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Performing Arts

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)

CONCERT CHOIR (UMUS01)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

This class is open to all students. Choral music provides a context for developing vocal technique, performance skills, creativity (interpretation and expression of music, improvising and composing), and musical literacy and understanding. The repertoire includes a wide variety of styles. There are 3 required concert performances. 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.

HONORS CONCERT CHOIR (UMUS02)

HONORS CONCERT CHOIR (UMUS02)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

Homework: Moderate

This class is open to all students with prior participation in an US music ensemble. Choral music provides a context for developing vocal technique, performance skills, creativity (interpretation and expression of music, improvising and composing), and musical literacy and understanding. The repertoire includes a wide variety of styles. Honors level students are expected to take leadership roles in the choir and learn a solo art song. 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.

OPUS (UMUS03)

OPUS (UMUS03)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

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 student’s 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.

HONORS OPUS (UMUS04)

HONORS OPUS (UMUS04)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

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 student’s technical foundations and musicianship. Honors students are expected to take leadership roles, learn a solo art song, perform in or conduct a small ensemble. 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.

STRING ORCHESTRA (UMUS05)

STRING ORCHESTRA (UMUS05)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

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 instruments with the exception of viola and double bass. Entrance for new students to the school is based on a performance placement test; continuing string program students require teacher recommendation.

HONORS STRING ORCHESTRA (UMUS06)

HONORS STRING ORCHESTRA (UMUS06)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

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. Honors String Orchestra students are expected to demonstrate musical leadership and perform additional repertoire. Students must own instruments with the exception of viola and double bass. Students who have completed at least one previous year of String Orchestra class and receive teacher recommendation are eligible.

ORCHESTRA (UMUS07)

ORCHESTRA (UMUS07)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

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.

HONORS ORCHESTRA (UMUS08)

HONORS ORCHESTRA (UMUS08)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

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 enrolled in the Honors level have additional performance requirements.

UPPER SCHOOL BEGINNING BAND (UMUS09)

UPPER SCHOOL BEGINNING BAND (UMUS09)

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester I 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 a 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)

SYMPHONIC BAND (UMUS10)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

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 the bands is determined after an interview/ audition with the directors, and consideration of instrumentation needs.

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

HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND (UMUS11)

HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND (UMUS11)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

Homework: Moderate

This intermediate level upper school band meets every other day. The course provides instruction in performing music through a varied repertoire of level 3 – 4 (medium to medium-advance 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. Honors students are required to complete additional music assignments and tasks. Performances are given at TAS and are a graded requirement for this course. Placement into the bands is determined after an interview/audition with the directors, and consideration of instrumentation needs.

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

WIND ENSEMBLE (UMUS12)

WIND ENSEMBLE (UMUS12)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Advanced Level Upper School Band

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 student’s instrumental technical foundations and musicianship. Required performances are given at TAS and throughout the Taipei area. Placement into the bands is determined after an interview/ audition with the directors, and consideration of instrumentation needs.

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

HONORS WIND ENSEMBLE (UMUS13)

HONORS WIND ENSEMBLE (UMUS13)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

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 student’s instrumental technical foundations and musicianship. Required performances are given at TAS and throughout the Taipei area. Honors students are required to complete additional music assignments and tasks. Placement into the bands is determined after an interview/audition with the directors, and consideration of instrumentation needs.

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

JAZZ ENSEMBLE (UMUS14)

JAZZ ENSEMBLE (UMUS14)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

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

HONORS JAZZ ENSEMBLE (UMUS15)

HONORS JAZZ ENSEMBLE (UMUS15)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

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 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)

MUSIC THEATER (UMUS19)

Duration: 1 semester or 1 year

Credit: 0.5-1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

This course will be 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 music theater summer and college programs are encouraged to enroll in this course. Students should interview with the instructor prior to enrollment. Pianists interested in developing collaboration skills may also enroll in the course with approval from the instructor.

MUSIC PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY (UMUS20)

MUSIC PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY (UMUS20)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

The Music Production and Technology course is designed for students who are interested in using technology together with music for the purpose of creating music. The course is designed for students with varying musical experience levels as well as non-musicians who are interested in gaining skills that will help them to integrate music into other disciplines. Emphasis is placed upon advancing student’s digital literacy and technical skills through projects that challenge students to create original content. 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 particular 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 AND TECHNOLOGY (UMUS21)

HONORS MUSIC PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY (UMUS21)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

Homework: Moderate

The Music Production and Technology course is designed for students who are interested in using technology together with music for the purpose of creating music. The course is designed for students with varying musical experience levels as well as non-musicians who are interested in gaining skills that will help them to integrate music into other disciplines. Emphasis is placed upon advancing student’s digital literacy and technical skills through projects that challenge students to create original content. 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 particular 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)

CHAMBER REPERTOIRE PERFORMANCE (UMUS22)

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester I only

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12

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.

FLUTE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (UMUS23)

FLUTE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (UMUS23)

Duration: 1 semester or 1 year

Credit: 0.5-1

Grade: 9-12

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 an audition or teacher recommendation. Students may elect to enroll in one or both semesters of this course.

HONORS FLUTE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (UMUS23H)

HONORS FLUTE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (UMUS23H)

Duration: 1 semester or 1 year

Credit: 0.5-1

Grade: 10-12

Homework: Moderate

Flute Chamber Ensemble is a performance-oriented class intended for flute players with 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 an audition or teacher recommendation. Honors students should have completed one year of Flute Chamber Ensemble as a pre-requisite.


RHYTHM SECTION WORKOUT (UMUS24)

RHYTHM SECTION WORKOUT (UMUS24)

Duration: 1 semester, offered in Semester I only

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Light

For Grade 9-12 students with intermediate to advanced skills on guitar, bass, piano/keyboard or drums including students who play these instruments and sing. This is primarily a performance class in which students will learn how to work together as a rhythm section learning a variety of music styles, including Rock, Jazz-Rock, Funk, Blues, Ballads, Swing-style, and Latin (Bossa Nova, etc.) styles. Basic music theory will be taught so that students understand the rudiments of the genres they perform. The history of popular music from early jazz and blues to the big band era leading into the rise of Rock & Roll starting in the 50’s to the present will be covered. Each student will prepare a class presentation on an artist or band. A culminating concert performance will be arranged near the end of the semester. Admittance to the class is by audition and director approval. Basic music reading skills are required.

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 learn techniques from various dance styles such as jazz, hip hop, ballet, theatre dance, with an emphasis on modern 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 technique. 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

Prerequisite: Previous dance training and/or at least one semester of Dance 1

Homework: Moderate

This course is for dancers who have taken at least one semester of upper school dance, one year of middle school dance and/or previous dance training. The focus of this course is on developing intermediate to advanced 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 advanced sophomores who are planning on taking IB Dance in their junior and senior years.

DANCE 3 (UART013)

DANCE 3 (UART013)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10-12

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

Homework: Moderate

This course is for dancers who have taken at least one year of upper school dance and/or one or more years of dance training. In this course, students will study performance, composition and analysis. Students will develop an 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 and a solo or duet composition and/or collaboration.

HONORS DANCE 4 (UART013H)

HONORS DANCE 4 (UART013H)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: 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 dance training. In this course, students will continue their study in performance, composition and analysis. 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 work, a group composition and written research.

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

IBSL DANCE YEAR 1 (UART02)

IBHL DANCE YEAR 1 (UART03)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10 (IBSL), 11-12 (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 2018 for students completing both years of the program. (The program at the standard level is open to 10th grade with special permission and aptitude).

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

IBSL DANCE YEAR 2 (UART04)

IBHL DANCE YEAR 2 (UART05)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: IBSL/IBHL Dance Year 1 (This course is offered, with teacher permission, to non-IB candidates as an advanced performance-based course. Priority will be given to IB students)

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. An external IB examiner will assess research and composition in the spring of 2017 and performance work will be submitted to IB for moderation of assessment.

THEATER ARTS (UART06)

THEATER ARTS (UART06)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Light

Units of Study Include:

  1. Orientation/Trust/Ritual
  2. Movement/Ensemble
  3. Improvisation
  4. Voice/Diction and Storytelling
  5. Script Analysis/Script Creation
  6. 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 I 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 II 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: HISTORY, THEORY, PERFORMANCE (UART13)

HONORS THEATER: HISTORY, THEORY, PERFORMANCE (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 ofthe 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:

  1. History of theater (Greek to Modern)
  2. Performance skills (stylized movement, Laban, mime)
  3. World theater traditions (classic Greek, Japanese Noh, Period acting styles)
  4. 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 ADVANCED THEATER: TEXT AND INTERPRETATION (UART14)

HONORS ADVANCED THEATER: TEXT AND INTERPRETATION (UART14)

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: Honors Theater

Homework: Moderate

Semester one continues 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:

  1. Performance skills (physical comedy, motivational acting, staging);
  2. Modernists and Absurdist Theater (Brecht/Ionesco/Williams/Miller/Mamet/ Brook);
  3. Directing skills (practitioners, plays and playwrights, original scenes);
  4. 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.

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