Mount St. Mary Academy
Fine and Performing Arts Department

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

 

MSM CONCERT BELLES
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  BY AUDITION;  Minimum of 1 year in Harmony Belles;  A 2.0 GPA in                         accordance with AAA regulations

 

This is a MINIMUM OF ONE-YEAR elective course designed for the intermediate to advanced choral student who enjoys performing in a choral ensemble and enjoys singing choral music of all types, from Bach to Broadway.  Members of Concert Belles are strongly encouraged to remain in the ensemble throughout their years at MSM.     Emphasis in the class is on vocal technique, sight-reading skills, musicality, and performing.  It also includes singing quality choral literature of various styles and periods, and preparing the student for college ensemble singing and scholarships. A student in Concert Belles will be expected to sign a contract and will be expected to have the motivation to do independent work.  She should be prepared for occasional performances and rehearsals outside the regular school day.  

 

The MSM Concert Belles sings in two home concerts a year, regional and state competitions, where it consistently receives superior ratings , and school liturgies.  It often has members who audition for and make All-Region and All-State Choirs.  The ensemble is also active in community performances.   Since 1997 it has sung in Ballet Arkansas’ /Arkansas Symphony The Nutcracker.  For over ten years, under the direction of David Itkin, it sang on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas program.  It has sung the national anthem at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, for the opening of Riverfest, and for the city’s “Big Jingle Jubilee”.   The ensemble has sung in programs with the Cathedral of St. Andrew’s choir , the UALR Choir and Community Choir, and the Holy Souls Choir. It also had a cameo role in the Little Rock performance of the touring Broadway musical High School Musical.  The ensemble sang in the Ordination for the Bishop of the Catholic Church of Arkansas (2000), and has performed for the Mercy Secondary Education Association’s National Conference. In 2012-13 the group performed at the Governor’s Mansion and at City Hall.  

 

Concert Belles also has traveled outside the state of Arkansas.  It has twice traveled to NYC to participate in concerts in Carnegie Hall.  Under the Clinton Administration it went to The White House to perform at a Christmas party.  In 1992 it was named the Outstanding Female Choir at the Presidential Inaugural Festival in Washington, D.C.

 

HARMONY BELLES
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9-12

 

This course is a non-audition women’s ensemble.  For beginner and experienced signers who wish to be a part of a choral ensemble.  Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I, and Alto II (SSAA) voice parts will be combined to perform a range of classical, gospel, theater, and pop choral arrangements with accompaniment as well as a cappella.  This course will be offered year round; therefore participation is encouraged for consecutive semesters. However, if specific conflicts arise that only allow one semester to be taken, this can be approved per the instructor.  Although this level will contain a variety of experience levels, a commitment to the process of learning music and supporting a team spirit of musicians is strongly encouraged.  Students must have a minimum of 1 year in Harmony Belles before being eligible to audition for Concert Belles.

 

INTRO TO GUITAR
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10 – 12

 

This course is intended for students who have a desire to learn to read music and play basic guitar. In this course, student’s class time will be used to learn how to read music, determine key signatures, and basic music theory as it pertains to guitar. Students will also learn to play a basic strum pattern as well as develop skills playing a melody line.  Students will be encouraged to practice their skills and use them for further study including individual composition. Assessments can include performing tests, written tests, performances and concert attendance.

    

Guitar may be provided by the student, but the Music Department also has several for use.

 

GUITAR II
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10-12

 

This course is intended for students who have either taken Intro to Guitar or already know how to play guitar.  In this course, students’ class time will be spent becoming proficient at reading music written in standard notation and tablature, learning advanced music theory, and learning how to be an independent musician and performer.

 

INTRO TO PIANO
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10 – 12

 

This course is intended for students who have a desire to learn to read music and play basic piano. In this course student’s class time will be used to learn how to read music, determine key signatures, and basic music theory as it pertains to piano. Students will also be required to play basic chords, scales, and beginner solo repertoire. Students will be encouraged to practice their skills and use them for further study including individual composition.

 

PIANO II
CREDITS:  1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10-12

 

This course is intended for students who have either taken Intro to Piano or already know how to play the piano.  In this course, students’ class time will be spent becoming proficient at reading piano music, sight-reading, learning advanced music theory, learning how to perform, and developing a larger repertoire of intermediate pieces of music.

 

GUITAR ENSEMBLE
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 10-12

 

This course is intended for students who have either taken Intro to Guitar or already know how to play the guitar and are interested in playing with others in a larger group.  In this course, the students’ class time will be spent learning ensemble pieces written for guitar and getting ready to perform those pieces.  Time will also be spent learning advanced music theory and becoming proficient in reading guitar music written in standard notation and tablature.

 

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BAND (directed by Matt Golladay) NON-CREDIT

 

MSM has an arrangement with Catholic High School that allows talented and interested students to play in the CHS Band.  Rehearsals are held at CHS during activity periods.  All arrangements are made through Mr. Matt Golladay.  

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO: GRADES 10 – 12

 

Music Appreciation is a one-semester course designed to teach students the basic elements, principles, processes, materials, and inherent qualities of music. Students will examine a broad range of methods and will conduct critical analyses of the creative processes involved in music. Students will reflect on the connections between society and music. Music Appreciation students will develop perceptual awareness and aesthetic sensitivity as well as a foundation for a lifelong relationship with music. Music Appreciation will satisfy the one-half credit fine arts requirement for graduation.

SPEECH & THEATRE DEPARTMENT

 

SPEECH COMMUNICATION
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11 AND 12, AND 10th GRADE STUDENTS DESIRING TO

         ENTER THE FULL ADVANCED PLACEMENT DIPLOMA PROGRAM

 

Speech Communication explores a variety of public speaking and general communication situations.  Students learn how to select a topic, organize a speech, and make an effective oral presentation.  The course includes a study of the levels of communication, listening skills, language, nonverbal communication, and perceptions/cultures.

 

Speech Communication fulfills the ½ unit of Oral Communication required for graduation.

 

FORENSICS: SPEECH PERFORMANCE I, II, III, or IV
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11 AND 12,

                   GRADES 9-10 DESIRING TO TAKE MULTIPLE THEATRE COURSES

 

Forensics: Speech Performance is the introductory course to the MSM theatre department. It introduces basic theatre concepts through competitive speech and theatre tournament participation incorporating both group and individual performances. Students are expected to compete in weekend tournaments as a requirement for credit. Membership into the National Speech and Debate Association may be earned.

 

Forensics will develop basic communication competencies including ethical practices, communication barriers, interpersonal communication, listening, verbal and nonverbal messages, and use of digital media.  Students will develop research skills to prepare for a variety of public speaking formats, including public address and oral interpretation of literature.

 

Forensics fulfills the ½ unit of Oral Communication required for graduation.  The curriculum for this course may be repeated for additional elective credits.

 

THEATRE APPRECIATION
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11 AND 12

PREREQUISITE:  SPEECH COMMUNICATION/ FORENSICS:SPEECH

PERFORMANCE

 

Theatre Appreciation is a one semester fine arts credit that incorporates study of theatrical styles, history, and  theory utilizing performances. This course is an introduction to the art of theatre.  It will explore the various components of the theatre through attending live performances and experiencing recorded performances; reading plays, textbook, and other materials; participating in class presentations, lectures and class discussion.  The goal of this course is to help the student become a savvy theatre critic with the ability to appreciate, analyze, evaluate – and enjoy – a theatrical event in its artistic, socio-political and cultural contexts.  Students will attend three staged productions, respond to them critically, and participate in a group performance project.

 

Theatre Appreciation fulfills the ½ unit of Fine Arts required for graduation.

 

THEATRE ARTS I, II, and III
CREDITS: 1
ELECTIVE:  GRADES 10 – 12

PREREQUISITE:  FORENSICS: SPEECH PERFORMANCE OR

      SPEECH COMMUNICATION

 

Theatre Arts I, II, and III are two semester advanced drama courses, and their curriculum is designed to be the continuation of FORENSICS: SPEECH PERFORMANCE.  These courses includes the study of theatre movement, acting, production elements, and technical theatre elements.  They give students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. These courses emphasize the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. Each student will work on the production of at least two public performances during class.  

 

Theatre Arts fulfills the ½ unit of Fine Arts required for graduation. The curriculum for this course may be repeated for additional elective credits (Theatre Arts II and III).

 

STAGECRAFT ELEMENTS
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11 AND 12

PREREQUISITE:  DRAMA, THEATRE ARTS I,  OR TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

Stagecraft Elements is a one-semester course which provides students with both exposure to and experience in elements of technical theatre, including scenery, props, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. The four strands emphasize creating, performing/presenting, responding and connecting.

 

Students will assist  with the technical elements of school-wide  productions outside of class.

 

VISUAL ART DEPARTMENT

 

ART APPRECIATION
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO: GRADES 10 – 12

 

Art Appreciation fulfills the need for a fine art credit at Mount. This course is designed to introduce the origins and historical development of art for students that are not interested and highly motivated in pursuing art further in their high school career.  Emphasis is on the relationship of design principles and historical significance to various art forms including but not limited to sculpture, painting, and architecture. Over the course of the year students will identify and analyze a variety of artistic styles, periods, aesthetic theories and media. Various explorations of film, literature, and scholarly articles will explore art terms, theories, techniques, contemporary art and historical art movements. Philosophical discussions of art and aesthetics will be encouraged and explored along with ethics and society.

Semester exams for this course consist of assessment on the information given through the various presentations and class lectures. The exam format may consist of multiple-choice, matching, true/false, and short answer or may be a gallery visit and art criticism. Art making will be explored by the students, but not to the extent that it would in a studio course.

 

STUDIO ART I
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 9 – 12

 

Studio Art I is a beginning level course for students interested in Art as a career, hobby, or means of self- expression.  The curriculum of the course is based on the Elements and Principles of Design, which give the student the basic language and skills needed to begin creating quality artworks and experimenting with different media. Students will be encouraged to develop problem solving skills and self reliance while working through projects. They will be exposed to various methods and techniques of art making-such as drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking; as well as various media- such as graphite, pastels, colored pencils, acrylic, watercolor, and cut paper. The majority of projects begin with information given via a Slides presentation/lecture format, as well as demonstration of technique.  This course emphasizes technical skill building, exposure to various media, compositional planning, observational skill, and process.  Individual and group critiques of final works and works-in-progress are introduced along with art criticism methods. Effort, attitude and correct assignment completion (based on an assessment rubric) play a major role in the student’s evaluation process.

Semester exams for this course consist of assessment on the information given through the various presentations, class lectures, and technical skills demonstrated during projects. The exam format may consist of multiple-choice, matching, true/false, and essay; as well as a drawing portion to demonstrate certain skills.

 

STUDIO ART II
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:   GRADES 10-12

Prerequisite: Complete Studio Art I course with a final semester grade of an B or higher, 1st semester exam grade of a C or higher, and an art teacher-signed recommendation on course sign-up sheet. If grade requirements are met, and there is a high demand for the course (more than 20 students interested), other criteria will be taken into consideration for recommendation to the course. For example, level of craftsmanship and organization, attitude, creativity level, level of interest in art concepts shown during Art I course, general behavior during Art I course, desire to take an AP art course and any other criteria the teacher deems acceptable to incorporate into the recommendation process.

 

Studio Art II is a continuation of the exploration of art methods and media learned in Art I, as well as a course designed to incorporate a higher level of research, planning, and content into works. Emphasis is placed on creativity, planning, composition, and infusing each work with relevant content and meaning. Students will work with media used in Art I- such as graphite and acrylic paint- as well as media connected with multiple printmaking methods, and new more inventive materials. Several Printmaking techniques are introduced during Art II such as drypoint etching, multiple relief printing methods, and monotype. Technology is incorporated into several projects and some of the computer applications used are Photoshop, Illustrator, and iPhoto. Individual and group critiques are used for many projects.

Semester exams may consist of assessment of information given during a project, technical skill demonstrations, evaluation and critiquing of finished artworks, and explanation of technical processes. Seniors taking this course may choose to participate in the Senior Show or not.

 

DIGITAL DESIGN/PHOTOGRAPHY
CREDITS:  1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11-12

OFFERED:  17-18, 19-20

 

This semester course introduces computer illustration techniques, image manipulation, digital camera use, graphic design, visual literacy and the principles and elements of art in composition. Students use image editing and digital drawing to put into practice the art principles learned. They will explore career opportunities in the design, production, display and presentation of digital artwork. Students will work primarily in Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop and Illustrator) and photography concepts explored will be limited to digital photography.

 

3-D DESIGN/SCULPTURE
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:   GRADES 11-12

OFFERED:  18-19, 20-21

Prerequisite: Studio Art I and II ; may be taken concurrently with AP Studio Art and art teacher-signed recommendation on course sign-up sheet

This course will introduce basic three dimensional processes and materials as well as develop the student’s ability to analyze form and space relationships. This course is meant to provide students with knowledge of the technical processes and vocabulary associated with three-dimensional forms. To develop students’ ability to analyze and discuss three-dimensional works. To assist students in exploring those individual and cultural issues which influence art, artists and three-dimensional environments. To reveal and cultivate students’ powers of imagination, creativity and ability to conceptualize in three dimensions. The educational goals of this course are to establish an initial working relationship with basic materials, processes, and studio practice in three-dimensional design. Students will gain knowledge of and facility with various sculptural processes and materials. Students will be able to create three-dimensional forms and utilize support drawings, plans, and maquettes. Students will learn to utilize visual elements and design principles in manipulating space and creating three dimensional forms. Students will become familiar with the tools and techniques necessary in creating three dimensional forms and safe studio practices. Students will develop skills in the solution of visual problems and demonstrate the practical use of sketchbooks, ideas books, notebooks, and other methods of research. Students will acquire a visual vocabulary, which will allow them to successfully articulate concepts and insights during discussions and critiques. Students will gain an awareness of the history of sculpture, as well as contemporary issues, through lecture, research, museum and gallery visits and attending artist presentations. This course will be capped and only students showing concerted effort and maturity will be allowed entrance into this course. Students must have maintained an A in all previous art courses.

 

AP STUDIO ART:  2-D DESIGN
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11 & 12

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE:  Studio Art II

 

The A.P. Studio Art Course and portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. A.P. Studio Art is not a course based on a written examination; instead students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year to the College Board and the Advance Placement Program.

 

For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate understanding of 2-D design through any two-dimensional medium or process, including, but not limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting and printmaking.  For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.

 

AP STUDIO ART:  DRAWING
CREDITS:  1
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11 & 12

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE:  Studio Art II

 

The A.P. Studio Art Course and portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. A.P. Studio Art is not a course based on a written examination; instead students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year to the College Board and the Advance Placement Program.

 

The Drawing Portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media.  Line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark-making are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means, which could include painting, printmaking, mixed media, etc.  For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.