Orchestra A

An audition is required to participate.  Auditions are held at the beginning of Fall Semester, and again in December for the following Spring Semester.  Students develop technical mastery in all aspects of ensemble playing, including tone production, intonation, rhythmic execution and musicianship.  Orchestra performs works from the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire from MENC grades 4-5, and will perform at the CMEA festival in the spring.

 

This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day, offered after school/evenings ONLY. Meets 1 evening per week, plus performances. 

 

First Semester Taken:  Orchestra A (6521)

Second Semester Taken:  Orchestra B (6522)

Subsequent Semesters Taken:  Orchestra C (9803)

Chamber Singers A

This course is a mixed singing ensemble intended for singers of advanced ability and specializes in performance of challenging literature of diverse genre.  Students will read music notation in treble and bass clefs, demonstrate understanding of more complex notation, demonstrate knowledge of terminology pertinent to the performance of choral music, demonstrate and understand correct singing technique, and demonstrate appropriate rehearsal discipline and performance skills.  Students will be expected to spend additional hours beyond the regular class time.  Students are expected to attend all rehearsals, performances and choral festivals.  The class generally meets before school in the morning.

First Semester Taken:  Chamber Singers A (6546)

Second Semester Taken:  Chamber Singers B (6547)

Subsequent Semesters Taken: Chamber Singers C (9863)

This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day. Meets 2-3 mornings per week, plus performances.

Pep Band A

This course is open to all wind, brass, and percussion students.  It will include a variety of styles and difficulties of concert band and pep band music.  A cornerstone of this ensemble will be developing technical proficiency on each student’s instrument, as well as establishing a strong level of ensemble cohesion.  Music of all historical periods (including 20th century and popular music), various cultures, and multiple geographic areas will be studied for performance.  Students will participate in a two-week band camp during August (mandatory) to prepare for football season performances.  In rehearsal, students will be graded daily on their preparedness and involvement.  Additionally, periodic playing tests will be given to assess progress and these are also graded with a rubric that reflects the core concepts of intonation, proper fingerings/positions/sticking, correct rhythms, and overall musicianship.

This course is offered during 0 period. (8:00-8:45 am, Tue, Thu during fall semester ONLY) Meets 2 mornings per week, plus:

    • 8 home football & volleyball games (and playoffs, if applicable) for the FALL semester

First Semester Taken:  Pep Band A (6538)

Second Semester Taken:  Pep Band B (6539)

Subsequent Semesters Taken:  Pep Band C (9818)

Pep Band C

This course is open to all wind, brass, and percussion students.  It will include a variety of styles and difficulties of concert band and pep band music.  A cornerstone of this ensemble will be developing technical proficiency on each student’s instrument, as well as establishing a strong level of ensemble cohesion.  Music of all historical periods (including 20th century and popular music), various cultures, and multiple geographic areas will be studied for performance.  Students will participate in a two-week band camp during August (mandatory) to prepare for football season performances.  In rehearsal, students will be graded daily on their preparedness and involvement.  Additionally, periodic playing tests will be given to assess progress and these are also graded with a rubric that reflects the core concepts of intonation, proper fingerings/positions/sticking, correct rhythms, and overall musicianship.

This course is offered during 0 period. (8:00-8:45 am, Tue, Thu during fall semester ONLY) Meets 2 mornings per week, plus:

    • 8 home football & volleyball games (and playoffs, if applicable) for the FALL semester

First Semester Taken:  Pep Band A (6538)

Second Semester Taken:  Pep Band B (6539)

Subsequent Semesters Taken:  Pep Band C (9818)

Pep Band B

This course is open to all wind, brass, and percussion students.  It will include a variety of styles and difficulties of concert band and pep band music.  A cornerstone of this ensemble will be developing technical proficiency on each student’s instrument, as well as establishing a strong level of ensemble cohesion.  Music of all historical periods (including 20th century and popular music), various cultures, and multiple geographic areas will be studied for performance.  Students will participate in a two-week band camp during August (mandatory) to prepare for football season performances.  In rehearsal, students will be graded daily on their preparedness and involvement.  Additionally, periodic playing tests will be given to assess progress and these are also graded with a rubric that reflects the core concepts of intonation, proper fingerings/positions/sticking, correct rhythms, and overall musicianship.

This course is offered during 0 period. (8:00-8:45 am, Tue, Thu during fall semester ONLY) Meets 2 mornings per week, plus:

    • 8 home football & volleyball games (and playoffs, if applicable) for the FALL semester

First Semester Taken:  Pep Band A (6538)

Second Semester Taken:  Pep Band B (6539)

Subsequent Semesters Taken:  Pep Band C (9818)

Photography 1A

The Photography 1A class provides a comprehensive study of photography as an art form.   The course will expose the student to fundamental issues unique to the medium through the study of the history of photography.  The students will experience a variety of approaches to the medium of black and white photography beginning with photograms and also including pinhole photography and 35mm cameras.  Students will create their own photograms, use pinhole cameras to get negatives and make positive images, learn how to process black and white film and enlarge.  Portrait photography is a major aspect of the Photography 1A program and the work of portrait photographers such as Arnold Newman, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Yousuf Karsh will be presented in class.  At the end of the semester, students will work on a final project on a portrait or self-portrait.

Arts

The Arts Department offers courses designed to develop the skills necessary for appreciation of and participation in the creative process embracing music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. Students are required to take two semesters of Arts classes, one of which must be offered during the regular school day, to fulfill graduation requirements.

Performing Arts classes and the Art & Nature Intensive are offered before and after school.  For most performing arts classes, an audition is usually required to enroll.

PLEASE NOTE: University of California and California State University require students to complete two semesters in the same arts discipline. The two semesters need not be taken in the same academic year.  SI has a separate requirement the ONE semester of Arts is taken during the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day (it can overlap with the UC/CSU requirement).  Please see your counselor if you have any questions about this requirement, and to help you plan your classes accordingly.

ARTS COURSES

 First semester, choose from:
AP Music Theory (6592)*, Art and Architecture 1A (6100), Dance 1A (6601), Drama 1A (6210), Multimedia Design 1A (6710), Music Appreciation A (6500), Photography 1A (6160), Sculpture A (6150)*, or Studio Art A (6120)

Second semester, choose from any class below to complete the 2-semester Arts Graduation Requirement:

AP Music Theory (6592)*, Art and Architecture 1B (6105), Art and Nature Intensive: Art and Architecture 1B (8W) ([6106]*, Art and Nature Intensive: Sculpture B (8W) [6156]*,  Art and Nature Intensive: Studio Art B (8W) [6126]*, Chamber Singers A (6546)8, Chamber Singers B (6547)8, Chamber Singers C (9863)8, Dance 1B (6602),  Dance 1C (9703)8, Drama 1B (6211), Drama 1C (9710)8,  Jazz Band A (9811)8, Jazz Band B (9812)8,  JazzBand C (9813)8, Jazz Combo (9817)8, Mixed Chorus A (6551)8, Mixed Chorus B (6522)8,, Mixed Chorus C (9853)8, Multimedia Design 1B (6720), Music Appreciation B (6515), Orchestra A (6521)8, Orchestra B (6522)8, Orchestra C (9803)8, Pep Band A (6538)0, Pep Band B (6539)0, Pep Band C (9818)0, Photography 1B (6165), Sacred Symbols Studio Art B/C  (6130), Sculpture B (6155)*, Studio Art B (6125)

Courses that occur outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day (8th period classes) may include after school, morning, evening, and/or weekend rehearsals/meetings.

Students should not list Performing Arts Electives on their scheduling forms. Auditions are required for each of these courses and the instructors will submit roster during the first few weeks of each semester.