ENCORE’S SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS –
I am coming to Encore for the Fine Arts Education. How does the “School of Fine Arts work”?
Every student that attends Encore MUST DECLARE a house. Think of it like the sorting hat when you get accepted to Hogwart’s. Every student has to decide which direction they want to go in as they enter Encore School of Fine Arts’ six-year program.
CHOOSING A HOUSE –
Each year, new students and returning students are required to assess and test within their house. The house would be the same idea as choosing a degree program at a university. As a college student, you choose a major for your bachelor’s degree. Choosing a house at Encore High School should feel the same as choosing the major for your bachelor’s degree. All of our houses are arts based.
During your enrollment at Encore School of Fine Arts, you should be planning to graduate with a certification from your House. To graduate with a certification from your house, you will earn a special graduation cord that you will wear and a certificate that you will receive during your high school graduation.
How do I know which HOUSE I should be choosing?
The best way to know how to choose the right HOUSE starts with understanding what each HOUSE represents and what the expectations are.
HOUSE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
Since Encore High School is the home of the pirates, each house is branded with their own pirate flag. The House of Performing Arts is nicknamed Selky. A Selky is from pirate lore and is a pirate monster that looked like a werewolf. They are human part of the time and can change into the wolflike creature. The performing artist transforms onstage and is therefore the Selky of the stage. The House of Performing Arts flag is the skull and crossbones adorned with the gold ear ring and the bright head scarf because performers love costumes. This flag represents the love of the theatrics from the House of the Performing Arts.
HOUSE DESCRIPTION –
The house of the performing arts covers all art forms where the primary focus of what a student would do would end up on a stage or in a performance. Students enrolled in the House of Performing Arts should have the expectation of constantly working toward a show or recital where the finished product will be onstage.
Depending on the student involvement and the level within a specific conservatory, students that are enrolled in the House of Performing Arts should expect to be asked to stay after school for production rehearsals. They wear makeup and have weekend and night commitments depending on what they are chosen to do.
When a student graduates with a certification from the House of Performing Arts, it is the expectation that they will have a great knowledge of how putting together a show works and what it takes to create a production. They will acquire a work ethic and be able to think on their feet from the challenges of live theater.
Students are expected to purchase their own specific shoes, clothing, and some basic equipment to successfully participate in this house.
Tickets to see shows and productions within this House range from $12 to $16 with all of the proceeds going back into the conservatory that is presenting the show. There is a rental / cleaning fee on costumes used for shows of $5 each per production.
HOUSE OF MUSIC ARTS
The House of Music is nicknamed the Kraken. The Kraken is from pirate lore and is a pirate monster that looked like a giant squid. The Kraken was so large that is could engulf an entire pirate ship and drag it into the sea. The musician can entrance their audiences and pull them into the sea of music and is therefore the Kraken of the arts. The House of Music flag shows the Kraken engulfing a ship anchor getting ready to pull them into the music. This flag represents the strength of music from the House of the Music.
HOUSE DESCRIPTION –
The house of music covers all art forms where the primary focus of what a student would do uses music to define. Students enrolled in the House of Music should have the expectation of constantly practicing at home individually to become a better musician. They will work independently as soloists and in groups in choirs and bands. They don’t have a lot of after school commitments, but will attend festival and will perform throughout the year.
Depending on the student involvement and the level within a specific conservatory, students that are enrolled in the House of Music should expect to enroll in music theory every year. Music theory enhances the ability to sight read and write music. Students will also be asked oftentimes to expand to additional instruments.
When a student graduates with a certification from the House of Music, it is the expectation that they will have a great knowledge of music theory and a variety of music. They will be able to sight read and will be able to show mastery in their instrument. Students are expected to rent or purchase their own instruments. There is a uniform for the choirs and bands that must be purchased one time, but can be reused year after year. Should any financial hardship arise, please let Encore know. Musicians perform at the fall carnival, winter festival, and spring recitals. These are free attend, but donations of $2 per person is requested to help fund sheet music for the department. Additional festivals are added and parents are made aware when they can watch the performances. There are also multiple opportunities for musicians to auditions for productions on campus.
HOUSE OF VISUAL / TECHNICAL ARTS
Since Encore High School is the home of the pirates each house is branded with their own pirate flag.
The House of Visual & Technical Arts is nicknamed the Lusca. The Lusca is from Bahama pirate lore and is a pirate monster that is half shark and half octopus. The Lusca hides in the caves and the darkness of the sea’s ocean floor, but cannot be mistaken or missed when it comes to the surface and swallows your ship whole. The House of Visual & Technical Arts flag shows sugar skull and crossbones to elaborate on the detail put into the visual artwork created by the artist of this house.
HOUSE DESCRIPTION –
The house of visual & technical arts covers all art forms where the primary focus of what a student would do is create works with their hands or technological tools to create 2D, 3D, and literary arts. They will work mostly independently with some exceptions when groups are working to create project based works of art. They do not have a lot of after school commitments, but will enter works in competitions and compete in on campus projects in correlation with art shows and festivals throughout the year.
Depending on the student involvement and the level within a specific conservatory, students that are enrolled in the House of Visual & Technical Arts should expect to have projects driven around core art fundamentals as well as thinking outside of the box. Technical arts students will be asked to participate in photojournalism projects at events throughout the year and help with completion of the 400 page yearbook.
When a student graduates with a certification from the House of Visual & Performing Arts, it is the expectation that they will have a great knowledge of the fundamentals of art. They will have a portfolio to submit for professional and college interviews and will be able to communicate their arts ideas with professionals.
Students are expected to have a sketchbook and pencils that they can constantly sketch and build ideas in. These simple tools are imperative for the growth of an artist. Depending on the forte of the artist, they can go through a sketchbook very quickly or take years to work through just one. It is important that they have a sketchbook so they can build when the moment presents itself. A couple gallery shows happen each year that the students participate in. They also visit museums each year to study relevant work.
HOUSE OF CAREER ARTS
The House of Career Arts is nicknamed the Flying Dutchmen. The pirate lore of the Flying Dutchmen is simply that it is a very fast moving ship that can never port. The House of Career Arts is building the future business leaders and entrepreneurs within the arts industry, so they will always be on the move. The House of Career Arts is the pirate ship with two swords signifying the strength of leading a career and the ship signifying the constant movement of an entrepreneur.
HOUSE DESCRIPTION –
The house of career arts covers technical arts skills that can be translated into competitive careers within the arts and general management careers. The students within this House are the ones that are going to be planning larger events using a variety of mediums. Encore’s House of Careers is broken down into three conservatories – Performance Careers (ones on stage), Technical Careers (behind the scenes), and Teaching / Management (ones that create the event).
Depending on the student involvement and the level within a specific conservatory, students that are enrolled in the House of Career Arts should expect to be asked to stay after school for special events and will probably be enrolled in a daily lab study hall that will work to plan events rather than work on homework. They need to have a strong work ethic, common sense, and have an open mind to learn how to become a great leader.
When a student graduates with a certification from the House of Career Arts, it is the expectation that they will have a great knowledge of how to communicate in the business world. They will know how to organize and event and complete certain tasks specific to careers within technical arts career training given in the Encore courses.
Students are expected to work extra hours and participate in school events. Heavy student engagement and heavy student communication is required to succeed in the House of Career Arts.
There are a variety of specific business models that are performed through this House over the course of the year that involve both stage, print, and media entertainment.
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
The following courses can be taken by any student that is enrolled at Encore High School. These are entry level courses with most of them not requiring a prerequisite course.
COURSE: Applied Arts
COURSE NUMBER: 1625A-G: Elective, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This introductory arts elective course allows students who have yet to choose a Conservatory to discover career opportunities as well as viable career paths within the arts related fields will including the arts and entertainment industry. Students work both independently and collaboratively in groups on projects and assignments that will provide each student with hands-on experience in careers that incorporate the Encore student’s passion for the arts. The purpose of the Applied Arts course is to assist the Student in his/ her discovery of his/her customized path at Encore. In addition to information about industry careers, students will learn valuable self-assessment skills, concepts of on-going personal development, and resiliency as an artist.
COURSE: Arts Appreciation
COURSE NUMBER: 1626
A-G: Elective, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an exciting opportunity to experience the skills and projects of many art forms. This course is a survey of all art forms offered within Encore High School. Covering all genres and giving students an opportunity to explore the arts with hands on projects, students will touch on all conservatories offered within the School of Fine Arts. For students that are beginners that have not selected what specific art form to explore, it is recommended that students enroll in Arts Appreciation and Applied Arts concurrently.
COURSE: Music Theory
COURSE NUMBER: 641A-G: Elective, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Using major and minor scales, circle of fifths, interval training, triad construction, musical notation, basic chord recognition, seventh chords, and rhythmic counting, Music Theory will introduce the principles of harmony in music. Students will learn how to effectively read and notate music, aurally discern intervals / scales / modes, and how to analyze chords, scales, and other components of written music.
COURSE: Drama I
COURSE NUMBER: 066
A-G: Elective / Fine Arts, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to give the student an introduction to drama including appropriate theatre terminology for stage, voice, movement, improvisation, acting, directing, technical aspects of production, historical theatre and theatrical careers. The study of drama will be approached through study of text, participation in projects, research, discussion, and classroom performance.
COURSE: Dance Technique
COURSE NUMBER: 4311 A-G: Elective, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will become sufficient in the fundamental movements of jazz, ballet, and lyrical dance, as well as the vocabulary needed to form a foundation in dance. No previous dance experience is required to take part in this course. All Students will have the opportunity to hone their newly developed skills in throughout the year in order to assess into a conservatory level dance class.
COURSE: Beginning Instruments
COURSE NUMBER: A-G: Elective, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory musicianship class to help students that have minimal to no experience playing an instrument. A variety of music instruments will be introduced over the course of the class to help beginners hone in on what instruments are interesting to them. Basic music theory concepts are covered in this course.
COURSE: Junior High Choir
COURSE NUMBER: 6212
A-G: Not A-G, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
PREREQUISITE: Must be in 7th or 8th grade
COURSE DESCRIPTION: As a junior high student, students learn how to sing their part with others in a multi-part choral setting. An eclectic variety of choral repertoire is covered from different style periods and genres. Basics of choral singing are also covered, including vocal technique, choral blend, balance, phrasing, dynamics and articulation as well as stage presence and performance etiquette. Rehearsals culminate in two to four public performances per year. Also emphasized is preparing for eligibility into the advanced choirs.
COURSE: High School Choir
COURSE NUMBER: 143
A-G: Elective / Fine Art, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
PREREQUISITE: Must be in grades 9 – 12
COURSE DESCRIPTION: As a high school student, students learn how to sing their part with others in a multi-part choral setting. An eclectic variety of choral repertoire is covered from different style periods and genres. Basics of choral singing are also covered, including vocal technique, choral blend, balance, phrasing, dynamics and articulation as well as stage presence and performance etiquette. Rehearsals culminate in two to four public performances per year. Also emphasized is preparing for eligibility into the advanced choirs.
COURSE: Cirque Conditioning
COURSE NUMBER: 2161
A-G COURSE: Elective, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: For students wishing to gain muscle strength and possibly enter into the strenuous art form of circus, this course helps teach students how to incorporate muscle tone, strength, flexibility, and endurance training into a daily routine.
COURSE: Arts Exploration
COURSE NUMBER: A-G: Elective, 10 credits, General Education, All Houses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory, hands on visual arts course to help students gain the basic knowledge of concepts within visual arts.
ASSESSMENTS AND AUDITIONS
So, Encore has four houses to choose from and I have to assess to be accepted into the school, the house, and anything else I want to do. That sounds scary. What do I have to do?
Assessments are required for every student of Encore every year. For new students, you will be invited to a new student assessment workshop to assess into one of the four houses.
NEW STUDENTS – There are two ways that you can assess as a new student:
1. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – If you are a beginner, plan to attend a HOUSE assessment. You will participate in a class given by teachers, masters, or alumni and will then be interviewed prior to the end of your workshop. At the end of the workshop, your assessment is complete and you can be placed at the pre-conservatory level of the HOUSE of your choice. Workshops are given group dates and are open for anyone to attend that is registered to come to Encore as a new student.
2. EXPERIENCE NEEDED – If you are experienced within one of the conservatories on campus and plan on auditioning for a conservatory, this will also count as your assessment. If you audition for a conservatory, you can be leveled between levels one and three. If you audition and you have been placed in pre-conservatory, you will be placed in the HOUSE not the conservatory. Conservatory auditions are applied for and scheduled with the teacher in small groups.
3. ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST BE ASSESSED – Whether you choose a workshop or an audition, every new student must complete one or the other before being enrolled at Encore High School. If you fail to complete this part of the enrollment process, your spot could be given to the next available student. Make sure to follow through on your enrollment assessment.
RETURNING STUDENTS –
There are two ways to assess as a returning student:
1. ANNUAL ARTS ASSESSMENTS – If you are taking the natural move within your house and your conservatory, you will do your annual assessment within your arts class and receive your assessment form for your progression either into a chosen conservatory or into a level higher within your chosen conservatory.
2. CHANGING HOUSES OR CONSERVATORIES – If you are wishing to change your House or your conservatory, you can do so by filling out a request form before spring break. You can only change your house or conservatory between school years. Once the request form is filled out, an assessment appointment will be made for you during the school day and you will have an opportunity to assess into the new house or conservatory at that time.
Students are only allowed to change Houses and Conservatories at the beginning of each school year. Make sure that you choose your House based on what you want to do, not where your friends are. You want to get the most out of your career at Encore High School.