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Jazz for Musical Theatre

Grades 9-12
Elective: Fine Arts or PE
One Semester
.5 credit
Prerequisites: none

This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of jazz dance in musical theatre. Popular Broadway music is used and original Broadway choreography will be recreated. A beginner class, providing a comprehensive understanding of the technical fundamentals of jazz dance includes: basic rhythms, vocabulary and skills, proper placement, strength, and flexibility development. Curriculum designed for male and female students. Casual dress code, dance shoes required. May be repeated for credit.

Tap for Musical Theatre

Grades 9-12
Elective: Fine Arts or PE
One Semester
.5 credit
Prerequisites: none

This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of tap dance in musical theatre. Popular Broadway music is used and original Broadway choreography will be recreated. A beginner class emphasizing tap fundamentals and terminology that includes weight change, proper placement and simple step patterns, basic rhythms, counting, ear training, and clarity of sound. Curriculum designed for male and female students. Casual dress code, tap shoes required. May be repeated for credit.

Ballet

Grades 9-12
Elective: Fine Arts or PE
One Semester
.5 credit
Prerequisites: none

This course emphasizes classical technique for those with no ballet experience.* Matwork, barre and center work are included. The primary focus of the class is on active participation and improvement of dance skills. A few lessons will be devoted to dance history. There is an emphasis on increasing flexibility, which makes this a great cross-training class for student-athletes. *Advanced level students will be accommodated. This class is offered as a Fine Arts elective or a Physical Education elective.

Music

Girls Ensemble

Grades 9-10 girls
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

The ensemble works to develop good vocal technique for each singer and an understanding of good choral sound. Basic musical skills are emphasized, including proper tone production and theory. Many styles of music are selected from the Renaissance period to the present, including classical, jazz, Pop and Broadway. Basic stage movement and choreography are also explored. The Girls’ Ensemble performs in two major concerts each year and occasionally performs in the community and for other school functions.

Journeymen

Grades 9-10 boys
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

The group works to develop good vocal technique for each singer and an understanding of good choral sound. The changing male voice is especially dealt with in this class. Basic musical skills are emphasized, including proper tone production and theory. Many styles of music are selected from the Renaissance period to the present, including classical, jazz, Pop and Broadway. Basic stage movement and choreography are also explored.

Park Tudor Singers

Grades 11-12
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

The Park Tudor Singers is an ensemble that sings music from the Renaissance period to the present, including classical, jazz, Pop and Broadway. Choreography is sometimes utilized for contemporary selections. The members of the group are taught about the proper use of the voice and its use in choral singing. Proper tone production, musicianship and stage etiquette are stressed. The Park Tudor Singers perform in two major concerts each year and also for the commencement ceremony. The choir is occasionally asked to sing in the community or for school functions. Members of this group are eligible to participate in the Madrigal Singers.

Madrigal Singers

Grades 11-12
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: members selected by audition from Park Tudor Singers

Selected by audition from the members of the Park Tudor Singers, this group performs music from the Renaissance period to the present, including classical, jazz, Pop and Broadway. Choreography is sometimes utilized for contemporary selections. The Madrigal Singers rehearse four times each rotation during the school day and once each week after school during busy performance seasons. Proper vocal technique is emphasized and an awareness of solid choral sound is stressed. Each member must be able to sing a part with confidence and work toward the total choral sound of the ensemble. Excellent stage and performance etiquette is expected. The Madrigal Singers perform in two major concerts each year and perform frequently for other school functions and for activities in the community.

Applied Music: Musical Theatre

Grades 11-12
Elective
Full-Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: prior vocal experience preferred (i.e. Girls’ Ensemble or Journeymen)

This course offers students the opportunity to receive small group or private instruction designed to develop vocal performance skills. Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine and integrate music study into other subject areas. A variety of music methods and repertoire, including art songs, musical theater, pop and jazz, is utilized to refine students’ abilities in listening, analyzing, interpreting and performing. Instruction is offered in basic vocal technique, musical theater history, microphone technique and audition skills. A weekend workshop and Broadway show tour in New York City occurs during the second semester and is optional for each student. (Extra fees for the trip are charged separately.)

Band

Grades 9-12
Elective
Full Year
Prerequisites: none
2 credits

The Upper School Band is open to any woodwind, brass, or percussion player with several years of experience on their instrument. The class emphasizes proper tone quality, scale studies, sight-reading, and other aspects of playing an instrument. The music selected includes a variety of styles and concepts. Opportunities also exist for small ensemble and orchestral playing experiences. Members also may participate in the state solo and ensemble contest. The Pep Band is formed from this group and performs at several home athletic events. The Band presents two major concerts each year.

Orchestra

Grades 9-12
Elective
Full Year
Prerequisites: none
2 credits

The Upper School Orchestra is designed for students with several years of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Proper string technique and ensemble musicianship are stressed as students work to improve their tone quality, music reading skills, and understanding of music theory. Music of various styles and eras - from the 16th century to the present - is studied and performed. This organization plays standard orchestral literature both as a string ensemble and as a full symphonic orchestra with a wind section drawn from the Upper School Band. The Renaissance Strings, our honors chamber music ensemble, is formed by auditioned members of the orchestra to perform at school and community functions. Students are encouraged to participate in the state sponsored solo and ensemble contests. The Orchestra presents two major concerts each year.

Music Theory

Grades 9-12
Elective
1st Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

Music Theory is an introductory study of the elements of music (rhythm, melody and harmony) and the common principles that traditionally have been used to mold these elements into meaningful sounds. In addition to learning elementary notational skills, the student will gain practical aural skills through regular ear-training and sight-singing. A prior knowledge of treble and bass clefs is helpful, though not absolutely necessary

Music History

Grades 9-12
Elective
One Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: Music Theory suggested

Music History is an introductory survey of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present. The course will develop: 1) familiarity with a broad variety of musical compositions of different style periods and genres; 2) improved listening skills; 3) general knowledge and appreciation of musical styles and their chronology. Although Music Theory is not an absolute prerequisite, it is suggested that Music Theory be taken before Music History.

AP Music Theory

Grades 9-12
Elective
2nd Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: Music Theory

This Advanced Placement course is designed for the student who has exhibited a strong aptitude for the skills introduced in Music Theory. The course aims to build upon the fundamentals introduced in Music Theory and to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement examination. The course focuses upon four-part harmonization and continues to emphasize ear-training and sight-reading. The student will further explore the elements of music through beginning composition and will sharpen his or her aural skills through applied critical listening.

Private Voice & Instrumental Instruction

Grades 9-12
Non-Credit Elective

Private voice lessons are available to students in grades 6-12 and are taught once each rotation. It is helpful that the student be able to read music and have a piano for practice. The students are given repertoire and vocalizations appropriate for their stage of development. Students are graded for their work and comments are issued mid-semester. There are performance opportunities such as competitions and recitals. *An additional fee will be charged.

Private Piano Instruction

Grades 9-12
Non-Credit Elective

Private piano lessons are available to all students in grades SK-12. Reading skills, technique, and repertoire are emphasized. The student should have a keyboard available on which to practice. Comments are issued mid-semester. Performance opportunities and contest participation are encouraged. *An additional fee will be charged.

Theatre and Speech

Speech

Grades 9-12
Required
Semester (5x/rotation)
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

This course develops communication skills and self-confidence in students. Through public speaking exercises students will develop skills in organization, vocabulary development, individual speaking styles, and the ability to cope successfully with most speaking situations. Practical application exercises may include experiences in: persuasion, information, demonstration, and entertainment speeches, and debate and video news broadcasting. Students’ speeches are often videotaped for study. There is no semester exam, but the course may include quizzes and tests, as well as graded outlines and other written work.

Theatre Exploration

Grades 9-12
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

Theatre exploration is a project-based class where students will develop an appreciation of all areas of theatre. Shop skills, acting, directing, and teamwork will be the focus of every project. This class is meant to grow, stretch and allow a student to take risks whilst practicing in a safe environment. Students will use both the main stage as well as the studio theatre to present their work. This is a hands-on class with an emphasis on self-direction and group work. Extracurricular participation in Upper School plays, musicals, concerts and International Thespian Society, while not required, is strongly encouraged.

Acting & Directing

Grades 10-12
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

This year-long course will build on fundamental skills learned in previous theatre courses and will give students the opportunity for more in depth study. Students work will focus on further developing their acting and directing skills and techniques for devising original work. Students will work collaboratively to explore a variety of theatre practitioners and styles; develop and perform material in an ensemble; and analyze and interpret theatrical literature from the point of view of the director, actor and designer. By exploring new ways of telling stories and communicating ideas theatrically, and by guiding their peers as fellow directors, students will deepen their search for their own artistic voice. Extracurricular participation in Upper School plays, musicals, concerts and International Thespian Society, while not required, is strongly encouraged.

Advanced Acting & Directing

Grades 11-12
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: Acting & Directing

This course is an exploration of theatre-making for a contemporary audience. In the first semester, students will devise original theatre, learning about directors and theatre companies using a variety of post-modern theatre making techniques. Students will perform in and direct an ensemble piece to be presented in the Studio Theatre. In the second semester, students will explore classical works and build their analytical and Extracurricular participation in Upper School plays, musicals, concerts and International Thespian Society, while not required, is strongly encouraged.

Technical Theatre II

Grade 10
Elective
Full Year
2 credits
Prerequisites: none

This course is an in-depth study and practical application of all aspects of technical theatre. Students will learn stage craft, painting, lighting, and sound for the theatre. They also may work on scene design if they desire. These students make up the crews for various plays, musicals, and concerts performed by the students and/or guest artists. They are expected to work in class, after school and work at least one running crew for a production during the year accumulating a total of 49 hours of production time. There is no semester exam. Student evaluation is based on quality of assigned work, attendance, and quality of run crew performance.

Technical Theatre III

Grades 11-12
Elective
Full Year
2 credits
Prerequisites: Technical Theatre II

This course extends and further develops the principals learned in Technical Theatre II: stage craft, painting, lighting, and sound. Students are expected to take increased responsibility and leadership roles in the crews for plays, musicals, concerts, and assemblies performed by students and/or guest artists. They also may be asked to mentor underclassmen and middle school students. Students’ evaluation is based on performance quality of assignments (in class, at work calls, and on run crews for two productions), hours fulfilled, and professionalism. They are expected to work in class, after school and work at least one running crew for a production during the year accumulating a total of 49 hours of production time.

Technical Theatre IV

Grade 12
Elective
Full Year
2 credits
Prerequisites: Technical Theatre III

This course represents the culmination of all technical skills acquired in the previous technical theatre courses. Students will be assigned major leadership positions on specific production crews and mentor underclassmen and middle school students. Students are expected to demonstrate superior levels of professionalism in all areas of class work, technical work calls, and production run crews. They are expected to work in class, after school and work at least one running crew for a production during the year accumulating a total of 49 hours of production time.

Filmmaking

Grades 10-12
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

This course is a fast-paced introduction to the art of filmmaking. It will provide practical experience in basic cinematography techniques and building a narrative through moving image and sound. Using any chosen digital video equipment, students learn about the theory of storytelling, the use of the camera, and editing techniques to create their own short films. Sequences from student and professional films are studied and critically analyzed.

Independent Study in Theatre

Grade 12
Elective
One Semester
.5 or 1 credit; arranged
Prerequisites: Completion of highest level course offered in area of interest and/or instructor permission

Independent Study in Theatre is designed for advanced students with keen interest in some aspect of the theatre. Each student (with the guidance of theatre faculty) drafts his/her own course of study in technical theatre, theatre history, acting or directing. The course is to focus the individual's area of interest.

Visual Arts

Drawing

Grades 9-12
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

This course is designed for students who want to learn to draw effectively and is a good base for further study in drawing, painting, design, printmaking or 3D pursuits. Students will learn a variety of strategies for drawing from direct observation and approaches to non-observation-based drawing. A variety of dry and wet drawing media are used. This class will provide students with solid background for further exploration and qualify them to take Advanced Drawing if they wish.

Ceramics

Grades 9-12
Elective
One Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on learning to throw clay on the potter’s wheel and hand-built clay construction. Various surface decoration, glazing, and firing techniques will be included. Students will be familiarized with clay forms from a variety of cultures. May be repeated for credit for intermediate to advanced study, which may include hand-building techniques and ceramic sculpture. A portfolio assessment will be required at semester's end.

Painting

Grades 9-12
Elective
Full Year
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

Students will become familiar with techniques and tools of painting with water-based paints including watercolor and acrylic. Emphasis will be on use of color and paint application as descriptive and expressive elements in painting. This class will provide students with a basis for further exploration and qualify them to take Advanced Painting if they wish.

Advanced Drawing

Grades 10-12
Elective
Full Year
2 credits
Prerequisites: Drawing or department permission through portfolio review

Designed for the motivated Drawing student, this course focuses on development of personal vision and voice. Open-ended assignments of the type used in AP Studio Art courses allow students to expand their understanding of how artists get their ideas and move from concept to finished piece. Journaling and class discussions, including brainstorming exercises and critiques, develop studio thinking skills. Students experience new approaches to drawing formats and have opportunities to focus on the materials of their choosing and/or use experimental drawing materials. This class may be repeated for credit.

Advanced Painting

Grades 10-12
Elective
Full Year
2 credits
Prerequisites: Painting or department permission through portfolio review

Designed for the motivated Painting student, this course focuses on development of personal vision and voice. Open-ended assignments of the type used in AP Studio Art courses allow students to expand their understanding of how artists get their ideas and move from concept to finished piece. Journaling and class discussions, including brainstorming exercises and critiques, develop studio thinking skills. Students expand their range of painting materials and explore formats including series and large-scale work. This class may be repeated for credit.

Photography I

Grades 9-12
Elective
One Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of digital photography through the development of perceptual skills, as well as the technical and creative use of camera operations. Using a 35mm DSLR camera, students will utilize the aperture and shutter creatively with various assignments in order to learn skills in composition and personal expression. Image editing skills will be taught throughout the semester utilizing Adobe Photoshop. Students will also examine the rich eclectic history of the photographic medium through aesthetics and critical analysis to better understand photography as an art form. Final exam requirements include: preparing a portfolio, designing personal artist website, and a written self-evaluation. *Please see instructor regarding equipment needs if you have any questions, as there are a limited number of cameras available for loan.

Photography II

Grades 9-12
Elective
One Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: Photography I or department permission through portfolio review

This digital photography course continues the development of perceptual awareness and technical skills of Photo I with a concentration on portrait photography and photojournalism. Portrait lighting techniques, as well as photographic storytelling techniques, will be explored throughout the semester. Students will have the opportunity to experience individual mentoring with the instructor and collaborative peer learning during in-studio photographic shoots and portfolio development. Students are highly encouraged to participate in photographic contests to receive feedback from various venues. Final exam requirements include: preparing a portfolio, designing personal artist website, and a written self-evaluation. *Please see instructor regarding equipment needs if you have any questions, as there are a limited number of cameras available for loan.

Advanced Photography

Grades 9-12
Elective
2nd Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: Photography I-II or department permission through portfolio review

Designed for the serious photography student in mind, this course places emphasis on the diverse styles and movements that have influenced the history of photography as well as exploring current trends in contemporary art. Students will learn traditional black and white film photography skills. In addition, students will examine the nature of alternative processes in photography, which may include: photo-montage, multi-media and an introduction to medium format photography with Holga cameras. Special concentration on development of artistic voice will be incorporated into the development of the advanced photography portfolio. Final exam requirements include: preparing a portfolio, designing personal artist website, and a written self-evaluation. A manual 35mm SLR (film) camera is required for part of the course. *Please see instructor regarding equipment needs if you have any questions, as there are a limited number of cameras available for loan.

Graphic Design

Grades 9-12
Elective
One Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: none

Designed to familiarize the student with the graphic design industry, this computer-based course approaches technology and graphics software through a design aesthetic. Emphasis will be placed on design fundamentals such as typography, layout and digital illustration. Basic methods of concept development and decision making relevant to visual communication are explored through, but not limited to: poster design, CD covers, advertisements, logos and other commercial print media. Students will also examine the role of digital illustration through an introduction to image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop to create stunning digital montage images. Each student will produce an Electronic-Portfolio for the final examination in the course. The software learned in the semester is the entire Adobe Creative Suite package: Adobe InDesign®, Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop®.

Advanced Graphic Design

Grades 9-12
Elective
One Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: Graphic Design

For the design enthusiast, this course incorporates real-world projects with emphasis on current trends in design. Students will experience working with local clients in an effort to learn while making connections with the community and understanding the effects of good design. Students will also explore advanced design skills with emphasis on stylistic movements that have influenced the history of visual communications. Each student will produce an Electronic-Portfolio for the final examination in the course. The software learned in the semester is the entire Adobe Creative Suite package: Adobe InDesign®, Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop®.

AP Art History

Grade 12
Elective
Full Year
2 credits
Prerequisites: Recommended for students who earned a B or higher in English III and have completed World Civilizations I and II and U.S. History. Concurrent enrollment in Art Seminar is strongly encouraged.

This college-level course examines the major artists, styles, cultural and historic influences and technical terms required for understanding art and prepares students for the AP Art History exam in May. Students in this lecture-based course will participate in class discussions, make short presentations, write papers, take field trips and take tests based on material presented in lectures and reading from a college-level text and primary sources.

Art Seminar: Social and Global Issues in Contemporary Art

Grade 12
Elective
One Semester
1 credit
Prerequisites: successful completion of advanced coursework in any of the fine arts; advanced students in the sciences and humanities are encouraged to take the course. AP Art History students are encouraged to take Art Seminar concurrently.

This course will be offered each fall, with the topic of study changing each year to reflect relevant and current issues. Students will work on collaborative and individual projects in a variety of mediums. Guest lecturers, visits to the contemporary galleries at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art will familiarize the students with contemporary works and the semester topic. Many assessment tools will be implemented, but the major assessment (in place of a final exam) will culminate in an art exhibition. The artists will be required to prepare the exhibition from start to finish and be in attendance on the opening evening to discuss their works with visitors. This course will be offered to seniors, as students will draw from their knowledge in history, English, science, as well as previous course work in the Fine Arts.

Independent Study in Visual Arts

Grades 11-12
Elective
One Semester
.5 or 1 credit; arranged
Prerequisites: Completion of highest-level course offered in area of interest and/or instructor permission

Independent Study in Visual Arts is designed for advanced students with keen interest in an area within the visual arts. Each student, with the guidance of a visual arts faculty member, will design his/her own course of study in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting or photography. Students must have exhausted all available course work in their area of interest and have a plan for an inquiry project to develop their individual artistic voice. The student must work with the visual arts faculty mentor to coordinate scheduled meeting times. It is preferred that students conduct their Independent Study during the same meeting time as another course offered in their chosen area of interest.

At Park Tudor, the arts are valued as a necessity – an exploration of creativity and self-discovery. Students come to know the arts through both classroom and extracurricular experience.

With a complete program in music, theatre, dance and visual arts, Park Tudor offers high school students the chance to explore their talents and skills in a variety of ways, with opportunities for beginners and advanced artisans.

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