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Performing Arts Department Overview and Flowchart

Category: Performing Arts, Department Overviews
Description: Our students explore music, dance, and drama and expand and refine their talents through classroom work and a range of extra-curricular activities including the Drama Program, Jazz Band, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and select performance ensembles. Our relationships with organizations like the Boston Symphony, the Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theater, the Emerson and Huntington Theaters, the North Shore Music Theater, Shakespeare & Company, and Berklee College of Music allow students to attend performances by musicians and artists from around the world.

Our courses benefit students who have a casual interest in music, drama, and dance, as well as those who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts. Our goal is to develop well-rounded students who appreciate the joy that the performing arts can bring to life, as well as the important personal and social values that music, dance, and drama can develop and reinforce.

The Performing Arts Department curriculum is aligned with the current Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.

Performing Arts Department Flowchart


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Cantare Choral Ensemble

Course Number: C620
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: Cantare is an advanced choral ensemble that performs challenging music from a variety of styles and cultures. The course stresses music theory, music history, and sight singing. Participation in concerts is mandatory and singing in the Spring All-School Musical is highly encouraged. Prerequisites: Audition with the instructor.
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Concert Band

Course Number: C604
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: Students improve their skills on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments while learning to perform in a large ensemble. Music theory, ear training, music history, and a range of musical styles and composition are covered. Individual/group practice is expected and performances are mandatory. Prerequisite: One year of previous instrumental instruction or the permission of the instructor.
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Dance 1 - Foundations

Course Number: C655
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students study the basics of several types of dance including ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Classes consist of: (1) a short physical warm-up; (2) technique drills related to each dance style; and (3) a final application of the technical elements learned. Each student develops a group of several 'combinations' related to each dance style and participates in a final recital. Proper dance attire is required for each class.
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Dance 2 - Advanced

Course Number: C657
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students explore a range of more difficult dance techniques. Emphasis is placed on performance, world dance, and original student choreography. This class ends with a final recital performance. Proper dance attire is required for each class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dance 1 ' Foundations or the permission of the instructor.
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Drama Workshop 1

Course Number: C651
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students experience a practical approach to drama in a workshop setting. They study elements of drama including acting, writing, make-up, set design, costume design, lighting, characterization, staging, directing, and theatrical history. Students experience different forms of drama through a variety of activities, and are encouraged to participate in the Fall Play and/or the Spring All-School Musical.
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Drama Workshop 2

Course Number: C653
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students take a much more in-depth approach to theater and build on the techniques and skills they learned in Drama Workshop 1. They analyze characters, plays and musicals, develop playwriting skills, and refine performance techniques. Students study the elements of drama as seen from the perspectives of both a critical viewer and a production team, and are encouraged to participate in the Fall Play and/or the Spring All-School Musical. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Drama Workshop 1 or the permission of the instructor.
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Guitar 1

Course Number: C606
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Through in-class lessons students learn basic skills in guitar technique such as chord strumming, picking, and reading music. Music used in the class includes folk, popular, and classical styles. Students perform in four quarterly in-class recitals.
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Guitar 2

Course Number: C608
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Students who already play guitar are given the opportunity to develop a variety of personalized styles ranging from classical music to rock improvisation. Guitar 2 students are encouraged to own their own guitar. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Guitar 1 or the permission of the instructor.
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Introduction to Concert Band

Course Number: C605
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This course allows students who have never played an instrument the opportunity to study a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument while also learning to perform in a large ensemble. Music theory, ear training, music history, and a range of musical styles and compositions are covered. Individual/group practice is expected and performances are mandatory.
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Percussive Grooves

Course Number: C630
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students combine elements of music and dance to create grooves and musical compositions with their body. Students use movements such as hand clapping, foot stomping, stomach slapping, knee slapping, jumping, and finger snapping to develop a catalog of 'grooves.' Students create and perform a final composition. This course ends with a final recital performance.
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Piano 1

Course Number: C622
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students learn basic piano technique and music theory through in-class lessons. Musical selections include classical, modern, popular, and world music. Students critique well-known piano selections from various periods of history, and perform in four quarterly in-class recitals.
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Piano 2

Course Number: C624
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students broaden and develop the techniques learned in Piano 1 and expand their repertoire. Students perform in four quarterly, in-class recitals. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Piano 1 or the permission of the instructor.
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Music Production

Course Number: C627
Category: Performing Arts, Elective
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: This advanced course teaches the foundations of music theory, writing multi-part harmonies, and songwriting. Students also learn elements of music technology and recording skills through student-centered projects. These projects encompass a variety of musical genres and production techniques, including singer/songwriter, blues, rock, rap, hip-hop, classical, and film scoring. Students foster a deeper appreciation for all genres and styles of music and develop the confidence and self-awareness to produce their own music. Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency on a musical instrument and/or vocal performance, either through successful completion of Guitar 1 or Piano 1 or an audition with the instructor.
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