FINE ARTS
Chorus

The Notre Dame Choir is structured to train the young singer as both a vocalist and a musician. Students perform standard choral literature in a variety of musical styles. Emphasis is placed on learning proper vocal technique including posture, breathing, tone production and diction.

The Choir performs a minimum of two evening concerts per year, and they may participate in various festivals. In order for a student to perform in a concert, he/she must demonstrate the ability to match pitch, balance and blend, follow the conductor and use proper concert etiquette. Select students also sing at school masses.

Band

The Notre Dame Band is structured to give each student a meaningful experience in music. Care is taken to explore a wealth of literature during their participation in the program while always striving for excellence in performance. It is our goal to give students the skill and knowledge to appreciate and enjoy music as a life-time avocation and to instill in them a desire to excel in all that they pursue.

Performance expectations for Band including two evening concerts per year, local, school, and community events. Each member is representing the school and must always display appropriate concert etiquette.
Dance

This course allows students to begin by exploring how dance communicates meaning and connects to health and well-being. They understand themselves as dancers through learning how to take a dance class, then move on to sound body mechanics and how they apply to basic dance elements and principles. These are the foundations of dance styles and techniques. Students apply these principles to exploring their own expressive capabilities and communicating with others through the non-verbal medium of the dance art form. Throughout the course, students will
learn the origins and history of dance, and explore and perform a range of dance styles including classical ballet, modern and jazz. Students will learn how to critique professional and student dance productions, reflect on and discuss dance’s connection to their lives and others’ cultures, and identify particular dance careers. They will participate in a daily dance warm-up, learn about the skeletal, muscular and cardiovascular systems and
their response to dance movements, and study the nutritional elements and their effects on short-and long-term physical performance. A range of dance practices that promote fitness, stress management, emotional wellness, and prevention and treatment of dance injuries will be introduced. Students of any and all experience levels are welcome to take this course.
Dance Repertory

Students must be placed in this course via an Evaluation. Students must be able to identify and perform basic dance steps in various dance styles and demonstrate ability to pick up choreography. Dance forms covered in the year include ballet, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. Classes may include a conditioning warm-up such as ballet barre, jazz warm-up, Pilates Mat, or Zumba. We will be working on dance technique by focusing on balance, turns, jumps, core strength, and flexibility while developing emotional expression for our performances in the Winter Arts Concert, Spring Arts Concert, and various community appearances. Students will also be taught original Broadway choreography. Tap shoes and knee pads will be mandatory.
Music Appreciation

In this course students will listen to and identify major musical works from famous composers like Bach all the way up to famous 21st century performers such as Adele or Bruno Mars. Students will learn about famous pieces, songs, composers, and performers throughout music history and what made each song/musician so important in the landscape of music history. Specific units will include subjects like Beethoven, 1920s swing jazz, The Beatles, 80s rock, 90s pop, and other subjects of varying musical genres. In other words, the students will listen to and learn about as many different styles and genres of music as possible in a given school year.
Music Theory

Want to learn how to read and write music without having to play an instrument? Want to learn how clefs, key signatures, tempo, dynamics, chords, and many other concepts come together to create music? Ever wonder how to play the chords to your favorite pop song? Ever wanted to learn to write down your own music? Then sign up for this course and gain a stronger understanding of music. No prior musical experience is necessary. Anyone can learn music! "Ah, music! A magic beyond all we do here!" - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Art & Nature (no prerequisite)

Students will produce works of art based upon nature and using nature as a tool and medium to create works of art. Students will produce site specific creations and work outdoors when weather permits. Students will be creating projects that interpret nature, and create artwork in and about the environment. The class will use recycled materials to work with and items found in nature.

3-D Art (Prerequisite: having previously taken a full year of art)

Learn how to sculpt and create objects that are three dimensional. We will be using various mediums to create sculptures, mobiles, working with clay, wire, newspaper, and other creative objects to achieve works of art. Students will be creating amazing kinetic art in the vein of Calder and Gaudi, a way to explore beyond a two dimensional space.

Contemporary Art

This is an introductory art course. Students will study the modern masters and understand their impact on the art world and create modern style pieces of art. Students will study Pollock to Banksy while creating Expressionist art forms to Graffiti style art.
Visual Arts

This is an introductory art course. Students will explore the elements necessary to master the visual aspects of color and the two-dimensional picture plane. Dynamics of design and color are also studied for a better understanding of illusionary, abstract, and non-objective forms.

Fantasy Art

Students will create and design illustrations, concept art, characters, dragons, fairies, elves and imaginary landscapes.

Landscapes

From backyards to mountains and plains...this is a course devoted to the detailed description of natural forms and spaces. Special attention is given to the rendering of surface textures and edges. Under-painting and over-painting procedures are carefully observed.

Art & Music

Students will create works of art based on particular music styles by listening to classical moods to modern rap lyrics and interpreting the music into a visual representation.

Experimental Art

Students will paint in traditional, contemporary, and mixed media with the aim of exploring and developing a personal point of view in art through guided experimentation.

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