Performance Arts

Course Descriptions

Drama I                                                                                              ½  unit                        1 semester

This introductory course gives the learner a broad experience in the theater arts. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of acting, theatre history, dramatic literature, directing, design, and playwriting.  The emphasis, however, will be on acting in groups and as individuals.  This is a performance based class. Students will be expected to participate in a variety of classroom and public performances.

 

Drama II                                                                                            1 unit              2 semesters

Pre-Requisite: Students have successfully completed Drama I or permission of instructor

 

This course is an intermediate level course. Students will continue their work on acting in scenes, improvisations and monologues.  Students will also be introduced to dramatic criticism and will work with a variety of exercises designed to aid in the students’ development of their voices and body movements for stage. This is a performance-based class.  Students will be expected to participate in a variety of classroom and public performances.

 

Drama III                                                                                           1 unit              2 semesters

Pre-Requisite: Students have successfully completed Drama II or permission of instructor

This course is for the advanced actor.  Students will continue their work on acting in scenes, improvisations, and monologues.  The students will also learn the fundamentals of acting for film and television and audition techniques.  The class will put together several in-class student directed plays.  This is a performance based class.  Students will be expected to participate in a variety of classroom and public performances. 

Novice Debate                                                                                    ½ unit             1 semester

A course in novice debate focuses on listening, speaking, researching, and argumentations skills. The class covers developing confidence, the debate process, guidelines for becoming a better listener and speaker, understanding judging paradigms, and how to research and write arguments. The areas of study will include Policy Debate as well as Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

 

Public Speaking                                                                                 ½ unit             1 semester

A course in public speaking focuses on listening, speaking, and presentation skills. This class covers developing confidence, the communication process, guidelines for becoming a better listener and speaker, understanding an audience, how to research and write a speech, and how to use visual aids to improve the presentational value of a speech. Areas of study include Informative and Persuasive Speaking as well as casual speaking and competitive speaking.

 

Advanced Speech                                                                              1 unit              2 semesters

Pre-Requisite:       Students have successfully Novice Debate.

This course is for students who have already taken Intro to Speech and Debate.  Students will continue to write, research, and deliver speeches from memory.  Areas of focus will include: original oratory, prose/poetry, dramatic and humorous interpretation (individual and duet), monologue, and foreign and domestic extemporaneous speaking.  Students will be expected to participate in the speech team’s afterschool practices and weekend tournaments.

 

Advanced Debate                                                                              1 unit              2 semesters

Pre-Requisite:       Students have successfully completed Novice Debate or permission of instructor.

This course is for students who have already taken Intro to Novice Debate.  Students will continue to work on their debating skills.  They will be required to prepare arguments, research, and implement debate strategies/techniques within the rules of OSSAA and NFL competitive debate.  The areas of study include: Lincoln/Douglas debate and cross-examination debate.  Students will be expected to participate in the debate team’s afterschool practices and weekend tournaments.

 

Band                                                                                                   1 unit              2 semesters

An advanced wind and percussion ensemble that performs concerts and participates in concert contests and festivals, at least up to the state level. Additional time outside of the school day may be required. Attendance is required at all performances and adjudicated rehearsals.  Members of the band will also participate in the HCP Basketball Pep Band, which performs at all home varsity girls and boys basketball games.  The band may also perform at scheduled pep assemblies and events.  Students must have at least two years of prior band enrollment.

 

Orchestra                                                                                           1 unit              2 semesters

A string orchestra that works to develop and enhance students’ basic and advanced orchestral skills. Students also develop solo and ensemble performance skills. Students will participate in state, regional, and/or national contests.  Students will also perform concerts throughout the year.  This course may require before or after school rehearsals. Students must have at least two years of prior orchestra enrollment.

 

Beginning Chorus with Music Theory Fundamentals                   1 unit              2 semesters

Beginning Choir with Music Theory Fundamentals includes incoming freshmen and currently enrolled HCP students who have not previously been in the choir program. Students will learn the foundations of music theory, sight-singing, and aural skills in a performance based class. The Beginning Chorus performs concerts throughout the year and at choral festival. This course may require before or after school rehearsals.

 

Advanced Chorus                                                                             1 unit              2 semesters

Pre-Requisite: students have successfully completed Beginning Chorus with Music Theory Fundamentals or permission of instructor.

Advanced Chorus is for students who have completed one year in Beginning Chorus or for students enrolled at HCP that have had previous choir experience. Performer’s abilities in music theory, sight singing, aural skills, and diction are advanced in this performance based class. The Advanced Chorus performs in concerts throughout the year and at choral festival. This course may require before or after school rehearsals.

 

AP Music Theory                                                                              1 unit              2 semesters

Pre-Requisite: Permission of instructor and concurrent enrollment in a performance based course. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only.

This course will develop students’ musicianship through the in depth study of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, and composition. Sight-singing, aural skills, and dictation will also be covered. It is recommended that students have acquired thorough performance skills in voice or on an instrument prior to taking this course. This course is for motivated students and will require daily note taking and homework in order to progress student’s abilities.



For more information, contact department head Conde Currat.

 

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