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Instructors

Joel Slevcove
Valhalla High School - Elective

Concert Band
This is a year course available to students who are eligible for the intermediate band, based upon proficiency and the recommendation of the director. The course is a performance course in which students who play wind and percussion instruments rehearse and perform music from the standard wind band repertoire. The students learn to play the music at the highest standard possible. With each selection the students perform, they learn the background of the piece, the composer and the musical era. In addition, fundamentals of music theory are a part of the course. The school furnishes many instruments. During the fall football season, all concert band members should be enrolled in the marching band. Because of the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances before, during, and after the regular school day, and on non-school days, will be mandatory and is part of the course curriculum. ***Teacher approval required. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Cadet Band
A semester course, primarily designed for ninth grade students who have not yet achieved the individual performance standard of the Concert Band. Students who are identified as advanced are pre-enrolled in Concert Band and all other students are assigned to this class in their freshman year. Cadet Band is an intermediate step in the progress of the band musician toward a standard of high school musical maturity. Because of the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances before, during, and after the regular school day and on non-school days will be mandatory and is part of the course curriculum.

Symphonic Band
Symphonic Band is a year course for advanced wind, brass and percussion players. Members must have demonstrated proficiency to the director and are admitted only upon his or her recommendation. Strong emphasis is placed on performance demonstrating the highest possible standards of playing ability and choice of music. Formal concerts, festivals, occasional trips and clinical events are listed on its schedule. During the fall semester, all symphonic band members should be enrolled in the marching band. Because of the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances before, during, and after the regular school day and on non-school days will be mandatory and is part of the course curriculum. ***Prerequisite required and/or teacher approval. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective“g” requirements.

Beginning Orchestra
This is a one-year course available to students who have little or no experience, but are interested in learning to play a string instrument. This is a performance course in which students who play string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass) rehearse and perform music from the standard orchestral repertoire. The students learn to play the music at the highest standard possible. While the repertoire changes each year, the level of the music is considered either beginning or intermediate by the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association and is representative of the major musical periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century). With each selection the students perform, they learn the background of the piece, the composer and the musical era. In addition, fundamentals of music theory are a part of the course. The school provides most instruments. Each student must budget his/her time for outside practice if he or she is to make progress. Promotion to the advanced orchestra is by conductor recommendation only. Because of the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances before, during, and after the regular school day and on non-school days will be mandatory and is part of the course curriculum. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Stage Band
Stage Band is a semester class stressing advanced musical skills and improvisational techniques of the professional band idiom. This class is open to experienced brass, woodwind, rhythm, string bass, bass guitar, piano, drum set, vibes etc. by audition or consent of the director. (Wind and percussion players must also be members of another performing group within the department.) Because of the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances before, during, and after the regular school day, and on non-school days, will be mandatory and is part of the course curriculum. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Colorguard
Colorguard is a two-semester course offered to students in grades 9-12 who have auditioned and made the class. The course acquaints students with the techniques of marching and performing routines in parade, field and indoor environments. Performance opportunities include home football games, competition parades, spring indoor competitions, competition field tournaments, and a variety of other on and off campus events, many of which occur during the weekend. Students will develop dance, drill and equipment skills; develop an increased sense of self-reliance and interdependence with others to create a satisfactory performance; exhibit mastery in performance techniques and be able to analyze the teams’ and their own performance through articulation of their thoughts and ideas. Students will communicate their observations and needs clearly both orally and in writing. This course can be repeated many times.

Percussion Ensemble
This is a semester course for percussion players. The course is a performance course in which students who play percussion instruments rehearse and perform music from the standard repertoire. The students learn to play the music at the highest standard possible. With each selection the students perform, they learn the background of the piece, the composer and the musical era. In addition, fundamentals of music theory are a part of the course. Rudiments, cadences, parade and field show music is emphasized in the fall. Solo and ensemble percussion literature and keyboard (mallet) instruments are stressed in the marching band. Because of the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances before, during, and after the regular school day, and on non-school days, will be mandatory and is part of the course curriculum. ***Teacher approval required. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Choir
This is a selective group with membership dependent upon tryouts and the teacher’s recommendation. Generally a year’s previous experience in one of the other choral units is required. Attention is given to the performance of major choral works and participation in district and area festivals. Due to the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances during and after the regular school day will be expected. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Ensemble
Ensemble 1 is a year course and may be for treble, bass, or mixed voices. Generally the class enrollment should not exceed eighteen persons. This is a select group requiring at least a year’s experience in another choral group. The students participate in festivals and perform for the school and local groups. Acceptance in the class is dependent upon tryouts and the teacher’s recommendation. Due to the performance nature of this course, participation in rehearsals and performances during and after the regular school day will be expected. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Jazz Choir
A course offered to a selected group of students, with membership dependent upon proven reliability of those students (absent no more than five times per semester)and upon an audition/tryout. Generally a year's previous experience in Choir is desired and preference will be given to the student who can be a member of the Concert Choir and the Jazz Choir simultaneously. This class offers instruction in musicianship and vocal technique as it specifically relates to the jazz idiom. The members of the choir are expected to already possess a foundation in basic musicianship/choral technique as it relates to the classical style. Due to the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances during and after the school day will be expected.

Madrigals
This is a choral unit of mixed voices,which specializes in the singing of a specific form of music that is generally from the 14th through the 17th Century. Usually the music is of Italian,French,or English orgin. This group is usually limited to sixteen performers and,in most schools, is considered as an enrichment program. Students are selected on the basis of interest and proficiency. Due to the performance nature of this class,participation in rehearsals and performances during and after the school day will be expected. This course meets University of California Visual & Performing Arts "f" requirement.

Guitar, Folk
These classes offers beginner and intermediate instruction on the guitar. Chords, note reading, picking, essential harmony, and other aspects of popular and folk music are taught. Intermediate students learn the use of secondary chords and substitute chords. They continue to develop finger style and plectrum (pick) techniques and participate in solo and ensemble performances. Students must provide their own instruments.

Piano
This is a yearlong course designed for students with little or no musical background. It is designed as an introduction to music in general, using the piano as the learning tool. It will acquaint students with the "language"and skills of music and the piano and serve as a introduction to music theory. The second year is a yearlong course designed for students with little or no musical background. It is designed as an introduction to music in general, using the piano as the learning tool. It will acquaint students with the “language” and skills of music and the piano and serve as an introduction to music theory.These courses have been approved to meet the UC Visual and Performing Arts "f" requirement

Musical Theatre
This year-long course explores musical theatre in the context of 20th century Western culture. Students will analyze musicals in terms of score, performance, text and cultural significance. In addition, students will research, perform, identify and interpret musical theatre selections. This course will focus on musicals that have had a significant impact on the musical genre as well as society. Musicals will include: Porgy and Bess, Show Boat, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Hair, A Chorus Line, Evita, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, Smokey Joe’s Café, Rent, The Lion King, Spring Awakening.

Theatre 1/2
Theatre covers a variety of elements of theatre. These elements include: pantomime, improvisation, rehearsal and performance of monologues and scenes, creation and implementation of a three-dimensional character on stage, elements of stage blocking, play production, script writing, theatre history, musical theatre, and television/film production. Through hands on experience, performance and feedback lecture and projects, students gain an overall appreciation of the art of acting as well as the basics of theatre. The course is open to students in grades 9-12. Students must complete the first semester to be eligible to continue into the second semester. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Theatre 3/4
Theatre 3/4 is the second year of Theatre study. The course is designed for students who are interested in advanced Theatre work. Acting, staging, directing, and lecturing are emphasized. Approval of the Theatre teacher is required. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements..

Theatre 5/6
Theatre 5/6 is the third year of study of the Theatre. It is open to junior and senior students. Enrollment is based upon the Theatre instructor’s approval. The emphasis is upon production. Students take part in rehearsals and plays selected by the instructor. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Theatre Production Workshop
This is one semester course open to students through instructor approval. The course is designed as a practice in the preparation and performance of a major dramatic production. Students will be involved in the various areas of this production. Due to the performance nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances during and after the regular school day will be expected. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Technical Theatre 1/2
Technical Theatre covers design basics of set, props, costumes, make-up, masks and puppetry, lights, sound, stage management, publicity, box office, house management and Theatre History. In addition to design projects and assignments, students receive hands on experience as a member of the design, building and running crews for the Theatre productions. Students may also serve as crews for outside performances and assemblies. This course serves as a hands-on, lab and project-based program giving the students real world experience in the elements of Technical Theatre.

Technical Theatre 3/4
This course is an advanced level year-long training course in Technical Theatre skills. Employment possibilities include stagehand, light technician, sound technician, stage property supervisor, and costumer. Instruction covers the following areas: theatre safety, set construction including building flats, backdrops, doorways, wagons and levels and painting; lighting; sound design and mixing; costuming and make-up; stage management; career and portfolio work as well as the elements of design. Technical support if school activities will provide realistic experiences. Students will build and manage the technical elements for theatre productions as well as outside groups. Due to the nature of this class, participation in rehearsals and performances during and after the regular school day will be expected.

Technical Theatre 5/6
Advanced theories and applications of set design and construction, lighting, sound, makeup, costuming, publicity, and house management as a continuation course of Technical Theatre 3 and 4 for upperclassmen who are advanced students. This is an elective course with permission from the instructor. Prerequisite: Completed previous semesters in this sequence.

Beginning Dance
Beginning dance will involve having students create movement using the basic elements of movement in time and space. Students will obtain aesthetic perception and valuing, creative expression, and will study dance heritage. Various activities and performances throughout the course will accomplish those goals. Students will explore and experience various dance styles, techniques, rhythm patterns, and related dance skills i.e. costuming, programming, and musicology. The course will also emphasize good body mechanics and alignment techniques to develop muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness. This course is also listed under the Physical Education section. (P330). This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Intermediate dance
Intermediate Dance includes the elements of artistic and creative expression and aesthetic valuing. The historical and cultural context of the art form shall be included. Connecting and applying dance to other subject areas, art forms and careers may result from participation in dance including cross-curricular endeavors with academics, visual arts, and PE. Students will analyze and interpret dance in written form to satisfy the academic requirement, Students may be given the opportunity to choreograph and perform both in and out of class. See PE Section (P332). This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements.

Advanced Dance
Advance Dance includes movement, technique and choregraphy with emphasis on performance. Advanced dance also includes the main areas of study outlined in the state framework while including written assignments and other cross-curricular opportunities. See PE section(P334). This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts "f" and elective "g" requirements..




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