Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum

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    FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS - ACTING

    HONORS ACTING I 
    10 Credits, Grade 9
    The freshman level of acting has a greater emphasis on the development of acting technique and physical, creative, and vocal skills. Students are expected to strive toward an increasing level of proficiency in acting, movement and voice throughout the year. Technique and skills development will be demonstrated in multiple performance opportunities, both public and classroom, throughout the year. Students will develop self discipline and team work through group movement studies and repetition. Students will also be exposed to theater history/ terminology, movement and voice, and will receive physical education and health credit while completing this course. *FPAC Honors Acting I meets 10 periods a week The course meets for 5 periods a week of acting, 3 periods a week of Movement and Health as well as 2 periods of Voice. Code # 152600

    HONORS ACTING II 
    10 Credits, Grade 10
    Honors Acting II is the second year of the four year program of acting. Through this course, students will improve upon the skills learned in Acting I. Utilizing the Meisner and Hagen acting techniques learned in Acting II, students will expand their knowledge of communication with scene partners, directors and audiences. Also, a greater emphasis will be placed upon observation of human behavior and listening to verbal and non-verbal communication. This year provides more specific attention to the script through more advanced script analysis techniques. In addition, the necessary preparation for occupations in theatre is examined thoroughly at this level through extensive auditioning technique. This course moves beyond the first year by providing greater opportunity for application of class work through performance opportunities in One Acts and scenes. FPAC Honors Acting II meets 10 periods a week: and includes classes in acting, voice, movement, and health. These classes meet Arts, as well as PE and Health, requirements. CODE # 153650

    HONORS ACTING III  
    15 Credits, Grade 11   
    Students acquire the ability to analyze a play’s script as a whole, as well as at the scene level from the character’s point of view. Various physical exercises are used to allow the students to push the limit of their physical comfort zones. The result is a performance of multiple characters from the text by the students. Students also explore the Shakespeare cannon and prepare scenes for performance. Additionally, students are required to produce at least three scenes to be auditioned for the Evening of Scenes, which represents the best work produced that year. During the year, students also regularly study Jazz dance, ballet, stage combat, and musical theatre. CODE # 154650

    HONORS ACTING IV  
    15 Credits, Grade 12
    The senior level of acting (Acting IV) becomes much more performance and career oriented while developing new skills including directing. Students are expected to build on the skills cultivated over the previous three years of the program; they will also learn and polish a large repertoire of material which includes a significant amount of style work as well as appropriate acting and vocal audition pieces. Students will participate in numerous performance opportunities as well as explore training and college opportunities and will prepare for auditions as is appropriate for each individual student. CODE # 155650

    FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS - DANCE

    HONORS DANCE I  
    10 Credits, Grade 9
    The freshman level of dance has a greater emphasis on the development of dance technique in various dance genres. Students are expected to strive toward a higher proficiency in dance. That technique will be showcased in multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Students will develop self discipline and team work through group movement studies and repetition. Students will also be exposed to dance history/ terminology, acting and voice, and will receive physical education and health credit while completing this course. *FPAC Honors Dance I meets 10 periods a week The course meets for 8 periods a week of Dance and Health as well as 2 periods of Acting and Voice. CODE # 152700

    HONORS DANCE II  
    10 Credits, Grade 10
    The sophomore level of dance has a greater emphasis on the development of dance technique in various dance genres. Students are expected to strive toward a higher proficiency in dance technique that will be showcased in multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Students will develop self discipline and team work through group movement studies and repetition. Students will also be exposed to dance history/ terminology, acting and voice. *FPAC Honors Dance II meets 10 periods a week The course meets 8 periods a week of Dance and Health as well as 2 periods of Acting and Voice. Code # 153750

    HONORS DANCE III  
    13.75 Credits, Grade 11
    Honors Dance III focuses on performance and dance technique in ballet, modern, and jazz dance. Students learn how to express themselves using appropriate dance terminology and by referencing dance history. Students will develop self-discipline, team work, and their artistic voice through group movement studies and practice of technique. Students will create movement vocabulary and set choreography on a soloist, in a duet, and a larger group, as well be able to critique their work and the work of others. Students are expected to strive toward a higher proficiency and will continue to be showcased in multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. CODE # 154750

    HONORS DANCE IV  
    15 Credits, Grade 12
    The senior level of dance has a greater emphasis on auditioning, performance and career options. Students are exposed to a wide variety of styles and are expected to strive for technical expertise that will continue to be showcased in multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Students are also expected to create, learn and polish a large repertoire of material which includes student choreography set on groups of dancers rather than a soloist or a duet. Students will explore production elements such as costume design, music choice, and lighting. Students will also prepare in their final year for acceptance into college conservatories in dance, liberal arts programs, and/or professional dance companies. CODE # 155750

    ACTING, VOICE, & MUSICAL THEATRE ANCILLARY  
    1.25 Credits per year, Grades 9-12
    Acting, Voice and Musical Theatre Ancillary focuses on performance and vocal techniques. Students will learn how to express themselves utilizing appropriate vocal and theatre terminology. Students will develop self-discipline for solo work, collaborative ensemble work, as well as their artistic voice through in-class solo vocal and group musical theatre performances. They will improve their aesthetic eye through the critique of their work and the work of others. Students are expected to increase their repertoire and strive toward higher proficiency throughout the years. Completion of this course each year ensures satisfaction of New Jersey’s 5-credit visual and performing arts graduation requirement. CODE #'s  152701, 153751, 154751, and 155751

     

    FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS - ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY

    HONORS MEDIA STUDIES: AUDIO & VIDEO PRODUCTION    
    2.5 Credits each, Grade 9
    Honors Media Studies: Audio & Video Production will explore the history of music, audio, and motion picture production and provide students with the fundamental skills needed throughout the Entertainment Technology strand of the Fine and Performing Arts Academy. This course focuses on introducing students to recording techniques, genre standards, technical critiquing, basic camera and recording functions, aesthetic concepts, and live event production. Students will learn to use the software and equipment for creating digital media and audio presentations. Students will create novice-level original films and recordings inspired by their exploration of the history of music, audio, and motion picture production. CODE #'s 15285X and 15286X

    HONORS VIDEO TECHNOLOGY  
    5 Credits, Grade 10
    In this course, Entertainment Technology refers to the study of video framing and composition, basic editing, studio and field production, scriptwriting, directing, live event production and film studies. Technology such as prosumer high definition video cameras, real time linear editing, DVD creation and digital computer graphic software, television control room, lighting and sound equipment are all use to give students a large technology based education. This course provides the student with a variety of activities that will enable him/her to understand and appreciate the application and value of “Entertainment Technology” by using upto-date industry technology. CODE # 153950

    HONORS MUSIC TECHNOLOGY  
    5 Credits, Grade 10
    In this course, Entertainment Technology refers to the introduction to, and study of, music, composition, theory, recording, songwriting, music/entertainment industry and music performance. This course provides the student with a variety of activities that will enable him/her to understand and appreciate the application and value of “Entertainment Technology” by using up-to-date industry technology. Moreover, use of current industry resources both online and in print (including trade magazines), and student excursions to events and workshops will draw necessary and meaningful links between the classroom experience and the professional and collegiate worlds of music production. Student production support of in-school events, shows and activities will also provide students with real-time application of understandings, principles, and goals of this course. To this end, some course units below will recur and overlap as needed to provide a real-world experience in the business of music production at the professional level. Students will be expected to achieve these skill sets to a 75% rate of proficiency, or demonstrate significant levels of improvement and discipline in these areas which indicate eminent success.
    CODE # 153850

    HONORS VIDEO PRODUCTION  
    10 Credits, Grade 11
    The Honors Video Production course in the Fine and Performing Arts Academy’s Entertainment Technology program focuses on intermediate levels of framing and composition, editing, studio and field production, script writing, directing, live event production and film studies. Students use technology such as prosumer high definition video cameras, real time non‐linear editing, DVD creation and digital computer graphic software, and portable lighting and sound equipment to give them a full technology‐ based education. This course provides students with a variety of activities that will enable him/her to understand and appreciate the application and value of entertainment technology by using up‐to‐date industry technology and techniques. Students will advance their knowledge of the stages of production, genres of videos and post production techniques. CODE # 154950

    HONORS MUSIC PRODUCTION  
    10 Credits, Grade 11
    This is a junior-level course which includes content and project work in the following areas: intermediate music theory and notation, general production, tour support, live event support, general marketing, microphone recording technique, songwriting, studio procedures, intermediate recording, music history, intra-disciplinary collaboration, concept albums, music industry, professional credits, and public speaking. CODE #'s 154950 and 154850

    HONORS VIDEO STUDIO  
    15 Credits, Grade 12
    This senior-year course focuses on advanced video production and writing techniques. Students incorporate advanced editing theory, lighting plans, sound design, screenwriting and videography to create complex narrative and non-fiction films. The course incorporates analysis of film history as well as current and developing trends in the industry. Live event production for visiting speakers and school events is primarily coordinated by Honors Video students. Filmmakers in this class also create interdisciplinary projects with other FPAC majors as well as other courses in the school. Students create projects that will be publicly presented and become part of their professional portfolio. CODE # 155850

    HONORS MUSIC STUDIO  
    10 Credits, Grade 12  
    This is a senior-level course which includes content and project work in the following areas: college planning, live event marketing, live event support, developed music theory, songwriting/composition, advanced recording, advanced general production, tour management, video scoring, trend software, interdisciplinary collaboration, music history, careers, public speaking and music production lab. CODE # 155950  

     

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