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Performing Arts

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The Upper School Performing Arts offers a diverse selection of classes and co-curricular programs in Dance, Drama and Music. Students have the opportunity to explore their passion in the performing arts developing as dancers, actors and musicians in a sequential classroom program that caters for all student levels and interests. In addition to the classroom program students have the opportunity to audition for a variety of co-curricular large and small productions or for places as Dance, Drama and Music delegates in the IASAS Cultural Convention. Upper School Music students also have the option of preparing auditions for the AMIS (Association of Music in International Schools) Honor Ensembles that convene throughout the year at varying schools around the world. Selected upper school dancers also participate in major dance festivals in Asia and America.

Taipei American School offers students in the Performing Arts excellent facilities in which to hone their art. Our school has a 21st Century Auditorium with orchestra pit for productions, a Black Box Theater and Drama Workshop space, 2 Dance Studios and a Technical Theater workshop for production design and the creation of sets and props. There are large ensemble rehearsal areas for Choir, Band and Orchestras, and numerous other music classrooms for small group instruction including practice rooms for students to individually work.

The curricular and co-curricular program showcases student excellence in the Performing Arts through numerous large and small scale concerts and productions during the year. Featured annually is a fall Drama or Musical production, a fall Dance production, Winter Concerts, Chamber music recitals, and student showcases during the annual Fine and Performing Arts Festival.

Course Offerings 2018-2019

CONCERT CHOIR (UMUS01) / HONORS CONCERT CHOIR (UMUS02)

CONCERT CHOIR (UMUS01) 

HONORS CONCERT CHOIR (UMUS02)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Light (Moderate for Honors)

This class is open to all students. Students in this class sing a variety of choral repertoire that spans many styles and musical periods. Instruction in solo and ensemble vocal technique, performance skills, composition concepts, rehearsal technique and music literacy is provided. Students are given the opportunity to work with master musicians from the Taipei community, furthering students’ technical foundations and musicianship.There are 3 required concert performances on campus. This choir is not auditioned, but a brief interview with the director to check pitch and range is required for new choir students prior to placement. Concert Choir students may choose to enroll in Vocal Studio (UMUS25), a supplemental vocal technique class. Students in Honors Concert Choir must have completed a year of Concert Choir as a prerequisite and are expected to take leadership roles in the choir and learn a solo art song. Additionally, Honors students are highly encouraged to enroll in the Vocal Studio (UMUS25) class referred to above.

OPUS: VOCAL ENSEMBLE (UMUS03) / HONORS OPUS: VOCAL ENSEMBLE (UMUS04)

OPUS: VOCAL ENSEMBLE (UMUS03)

HONORS OPUS: VOCAL ENSEMBLE (UMUS04)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Moderate

Opus is an auditioned vocal ensemble. Students in this class sing a variety of advanced choral repertoire that spans many styles and musical periods. Instruction in solo and ensemble vocal technique, performance skills, composition concepts, rehearsal technique and music literacy is provided. Students are given the opportunity to work with master musicians from the Taipei community in master class settings and in Chamber Music  small ensemble preparations, furthering students’ technical foundations and musicianship. There are several concerts during the year; some performances may be off campus. Auditions are held in early spring for the following year’s choir. Opus students must have previous ensemble experience and a good working knowledge of music theory. Successful candidates are offered a place in Opus for one year. Existing members must re-audition. Opus and Honors Opus students are encouraged to enroll in Vocal Studio (UMUS25), a supplemental vocal technique class. Students in Honors Opus must have completed a year of Opus as a prerequisite. Students in Honors Opus are also expected to take leadership roles in the choir, learn a solo art song, and perform in or conduct a small ensemble.

STRING ORCHESTRA (UMUS05) / HONORS STRING ORCHESTRA (UMUS06)

STRING ORCHESTRA (UMUS05)

HONORS STRING ORCHESTRA (UMUS06)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Moderate

 

This class consists of intermediate to advanced players of violin, viola, cello, and bass. The students rehearse and perform orchestra music representing a variety of styles and appropriate developmental level. Solo performance and chamber music ensembles may also be included. For the latter, the students are provided the opportunity to be coached by master musicians from the Taipei community. Along with the performance emphasis of this course, there is also integration of technical studies for skill development, music theory, and music listening. Students must own their own instruments with the exception of viola and double bass. For new students to the school, entrance into the class is based on a performance placement test; continuing string program students require teacher recommendation. Students in Honors String Orchestra must have completed a year of String Orchestra as a prerequisite. Students in the Honors class are also expected to demonstrate musical leadership and perform additional repertoire.

ORCHESTRA (UMUS07) / HONORS ORCHESTRA (UMUS08)

ORCHESTRA (UMUS07)

HONORS ORCHESTRA (UMUS08)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Moderate

 

This is a performance based class for advanced players of violin, viola, cello and double bass in which skills of string technique, theory and musicianship are taught through the medium of an orchestral ensemble and chamber music. The orchestral performance experiences include both string orchestra and symphonic repertoire. Required performances are at TAS and in community settings. Master musicians from the Taipei community join the orchestra to enhance and expand the symphonic repertoire experience and provide additional chamber music coaching. Entry to this orchestra class is by audition only with consideration of instrumentation needs. Students in Honors Orchestra must have completed a year of Orchestra as a prerequisite and these students have additional performance requirements.

UPPER SCHOOL BEGINNING BAND (UMUS09)

UPPER SCHOOL BEGINNING BAND (UMUS09)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester 1 only

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

 

This class is an entry level course for students who wish to learn how to play a band instrument (or bass guitar). No experience is required. The level of instruction is accelerated to enable students to perform with the Symphonic Band after one semester. School instruments (but not bass guitars) can be loaned to beginners. Students are encouraged to select instruments that are usually under-represented in band programs, such as French Horn, double reeds, and low brass.

SYMPHONIC BAND (UMUS10) / HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND (UMUS11)

SYMPHONIC BAND (UMUS10)

HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND (UMUS11)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Light (Moderate for Honors)

 

This intermediate level upper school band meets every other day. The course provides instruction in performing music through various repertoire of level 3 – 4 (medium to medium-advanced difficulty) performance literature, technical skill exercises, sight-reading, music theory, and an understanding of musical composition through listening, original composing, and analysis. In addition to the full ensemble experience, students are offered the opportunity to play in small chamber music groups and solos. Performances are given at TAS and are a graded requirement for this course. Placement into this class is determined after an interview/ audition with the directors, and consideration of instrumentation needs. Students in Honors Symphonic Band must have completed a year of Symphonic Band as a prerequisite and are required to complete additional music assignments and tasks.

* Students who play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, or trombone are required to provide their own instrument.

WIND ENSEMBLE (UMUS12) / HONORS WIND ENSEMBLE (UMUS13)

WIND ENSEMBLE (UMUS12)

HONORS WIND ENSEMBLE (UMUS13)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Moderate

 

This class is an auditioned ensemble of 45-50 players. The course provides instruction in performing music through a varied repertoire of level 3.5 – 5 (medium-advanced to advanced difficulty) performance literature, technical skill exercises, sight-reading, music theory, and an understanding of musical composition through listening, original composing, and analysis. In addition to the full ensemble experience, opportunities to perform with the orchestra or in small chamber groups are made available. In this class students are given the opportunity to work with master musicians from the Taipei community in master class teaching settings and in Chamber Music small ensemble preparations, furthering students’ instrumental technical foundations and musicianship. Required performances are given at TAS and throughout the Taipei area. Placement is determined after an interview/ audition with the directors, and consideration of instrumentation needs. Students in Honors Wind Ensemble must have completed a year of Wind Ensemble as a prerequisite and are required to complete additional music assignments and tasks.

* Students who play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, or trombone are required to provide their own instrument.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE (UMUS14) / HONORS JAZZ ENSEMBLE (UMUS15)

JAZZ ENSEMBLE (UMUS14)

HONORS JAZZ ENSEMBLE (UMUS15)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Moderate

 

This class is an auditioned group that studies and performs music in the swing, Latin, jazz-rock, and ballad styles. The course includes instruction on improvisation, jazz theory, history, listening, and performance in both “big-band” and smaller combo settings. Prior knowledge of fundamental musical concepts (scales, breathing, posture, tone quality, tuning, etc.) is required. Required performances include venues at TAS as well as the local community. Placement into the group is determined after an interview/audition with the directors, and consideration of instrumentation needs. Students in Honors Jazz Ensemble must have completed a year of Jazz Ensemble as a prerequisite and may be required to complete additional music assignments and tasks.

* Students who play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, or trombone are required to provide their own instrument.

AP MUSIC THEORY (UMUS16)

AP MUSIC THEORY (UMUS16)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

Homework: Moderate

 

This course emphasizes music theory beyond the fundamentals through a detailed study of notation, rhythm, tonality, melody, harmony, and form. Aural skills, contextual listening skills, and composition techniques will be refined through this course. Students wishing to take this course should have a comprehensive understanding of basic theory, plus the ability to hear, read, and notate music. The AP Music Theory examination will be taken at the end of the year. Consultation with the course teacher or an ensemble music director is required prior to enrolment.

MUSIC THEATER (UMUS19) / HONORS MUSICAL THEATER (UMUS19H)

MUSIC THEATER (UMUS19)

HONORS MUSICAL THEATER (UMUS19H)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Light

 

This course is a technical exploration of vocal production as it relates to live, on-stage, acoustic performance. The history of dramatic music, with emphasis on musical theater, from the early 1900s to current professional productions will be studied. Students will sing solo and ensemble pieces from the musical theater genre. Students interested in auditioning for musical theater summer and college programs are encouraged to enroll in this course. Pianists interested in developing collaboration skills may also enroll in the course with approval from the instructor. Students in Honors Musical Theater must have completed a year of Musical Theater as a prerequisite and will be required to complete additional music assignments and tasks.

PIANO PERFORMANCE (UMUS05A) / HONORS PIANO PERFORMANCE (UMUS05B)

PIANO PERFORMANCE (UMUS05A)

HONORS PIANO PERFORMANCE (UMUS05B)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester 1 only

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Moderate

 

This one semester course explores the avenues available to pianists who wish to perform with other musicians. Collaboration and accompanying skills are the main focus of the class. Students will have the opportunity to accompany singers, instrumentalists and choirs. Basic theory, improvisation, pedagogical and business skills of private and group instruction will also be addressed. Students are given the opportunity to work with master musicians from the Taipei community in master class settings, furthering student’s technical foundations and musicianship. This class is for intermediate to advanced pianists and requires approval from the instructor. Students in Honors Piano Performance must have completed a semester of Piano Performance as a prerequisite along with instructor approval and will be required to complete additional assignments and tasks.

VOCAL STUDIO (UMUS041)

VOCAL STUDIO (UMUS041)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester 1 only

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

 

Vocal Studio is highly recommended for Grade 9-12 students who are enrolled in Honors Concert Choir, Opus, and Honors Opus. Students in Concert Choir may choose to take Vocal Studio as well. This class is a supplement to choir class and individual vocal technique needs will be addressed one-to-one or in small groups. Meeting times will be arranged according to each student’s class schedule. Admittance to the class is determined by enrollment in a choir class. This is a pass/fail class.

MUSIC PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY (UMUS20)

MUSIC PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY (UMUS20)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

 

The Music Production & Technology course is designed for students who are interested in using technology together with music for the purposes of creating and engineering music. The course is intended for students with varied music experience levels as well as non-musicians who are interested in gaining skills that will help them to integrate music into other disciplines. Lessons are designed to provide hands-on study of recording studio techniques and music creation. Students will create original work while developing listening and technical skills for audio production. Students will focus on many aspects of contemporary music production and creation that will assist them as they prepare for experiences that are utilized by 21st century professionals: film scoring, commercial advertising, media production, acoustic engineering, TV/Radio production, e-media/web production, electronic systems design, music composing and engineering. Core strands of music production and technology will be covered by all students: recording/sound design; mixing; film scoring; composition/arranging; production. Topics include but are not limited to: mastering, mixing, microphones, listening, physics of sound, sound effects, recording, sound editing, MIDI, composing, arranging and film scoring. Recommendation by the course teacher is required prior to enrolment.

HONORS MUSIC PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY 1 (UMUS21)

HONORS MUSIC PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY 1 (UMUS21)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Music Production & Technology

Homework: Moderate

 

The Honors Music Production & Technology 1 course is designed for students who are interested in furthering their potential to create and engineer music. The course is intended for students with prior experience in music production and technology and who are interested in pursuing more advanced challenges in creating their own studio work. Lessons are designed to provide continued hands-on study of recording studio techniques and music creation. Students will create original work while further refining their listening and technical skills for audio production. Students will focus on many aspects of contemporary music production and creation that will assist them as they prepare for experiences that are utilized by 21st century professionals: film scoring, commercial advertising, media production, acoustic engineering, TV/Radio production, e-media/web production, electronic systems design, music composing and engineering. While core strands of music production and technology will be covered by all students, individuals may also choose to specialize in one or more of the music tech strands: recording/sound design; mixing; film scoring; composition/arranging; production. Topics include but are not limited to: mastering, mixing, microphones, listening, physics of sound, sound effects, recording, sound editing, MIDI, composing, arranging and film scoring. Recommendation by the course teacher is required prior to enrolment.

HONORS MUSIC PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY 2 (UMUS211)

HONORS MUSIC PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY 2 (UMUS211)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Honors Music Production & Technology 1

Homework: Moderate

 

The Honors Music Production & Technology 2 course is designed for students who are interested in furthering their potential to create and engineer music. The course is intended for students who have completed the Honors Music Production & Technology 1 course and who are interested in continued advancement creating and producing music. Lessons are designed to provide hands-on study of more complex recording studio techniques and music creation. Students will create original work while further refining their listening and technical skills for audio production and will be required to create a personal portfolio. Students will focus on many aspects of contemporary music production and creation that will assist them as they prepare for experiences that are utilized by 21st century professionals: film scoring, commercial advertising, media production, acoustic engineering, TV/Radio production, e-media/web production, electronic systems design, music composing and engineering. Students from this course will have prior experience with the core strands of music production and technology and will likely elect to specialize in one or more of the music tech strands: recording/sound design; mixing; film scoring; composition/arranging; production. Topics include but are not limited to: mastering, mixing, microphones, listening, physics of sound, sound effects, recording, sound editing, MIDI, composing, arranging and film scoring. Recommendation by the course teacher is required prior to enrolment.

 

HONORS MUSIC PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY 3 (UMUS212)

HONORS MUSIC PRODUCTION & TECHNOLOGY 3 (UMUS212)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Honors Music Production & Technology 2

Homework: Moderate

 

The Honors Music Production & Technology 3 course is designed for students who are interested in furthering their potential to create and engineer music. The course is intended for students who have completed the Honors Music Production & Technology 2 course and who are interested in continued advancement creating and producing music. Lessons are designed to provide hands-on study of more complex recording studio techniques and music creation. Students will create original work while further refining their listening and technical skills for audio production and will be required to create a personal portfolio. Additionally, students from this course will elect a large scale independent project that will utilize the advanced skills they have developed through their prior courses and experience. Students will focus on many aspects of contemporary music production and creation that will assist them as they prepare for experiences that are utilized by 21st century professionals: film scoring, commercial advertising, media production, acoustic engineering, TV/Radio production, e-media/web production, electronic systems design, music composing and engineering. Students from this course will have prior experience with the core strands of music production and technology and will likely elect to specialize in one or more of the music tech strands: recording/sound design; mixing; film scoring; composition/arranging; production. Topics include but are not limited to: mastering, mixing, microphones, listening, physics of sound, sound effects, recording, sound editing, MIDI, composing, arranging and film scoring. Recommendation by the course teacher is required prior to enrolment.

CHAMBER REPERTOIRE PERFORMANCE (UMUS22) / HONORS CHAMBER REPERTOIRE PERFORMANCE (UMUS22H)

CHAMBER REPERTOIRE PERFORMANCE (UMUS22)

HONORS CHAMBER REPERTOIRE PERFORMANCE (UMUS22H)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester 1 only.

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Moderate

 

This class is open to all instrumental students and pianists who would like to take an additional chamber ensemble class. Focus is on projects for collaborative performance in small groups, including sonatas, resulting in several live performances and/or recordings. Groups can include various combinations of piano, strings, winds and brass instruments as well as instrumental family specific ensembles. Admission by director approval for all instruments with consideration for collaborative instrumentation needs. Offered first semester only and meets after school. Students may enroll every year. Students may take the class for no credit, but are still required to complete a final performance project. Participation will be recorded on the student transcript. Students in Honors Chamber Repertoire Performance must have completed a year of Chamber Repertoire Performance or have permission from the teacher as a prerequisite and may be required to complete additional music assignments and tasks. Students in Honors Chamber Repertoire must take the class for credit.

FLUTE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (UMUS23) / HONORS FLUTE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (UMUS23H)

FLUTE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (UMUS23)

HONORS FLUTE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (UMUS23H)

 

Duration: 1 semester or 1 year

Credit: 0.5-1

Grade: 9-12 (10-12 for Honors)

Homework: Moderate

 

Flute Chamber Ensemble is a performance-oriented class intended for flute players with intermediate to advanced technical skills. The class will explore the rich literature of music which has been composed over several centuries for flute duets, trios, quartets, and larger ensembles. Students in this class will have the opportunity to improve their musicianship and technical skills using the complete instrumentation of a flute choir (piccolo, flute, alto and bass flute). Repertoire will be performed from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Contemporary Eras, with attention to the techniques and styles appropriate for each musical period. Students will also have the opportunity to creatively explore composition for flute ensembles and study, analyze and listen to representative works of the genre. The class will perform in chamber music settings and concerts throughout the year. Participation in the class will be based on audition or teacher recommendation. Students may elect to enroll in one or both semesters of this course. Students in Honors Flute Chamber Ensemble must have completed a year of Flute Chamber Ensemble as a prerequisite and may be required to complete additional music assignments and tasks.

JAZZ-ROCK ENSEMBLE (UMUS241)

JAZZ-ROCK ENSEMBLE (UMUS241)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester 2 only

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

 

For vocalists, guitarists, pianists, bassists and drummers. Horn players (brass or woodwind) and string players (electric violin!) are also welcome. Through small group and 1-on-1 instruction, students will “level-up” their performance skills, learning to craft impressive rock and jazz-rock solos. Opportunities to perform in public will be available for anyone interested. Highly recommended for anyone auditioning for Jazz Ensemble, musicals or other popular music opportunities.

DANCE 1 (UART011)

DANCE 1 (UART011)

 

Duration: 1 semester or 1 year

Credit: 0.5 or 1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

 

No previous dance experience is required but a desire to explore a variety of dance forms is necessary. In this course, students will develop technical skills from various dance styles such as jazz, hip hop, ballet, theatre dance, with a focus on contemporary dance. Students will learn to manipulate space, time and energy in making dances. An emphasis will be placed on improving individual levels of fitness and physical skills. For students interesting in continuing their dance studies, this course is strongly recommended prior to studying IB Dance. (May receive gr.10 PE or Arts credit)

DANCE 2 (URAT012)

DANCE 2 (URAT012)

 

Duration: 1 semester or 1 year

Credit: 0.5 or 1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Moderate

Prerequisite: Middle School dance, previous dance training and/or at least one semester of Dance 1

 

This course is for dancers who have taken at least one semester of upper school dance, one year of middle school dance and/or recent dance training. The focus of this course is on developing intermediate to advanced-intermediate technical, performance and choreographic skills. The emphasis will be on contemporary technique. Students will be expected to choreograph, perform and write analytically about their work in an informal setting. This course is strongly recommended for students wishing to pursue Honors Dance or IB Dance.

DANCE 3 (UART013)

DANCE 3 (UART013)

 

Duration: 1 semester or 1 year

Credit: 0.5 or 1

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Dance 2 or teacher permission for dancers with recent dance training

Homework: Moderate

 

This course is for dancers who have intermediate dance skills. In this course, students will study performance, composition and analysis. Students will develop an intermediate-advanced to advanced level of proficiency in technical and performance skills. They will also work through various creative processes in choreographing their own dances. Some work outside class time will be required for rehearsals and research. Major assessments will consist of performance work, composition and collaboration projects. (10th graders with a Dance 2 prerequisite may take Dance 3 for one semester of PE credit)

IBSL DANCE 1 (UART02) / IBHL DANCE 1 (UART03)

IBSL DANCE 1 (UART02)

IBHL DANCE 1 (UART03)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11 (SL or HL)

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation; previous dance experience is not required, but at least one semester of dance is strongly recommended

Homework: Moderate

 

In this course, students will study three areas of dance: Performance, Composition and Analysis, and World Dance Studies. Students will develop a high level of proficiency in technical and performance skills. They will also work through various creative processes in choreographing their own dances. World dance studies will require students to experience and explore dance from more than one culture. Some work outside class time will be required for rehearsals and research. Assessment will consist of performance work in the dance style of the student’s choice. IB external assessment will take place in the spring of 2021 for students completing both years of the program.

IBSL DANCE 2 (UART04) / IBHL DANCE 2 (UART05)

IBSL DANCE 2 (UART04)

IBHL DANCE 2 (UART05)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: IBSL/IBHL Dance Year 1

Homework: Moderate to heavy

 

In this course, students will continue their study in the three areas of dance: Performance, Composition and Analysis, and World Dance Studies. The practical emphasis in year two will be on composition and performance. Students will complete the research and writing required in World Dance Studies. Some work outside class time will be required for composition, rehearsals and research. Research and composition and performance work will be submitted to IB for examination in the spring of 2020.

HONORS DANCE 3 (UART131H)

HONORS DANCE 3 (UART131H)

 

Duration:1 year

Credit:1

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Dance 1 or Dance 2 with teacher recommendation, teacher permission for dancers with previous training

 

In this course, students will study three areas of dance: Performance, Composition and Analysis, and World Dance Studies. Students will develop a high level of proficiency in technical and performance skills. They will also work through various creative processes in choreographing their own dances. World dance studies will require students to experience and explore dance from more than one culture. Some work outside class time will be required for rehearsals and research. Assessment will consist of performance and composition in the dance style(s) of the student’s choice.

HONORS DANCE 4 (UART013H)

HONORS DANCE 4 (UART013H)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Honors Dance 3, IBSL/HL dance year 1, or teacher permission for dancers with previous training

Homework: Moderate to heavy

 

This course is for dancers who have taken at least two years of upper school dance and/or two or more years of recent dance training. In this course, students will continue their study in performance, composition and analysis and world dance. The practical emphasis will be on performance and composition. Some work outside class time will be required for composition, rehearsals and research. Major assessments will consist of performance exams, two compositions and written research.

THEATER ARTS (UART06)

THEATER ARTS (UART06)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Light

Units of Study Include: • Orientation/Trust/Ritual

                                        • Movement/Ensemble

                                        • Improvisation

                                        • Voice/Diction and Storytelling

                                        • Script Analysis/Script Creation

                                        • Production Theater

 

This class satisfies either the performing arts requirement or the public speaking requirement but not both. This course gives students an introduction to theater and provides frequent opportunities for speaking in front of others. There will be a variety of projects, including short memorized monologues and scene work; in the process, students will become more confident and creative speakers.

STAGECRAFT (UART07)

STAGECRAFT (UART07)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester 1 only

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Light

 

This introductory course explores the challenges of mounting a theatrical production by providing a glimpse into each of the major facets of technical production – scenic design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, stage management, and basic production materials and techniques. In addition to exploring the design theories and their history, students have the opportunity to work on productions staged during the course of the semester. The main goal is to generate enthusiasm for and an understanding of the varied crafts which constitute theatrical design and production.

ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATER (UART08)

ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATER (UART08)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester 2 only

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: Stagecraft

Homework: Light

 

This course extends the knowledge gained in Stagecraft and provides students with the skills, techniques, and experiences necessary to work collaboratively behind the scenes in the performing arts. With a combination of theory in the specialized technology of theater and practical hands-on collaboration with peers, advanced technical theater engages students to think critically about production methods and techniques and trains them to think creatively about theater as an art form which is easily greater than the sum of its component parts.

STAGECRAFT PRODUCTION (UART09A)

STAGECRAFT PRODUCTION (UART09A)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in both semesters

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Homework: Moderate

 

This class is restricted to students with previous commitment and involvement in theatrical production who wish to focus in depth on putting the training and theory of stagecraft into actionable practice with the major productions in the TAS theater venues. The course meets after school and requires the same number of class hours as any normally scheduled  class; it may be taken more than once. Students are expected to fulfill the leadership roles of lighting master electrician, stage manager, costume manager, or other production team role approved by the instructor.

HONORS THEATER 1 (UART13)

HONORS THEATER 1 (UART13)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: Theater Arts

Homework: Moderate

 

This class satisfies either the performing arts requirement or the public speaking requirement but not both. This course is intended for students wishing to continue the study of Theater arts and to develop a range of communication skills in depth. The course will require students to investigate the history of theater and apply theories and skills to performance.

Guiding questions:

Semester 1: What makes theater classic?

Semester 2: What makes theater modern?

Units of study include:

• History of theater (Greek to Modern)

• Performance skills (stylized movement, Laban, mime)

• World theater traditions (classic Greek, Japanese Noh, Period acting styles)

• Movements (Acting/Directing theories and approaches)

These studies engage students in challenging, creative, and collaborative projects (individual and small group) through reading, writing, speaking, performance, and research. Active participation in a wide variety of activities and assessments is a major expectation of students in the course. Students will also maintain a journal, write critically and informatively, and create original text. Students do not need previous stage experience; instead, they need curiosity and initiative, plus a desire to explore communication in many forms.

Probable Texts: Medea; The American Dream & The Zoo Story; The Importance of Being Earnest; The Caucasian Chalk Circle; A Doll’s House; A Streetcar Named Desire; Selected Noh plays; selected contemporary plays; fall play/The Studio/IASAS scripts.

HONORS THEATER 2 (UART14)

HONORS THEATER 2 (UART14)

 

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Honors Theater 1

Homework: Moderate

 

Semester one continues the exploration of performance and production skills, world theater cultures, text analysis, acting and directing. There is a heavy focus on the art of directing. Semester two will focus on applying all the skills developed for devising an original production.

Guiding questions:

Semester 1: How do I direct a play?

Semester 2: How do I devise a play from a stimulus?

Units of study include:

• Performance skills (physical comedy, motivational acting, staging);

• Modernists and Absurdist Theater (Brecht/Ionesco/Williams/Miller/Mamet/Brook);

• Directing skills (practitioners, plays and playwrights, original scenes);

• Devising original works based on theories and skills developed.

Probable Texts: A Sense of Directing-William Ball, Much Ado About Nothing; Tartuffe; Monty Python; The Bald Soprano; Summer and Smoke, All My Sons; Various world myths; fall play/The Studio/IASAS scripts

High School students considering art classes with prerequisites should consult an art teacher regarding placement.

HONORS STAGECRAFT PRODUCTION (UART101)

HONORS STAGECRAFT PRODUCTION (UART101)

 

Duration: 1 semester, offered in both semesters

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Stagecraft Production

Homework: Moderate

 

This course is restricted to highly motivated students with advanced experience in practical stagecraft production. Students complete production assignments after school working on all the theatre and dance productions over the course of the semester, committing the same number of class hours as any normally scheduled class. Students also create a portfolio showcasing their depth of knowledge in a given facet of stagecraft - stage management, lighting design, costume design, or other technical theater area of focus. Students will face real world design challenges and the increasingly complex electronic and mechanical components of the entertainment industry in a unique supportive environment as part of a creative team. At the completion of the course, students will be prepared to pass the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s essential skills competency exam.

Department Members

Stephen Abernethy (Department Chair) - Band
Jennifer Anderson - Music Production & Technology
Andrea Blough - Choir & Music Theater
Stella Chang - AP Music and Flute Chamber Ensemble
Betty Chang - Choir
Laura Cipriano - Strings
Cory Edwards - Theater
Deb Flemming - Dance
Ray Heberer - Band
Kevin Held (Theater Manager) - Tech. Theater
Jessica Huang (Asst. Theater Manager) - Theater
Vivian Huang - Strings
Kari Jensen - Theater
Ruth Lin - Strings
Joan Pipkin - Strings

Support Staff

Chris Bryant - Theater Assistant
Grace Ku - K-12 Music Assistant

Agnes Yang - US Dance/Drama Assistant

Department Chair