MUSIC EXPLORATION, GRADES 9-12
Description: This course is a synoptic study of the state and national standards for music education. Students listen to, describe, evaluate, perform, compose, and improvise, music on a weekly basis in class. In addition to the study of American music, students will explore music from all over the world. They will apply what they learn through observation, to the creation of their own music. Drums, glockenspiels, and an extensive library of recordings are provided to the students for tools in their exploration of music.
Goals: For students to understand their roll and potential in our musical world in order to use music as a tool for the greater good. To promote lifelong musically conscious and appreciative members of society.
HUMANITIES, GRADES 9-12
Description: This course is an introduction to the Humanities. The course focuses on human nature and progress throughout Western History by exploring fundamental concepts in the arts. Students will analyze, interpret, and recreate the art of different cultures in order to understand these cultures through shared experience. In most cases, the studied cultures are long gone, with only their art left to teach us about their history. In all cases, the studied cultures have contributed to our modern way of life in the Western World.
Goals: To explore art in order to reach a greater understanding of humanity; what it means to be human, and our value as individual members of a globalizing world. We will use art to attempt to answer questions such as: What is beauty? What is good? What is true?
SPANISH, GRADES 6-8
Description: This elective is a brief introduction to Spanish for middle school students. The course focuses primarily on vocabulary, though some basic grammar and syntax are also taught. Students will learn Spanish phonics, basic conversation skills, study the culture and geography of Spanish speaking nations, and participate in cultural activities.
Goals: To develop an appreciation for foreign languages, the English language, and other cultures within and outside of the United States. To acquire basic language learning skills that will prepare our students for second language courses in high school.