Performing Arts Course Offerings
- music appreciation and history
- honors music theory
- music technology
- ap music theory
- sacred music
- honors theater arts i
- honors theater arts ii
- dance elective i
- dance elective ii
- honors dance ii
Music Appreciation and History
Grades 11 and 12 - One Semester
This course gives students the tools they need to recognize and understand various styles of music as well as their place and significance in history. The students will receive an overview of music history designed to enhance their understanding of musical genres.
Grades 11 and 12
Music Technology is designed for students interested in learning about the technology used in music today, both in live performance and in the studio. Students learn about the fundamentals and history of music technology and get get a “hands on” experience using cutting-edge technology used in the industry.
Honors Theatre Arts 1
Grades 11 and 12
This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts of theatre, an appreciation of theatre, and standards of theatre criticism. Students discover their own inner resources of concentration, sensory response, and memory of emotion. Class materials vary from improvisations taken from life situations to the formal play script.
Honors Theatre Arts 2
This course enables the serious acting student an opportunity to further study the craft of acting. Its primary purpose, in the first semester, is to prepare the student for any college auditions/monologues. Its secondary focus is to give the actor more self-awareness through studying the human body as well as deeper scene work. The student will also study directing and script writing. Students will have workshops in stage combat, dialects and makeup. Students will work towards producing a one-act play at the end of the year.
Dance Elective 1
The Sophomore Dance Elective Course focuses on dance techniques including ballet, jazz, theater dance, world dance and other contemporary dance styles. The emphasis is on history, dance appreciation, the choreographic process, proper technique, rhythmical movement patterns, and coordination. The class period consists of a brief warm-up, stretching and strengthening dance exercises and techniques, improvisation and creation of movement, in addition jazz, ballet, theater dance, world dance or hip hop combinations. Students are also introduced to the history of dance in America and around the world.
Dance Elective 2
This course fulfills the physical education requirement. Juniors in the Dance Department study technique and terminology in ballet, lyrical, world dance and jazz. Skills and improvement are tested and measured through movement quizzes, written tests and exams. Students are assigned a weekly journal, research projects and dance critiques. Students will also participate in workshops in musical theatre dance, social dance, nutrition, auditioning techniques, resume writing, and head shots. Participation in two main stage shows a year is a requirement for all dance students.
Honors Dance 2
Course is designed for seniors in the Dance Department to sharpen and refine their technique and terminology in modern, musical theater dance, contemporary, hip hop and jazz and will focus on the basic principles of good composition. Skills and improvement are tested and measured through movement quizzes, written tests and exams. Students are assigned a weekly journal, research projects and dance critiques. They will participate in workshops that focus on dance history, musical theatre, dance, social dance, and college portfolios. Seniors are also offered a class in choreography and will learn how to construct a set, costume a dance, and create lighting. The class culminates in a senior choreography project, in which the seniors audition students from RBC to dance their choreography in the spring main stage dance concert. Participation in two main stage shows a year is a requirement for all dance students.