJazz Band2 Semesters5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course; may meet before, during, or after school) Prerequisite:  Audition; must have completed Beginning Band.  This jazz ensemble will study, practice, and perform jazz music.  Students will develop skills in improvisation.  A significant amount of the “homework” for this class will be listening to great jazz performers.  This class is open only to those students who are enrolled in a Peak to Peak musical ensemble, with the exception of those who play the piano or guitar.  Performance in concerts is required.
Wind Symphony-Band P2P ms.docx AB310mWind Symphony-Band2 Semesters10Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course) Prerequisite:  Audition.  This band will focus on performance goals as they develop the musical skills needed to play challenging repertoire. Music will be drawn from a variety of styles which may include:  classical, jazz, Broadway, movie soundtracks, and pep band music. Practice and participation in concerts is required. Students are responsible for renting or owning their own instrument. This group will perform pep band music at some varsity games and attendance at those games will be required.
Jazz Band Adv.  P2P ms.docx AB410mJazz Band Adv.2 Semesters5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course; may meet before, during, or after school) Prerequisite:  Audition; must have completed Beginning Band.  This jazz ensemble will study, practice, and perform jazz music.  Students will develop skills in improvisation. A significant amount of the “homework” for this class will be listening to great jazz performers.  This class is open only to those students who are enrolled in a Peak to Peak musical ensemble, with the exception of those who play the piano or guitar.  Performance in concerts is required.
General Choir P2P ms.docx AC110mGeneral Choir1 Semester5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(one semester course)  Prerequisite: None.  This class instills a love of singing, while introducing the students to a varied repertoire of music. Students will learn about reading, notation, listening to, analyzing, and describing music, as well as about evaluating music and music performances. In addition, they will study music in relation to history and culture.
Concert Choir P2P  ms.docx AC210mConcert Choir2 Semesters5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course) Prerequisite:  General Choir or equivalent.  The Concert Choir will study and perform a variety of choral repertoire including sacred, secular, folk songs and show tunes. The students will continue to develop their music reading, notating, and listening skills, with emphasis on vocal techniques in a large ensemble. Participation in concerts is required.
Phoenix Fire Choir P2P.docx AC310mPhoenix Fire Choir2 Semesters10Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course) Prerequisite:  Participation in this ensemble is by audition.  Students will continue developing musical skills and performance of more challenging choral repertoire, drawn from classical and modern works sung both with accompaniment and a capella. Sight reading, interpretation, breath control, diction and foreign language pronunciation, blending, and ensemble skills will be stressed. Advanced students will have the opportunity to do more solo work and to serve in leadership positions within the choir. Participation in concerts is required.
Piano Lab P2P.docx AM20mPiano Lab1 Semester5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(one semester course) Prerequisite: None.  This course is designed for the student with little or no experience playing the piano. While learning the basic piano playing skills, they will acquire knowledge in the elements and theory of music and have opportunities to compose and improvise. Students are given instruction in the fundamental elements, techniques, and procedures of beginning piano music. All students must provide their own stereo 1/8” jack headphones.
Guitar Lab P2P MS.docx AM30mGuitar Lab 1 Semester5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
General Orchestra P2P ms.docx AO110mGeneral Orchestra2 Semesters10Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course) Prerequisite: One year of string instrument study, or permission of the instructor.  String players will learn the joy of performing in an orchestral ensemble, with an emphasis on co-operation and participation. Goals will focus on improving music reading skills, learning methods to acquire quality technique, and preparing for public performance. Weekly practice and concert participation is required. Private lessons are strongly recommended but not required. All students are responsible for acquisition and maintenance of their own string instrument.
Con Brio Orchestra P2P MS.docx AO200mCon Brio Orchestra 2 Semesters10Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
Con Brio means “with life”. This orchestra builds upon the early technical learning and ensemble experience from General Orchestra with an emphasis on ensemble listening, contrasting genres of music (including but not limited to classical chamber music, American folk fiddling, free improvisation, and jazz) and music theory. Students will learn to balance melody and accompaniment. Through these new skills, students will be better equipped to succeed in the standard orchestral format of Concert Orchestra. In weekly practice guides and small group video rehearsals, students will demonstrate various individual practice techniques. This course will meet four times a week if approved (3 regular days and 1 block day). Placement is based on audition.
Concert Orchestra P2P ms.docx AO210mConcert Orchestra2 Semesters10Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course) Prerequisite:  Three years of string instrument study, previous orchestral experience, or permission of the instructor.  Designed to be a continuation of General Orchestra, concert orchestra aims to expand students’ appreciation of participating in a music ensemble. This orchestra will focus on more advanced issues of intonation, balance, sound production, music theory, and ensemble performance. A variety of music reading will expose students to different musical languages. Larger amounts of individual work by each student will be expected to improve skills to overcome technical demands. Weekly practice and performance in concerts is required. Private lessons are strongly recommended but not required. All students are responsible for acquisition and maintenance of their own string instrument.
Chamber Orchestra P2P ms.docx AO310mChamber Orchestra2 Semesters10Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thMusic
(full year course) Prerequisite:  Audition.  This class may meet during or after school. Designed for advanced string players, Chamber Orchestra will challenge each student to perform at a high level of skill in an ensemble setting. This orchestra will emphasize sound production, solid technique development, advanced music theory, and ensemble performance. Students should have sound music reading skills and will be assigned progressively more difficult music. Weekly practice and performance in concerts is required. Private lessons are strongly recommended but not required.  All students are responsible for acquisition and maintenance of their own string instrument.
Theater P2P.docx AT10mTheater1 Semester5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thArt
The Theatre Department strives to provide a comprehensive introduction to the various dramatic arts as well as production techniques and processes. High school level theatre classes will emphasize acting and technical technique, college level aesthetic analysis, and producing a variety of plays for the stage. Students will be encouraged to participate in all areas of production, including an array of backstage opportunities. They will become familiar with job hierarchy and the multitude of positions in a professional theater organization. Students will leave the department with an understanding of the academic theatre world, what it means to be a theatre artist, and the wide variety of theatre opportunities that are available.

Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one semester of a visual or performing arts course during middle school. This interdisciplinary course introduces and explores the structure, elements and concepts of theatre as an art form. Depending on the term, studies will focus on different eras and genres of theatre, from classical to contemporary. Students learn about theatre through historical context, literary and theatrical convention, and real life connections. They explore the art of theatre through acting, ensemble building, design and directing opportunities, and performance for peer and/or K-8 audiences.
Studio Theatre, Special Topics P2P MS.docx AT20mStudio Theatre: Special Topics1 Semester5Middle Level Credit6th, 7th, 8thArt
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