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Vocal Music Course Descriptions
Prerequisite: Audition required and will be held at the beginning of April.
Inspire A Cappella Choir is a contemporary singing group that is committed to excellence, creativity, and significance in singing together. You will learn how to bring out the best in your own personal voice, and how to sing in several styles including a variety of pop styles, jazz improvisation and scat singing, riff-off chord singing and improvisation, as well as contemporary classical and traditional classical choral music styles. You will also develop your ability to sing in parts, sing by ear, and read music. We have several school and community performances throughout the year. Concert attendance and community performance are a required part of this class. Choir is a class that continually builds from year to year, and is designed to be repeated.
Grades 10-12, year-long class
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least two or more years of technical dance training in any genre. Dance 1A & 1B or equivalent is required. Freshmen must seek instructor permission. Choreography students must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles.
Imagine, create, and share your vision of dance with the world. A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography will be introduced and explored through the creation of original works. Choreography will be approached through the exploration of resources including improvisation, use of ideas, knowledge of forms, and development of the craft. Students will be exposed to various choreographic processes, terminology, and potential performance venues. Students will receive weekly assignments directed toward specific problems and dance elements; then begin to develop works with an emphasis on the relationship between manipulation of musical phrases and choreography. Students will learn to move from phrase development to the completion of a dance. They will learn to critique dances through the workshop process by observing, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and making recommendations for revision. The culminating class project will be to collectively produce a dance production and incorporate such elements as costumes, lighting, original music, props, sets, and professional staging. Students will also learn to imaginatively use technology to support their dances and personal choreographic process. Students can expect to create three to four dances over the year with at least one being staged for audience.
Students will develop their individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Focus will be given to learning various dance techniques, basic dance history, and expressing one’s self through movement. Students will discover their own movement potential and expand respect of self and others through the practice of studio etiquette, various class structures, and audience participation. By exploring the field of dance natural connections to personal interests and related fields of study will develop.
This course is a continuation of Dance 1A and will continue to develop the individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Critical evaluation of choreographic works will be a key element of the course. Students will be required to embody movement elements by demonstrating basic terms and techniques from various dance genre and styles. The course will also investigate dance figures and their contributions to the field. Student will cultivate an understanding of others and cultures by experiencing their dance and discover that dance is a universal language. Eight to ten of the following genres of dance will be explored in Dance 1A & 1B each year: ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, break dancing, contemporary, Pilates, Hawaiian, Maori, Polynesian, Irish, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, Indian, West African, European Folk, Hmong, and other traditional genres.
Prerequisites: Student must have some previous dance experience; preferably at least one-two years of technical dance training in any style, Dance 1A and 1B are a prerequisite and teacher recommendation is needed by audition. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes.
This course will be a technique-based class that will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genres with major focus on styles studied at the university level including ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artists who study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…). Both male and female techniques will be supported and close attention will be paid to current trends in the world of dance. Dancers will learn the traditional class etiquette for each genre, the appropriate attire for class and performance practices. Research will be conducted on current dance figures and the origins of each dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists. This year-long course satisfies the UC and CSU admission requirement for Fine Art, Area “F”.
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least three-four years of technical dance training in a couple of dance styles, Dance 2 and/or Dance 3 with teacher recommendation, and an audition will be required. Open to freshmen with advanced dance skills by audition. Dance 4 members must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), Dance Styles &/or Choreography. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes & to commit to the performance calendar for the year.
This course will be a technique and performance based class that will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genre with major focus on styles performed in the industry. The dancers who complete the audition will be members of the Inspire Dance Company whom will represent the school at local events and productions. Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artist who study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…). Dancers will be cast in the Company dance and generally work on additional small group dances during the year. Both male and female techniques will be supported and close attention will be paid to current trends in the world of dance. Dancers will use the traditional class etiquette for each genre, wear the appropriate attire for class, and utilize standard rehearsal and performance practices. Research will be conducted on current dance figures and the origins of dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists.
Prerequisite: Completion of Piano 1A, or equivalent piano ability and teacher approval
Students will develop musical skills that will lead to a thorough understanding of music composition and music theory. Through this course of study, students will learn to analyze, synthesize and create music with an understanding of the various techniques used in Western music.
Prerequisite: Musical Theatre 1 or permission of instructor
Musical Theatre 2 builds on the skills and knowledge learned in Musical Theatre 1. Students will learn more advanced techniques for singing, dancing and acting, utilizing scenes and songs from Broadway musicals, still using an in-class “acting the song” workshop atmosphere. Through work on song performance, students will study significant musical theatre shows and songs, practicing and performing songs from many of them. They will learn about major musical theatre song and show writers, and how musical theatre has grown and changed over time. Work is also done on auditioning skills, and on building individual audition portfolios. The class is a performing ensemble that will work on singing and dancing numbers to perform in the Inspire Gala and the spring Musical Theatre Showcase. As students develop through their work at this level, they will gain important performing skills in ensemble and solo singing and acting techniques that will prepare them for Musical Theatre 3. (May be repeated)
Prerequisites: Musical Theatre 1 and 2 (may be concurrent with Musical Theatre 2), or teacher permission. By audition only
Musical Theatre 3 is also the Inspire Musical Theatre Touring Troupe, IMT3, and is an advanced class where students will prepare material for performances throughout the year. This class is a culmination of 3 years of training in the singing, acting and movement skills necessary to perform with maturity and confidence, both as an ensemble and in solo work. Students will advance in the application of music reading and the understanding of musical score markings, as they apply to how the music affects the communication of a song. Students will continue to develop their audition portfolios, and continue to work on how to effectively prepare and perform at auditions. During this year of study, students also learn to analyze an entire musical, learning to build the performance of a song through an in-depth study of the story, the characters, and their interaction with each other and the audience, with the goal of entering as wholly as possible into the character and the story in the performance of the songs. Performance numbers will include contemporary and traditional musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is placed on creating unified performances, both musically and dramatically. Extra time is required for community performances. Auditions are required. (May be repeated)
Grades 9-12, year-long class
Grades 9-12, year-long class (offered alternating years with Theatre Design)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Performing Arts Foundation class and Program Director permission for freshmen; Performing Arts Foundation, Theatre 1, or equivalent.
Stagecraft is a class created to develop and build specific skills within the technical theatre crafts. Students will learn hands on how to do the craft and artistry involved in creating live theatre. Students will learn all the basics and tricks of the trade in makeup, costuming, lighting, crewing, special effects, set construction, scenic artistry, and property creation. Various professionals and guest teachers will be utilized to enrich the course work and material covers. Crewing productions at least once each semester will be a requirement of this class.
Prerequisite: Performing Arts Foundations or equivalent (Theatre 1, Musical Theatre 1, or Stagecraft). Freshmen must be concurrently enrolled in Performing Arts Foundations.
Theatre Design is a class created to develop and build specific artistic skills within the technical theatre crafts. Students will learn hands on how to do design for live theatre. Students will be exposed to the basics of all areas and then be allowed to specialize in a focus area of their choosing: makeup/hair design, costume design, lighting design, stage management, dramaturgy, sound/special effects design, scenic design/artistry, property design, poster and advertising design. Various professionals and guest teachers will be utilized to enrich the course work and material covers. Designing or crewing for productions at least once each semester will be a requirement of this class. Students will also learn basic computer assisted design programs used in the industry.
Grades 10-12, year-long class
Prerequisite: Previous enrollment in Performing Art Foundation, Stagecraft, Theatre 1, or equivalent. Students are encouraged to choose a design or technical emphasis and will work one on one with an instructor on productions. Task and titles will be assigned based on experience and the interview application process.
The Inspire Production Team (Theatre Production) will be a service oriented team created to liaison with Visual & Performing Arts Department clubs to accurately produce and document major public events. In addition, its members will have the opportunity to design (being giving priority on positions) and manage theatrical events throughout the year for Inspire. Students will also gain valuable computer and design skills working in programs such as Word, Excel, Illustrator and the Internet. The Inspire Production Team will work specifically to help achieve the department’s mission: Inspire School of Arts & Science’s Visual and Performing Arts Program provides a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers passionate and focused students professional preparation for higher education and life-long learning in the arts.