Fine Arts

Performing Arts

Courses

Wind Ensemble & Marching Band

Grades 9-12           1 credit

Prerequisite: 8th Grade Band/Audition

This class is open to all high school students who exhibit an advanced level playing proficiency on a traditional band instrument. No students may enroll without first AUDITIONING with the high school band instructor in the Spring of the previous school year. It is a performance oriented, ensemble class, and its primary instructional method is rehearsal, preparation and performance of the highest quality repertoire appropriate for an advanced level of playing proficiency. This class combines with the Symphony Band in the fall, spring and summer to form the Gaylord Marching Band. Rehearsals and performances are required of ALL enrolled students, including a full week of band camp in August. All practices and evening home football performances, Traverse City Exhibition, school concerts, Memorial Day Parade, Alpenfest Grand Parade, and MSBOA Band Festivals are required. Enrolled students also have the opportunity to participate in District and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, Jazz Ensemble, District 2 Honors Band, All-State Band and Orchestra Ensembles, and Pep Band.

Symphony Band & Marching Band

Grades 9-12           1 credit

Prerequisite: 8th Grade Band

This class is open to all interested high school students who have at least a ninth grade playing proficiency on a traditional band instrument. It is a performance oriented, ensemble class, and its primary instructional method is rehearsal, preparation and performance of the highest quality, appropriate wind band repertoire. This class combines with the Wind Ensemble in the fall, spring and summer to form the Gaylord Marching Band. Rehearsals and performances are required of ALL enrolled students, including a full week of band camp in August. All practices and evening home football performances, Traverse City Exhibition, school concerts, Memorial Day, Alpenfest Grand Parade, and MSBOA Band Festivals are required. Enrolled students also have the opportunity to participate in District and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, Jazz Band, District 2 Honors Band, All-State Band and Orchestra Ensembles, and Pep Band.

Jazz Ensemble

Grades 9-12           0 credits

Prerequisite: 8th Grade Band

Jazz band is open to any student playing saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drum set, piano, string/electric bass, electric guitar, or auxiliary percussion. This group rehearses from
2:15-3:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in early November. The jazz ensemble will perform a variety of music from the jazz idiom in school concerts, jazz festivals, and community events. As a performance ensemble, members are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Concert Choir

Grades 9-12           1 credit

Prerequisite: A recommendation from a previous music teacher or interview with High School teacher
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Concert Choir is a mixed choir designed for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The ensemble focuses on developing general musicianship and choral singing skills at the primary level. Students should join if they have a desire to learn to sign, or further develop their singing voice. Performances are presented at choral concerts and choral festival throughout the school year. Concert choir will also occasionally participate in vocal workshops designed for mixed choruses. Any student may join concert choir.

Cantus Femina

Grades 9-12, Women Only           1 credit

Prerequisite: Informal Audition with emphasis on music reading and large ensemble singing.

Cantus Femina is designed as an intermediate step for high school women. Singers should have at least some experience with choir. It is open to all grades, 9-12. The ensemble focuses on developing general musicianship and choral singing skills at an intermediate level. Performances are presented at choral concerts and choral festivals throughout the school year. Cantus Femina will also occasionally participate in vocal workshops designed specifically for women signers.

Chamber Singers

Prerequisite: Audition with Instructor           1 credit

Chamber Singers is an advanced ensemble. Auditions will be held in the spring each year. The members of Chamber Singers will be expected to attend extra rehearsals and sectionals in order to meet the demands of this fast paced group. The ensemble participates in various MSVMA events, including Honors Choir, Solo & Ensemble Festival and Choral Festival.

Music Theory & Ear Training

Grades 9-12           1/2 credit

This class is open to any student interested in studying how music is constructed and organized. Students will study the fundamentals of music, major scales, music intervals, triad chords, V7 chords, and musical forms. Students will learn to accurately write and compose their own music. Students will also study ear training, including singing solfege, musical intervals, and melodies.

Theater I

Grades 9-12           1/2 credit

This exploratory theatre course covers many basic aspects of live theatre, including theatre vocabulary, set design, lighting, sound, costumes, etc. Through a combination informational/hands-on approach, students will receive an introduction to live theatre. This class is manly participatory and requires class discussion and design projects.

Theater II

Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Theatre I           1/2 credit


Theatre II continues and builds on the basics learned in Theatre I using a more hands-on approach. Students will learn advanced information and vocabulary through theatrical application projects. Some theatre history will also be explored.

Visual Arts

Courses

Art I

Grades 9-12           1 credit

Art I is an introductory course in visual art designed to give students a variety of experience using the Elements and Principles of Design as a conceptual foundation for understanding art production and appreciation. Students experience various art mediums which include drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics, while covering topics in art history, aesthetics, and criticism as related to projects. This course meets Michigan curriculum standards for the required Visual, Performing & Applied Art credit.

Art II

Grades 10-12           1 credit

Prerequisite: completion of Art I with a 3.0 or higher; any senior, junior or sophomore who maintain an overall grade point of 3.0 or higher with approval of the art instructor.
Art II is designed for motivated students of art who desire greater challenges and deeper understanding in creating art. The Students will approach art activities using the Elements and Principles of Design as a methodical way of approaching art production and criticism. There is greater emphasis on problem solving and developing personal style, with continued study of art history topics as they relate to specific projects in a variety of mediums.

Studio Art

Grades 10-12           1 credit

Prerequisites: Art I or Art II with recommendation of Art Instructor
Studio Art is designed for highly motivated art students interested in pursuing artistic studies in college, and have potential for careers in art related fields. Students must demonstrate dedication, motivation, and strong work ethic. There is potential for more independent study in personal and group art projects, as well as personal portfolio development. Studio Art students may also have opportunity to plan art exhibitions, set up displays, and possibly participate in a team that will present a plan and execute permanent art exhibits within the school district.

Applied Arts

Courses

Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting

Grades 9-12    1 credit

Students will study the fundamental concepts of engineering and architectural drafting through freehand sketching, as well as mechanical drafting and computer aided design. Students will apply these concepts by creating projects which help them understand how Engineers and Architects design products. Some examples of these projects include the design of bridges, simple cars, and vacation homes. Students will also explore the various careers and post high school educational opportunities available to them upon the successful completion of this course. This course meets the on-line learning experience which is required for graduation. THIS COURSE MEETS THE MICHIGAN STANDARDS FOR A REQUIRED VISUAL, PERFORMING & APPLIED ARTS CREDIT AND THE ON-ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

Engineering Drafting

Grades 10-12    1 credit

Prerequisite: Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting.
Students will study the advanced concepts of engineering drafting through freehand sketching, as well as mechanical drafting and computer aided design. Students will apply these concepts through two and three dimensional drawings as well as hands on projects which will enhance the students understanding of how engineers solve problems. Post high school educational and career opportunities will also be explored.

Architectural Drafting

Grades 10-12 1 credit

Prerequisite: Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting.
Students will study the advanced concepts of modern architectural design through two and three dimensional drawings, color rendering, models and computer aided design. Students will apply these concepts by designing their dream home. Post high school educational and career opportunities will also be explored.

Architectural Models

Grades 10-12     1 credit

Prerequisite: Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting.
Students will study the concepts of how architects construct and use models to convey ideas and market projects. Students will apply these concepts through color site planning, three dimensional landscaping and interior and exterior modeling techniques. The use of digital photography will also be used to create a portfolio of the completed model.