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CHORAL & VOCAL CLASSES

BEGINNING WOMEN’S CHORUS

(Open to Freshmen, Sophomores)

The Beginning Women’s Chorus provides young ladies an opportunity to explore their voice, truly a God given instrument, in a non-threatening environment. Open primarily to 9th and 10th graders (although, if schedules require, upperclassmen may also sign up), this course will teach students about how to properly use the singing mechanism, the physiology of the voice, and basics in music theory and music history. The students will learn a variety of skill appropriate repertoire and will perform in two to three concerts throughout the year.  Additionally, interested students will be encouraged to participate in the Freshman Honors Chorus offered through the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association.

 

BELLA VOCE

Prerequisite: Audition

(Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)

Bella Voce, the elite Women’s ensemble within the JPII Choral Program, provides an opportunity to not only learn an extension of skills and methods learned in previous choirs, but also to take a large step forward into becoming a completely independent musician.  This choir explores a variety of literature, both a cappella and accompanied, a continuation of applicable music theory concepts, a specified study of music history, and a continuation of building aural skills. The students perform in two to three major concerts throughout the year, participate in Graduation and Baccalaureate Mass in May, participate in the MTVA Choral Festival in late February, and sing at several small performances throughout the year (both during school and after school).

Members of Bella Voce will be STRONGLY encouraged to participate in the private voice lesson program, as well as participation the Mid-State / All-State process offered through the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association.

 

BEGINNING MEN’S CHORUS

(Open to Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors)

The Beginning Men’s Chorus provides young men an opportunity to explore their voice, truly a God given instrument, in a non-threatening environment. Open primarily to 9th and 10th graders (although, if schedules require, upperclassmen may also sign up), this course will teach students about how to properly use the singing mechanism, the physiology of the voice, and basics in music theory and music history. The students will learn a variety of skill appropriate repertoire and will perform in two to three concerts throughout the year. Additionally, interested students will be encouraged to participate in the Freshman Honors Chorus offered through the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association.

 

CONCERT CHOIR

Prerequisite: Beginning Men’s Chorus and/or Teacher Recommendation

(Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)

The Concert Choir, open to men and women, provides an opportunity to learn an extension of skills and methods learned in the Beginning Men’s and Women’s Chorus.  Open to 10th graders and higher, this choir explores a variety of literature, a continuation of applicable music theory concepts, a deeper understanding of music history, and an introduction to aural skills. The students will perform in two to three concerts throughout the year, the Baccalaureate Mass in May, and occasionally participate in the MTVA Choral Festival in late February.

Additionally, interested students will be encouraged to participate in the Mid-State / All-State process offered through the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association.

 

CHAMBER CHOIR

Prerequisite: Audition.

(Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)

Chamber Choir, the elite mixed ensemble within the JPII Choral Program, provides an opportunity to not only learn an extension of skills and methods learned in previous choirs, but also to take a large step forward into becoming a completely independent musician.  This choir explores a variety of literature, both a cappella and accompanied, a continuation of applicable music theory concepts, a specified study of music history, and a continuation of building aural skills. The students perform in two to three major concerts throughout the year, participate in Graduation and Baccalaureate Mass in May, participate in the MTVA Choral Festival in late February, and sing at several small performances throughout the year (both during school and after school).

Members of Chamber Choir will be STRONGLY encouraged to participate in the private voice lesson program, as well as participation the Mid-State / All-State process offered through the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association.

 

PRIVATE VOICE/PIANO INSTRUCTION

One-on-one instruction is available to students in voice and piano for a fee to be determined at the beginning of each school year. These lessons are available once a week to students and are coordinated through the Fine Arts Department.

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

BEGINNING GUITAR

Open to all grades.

 

Learn to play or improve your skills on the guitar. Students will not only learn basic chord shapes and scales, we will also learn how to incorporate those shapes into chord progressions . We will learn how to read music notation, including key signatures, time signatures and melodies to help improve sight-reading skills. Another goal of the class will be to play works for guitar ensemble.  The JPII Beginning Guitar class will remain as one of the most popular classes at JPII!   We will be visited by master guitarists, perform on stage, and learn not only the rudiments of musical practice and performance but set ourselves for a lifetime of enjoyment playing the world’s favorite instrument.

 

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Open to all grades; prior experience on a wind band instrument is required (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion) is required.

 

This multi level course is designed to engage students through the art of western classical music and modern art music.   This class is open to all students of all ability levels.   String Instrumentalists are strongly encouraged to participate in this ensemble. Most students should have some experience with playing of a string instrument as part of this class.   Woodwind instrumentalists or timpanists interested in performing with this group as a class will be asked to interview with the director of instrumental music.

 

ELITE BAND ENSEMBLE

Open to all grades.

 

This selective course, by audition only, will feature a variety of contemporary styles and musical genres.  Focusing on American music of the last half century, students will be exposed to and perform music from 50’s style do-wop through current electronica.  This small group will perform regularly and collaborate with other fine-arts classes in creating mixed media and performance art.  Proficiency and expertise as determined by the instructor will be required for acceptance into this class.  This class will have some extra-curricular activities and rehearsals required.  The new JPII House of Rock ensemble will be recording two albums, a studio and live performance in the next year, students will also be performing at several Nashville music venues.  This group will showcase the many talented individuals within our program.  Registration for this class is limited but open to all via audition.

 

 

PERCUSSION

Open to all grades; prior experience on a percussion instrument is required.

Our Percussion Class has evolved into a true performing ensemble. The JP II Drum Line, which began its development in the 2007-2008 school year, has become a valued ensemble, performing at some home Football Games as well as in various concerts. Members will also participate in various Percussion Ensemble situations playing a variety of instruments. In addition to learning to or improving music reading skills, you will also learn proper performance techniques on the various percussion instruments.

 

PERCUSSION

Open to all grades; prior experience on a percussion instrument is required.

Our Percussion Class has evolved into a true performing ensemble. The JP II Drum Line, which began its development in the 2007-2008 school year, has become a valued ensemble, performing at some home Football Games as well as in various concerts. Members will also participate in various Percussion Ensemble situations playing a variety of instruments. In addition to learning to or improving music reading skills, you will also learn proper performance techniques on the various percussion instruments.

 

BAND

Open to all grades.

 

This multi level course is designed to engage students through the various literature and genres of instrumental music for band.    This course is available to all students regardless of previous experience.   Percussionists, pianists, and guitarists interested in performing with the band are welcome but must interview/audition with the director of instrumental music prior to registration.    The JPII Band will be planning a multi-state tour in the next year and recording a new album.   We will also be hosting another salsa night in conjunction with the foreign language department.   JPII band students are consistently some of the top academic and athletic performers in the school as well being musically gifted.   Everyone is welcome and encouraged to be part of the band at JPII!

 

THEATRE ARTS COURSES

FORENSICS

Open to all grades.

Forensics is the art of oral competition. This field of competition is recognized by colleges and includes regional and state finals. Some competitions include monetary rewards. If you sign up for this course you will be a recognized team member. Our forensics team will compete against other schools in categories such as poetry reading, dramatic interpretation of literature, humorous interpretation, one-act plays, monologues, debate and the like. Class-time will be spent on accruing competitive pieces in which you will be performing, as well as rehearse. 90% of your grade will be based on conduct and attending Forensics Meets. You must be able to work independently in class. This class will not be used as a study hall. Competitions are held on weekends. Competitions are usually held out of the city. Traveling will be necessary. You will be required to attend all competitions. Do not sign up for this course if you do not have Saturdays available for competitions. The schedule of meets is not available until the fall; however, history dictates that our region conducts six to seven meets per year.

BEGINNING THEATRE ARTS

Open to all grades.

For those interested in the understanding of basic theatre concepts. Students will learn basic performing techniques thru such activities as improvisation, public speaking and story telling. Students will also learn the parts of the stage, functions of theater personnel, theatre history, and film/television history. Lectures will be given from The Stage and the School textbook. You will NOT be required to purchase this book. You will be required to attend the fall and spring productions. This class is a prerequisite for Intermediate and Advanced Theatre.

INTERMEDIATE THEATRE ARTS

Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Prerequisite: Beginning Theatre Arts.

For those interested in furthering their knowledge of acting and theatre. This class will consist of learning acting through observation, such as watching plays (live or taped) and films. It will include the beginning stages of acting training, by acting out scenes from plays. It will consist of furthering one’s understanding of the theatrical process through costuming and make-up. Students will be required to attend all main stage productions.

ADV THEATRE ARTS

Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Prerequisite: Beginning Theatre Arts and Instructor permission.

Students must have completed Beginning Theatre. This class will be a college prep class for acting. The class is designed for those interested in majoring in any fine arts program in college, or similar programs such as advertising or broadcasting. Students will be taught acting through the Shurtleff and Stanislavski acting techniques. The first half of the year will focus on developing the speaking voice and movement technique. Students will be required to learn Tae Chi, and other movement formats. The second half of the year will focus on character development thru the use of emotional recall, subtext, inner monologue and the like. Students will be asked to improvise scenes and perform scenes from plays and film scripts. Students will be required to audition for the fall and spring main stage productions. If not cast, students must participate in the production in some capacity. Various jobs will be offered to the students from which they may choose. Students will also be required to perform one public show. This may take the form of a a one-act play, improvisational comedy show, or a full-length play.

STAGECRAFT / ADV STAGECRAFT

Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Instructor permission required.

For those interested in learning basic stagecraft including the use of hand tools, power tools, building and painting sets, identifying and hanging electrics, hanging microphones, as well as running the sound and light board. • Advanced students are required to design light plots and sets. Only those receiving advanced credit can take stagecraft for multiple years. • Students will participate in all areas of building but may not partake in the running of sound and lights for said shows. • Students will be required to build all sets for all productions and run the shows. Students will be asked to attend all necessary rehearsals, including weekends. • Additional fees may be assessed for materials pertaining to this class. • Those interested in costuming and makeup may take this class, but they will also be required to build sets.

VISUAL ARTS COURSES

STUDIO ART 1

The aim of this class is to have every student experience the processes and techniques of art making in both 2D and 3D Design. Examining the elements and principles of design, students will explore fundamental concepts, skills, and processes of sculpture, drawing, painting, and mixed media. Students sample a range of subject matter including still life, nature, architecture, functional object making, abstraction, and the human figure while using materials such as charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, collage, paint, clay, plaster, and non-traditional materials. Students will learn to grow artistically by both giving and receiving advice in class critiques and investigating art history, cultural influences, and aesthetics as they develop their projects. This is the class necessary to move on in a 2-D, 3-D, or Photography track in the visual arts curriculum.

2D INTERMEDIATE

Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Prerequisite: Beginning 2D or Studio Art 1.

This class will build on the foundation that began in Beginning 2D/Studio Art 1, using the knowledge of technique and concepts to discover the students’ individual styles and artistic identities. This class will explore beyond the basic representational drawings of the Beginning 2D/Studio Art 1 by lending itself to abstraction and personal expression. A deeper understanding of the elements and principles of design will develop through exploring different processes and media. In addition to the media used in the Beginning 2D Studio Art 1 class, the students will be introduced to printmaking techniques, oil painting, watercolor painting, and Sumi-e drawing. The students will be more involved in both art history research and critiques.

DRAWING AND PAINTING

Prerequisite: Foundational Studies in Beginning 2D Design, Intermediate 2D Design

(Open to Juniors and Seniors)

Drawing and Painting is an exploration of techniques that strengthen one’s personal image making thus making the students’ art not simply art but their individualized artwork.  They will experiment with an extremely wide range of media to execute many different drawings/paintings over a wide range of subject matter, such as, still-life, self-portraiture, landscape and non-objective art.  The students are expected to synthesize their past knowledge of the elements and principles of design into their own work.  The elements and principles will be examined and critiqued in their work as well as in art history.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Prerequisite: Beginning 2D Design (or Studio Art 1) or Instructor Permission: Instructor permission for 10th grade.  You may NOT take this class if you have taken 2D AP Design Portfolio under AP Photography.

(Open to Juniors and Seniors only)

Students will explore the photographic medium as mode for expression in both the traditional and the digital darkroom.  The study begins with basic B&W darkroom projects, the use of pinhole cameras, digital work, darkroom experimentation and exploring the use of a camera to express one’s vision.  As students skills progress, they will work with alternately with more sophisticated darkroom techniques and with digitally scanned and enhanced images.  Students are to have their own 35mm cameras for this class.  If a camera has not yet been purchased, PLEASE consult with the instructor before doing so.  A digital camera, though useful and welcome, is NOT required and may NOT be substituted.  Students must have a USB memory stick capable of storing at least 1GB of data.  A home copy of the software Photoshop Elements, while not necessary, can be very helpful.

MULTIMEDIA PHOTO AND DESIGN

Students will continue to expand their grasp of technical and artistic understanding of both traditional and contemporary photographic techniques. This class will cover more work with Photoshop, photo-collage, abstraction and digital manipulation of both digital and scanned images, but will also maintain a standard of darkroom development of film. Using these techniques, the students will expand their senses of composition and pictorial space. The35mm camera and digital camera from Photo I are both required. The History of Photography, Design, and Multimedia studies will be included in course content. Students must have a USB memory stock capable of storing at least 1GB of data. A home copy of the software Photoshop Elements, while not necessary, can be very helpful.

AP 2D DESIGN

Prerequisite: Beginning 2D Design (or Studio Art 1, Intermediate 2D Design AND Instructor Permission. You may NOT take this class if you have taken 2D Design AP Portfolio under AP Photography.

(Open to Juniors and Seniors only)

This is a demanding class that is for the advanced art student seeking to develop a 2D portfolio and earn college credit. Students will work with traditional art media to explore design problems. Cultural and Social Perspectives are incorporated into projects, as is art history. Students may also work with photography in the traditional darkroom as well as using the digital darkroom. Creative manipulation for traditional artwork will be explored using Adobe Photoshop techniques. Students will develop their portfolios by creating twelve differing pieces that explore the various elements and principles of design for theBreadth section of the portfolio and twelve thematically unified pieces that interpret the elements of design from a personal perspective for theConcentration section of the portfolio: the AP2DDesign portfolio is comprised of a total of twenty-four required quality works.  Students work at a college level and are expected to work on their art in class and at home to complete the required pieces for the portfolio.  Students must have a USB memory stock capable of storing at least 1GB of data.  A home copy of the software Photoshop Elements, while not necessary, can be very helpful.

3D DESIGN INTERMEDIATE

Prerequisite: Beginning 3D Design or Studio Art 1

(Open to Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors)

Students will work with a broad range of materials and techniques to investigate both the historic, traditional methods of making sculpture as well as the exploring the manners of fabricating three dimensional art that have been developed since the turn of the Twentieth Century.  Students will carve, model and assemble various materials to create pieces that will be based, alternatively, on the observation of nature, the human figure, the abstraction of shape and form, the conceptual and the forces of nature. 

Since any object or material is potentially usable as an art supply it is impossible to anticipate and supply everything each student may need to develop a personally expressive body of work.  On occasion all students should expect to have to buy things, individually, that are called for by the particular requirements of the piece they are developing.

3D DESIGN AP

Prerequisite: Beginning 3D Design (or Studio Art 1), Intermediate 3D Design, AND

Instructor permission or Instructor Permission for 10th grade.

(Open to Juniors and Seniors)

This is a demanding class that is for the advanced art students seeking to develop a 3D Design portfolio and earn college credit.  “This portfolio is intended to address sculptural issues.  Design involves purposeful decision-making about using the elements and principles of art in an integrative way.  In the 3-D Design portfolio, students should demonstrate their understanding of design principles as they relate to depth and space. The principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground relationship) can be articulated through the visual elements (mass, volume, color/light, form, plane, line, texture).” For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 3-D Design through any three-dimensional approach, including, but not limited to figurative or nonfigurative sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, and three dimensional fiber arts. -From the May 2008 AP Studio Art Course Description, available on AP Central.

Students will develop three sections of the 3-D Design portfolio.  The Quality Section of the portfolio consists of five pieces that demonstrate the mastery of three-dimensional design. The Breadth section of the portfolio consists of eight pieces that vary in materials and explore the elements and principles of design. The Concentration section of the portfolio will be developed by an in depth exploration of a particular design concern comprised of twelve thematically unified pieces.  The AP 3-D design portfolio is compromised of a total of twenty five required quality works. Students work at a college level and are expected to work on their art work in class and at home to complete the required pieces for the portfolio.

ART APPRECIATION VISUAL AND MUSICAL

This offering will track the development of the visual and musical arts. Beginning with the High Gothic period of art and architecture and the corresponding Gregorian chant, we will discover the development of both art forms through the period of Modernism.