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Welcome to the Fine Arts Course Catalog page. We trust that you will find this page useful in your search for information about our school's Fine Arts program. On this page you will find the name of each course that is offered, and a description of that course. Please use the navigation menu to go back to the Academic Home page to check out the rest of Viola High School's other academic offerings.



Art - 7th and 8th grades

Students shall explore and demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, practices and historical foundations in the visual arts. Students shall also demonstrate creativity using a wide variety of media, techniques, processes and tools to develop expressive works of art and design.


Art I

This course is for grades 9-12. Students will gain more experience in the visual arts by inquiring, exploring and discovering historical, cultural, social, environmental and personal references from their own concepts and ideas. In addition to historical research, students will explore a wide variety of media, techniques, processes and tools, and will be encouraged to develop original works of art and design and begin to develop a personal style.


Advanced Art

This course is for grades 10-12. Students will build on concepts, principles and ideas introduced in Art I and will delve further into the exploration of media and techniques. Students will further explore a personal style as well as explore the styles and techniques of famed artists.

Prerequisite: Art I


Drama

This course is for grades 9-12. Students will participate in activities that develop the evaluation process in theater and dramatic presentations involving their own work and the work of others. Students will also explore the interactive process between the actor and the audience, as well as gain the ability to identify the parts of a theatrical performance using appropriate technology. Drama students will become familiar with stage direction, set decoration, promotion of dramatic presentations and production budget.


Graphic Design

This course is for grades 9-12. A 2D studio one semester art class in which students explore and apply the elements and principles of design in the fields of packaging, presentation, display and advertising with emphasis on digital art, photography and mixed media.


General Music - 7th and 8th grades

A nine week course designed to teach students music fundamentals. Students are expected to demonstrate and apply the essential skills and techniques to produce music. Students shall demonstrate creative expression through music, and shall listen to, analyze and evaluate a variety of music. Students shall demonstrate and apply knowledge of connections between music and other disciplines.


Instrumental Music 7

A two semester course designed to teach students music fundamentals and instrumental techniques pertaining to brass, woodwind, percussion and/or string instruments. Students are expected to develop beginning performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings with emphasis on reading and performing using appropriate articulation, dynamics and interpretive skills. Students will perform instrumental music in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solo and ensemble performances. Students will critique and reflect on their own performances and the performances of others. Students will make connections between music traditions and other arts, disciplines and cultures.


Instrumental Music 8

A two semester course where students shall further expand their knowledge of music fundamentals and instrumental techniques pertaining to brass, woodwind, percussion and/or string instruments. Students are expected to develop advanced performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings, with greater emphasis on reading and performing using appropriate articulation, dynamics and interpretative skills. Students will also critique instrumental music performances and reflect upon the impact of instrumental music upon society as well as societal influences on instrumental music. Students will regularly perform instrumental music in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solo and ensemble performances and festivals and will demonstrate successful completion of Instrumental Music 8 student learning expectations.

Prerequisite: Instrumental Music 7


Instrumental Music I

This course is for grades 9-12, and is a two semester course that is designed to teach students music fundamentals and instrumental techniques pertaining to brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Students are expected to develop beginning performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings, with emphasis on reading and performing using appropriate articulation, dynamics and interpretive skills. Students will perform instrumental music in a variety of settings including, but not limited to concerts, solo and ensemble performances and festivals. Students will critique and reflect on their own performances and the performances of others. Students will make connections between music traditions and other arts, disciplines and cultures. Students will apply rudiments of music and fundamentals of creative expression to performance and will demonstrate successful completion of Instrumental Music 1 student learning expectations.


Instrumental Music II

A two semester course designed for students in grades 10-12 who have successfully completed Instrumental Music I. Students shall further expand their knowledge of music fundamentals and instrumental techniques pertaining to brass, woodwind, percussion and/or string instruments. Students are expected to develop advanced performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings, with greater emphasis on reading and performing using appropriate articulation, dynamics and interpretative skills. Students will critique instrumental music performances and reflect upon the impact of instrumental music upon society as well as societal influences on instrumental music. Students will regularly perform instrumental music in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solo and ensemble performances and festivals, and will demonstrate successful completion of Instrumental Music II student learning expectations.

Prerequisite: Instrumental Music I


Instrumental Music III

A two semester course designed for students in grades 11-12 who have successfully completed Instrumental Music II. Students will demonstrate an ability to apply music fundamentals and instrumental techniques pertaining to brass, woodwind, percussion and/or string instruments in the research, production, performance and criticism of instrumental music. Students are expected to apply sight reading skills, improvisational skills and advanced performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings. Students will critique instrumental music performances and deeply reflect upon the impact of instrumental music upon society as well as societal influences on instrumental music. Students will regularly perform instrumental music in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solos and ensemble performances and festivals, and will demonstrate successful completion of Instrumental Music III student learning expectations.

Prerequisites: Instrumental Music I and II


Instrumental Music IV

A two semester course designed for students in the12th grade who have successfully completed Instrumental Music III. Students will internalize music fundamentals and instrumental techniques pertaining to brass, woodwind, percussion and/or string instruments in the research, production, performance and criticism of instrumental music. Students are expected to further develop sight reading skills, improvisational skills and to apply advanced performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings. Students will critique instrumental music performances to a degree that an understanding of the interdependence between instrumental music and society is demonstrated. Students will regularly perform instrumental music in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solos and ensemble performances and festivals, and will demonstrate successful completion of Instrumental Music IV student learning expectations.

Prerequisites: Instrumental Music I, II, and III


Vocal Music I

A two semester course designed to teach students in grades 9-12 music fundamentals and vocal music techniques. Students are expected to develop beginning performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings, with emphasis on reading and performing vocally using appropriate articulation, dynamics and interpretive skills. Students will critique and reflect on their own performances and the performances of others. Students will perform vocal music in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solos and ensemble performances and festivals. Students will critique and reflect on their own performances and the performances of others. Students will make connections between music traditions and other arts, disciplines and cultures. Students will apply rudiments of vocal music and fundamentals of creative expression to performance and will demonstrate successful completion of Vocal Music I student learning expectations.


Vocal Music II

A two semester course designed for students in grades 10-12 who have successfully completed Vocal Music I. Students shall further expand their knowledge of music fundamentals and vocal techniques. Students are expected to develop advanced performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings, with greater emphasis on reading and performing vocally using appropriate articulation, dynamics and interpretive skills. Students will critique vocal music performances and reflect upon the impact of vocal music upon society, as well as societal influences on vocal music. Students will regularly perform vocally in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solos and ensemble performances and festivals and will demonstrate successful completion of Vocal Music II student learning expectations.

Prerequisite: Vocal Music I


Vocal Music III

A two semester course designed for students in grades 11-12 who have successfully completed Vocal Music II. Students will demonstrate an ability to apply music fundamentals and vocal techniques in the research, production, performance and criticism of vocal music. Students are expected to apply sight reading skills, improvisational skills and advanced performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings. Students will critique vocal music performances and deeply reflect upon the impact of vocal music upon society, as well as societal influences on vocal music. Students will regularly perform vocally in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solos and ensemble performances and festivals and will demonstrate successful completion of Vocal Music III student learning expectations.

Prerequisites: Vocal Music I and II


Vocal Music IV

A two semester course designed for students in 12th grade who have successfully completed Vocal Music III. Students will demonstrate an ability to apply music fundamentals and vocal techniques in the research, production, performance and criticism of vocal music. Students are expected to apply sight reading skills, improvisational skills and advanced performance techniques in solo, small group and large group settings with greater depth. Students will critique vocal music performances to a degree that an understanding of the interdependence between vocal music and society is demonstrated. Students will regularly perform vocally in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, concerts, solos and ensemble performances and festivals and will demonstrate successful completion of Vocal Music IV student learning expectations.

Prerequisites: Vocal Music I, II, and III