VOCAL MUSIC – COURSE CATALOG

The courses listed here count toward Vocal Music Arts Conservatory credit. When two courses are taken within the same conservatory, students qualify for a conservatory letter. Students should also register for PreMaster and Master certification courses to be prepared to graduate certified within their conservatory.

COURSE: ADVANCED CHOIR I
COURSE NUMBER: 140
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective under UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Dance, Cirque
HESPERIA COURSES: Period 4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hekel) Period 4
DESCRIPTION: Advanced Choir I is a course for students who qualify for advanced music instruction through audition. This course is designed to increase the vocal skill and performance levels of each student and to develop aesthetic and cultural values through critical listening, music theory, and sight singing. Students will sing a wide range of literature form a variety of time periods, languages, cultures and styles. Students will perform medium to difficult, high school choral literature for performances in concerts and festivals. Emphasis will be placed on small ensemble One-Voice-per-Part Acappella material including jazz and Classical selections. From the study of these various styles, students will attain enhanced awareness of the history and events surrounding the development of choral literature.

COURSE: ADVANCED CHOIR II
COURSE NUMBER: 140
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective under UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: Period 4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hekel) Period 4
DESCRIPTION: an advanced, mixed-voice, small ensemble consisting of auditioned students. Selected students will need: strong musicianship, good vocal tone, strong sense of pitch, strong soloing ability, and a developing-strong vocal improvisation ability. This ensemble will focus on 4-8 part selections, soloing, vocal improvisation, and a cappella vocal styles. include vocal jazz, traditional and contemporary a cappella selections. This ensemble is ideal for students seeking to continue in pursuit of a collegiate music degree.

COURSE: BALLET / LYRICAL I
COURSE NUMBER: 421
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Dance, Theatre, Vocal Music, Cirque Acrobatics
HESPERIA COURSES: (Whiting) Periods 3,4,6,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: 
DESCRIPTION: Ballet and Lyrical I focuses on the technique and application of classical ballet for the beginning student. Students will gain an understanding of body alignment, flexibility, physical and spatial awareness as well as musicality and coordination. The lecture component of this course covers the historical and cultural implications of classical ballet. Class discussions on analysis, physical safety, injury prevention and terminology including dance medicine, kinesiology and anatomy. The physical portion of this class focuses on barre, center and across the floor combinations. The end of this course culminates in full length routines that incorporate all of the learned techniques.

COURSE: DRAMA I
COURSE NUMBER: 67
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Level I Conservatory Audition or Assessment
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theater, Dance, Cirque Acrobatics, Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 3,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: In Drama I builds upon the lessons learned in Drama I.  Focussing on theatre history, and acting skills, students will learn to increase and heighten their imagination through theatre games, train and mold the movements of their bodies by learning actor warm-ups, self awareness, and character creation, experiment with yoga, stage combat, and showing expression using their bodies.  In Drama II students will also learn how to train their voices as an actor, by learning vocal warm-ups, mastering projection and articulation.   Creating a character physically and vocally by analyzing motivation and behavior will become second nature.  All students will learn how to create an analysis of a play and write their own plays.  In Drama II, they will enjoy, love, appreciate, and refine their talents in the art of drama!

COURSE: EXPERT CHOIR III
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective under UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: Period 6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hekel) Period 6
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: EXPERT CHOIR IV
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective under UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level IV
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: Period 6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hekel) Period 6
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: JAZZ / TAP I
COURSE NUMBER: 426
A-G: 
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Dance, Theatre, Vocal Music, Cirque Acrobatics
HESPERIA COURSES: (Whiting) Period 2 (Kitchens) Periods 3,4,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR II
COURSE NUMBER: 6213
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: Periods 2,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hekel) Periods 2,7)
DESCRIPTION: This is the top middle school choir. Junior Choir II rehearses and performs three to four part treble harmony both accompanied and Acapella chosen from an eclectic choral repertoire of different style periods and genres. Excellence in the choral art is achieved through obtaining excellence in vocal technique, beauty of tone, choral blend, balance, phrasing, dynamics and articulation, as well as stage presence and performance etiquette. Junior Choir II performs several times each year.

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH DRAMA A 
COURSE NUMBER: 68
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Theatre, Dance, Cirque, Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Merket) Periods 4,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theatre.  Emphasis will be placed on learning proper theatre vocabulary and terminology as well as proper acting technique.  Provides opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include technical theatre and theatre critique

COURSE: MADRIGALS
COURSE NUMBER: 621
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective under UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Class
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSE: Period 8
RIVERSIDE COURSE: (Hekel) Period 8
DESCRIPTION: Madrigals is the most advance choir on the Encore campus. Using advanced a capella techniques and mixed choir technique, this group excels vocally. Madrigals rehears and perform at a variety of advanced a capella choral literature representing an eclectic mix of genres and styles including classical (Renaissance period), vocal jazz and pop/contemporary music. Excellence in the choral art is achieved through excellence in vocal technique, beauty of tone, musicianship, choral blend, balance, phrasing, dynamics of articulation, as well as stage presence and performance etiquette. Madrigals have many performances throughout the year both on campus and off campus including community events and Southern California choral festivals.

COURSE: MUSIC THEORY
COURSE NUMBER: 641
A-G: 10 credits (F) / Music
PREREQUISITE: Level I Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Period 1
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to develop musical skills that will lead to a thorough understanding of music composition and music theory. The emphasis will be on the rules of theory and composition, ear training, and sight singing. While the main emphasis is placed on music of the common period (1600-1750), music of other stylistic periods will also be studied. Students are prepared to take the AP Music Theory Exam, if applicable, when they have completed the course. Students planning to major in music in college may be able to enroll in an advanced music theory course, depending on individual colleges’ AP policies.

COURSE: MUSICAL THEATRE I
COURSE NUMBER: 1755
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Period 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 7
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to provide students with in depth knowledge of musical theatre cannon and history as well as foundational skills of musical theatre performance. Students will learn how to prepare material from musicals in accordance with the historical context of the piece. They will become experts in the style and history of each unit of musical theatre addressed in the class. Students will develop the analytical skills used in exploring musical theatre material as theatrical texts and historically significant cultural compositions. They will also develop performance techniques needed for singing, dancing and acting in the musical theatre genre.

The course includes the study of vocal techniques, music theory, ballet fundamentals, musical theatre dance, performance scene study, and character/lyric/text analysis. Students will take part in individual and ensemble performances based around specific class material and performed as a public showcase at the end of each semester.

COURSE: MUSICAL THEATRE II
COURSE NUMBER: 6012
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Period 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 7
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: PIANO I
COURSE NUMBER: 119
A-G: 10 credits under review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Level I Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Periods 3,7,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Kim) Periods 3,7,8
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to teach the concepts and fundamentals that will apply to all areas of music study at a beginning level.  Students will learn how to read notes, rhythms, and musical symbols on the staff and work on having consistent tone with good hand formation and proper body posture.

COURSE: PROFESSIONAL VOCAL ARTIST HONORS (Ambassadors)
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective, 5.0 grading scale
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSE: (Gibson) Period3
RIVERSIDE COURSE: (Hekel) Period 3
DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will work in a practical lab setting where in depth, advanced vocal techniques will be taught and mastered within solo and choral vocal settings. Students will create and learn both group and individual performance pieces based on fundamentals and principles for vocalists looking for a career in vocal music. They build technical vocal knowledge based on class vocal health research, warm-ups, exercises, and a variety of vocal pieces taught within the class. They will participate in lab classes and master classes that help students participate in discussions and techniques that cover the world of advanced and professional level vocal music. This intense lab based class will work in conjunction with the Professional Performance Artist class to create musical tour productions that include fundamental and advanced techniques in singing. The goals of this class are for students to master the techniques and understanding of fundamental and advanced vocal skills for singing. Students will show advanced skill in singing. Students will identify and critique professional vocal performances and be able to create production pieces that display correct technique and advanced knowledge of fundamentals of vocal music. Honors Captsone project is to create a music video featuring a select music genre as the subject of the singing project.

COURSE: VOICE TECHNIQUE I (HIGH SCHOOL)
COURSE NUMBER: 1371
A-G: 10 credits pending UC review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Periods 4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 1,4
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: VOICE TECHNIQUE I (JUNIOR HIGH)
COURSE NUMBER: 1372
A-G: Not for A-G
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Periods 8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 8
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: VOICE TECHNIQUE II (HIGH SCHOOL)
COURSE NUMBER: 1373
A-G: 10 credits pending UC review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Periods 4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 1,4
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: VOICE TECHNIQUE II (JUNIOR HIGH)
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: Not for A-G
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Periods 8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 8
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: VOICE TECHNIQUE III
COURSE NUMBER: 1374
A-G: 10 credits pending UC review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Periods 1,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 3
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: VOICE TECHNIQUE IV
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits pending UC review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Periods 1,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 3
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: VOICE TECHNIQUE V
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits pending UC review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Gibson) Periods 1,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Cummings) Period 3
DESCRIPTION: