Visual and Performing Arts in High School

SAS offers a number of options in the visual and performing arts to meet the needs and interests of all students.

The comprehensive visual arts program will appeal to students interested in art courses that enrich their high school experience, as well as those students who intend to pursue art careers. Courses available cover a broad range of skills that promote innovation using a variety of traditional and digital media.

In the performing arts, students are offered courses in instrumental and vocal music, dance, and theater. These classes and ensembles are geared for every level of experience and ability. Beginner and advanced courses give students superb performance opportunities with specialty classes available for students with greater interest in music. So that performing ensembles can best meet the needs of all students, some courses require an audition prior to enrollment.

Visual and Performing Arts Courses in 2018-19

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Course Descriptions

Art I: Foundations

ID: 46100 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts

In this survey course students are exposed to a variety of media through study of the elements and principles of art and design. Students acquire and apply skills using a variety of media and techniques. Pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, various paints, clay, sculptural materials, and linoleum for printmaking are examples of media offered to students. Emphasis is placed on skills acquisition and creativity. This course enables students to identify their strengths and possible areas of interest for future development. It provides the necessary foundation for the more advanced Studio Art courses.

Ceramics I

ID: 46104 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts

In this one-semester course students learn basic hand building, decorating and glazing techniques. Students are free to develop their own ideas within structured guidelines while building on acquired skills. Students leave the class with an assortment of forms of different functions, shapes, and sizes. Instructional time is also spent on sculptural pieces. Students are responsible for preparing their materials and looking after their pieces through the various stages of the ceramic process from construction through glazing. A brief introduction to the potter’s wheel and glaze chemistry will be given as a part of this course but will not be the focus. This course is a prerequisite for students who wish to continue on to learn potter’s wheel techniques in Ceramics II.

Ceramics II

ID: 46105 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Ceramics I

This class builds on the skills acquired in the Ceramics I class. Students will work towards further mastering basic hand building and may choose to learn wheel throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel. A focus on modern ceramic art as it exists today will be the focus of cultural investigation. Students will be given design and glaze chemistry problems to solve using skills and innovation for developing self–expression. They are responsible for maintaining the ceramic supplies needed and for managing the clay process from construction through glazing.

Mixed Media and Digital Processes

ID: 46108 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Note: This course was previously named Printmaking and Mixed Media. If a credit was earned in that course, you cannot retake it under this new title.

This course is designed for students of all levels who are interested in experimenting with and combining a variety of materials and art processes. Students will explore a range of layering processes to create rich textures using techniques in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and photography to manipulate the surface of their work. Students will also learn to use Adobe Photoshop to edit, manipulate, and composite photo imagery to be printed and integrated into their mixed media surfaces. This course enables students to identify their strengths and possible areas of interest for portfolio development.

Studio Art

ID: 46106 Grade: 9-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Art Foundations; or acceptable portfolio. and teacher recommendation

In this course students are provided with the opportunity to further develop their artistic abilities and interests by honing their drawing and painting skills. They find and build upon their strengths in a variety of media within each unit. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of art styles allowing each student to find and develop his or her particular area or areas of interest. Finding voice in their work and making connections both culturally and personally are a focus throughout the course. Students work to achieve higher levels of proficiency in art.

Studio Art is a Pre-AP course. The work created prepares students for Advanced Placement courses.

AP Studio Art: Drawing

ID: 46111 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Studio Art; or acceptable portfolio. and teacher recommendation

The Drawing portfolio is designed to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and illusion of depth are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means, which could include painting, printmaking, mixed media, etc. Abstract, observational and inventive works may demonstrate drawing competence. The range of marks used to make drawings, the arrangement of those marks, and the materials used to make the marks are endless. Photography, videotapes, digital imaging, photocopies of work, and three-dimensional work may not be submitted for the Drawing Portfolio. Students will be prepared for and strongly encouraged to sit for the AP exam in May.

AP Studio Art: 2D Drawing

ID: 46112 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Studio Art; or acceptable portfolio. and teacher recommendation

This portfolio is intended to address two-dimensional (2D) design issues. Design involves purposeful decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrated way. The principles of design articulated through the visual elements help guide artists in making decisions about how to organize the elements on a picture plane in order to communicate content. Strong design is possible whether one uses representational, abstract, or expressive approaches to make art. For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 2D design through any two-dimensional medium or process, including but not limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, and printmaking. Students will be prepared for and strongly encouraged to sit for the AP exam in May

AP Studio Art: 3D Drawing

ID: 46113 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Studio Art; or acceptable portfolio. and teacher recommendation

This portfolio is intended to address sculptural issues. Design involves purposeful decision– making about using the elements and principals of art in an integrative way. In the 3D Design portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of design principles as they relate to depth and space. The principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship) can be articulated through visual elements (mass, volume, color/ light, form, plane, line, texture). For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 3D design through any three-dimensional approach, including, figurative or non–figurative sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, and three-dimensional fiber arts. Students will be prepared for and strongly encouraged to sit for the AP exam in May.

Stagecraft

ID: 46544 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts

Stagecraft covers the technical aspects of theater productions. Student assignments and projects will involve three topic areas: set design and construction, stage lighting, and theater sound systems. Projects in each of these areas will provide students with knowledge and hands on experience with technical equipment used in theaters. All student work that involves construction and work with electrical equipment will include proper safety instruction. All students must follow safety guidelines. This course can be repeated for credit.

Theater: Foundations

ID: 46307 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts

The ensemble is the foundation supporting all our work in theater. Students engage in wide variety of ensemble and theater exercises throughout the semester. They develop fundamental acting skills through scene work and acting exercises. Actor training focuses on realism, which has as its goal truthful behavior under imaginary circumstances.

Theater: Improvisation

ID: 46310 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts

Improv performers do not just ‘make it all up’ on the spot. There are skills and structures that provide the springboard for entertaining improvisation. Students will develop these skills and improv ‘forms’ in a workshop process emphasizing collaboration and play. Particular focus will be placed on those forms which lead to “long form” performance. (See the course description for Advanced Improvisation for more information about “long form.”)

Theater: Advanced Improvisation

ID: 46314 Grade: 10-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Theater: Improvisation

Building on skills learned in Improv, students will work towards a "long form" performance. The ensemble improvises a 20–30 minute set based on a single prompt from the audience. Long form relies more heavily on acting skills, ensemble memory, and active listening than short forms. Long form ensembles represent the cutting edge in today’s Improv subculture. This course can be repeated for credit.

Theater: Production

ID: 46313 Grade: 10-12 Length: Semester II
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Any Theater course

Students work in small and full–class ensembles devising, rehearsing, and performing theater for a public audience. This course prepares students and is the prerequisite for the AT Performing Arts: Theater course. A few after–school rehearsals may be required. This course can be repeated for credit.

Film/Acting Ensemble

ID: 46315 Grade: 10-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Any Theater or Filmmaking course

In this course, students form a collaborative ensemble to create short films for entry in film contests. Students will focus on either the performance or the technical aspects of filmmaking. Ensembles work together on creating story and dialogue, choosing locations, and a variety of other aspects related to the creation of short films.

Theater: Sketch Comedy

ID: 46316 Grade: 10-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Theater: Improvisation; or Theater: Foundations
Note: Offered in 2018–19; may not be offered in 2019–20. Some theater courses, such as this one, are not offered every year and may be offered in alternate years.

Students will create sketch comedy scenes for live performance and filming. Students will use improvisation at every stage and in all aspects of writing sketches. This includes developing characters, finding the funny, exploring relationships, and coming up with a good ending. Students will learn how to make improvisation the first step in writing a sketch as well as how to use improvisation to help them move forward when writing has already begun.

Musical Theater: History and Production

ID: 46266 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester II
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Note: Not offered in 2018–19; may be offered in 2019–20. Some theater courses, such as this one, are not offered every year and may be offered in alternate years.

This course provides an in-depth study and practical application of musical theater. Students will research, rehearse, and perform material from the musical theater genre. In the first quarter, students will examine examples of Broadway musicals. In the second quarter, students will write, direct, produce, and perform original musicals. No prior experience is necessary, but students must be willing to engage with all aspects of the modern musical. This course will not be offered in 2018–19.

Filmmaking

ID: 46404 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts

The emphasis in this course is the art and craft of filmmaking as students study and practice the single–camera style used by filmmakers in the production of features and documentaries. Assignments will include readings on film aesthetics and practices and the study of critically acclaimed, early and contemporary films. Practical, hands–on work includes a camera familiarization exercise, a digital-editing exercise, two structured exercises, and a final project. Students will write a treatment and script, and prepare a storyboard for the final project. Students will be required to complete work outside of regularly scheduled class meetings. This course may not be repeated for credit.

Advanced Filmmaking

ID: 46406 Grade: 10-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Filmmaking

Students take the skills and experience gained in Filmmaking and work independently to create short films for entry in film festivals. This course may be repeated for credit.

Digital Photography

ID: 46519 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Note: A student-owned digital camera is recommended.

This course will introduce students to the limitless possibilities of image making in the digital age. Students will be expected to learn the fundamental concepts and skills related to digital photography and graphic design. This is a project–based course that will require students to integrate the concepts of art and design into a series of assignments that they will create on the computer using Adobe Photoshop software. Students will also learn to use digital cameras, and scanners as image input devices and laser and color ink-jet printers as output devices. Topics will include: digital vs. traditional photography, basic digital image adjustment, advanced digital image manipulation, type and text, composite and photomontage, methods of printing, and presentation of digital images. Students will be required to submit prints for exhibition as well as prepare and present a final portfolio of their work at the end of the semester.

Advanced Digital Photography

ID: 46521 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: A Digital Photography. Note: Access to a DSLR is recommended.

Advanced Digital Photography is designed as a continuation of the current semester-long Digital Photography course. The purpose of this second course is to provide motivated students with the opportunity to expand on the knowledge and skills they acquired in Digital Photography. This is a project–based course, which seeks to challenge the student’s creative and technical skills through the creation of both straight and manipulated digital images. Topics to be covered will include advanced digital camera skills using a DSLR camera, advanced Photoshop skills as well as the use of several other digital image and multimedia software. Students will be expected to design a final creative project in a direction and area of their interest. Throughout the course, students will be required to submit prints for exhibition as well as prepare and present a multimedia final portfolio of their work at the end of the semester.

Concert Band

ID: 46202 Grade: 9-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Intermediate to advanced ability on a band instrument.
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150. A limited number of instruments are available for rental at S$150 per year.

Concert Band is open to all students who have had previous experience on a band instrument. The band will perform in concerts during the year, playing a variety of musical styles ranging from popular to classical. This course may be repeated each year for credit. All Concert Band members are required to attend all scheduled performances, including after school or weekends.

Symphonic Band

ID: 46210 Grade: 9-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Audition
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150. A limited number of instruments are available for rental at S$150 per year.

Symphonic Band is an audition–based group for intermediate to advanced musicians who wish to challenge their skills with more difficult music. The band will perform in four major concerts during the year, playing a variety of musical styles ranging from popular to classical. This course may be repeated each year for credit. All Symphonic Band members are required to attend all scheduled performances, including after school or weekends.

Wind Ensemble

ID: 46208 Grade: 9-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Audition
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150. A limited number of instruments are available for rental at S$150 per year.

Wind Ensemble is a very advanced band course for serious musicians who wish to challenge their skills with more difficult music. They play a varied repertoire of classical and popular music and will be encouraged to do solo and small ensemble performances as well. The Wind Ensemble represents the school in the community through concerts and programs. This course may be repeated each year for additional credit. All Wind Ensemble members are required to attend all scheduled performances, including after school or weekends.

Jazz Improvisation

ID: 46217 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Successful audition to Wind Ensemble and teacher recommendation.
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150. A limited number of instruments are available for rental at S$150 per year.

Jazz Improvisation is offered to advanced musicians seeking to further their knowledge and skill in the jazz idiom. Students will study basic chords, scales and patterns used in improvisation, further develop small ensemble and combo playing skills and explore a variety of jazz standards. Students in Jazz Improvisation will perform with both the Wind Ensemble and the high school Jazz Band. This is a fall semester course, and students in Jazz Improvisation will be enrolled in Wind Ensemble during the spring semester. Students interested in enrolling in Jazz Improvisation must audition successfully for Wind Ensemble and subsequently request the approval of the band director.

Concert Strings

ID: 46213 Grade: 9-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Experience with a string instrument.
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150. A limited number of instruments are available for rental at S$150 per year.

Concert Strings is designed to help students with one to three years experience playing a string–instrument to prepare for String Ensemble. This is an ideal setting for the string student who would like to switch instruments (i.e., violin to viola or cello to double bass). Special consideration will be devoted to developing technique, with particular emphasis placed on shifting, facility in the upper positions, developing a mature vibrato, and more advanced bow technique. Students will be exposed to a wide range of styles, including: classical, folk, jazz, and rock. The history of orchestral music, string instruments and the general maintenance of the instrument, will also be covered. This course may be repeated each year for credit. All students are required to attend all scheduled performances, including after school or weekends.

String Ensemble

ID: 46209 Grade: 9-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Audition
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150. A limited number of instruments are available for rental at S$150 per year.

String Ensemble is for the advanced student who is serious about music performance. Placement in this ensemble is by audition only and will consist of three octave scales, prepared repertoire and sight-reading. Students will improve their individual pedagogy as well as learn about the theory, style and form of music through the study and performance of quality literature. Study with a private tutor is highly recommended for students in this course. Attendance at scheduled performances is required. This course may be repeated for credit.

Chamber Strings

ID: 46229 Grade: 9-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Audition
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150. A limited number of instruments are available for rental at S$150 per year.

Chamber Strings is geared for the budding virtuoso who is very serious about music, and wants to take their performance to the highest level (similar to Instrumental Music AP). The instrumentation for this ensemble will be set at 12 violins, four viola, four cello and two bass. Placement in this prestigious ensemble will be by rigorous audition stressing intonation and musicality. The demanding repertoire will be the catalyst for understanding the stylistic characteristics of music throughout the ages. The smaller size of this group will allow students to strive for a very refined, articulate performance standard, and exploration of the various tone colors possible on a stringed instrument.

Concert Choir: Chorale

ID: 46203 (Semester), 46205 (Year) Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester or Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150.

The SAS Chorale is a soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) choral community that will sing a wide variety of choral repertoire both in the large group and in smaller ensembles. Students will advance their skills while learning about different musical styles through music prepared for public performance. From this choral experience, students will develop an excellent level of musicianship and will refine their vocal techniques. The Chorale represents the SAS community through various concerts and programs, sometimes as many as three or four per semester. Chorale members will participate in an annual Choir Festival with a well-known guest conductor. Students choosing this course may take it for just one semester (46203) or for the full year (select both 46203 and 46205). In order to be eligible to audition for SAS Singers it must be taken for the whole year. All Chorale members are required to attend all scheduled performances and rehearsals, including after school or weekends. This course may be repeated for credit.

Choral Ensemble: Chanterie

ID: 46212 Grade: 9-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150.

The SAS Chanterie is a choral community made up of females that will sing a wide variety of choral repertoire both in the large group and in smaller ensembles. Students will advance their skills while learning about different musical styles through music prepared for public performance. From this choral experience, students will develop an excellent level of musicianship and will refine their vocal techniques. The Chanterie represents the SAS community through various concerts and programs, sometimes as many as three to four per semester. All Chanterie members are required to attend all scheduled performances and rehearsals, including after school or weekends. This course may be repeated for credit.

SAS Singers

ID: 46206 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Prerequisite: Audition (must also have completed one continuous year of SAS high school choir during the year of the audition)
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Fee: Performance attire S$50–S$150.

SAS Singers is a balanced soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) ensemble of selected musicians who wish to participate in a variety of musical performances. They will learn to analyze music, develop choral techniques, recognize musical styles, and demonstrate movement to music (choreography). They will serve as an elite group, singing many genres of music including jazz, popular, and madrigal music as well as top level choral repertoire. Each member will also be expected integrate with other choirs for major classical works. The Singers frequently represent the school in the community, sometimes five to eight times per semester. SAS Singers have one required evening rehearsal per week. This course may be repeated for credit.

Introduction to Guitar

ID: 46214 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Note: Offered each year.
Fee: Students should provide their own guitars (preferably a classical instrument); there are a limited number of school instruments available for rent at S$50 per year.

Introduction to Guitar is designed for the beginning guitarist who wants to learn the fundamentals of guitar pedagogy in a classroom setting. Students will be exposed to a wide range of styles, including: classical, folk, jazz, and rock. The history of the guitar, what to look for when buying a guitar, along with tuning and general maintenance of the instrument will also be covered. Students will learn to read standard notation and tablature as well as strategies for reading rhythm patterns. This class will equip students with the skills necessary for a lifetime of enjoyment on this beautiful and practical instrument.

Advanced Guitar

ID: 46218 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Guitar or audition.
Note: Offered each year.
Fee: Students should provide their own guitars (preferably a classical instrument); there are a limited number of school instruments available for rent at S$50 per year.

Advanced Guitar is a one-semester, elective course offering intermediate to advanced instruction on the guitar. Students in this course will improve their skill in open, power, and moveable (barre) chords, using a variety of accompaniment styles. Continued development of right hand technique (pick and finger style) will also be a focus. Students will improve their reading skills in both traditional notation and tablature. Increased knowledge of the guitar finger board will be a main goal for the course, along with the exploration of secondary chords and embellished chords. Students will be exposed to a wide range of quality literature designed to improve overall technique and musicianship. Students will also learn basic digital recording techniques using ProTools and an analogue mixing board. Students will leave this course with a portfolio CD of their recorded repertoire.

Dance I: Introduction to Dance

ID: 48002 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: PE or Visual/Performing Arts

This course is designed for any student who would like to use dance to develop the physical fitness, confidence, and ability to dance either for fun or as a performer. This course combines fitness, dance technique, and dance choreography. The class is designed to improve physical skills such as posture, strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance, as well as introduce choreographic and improvisational techniques. Students will learn the techniques and vocabulary for various types of dance, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. Students will incorporate what they have learned into creative dance choreography. Appropriate injury prevention techniques will be explored along with relevant aspects of anatomy. Students will perform for each other in class and have the option to perform at the semester show. All students are recommended to take Dance 1, even those with previous studio dance experience. Concepts covered within a dance education class are different from what is often covered in a studio technique class, and the two types of classes complement each other beautifully.

Dance II

ID: 48003 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: PE or Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Dance I; or dance teacher recommendation

Dance II is a course designed for students who have a serious interest in dance and who wish to increase their knowledge and skills. This class provides an intensive approach to skill development, etiquette, discipline, and knowledge of three dance styles: ballet, jazz, and modern/contemporary. Each technique class will cater to specific needs and abilities. The semester is broken into three sections, during which each dance style is studied and practiced intensively. Students will also be asked to create a more in–depth piece of choreography that uses more complex choreographic concepts. Students will perform for each other in class and have the option to perform at the semester show.

Dance III

ID: 48004 Grade: 9-12 Length: Semester
Credit: PE or Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Dance I plus Dance II, or dance teacher recommendation

This course allows students to continue their technical training in dance, while offering them more opportunities to explore choreography. It will also prepare students for the auditions for Dance Performance.

Dance III has three major goals:
  1. To continue building and strengthening the dancers’ technique in a variety of dance forms;
  2. to provide an opportunity for dancers to study and discuss and analyze dance history, philosophy and theory concepts to a greater depth;
  3. to allow students the opportunity to choreograph longer pieces and pieces for different purposes.

These performances will be performed and recorded. There are possibilities for performances outside of the classroom in this course. This class also provides an opportunity for more advanced dancers to learn the skills needed to teach creative dance classes to their peers and the wider community. Some costs may be incurred for the purchase of costumes and shoes.

Dance Performance

ID: 48005 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Credit: PE or Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Audition (must also have completed Dance III and taught in the after–school middle school dance program).

This course is designed for the serious dancer who has had dance training and would like to experience choreographing and performing more intensely. Students will continue learning and working on dance techniques. They will also learn more about choreography, dance design and choreographic devices. They will be expected to work as a team with guidance to teach, stage and direct their own dances for the semester production. Students will be asked to critique and evaluate their own and other dancers’ choreography and performances in more depth using appropriate terminology. Students will be expected to rehearse at least three afternoons each week (4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), increasing to daily rehearsals prior to the show. They will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and participate in school performances as well as attend community performances. Some costs may be incurred for the purchase of costumes and shoes.

AT Performing Arts

ID: 46325 (Dance), 46326 (Music), 46327 (Theater) Grade: 12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Completion of three courses in the performance discipline and completion of application process detailed below. Specific strands may also include course prerequisites.

This course provides students with opportunities to create and engage with university–level performance experiences. Students working within one of the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Vocal or Instrumental Music will fulfill requirements specific to that discipline. These include: collaboration, guided research, exploration of methodologies, development of a performance, and in–depth written reflection.

The application process is as follows:
  1. students audition as per usual for higher level performance groups by March,
  2. upon passing the audition, students submit a written application, and
  3. applicants are vetted by a performing arts teacher panel in April.

All applicants must be rising seniors.

There are three strands within AT Performing Arts:

  • The Dance strand is designed for the serious dancer who has had sufficient dance training and can choreograph independently. Students will continue to be part of the Dance Performance class and the two semester production, but will also engage in guided research, exploration of methodologies, development of a performance, and in–depth reflection. This strand was collaboratively developed and endorsed by the Dean of the College of the Arts, California State University at Long Beach.
  • The Music strand is for serious music students. AT Music students will expand their group performance experience by performing as an individual and by deepening their skill as music analysts, theorists and historians. The strand was collaboratively developed and endorsed by a professor at the University of California Los Angeles.
  • The Theater strand requires students to work collaboratively to create a piece of original theater and has a prerequisite of Theater Production. Students will assume positions of leadership in the ensemble: creators, designers, and directors, as well as performers. AT Theater students must be enrolled in a theater course both semesters of their senior year. This strand was collaboratively developed and endorsed by the of Head of Theater and Dance at Texas Tech University.

The AT designation indicates a course is at university level, putting it at or above the level of a traditional AP course. The course requires rigorous study and emphasizes in–depth research and writing. Like an AP course, this course has an additional grade point weighting of 0.5.