General Arts Classes – Track A

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
PREREQUISITE: None
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
PREREQUISITE: None
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
PREREQUISITE: None
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
PREREQUISITE: None
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
PREREQUISITE: None
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
PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory, hands on visual arts course to help students gain the basic knowledge of concepts within visual arts.