Fine Arts Courses (MS)

ART (Visual Arts)

VA 0601 6th Grade Art

This full-year course will introduce students to a wide variety of art materials and processes. Both design inspired projects and fine art-inspired projects are investigated. Students are encouraged to explore their creativity through a series of individual and group projects. Projects may include Printmaking, Pop Art Ceramics Portraits, Optical Illusion Drawings, and Radial Name Drawings.

VA 0701 Art I (Grades 7-8)

This full-year course will introduce students to a media-based program, laying the basic foundation for both art appreciation and art production skills. Studio production may include sketching/drawing (using various graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, oil and chalk pastels), painting (watercolor and acrylics) pen and ink, printmaking, graphic design, and 3-D design (sculpture and ceramics). Each unit includes lessons that incorporate the elements and principles of art and design, technique demonstrations, art history, and art criticism. Personal interest and exploration are encouraged. Students are required to keep a portfolio and a folder of class handouts.

VA 0801 Art II (Grades 7-8)

This advanced course will further develop foundation skills learned in Art I by continuing a sequential study of drawing and painting, and 3-D design (sculpture and ceramics). Artwork and studio projects will include realistic, abstract, and non-objective styles while incorporating multimedia, three-dimensional approaches, and compositional development and/or balance placement/layout. Students will continue to cover techniques for various media and continue to explore art concepts and history through studio projects with a greater emphasis on personal interest projects. Art history and appreciation will be linked to each unit. Students may be required to keep a sketchbook, portfolio, and folder of class handouts. Unfinished assignments may need to be completed at home.
Prerequisite: Art I or teacher recommendation.

VA 0802 Art III  (Grades 7-8)

This advanced course further develops foundation skills learned in Art II by continuing a sequential study of drawing, painting and 3-D design (sculpture and ceramics). Artwork and studio projects may include realistic, abstract, and non-objective styles while incorporating multimedia, three-dimensional approaches, and compositional development and/or balance placement/layout. Students cover techniques for various media and explore art concepts and history through studio projects. Art history and appreciation will be linked to each unit. Students may be required to keep a sketchbook, portfolio, and folder of class handouts. There is a greater emphasis placed on personal interest projects at this level. Unfinished assignments may be completed at home.
Prerequisite: Art II (HS or MS) or teacher recommendation.

Performing Arts

Band

PA 0610 6th Grade Beginning Band

This class is for sixth-grade students who want to learn how to play and develop music mastery in flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, oboe, or tuba. The purpose is to provide its members with the training and development necessary for future membership in Symphonic Band. All students in 6th grade choosing band are in this class. Concert performances are required at the end of each semester. Instrument selection must be approved by the director before renting/purchasing.

PA 0712 Beginning Jazz Band (Grades 7-8)

Beginning Jazz is open to grade-level students with 1.5 to 2.5+ years of playing experience. Students play graded music level 2.5 or higher and will be involved in music composition, theory, jazz explorations, and pep band for varsity basketball events. Students will be challenged to complete state and national proficiencies.
Prerequisite: 1.5 to 2.5 years playing in a concert band setting. Placement is by audition only.

PA 0813 Symphonic Band (Grades 7-9)

Open to any student with less than 1.5 years of playing experience, Symphonic Band will teach students how to play a musical instrument or learn a new similar instrument. Students will be challenged to complete state and national proficiencies to pass to Honor Band. Students will be involved in music composition, theory, explorations, and rhythm training through World Music Drumming (Djembe) techniques. Concert performances are mandatory at the end of each semester, and students compete in regional/state competitions and solo and ensemble festivals. Regular practice is required, and there is online homework with Sight Reading.

PA 0814 Advanced Jazz Band (Grades 8-12)

Advanced Jazz Band will focus on the performance of jazz, blues, and funk styles as well as the application of music theory through improvisation. The Advanced Jazz Band may perform for a variety of smaller venues around town in addition to concert programs here at NPA. Members of this group will be offered the opportunity to compete individually in regional/state jazz competitions. Private lessons are recommended. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required. Placement by audition only.
Prerequisite: 3 years or more playing experience. Placement by audition only.

PA 0815 Honor Band (Grades 8-12)

Honor Band is intended for advanced instrumental students who play a wind instrument (3 or more years) and want to play advanced music. Students will explore a variety of musical styles including orchestral music. Full Orchestra will meet regularly to rehearse selected orchestral music with advanced strings. Class time includes rehearsal as a large group, instruction in advancing techniques, and sectional work. Regular practice is required. This group will perform regularly throughout the year. Students will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions and may travel for competitions and/or festivals.
Placement by audition only.

Dance

PA 0881 Dance I (Grades 7-12)

The dance class style is Jazz. We will be working on Jazz dances, technique, steps that are progressive, along with correct body posture, rhythm, flexibility, coordination, and conditioning. A variety of turns, leaps, jumps and across the floor combinations will be taught. We will also be working on Lyrical dances, expressing music and lyrics through dance. Students will have the opportunity to actively participate with choreography in selected parts of a dance. There will be at least two performances throughout the year with other opportunities to perform.
Prerequisite: None

PA 0882 Dance II (Grades 7-12)

A continuation of dance for students at an advanced skill level beyond the first-year course.
Prerequisite: Dance I and/or teacher recommendation.

Guitar

PA 0860 Beginning Guitar (Grades 8-12)

Beginning guitar is for students who have never played guitar before or who have had limited experience. Students learn a variety of guitar techniques and styles, all of which include chord accompaniment and note reading. The focus is on classical technique, encouraging both pick and finger-style playing. Nylon string guitars are recommended, but steel-string acoustic guitars are also acceptable. Electric guitars are not used in this class. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required.  Students are generally responsible for providing their own instrument.
Open to Students in Grades 8-12

Strings

PA 0630 6th Grade Beginning Strings

This full-year course introduces students to techniques for playing a (bowed) string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or string bass) in a classroom setting. Members of these groups will lay the groundwork for music mastery in the training and development necessary for future membership in Concert, Symphonic, or Chamber Strings. Middle and High school students may take Beginning Strings as a refresher course before moving up to a more advanced group. Private lessons are optional for students in this ensemble. Class performances are mandatory. Regular practice is required. Auditions are not necessary, but the strings director reserves the right to limit the size or participation on some instruments. Students are generally responsible for providing their own instrument.

PA 0731 Concert Strings (Grades 7-9)

Concert Strings is for students who already play an orchestral string instrument (bowed strings) and want to further develop their note reading and build their orchestral skills. Students will learn together in an ensemble setting. Members of this group perform regularly throughout the year and will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions. Students are responsible for providing their instrument. Students progress into Concert Strings from Beginning Strings. May be repeated for credit.  Students who do not play a bowed stringed instrument but want to learn may be admitted into the class by permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite: Placement by audition.

PA 0833 Symphonic Strings (Grades 8-12)

For students who already play an orchestral string instrument (bowed strings), this course helps develop ensemble skills. Students will be challenged with more advanced string repertoire, as well as string techniques, such as shifting, vibrato, and three-octave scales. Members of this group perform regularly and will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions. Students are responsible for providing their instrument. Students progress into Symphonic Strings from Concert Strings. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Placement by audition.

PA 0835 Chamber Strings (Grades 8-12)

This class is intended for advanced students who play an orchestral string instrument and want to polish their orchestra skills. Students will explore a variety of musical styles. Class time includes rehearsal as a large group, instruction in advancing techniques, and sectional work. Regular practice is required. This group will perform regularly throughout the year and will be offered the opportunity to compete in regional/state competitions and festivals.  Students progress into Chamber Strings from Symphonic Strings.  May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Placement by audition.