• ART
    Art I 240000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:None
    A wide variety of experiences enhance the basic foundation of art-related knowledge,skills, and ideas developed in middle school. Students explore ideas, materials, and techniques through creative and critical problem solving. Students engage in the process of art criticism and aesthetic critiques.Class discussion includes both critiques of their own pieces and the work of other artists. Students maintain a portfolio to record their progress. The course incorporates art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art production to include experiences with drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and computer graphics.The instructor encourages students to make connections between the visual arts and other subject areas.
     
    Art II 241000
    Grades 10-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Art I
    Students work with more advanced techniques,media, concepts, and ideas. Focus is on the connection between studio production and personal expression. Students begin to develop and refine personal technique and style through the study of art history, art criticism, and aestheticsin relation to studio production. Students continue to add to their portfolios. Units of study allow for more in-depth study of various media and the creative process. Units provide a balance of two- and threedimensional experiences.
     
    Art III 242000
    Grades 11-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Art II or Art I and 2 semester courses
    Students enhance and refine their personal techniques and styles through the further study of art history, art criticism, and aesthetics in relation to studio production.They begin to take the initiative for generating and designing studio assignments using advanced techniques, media, and concepts. Through the synthesis of art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics,students focus on the relevance of art throughout history and in their own lives. Students continue to develop their portfolios for use in demonstrating their progress and as an effective college entrance asset. During second semester, interested art students should consult with their instructor about requirements for the AP studio art portfolio.
     
    Art IV 243000
    Grade 12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Art III
    Art IV provides the advanced student with opportunities to initiate and design studio units of study.With the instructor’s guidance and consultation,students work in a variety of media as they pursue individual creative and expressive ideas. They continue to enhance and refine personal techniques and style through further study of art history, art criticism, and aesthetics.They also further develop their portfolios.Options for study and employment in the arts after high school are discussed. Presentations by local art professionals and visits to museums further the students’ art appreciation and understanding.
     
    Studio Art
    Advanced Placement,weighted 1.0 249100
    Grade 12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Art III
    Within the Art IV class setting,motivated advanced art students may choose to complete the AP Studio Art portfolio,following AP guidelines.Developing the portfolio involves extensive additional studio time devoted to connecting critical thinking and the conceptual skills to expressive studio technique. The portfolio requires numerous works within either drawing, 2-dimensional design, or 3-dimensional design.Also,students work with their art teacher to capture digital images of their artworks that adhere to the image submission requirements. The portfolio is an excellent opportunity for students to develop an effective college or university, art school, or art-related employment application tool. Students have the opportunity to take the AP Studio Art Portfolio Exam in May with the possibility of earning college credit.
     
    Drawing and Painting 231700 ************************************************* New class
    Grades 10-12 Credit: 0.5
    Prerequisite:Art I
    This semester-long course allows participants an opportunity to explore drawing and painting as a method for investigating and recording the visual and imagined world.Varied media,styles, and methods are discovered as students learn to sharpen their observational skills.The drawing component encompasses an understanding of the basic elements of drawing: line, mark,tone, value,scale, and space.The painting component explores the basic elements of painting: color,shape,space,tone, value, and mark. Both drawing and painting allow students expressive and imaginative ideas to meld with the observable world.Historic and contemporary artists of diverse cultural backgrounds are presented to establish a connection with students’own drawing and painting. Students maintain a sketchbook/journal through the semester as a record of learning and as a container for recording, imagining, and self-expression.
     
    Photography 245700
    Grades 10-12 Credit: 0.5
    The photography course is designed to serve as an introduction to black and white and digital photography.The class is offered to those students who have completed Art I, at a minimum, in order to assure that students have a background in basic design and composition. Students learn about the workings of a 35mm single lens reflex camera,the chemistry of film and print development, digital photography, and the aesthetics of quality compositional photographs. Students work in Adobe Photoshop to artistically alter and augment photos. Some history of photography is also introduced. It is desired, although not required,that students provide their own cameras. Students may select a full-year OR one-semester course in Photography.The full-year course includes more in-depth instruction and experience.
     
    Sculpture 244700
    Grades 10-12 Credit: 0.5
    Prerequisite:Art I
    Sculpture is designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore the fundamentals of three-dimensional design and to work with a variety of traditional and new materials. Emphasis is placed on creating works that translate personal expression as well as good sound design and studio techniques. Students’work is enhanced by an exploration of the contribution of major sculptors and their influences on the world of sculpture. A minimum of Art I is required to assure that students possess background in basic design and composition.
     
    THEATRE
    Theater Arts I 250000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:None
    Students survey the technical and performing art of theater. They are exposed to the major elements of theater and gain knowledge of its principles through study and practice in both performance and production. Representative units of study include improvisation, mime, basic acting,the history of the theater,stage settings, costuming, make-up, and lighting.
     
    Theater Arts II 251000
    Grades 10-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Theater Arts I
    More than a continuation of Theater Arts I,Theater Arts II is an in-depth study of areas covered only briefly in the first year and an introduction to new areas.The basic course is built on a cluster of required units that stress direction, design, and acting. Required units are augmented or new units added to accommodate students’ abilities and experiences.
     
    Theater Arts III 252000
    Grades 11-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Theater Arts II
    Designed for students with high interest and motivation for study in the theater arts while increasing their understanding of the entire realm of theater,the courseprovides the students with the opportunity to put theory into practice through major projects in directing, acting, and design.
     
    Theater Arts IV 253000 ************************************************* New class
    Grade 12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Theater Arts III
    Designed for students with intense interest in theater arts at professional and/or collegiate levels,Theater Arts IV students often work with Theater Arts III students.Theater Arts IV students also complete independent projects specifically suited to individual strengths. Although students have the opportunity to perform certain independent projects,they are expected to perform in group projects and activities in a leadership capacity. 
     
    Technical Theater I 254000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:None The course is an exploration of the duties of stage technicians and their contribution to the total aesthetic effect of a dramatic production.Topics covered include design research and principles;scene shop organization; painting and construction techniques; equipment use and maintenance; principles and application of sound, lighting, and computer technology;the use of special effects; costume and make-up considerations and selection; publicity and business management;theater safety; and the function of technical stage personnel in production work. Technical theater incorporates academic study and hands-on application of knowledge and skills.
     
    Technical Theater II 255000
    Grades 11-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Technical Theater I
    This course can be retaken for credit. Similar to Technical Theater I,the course involves additional exploration of the duties of stage technicians and their contribution to the total aesthetic effect of a dramatic production.Topics covered include a review of basic design research and principles; leadership roles in scene shop supervision; a review of principles and application of sound, lighting, and computer technology with an emphasis on sound and lighting design principles; a survey of theater safety from the perspective of students’ increased roles as supervisors in scene work activity; and major technical stage positions in production work.Technical Theater II incorporates additional research and academic study and hands-on application of knowledge and skills.Technical II students also complete an additional unit of Design/Technical Portfolio in preparation for college admission requirements. Students may retake Technical Theater II for credit, specializing in an area of study and revising their design/technical portfolios to reflect their growing expertise in their specialization. 
    MUSIC
    Music Theory/History 262000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:None
    The ability to understand and converse in the language of written music is the key to gaining a deeper understanding of the music that surrounds people. Students develop their keyboard skills through original musical compositions, build critical thinking skills, and compare musical examples.This course is recommended for students planning to pursue music in college and for the joy of creation to anyone who loves music.No performance is required.
     
    Instrumental Methods 270000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Teacher Recommendation/Audition
    Students develop fundamental playing skills on musical instruments in a supportive environment in the Instrumental Methods class.They receive special coaching in the areas of tone production,music reading,fingerings, and playing in an ensemble. Public performances are not stressed, but a concert may be planned at the teacher’s discretion.
     
    Performance Ensemble I 272000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Teacher Recommendation/Audition
    This performance-oriented band participates in concert appearances and Virginia Music Education Association events. Students continue the in-depth mastery of basic fundamentals of music while preparing pieces for performances.As a co-curricular ensemble, performances and rehearsals outside regular school hours are required.
     
    Performance Ensemble II 274000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Teacher Recommendation/Audition
    Students in this class expand their knowledge and skills of instrumental techniques,tone production, musical interpretation, and ensemble/solo performance to an advanced level. Performance Ensemble II is a performance-oriented class, and students are active in numerous concerts and events.As a cocurricular ensemble, performances and rehearsals outside regular school hours are a requirement.
     
    Beginning Orchestra 275004
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:None
    This class is open to students who wish to learn how to play an orchestral string instrument but have no previous musical experience.Attention is focused on the development and understanding of fundamental string techniques including proper tone production, bow hold, hand positions, and aural and notation reading skills. Students are expected to supply their own instruments.
     
    Intermediate Orchestra 275003
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of LCPS middle school orchestra program,High School level Beginning Orchestra, or teacher recommendation.
    Students in the Intermediate Orchestra continue to develop proper tone production,style, playing technique, and appropriate ensemble skills while preparing musicalselections for performance.As a co-curricular ensemble, performances outside regular school hours are a requirement.
     
    Advanced Orchestra 275002
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of HS Intermediate level or teacher recommendation.
    Technical and expressive skills increase in difficulty as students demonstrate mastery of a variety of articulations, bowings, positions,required scales, and arpeggios. Students at the advanced level perform, discuss, and critically evaluate characteristics of more elaborate musical compositions.This is a performance-oriented class, and students are active in numerous concerts and events.As a co-curricular ensemble,performances outside regular school hours are a requirement.
     
    Artist Orchestra 275001
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of HS Advanced level or teacher recommendation.
    Students who perform at the Artist level have built upon and mastered the previous high school skill levels of Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Orchestra.The Artist Orchestra student demonstrates exceptional skill level and is able to perform, discuss, analyze, and critically evaluate characteristics of more elaborate music compositions from a variety of styles, cultures, and historical periods.The ensemble is performance oriented and is involved in concert appearances and county, regional, and state events.As a co-curricular ensemble, performances outside regular school hours are a requirement.
     
    Jazz Ensemble 276000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Teacher Recommendation/Audition
    The basic fundamentals of jazz—theory, interpretation, improvisation, and other techniques—are covered in this performance-oriented class. As a co-curricular ensemble, performances and rehearsals outside regular school hours are a requirement.
     
    Beginning Guitar 293000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisites:None
    This class is open to students with no previous musical experience.The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a lifetime of guitar playing and music appreciation.Topics include standard musical notation; knowledge of the fretboard through fifth position; introduction to left and right hand techniques, including fingerstyle and pick technique; fundamentals of music; chords; basic song accompaniment; music history; listening; and understanding of guitar terminology.The class also includes solo and ensemble literature.A variety of musical styles are explored. Students must supply a standard nylon string classical guitar.
     
    Intermediate Guitar 294000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Beginning Guitar, Audition, or Teacher Recommendation.
    This class is open to students who have completed the LCPS guitar program in the middle school or have successfully completed the Beginning Guitar class at the high school level. Students who do not meet these prerequisites may be accepted by audition.The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a lifetime of guitar playing and music appreciation.Topics include completion of the fingerboard,refinement of right and left hand technique, advanced chord forms,scales, improvisation, and solo and ensemble repertoire.A variety of musical styles are explored. The ensemble is performance-oriented and is involved in concert appearances and county events.As a co-curricular ensemble, performances outside regular school hours are a requirement. Students must supply a standard nylon string classical guitar.
     
    Advanced Guitar 295000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intermediate Guitar, Audition or Teacher Recommendation.
    This class is open to students who have completed Intermediate Guitar. Students who have not completed Intermediate Guitar may be accepted by audition.The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a lifetime of guitar playing and music appreciation.Topics include mastery of the fingerboard,refinement of right and left hand technique, advanced chord forms,scales, improvisation, and advanced solo and ensemble repertoire.A variety of musical styles are explored. The ensemble is performance-oriented and is involved in concert appearances and county events.As a co-curricular ensemble, performances outside regular school hours are a requirement. Students must supply a standard nylon string classical guitar.
     
    Artist Level Guitar 296000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Advanced Guitar, audition and teacher recommendation.
    Students who perform at the Artist level have built upon and mastered the previous skill levels of Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Guitar.Artist Level Guitar students perform, discuss, analyze, and critically evaluate characteristics of more elaborate music compositions from a variety of styles.The ensemble is performance-oriented and is involved in concert appearances and county events.As a co-curricular ensemble, performances outside regular school hours are a requirement. Students must supply a standard nylon string classical guitar.
     
    Music Theory
    Advanced Placement,weighted 1.0 262100
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Music Theory/History (262000) and/or teacher recommendation.
    Students in Advanced Placement Music Theory learn to recognize, understand, analyze and describe elements of music theory through composition, aural skills (ear-training, dictation, and sight-singing), notation terminology, and score analysis. Students in AP Music Theory are highly encouraged to be active in some form of music performance or composition. Students have the opportunity to take the AP Music Theory Exam in May with the possibility of earning college credit.
     
    Mixed Chorus 280000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:None
    Mixed Chorus provides a singing experience for students who have no background in choral music.Through participation in performances,students build self-confidence and the concept of teamwork. Basic vocal technique, music literacy and sight reading are components of this class. Students will develop choral literacy by singing a wide variety of choral literature that is both sacred and secular. Participation in ensemble performances is required.
     
    Small Vocal Ensemble 278000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Audition
    The Small Vocal Ensemble offers unique opportunities for highly motivated and dedicated singers who can perform at a high level of proficiency. Students receive specialized coaching in singing techniques and perform music in a wide variety of styles. Music literacy and sight reading are components of this class. Students will develop choral literacy by singing literature that is sacred and secular. Participation in ensemble performances is required.
     
    Advanced Mixed Chorus 282000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Audition
    Advanced Chorus is a select group of highly motivated and committed students who are seeking a more intense performance experience. Members of this group will continue to build their individual skills by performing in a variety of settings. Students will develop choral literacy by singing a wide variety of choral literature that is both sacred and secular. Music literacy and sight reading are components of this class. Participation in concerts as well as certain choral competitions is required.
     
    Men’s Chorus 284000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Audition
    Auditioned Men’s Chorus is a select group of men who have the opportunity to perform three and four-part music written for the male voice. Members of this group continue to build their vocal skills by performing in a variety of settings. Music literacy and sight reading are components of this class. Students will develop choral literacy by singing a wide variety of choral literature that is both sacred and secular. Participation in concerts as well as certain choral competitions is required.
     
    Women’s Chorus 286000
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:Audition
    Auditioned Women’s Chorus is a select group of women who have the opportunity to perform three and four-part music written for the female voice. Members of this group continue to build their individual skills by performing in a variety of settings. Music literacy and sight reading are components of this class. Students will develop choral literacy by singing a wide variety of choral literature that is both sacred and secular. Participation in concerts as well as certain choral competitions is required.
     
    Men’s Chorus 284001
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:None
    Men who have no prior singing experience have the opportunity to participate in Men’s Chorus.Through participation in performances,students build self-confidence and the concept of teamwork.Basic vocal technique,music literacy and sight reading are components of this class.Students will develop choral literacy by singing a wide variety of choral literature that is both sacred and secular.Participation in ensemble performances is required.
     
    Women’s Chorus 286001
    Grades 9-12 Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:None
    Women who have no prior singing experience have the opportunity to participate in Women’s Chorus.Through participation in performances,students build self-confidence and the concept of teamwork.Basic vocal technique,music literacy and sight reading are components of this class.Students will develop choral literacy by singing a wide variety of choral literature that is both sacred and secular.Participation in ensemble performances is required.