Fine Arts

Band

Brass Techniques

Brass Techniques is for students who currently play trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. In this class we will continue with your previous experience in a setting that is focused on the specific aspects of brass playing. Students who have not played a brass instrument before may join this class if they are willing to work hard and ask for help. This ensemble will perform as a Brass Choir and will also join the Woodwind and Percussion classes to create a concert band that will have quarterly concerts and other performing opportunities throughout the year.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Color Guard

A yearlong class that will teach dance along with aspects of color guard including: flags, rifles and sabers. This class will work in conjunction with the Thunderbolt Marching Band, performing at all of the home and away football games and competitions throughout the state of Arizona. Students will receive 1 Fine Arts credit upon completion of the year.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Teacher’s approval

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is an auditioned only ensemble that incorporates a rhythm section (piano, guitar, upright bass and percussion) and a horn section (saxophones, trombone and trumpet) to play music that is based in swing, Latin and rock. It is highly recommended that students in Jazz Band also take the technique class that fits his/her instrument. This group will perform at the quarterly concerts and also have other performing opportunities throughout the year.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Must have knowledge of one of the following instruments: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, or drums. No other instruments, please. Audition required. Freshman may register upon conference with band teacher. Conference may lead to audition.

Marching Band

This ensemble class will meet during 0 Hour and have Monday afternoon rehearsals from 3:30-5:30 each week. We will perform at football games, spirit assemblies, marching band competitions and community events throughout the first semester. Marching Band is open to all students who are looking for a group that builds a family atmosphere through hard work, a positive attitude and a desire for excellence. Members consists of all wind instruments, percussion and guard members with guard and percussionists being auditioned for placement.

Percussionists should take Percussion Techniques.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Course Fees

Course fee required. See Course Fee Chart.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: Freshman Camp and Band Camp in July.

Percussion Techniques

Orchestra is for students who play violin, viola, cello or upright bass. In this class we continue to move forward with your previous orchestra experience with a goal of creating quality music with proper technique and musicianship. This class will perform separately as a string orchestra and from time to time join with winds and percussion for a symphony orchestra. Orchestra will have quarterly concerts and performance opportunities throughout the school year.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Piano Lab

Piano Lab offers the opportunity to learn to read, compose, arrange and play a variety of music genres on the piano. Music theory and piano skills will be utilized daily. Performance expectations for this class include concerts throughout the school year. Piano Lab class will be a prerequisite for AP Music Theory and will help prepare students interested in college level music theory.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Woodwind Techniques

Woodwind Techniques is for students who currently play flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. We will continue your previous education in a setting that is focused on the specific aspects of woodwind playing. Students who have not played an instrument before can try this class if they are willing to work hard and ask for help. This ensemble will perform as a Woodwind Choir and also join with the Brass and Percussion class to create a concert band that will have quarterly concerts and other performing opportunities throughout the year.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Drama

Drama I (Beginning Drama)

This is an introductory course in theatre. Students will be given background and terminology in stage movement, play structure, acting, scene work, and more. The intention is to provide a basis for exploration into the theatre as a whole. This is not simply an acting course, but an academically based introduction to theatre. The students will gain appreciation and skills that will aid them in advancement into the next level of drama. Students can use this knowledge to continue their high school drama career.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Drama III (Advanced Drama)

This course reviews the techniques gained from beginning and intermediate drama, but focus is placed on helping the student attain a higher skill level. Emphasis is placed on the development of the actor, the actor and the play, as well as the actor and the production. The focus of the course is on the selection, rehearsal, and production of a number of full-length productions a year, including a spring musical. Students must be available for many after- school rehearsals. Selection for this class is based on student auditions and/or recommendations from previous theater instructor/director for grades 10-12. This course may be repeated for elective credit.

Grade(s): 11-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Intermediate Drama and audition

Visual Art

Studio Art I

This course will briefly cover the breadth of the elements and principles of design and beginning art theories and practices. We will work with many varieties of media in 2-D design, drawing, painting, etc. – time permitting. Some art history will be covered as it supports the elements and principles of design and beginning art practices. This class is a foundation class and is designed to be an overview of the many studio art practices. Studio 1 is a gateway into the other art classes offered here at CHS. This class fulfills the 1 credit art requirement needed for graduation.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Studio Art II

This course is a continuation of the theories, practices, and history learned in Art 1 but with an emphasis on more depth and better control, creativity, and mastery. Students will be encouraged to begin working with their own voice in art, as the assignments become more complex and open-ended, which require greater technical skills, thought, and problem- solving skills. Students will learn how to discuss their ideas and artwork in an intelligent, respectful manner.

Grade(s): 10-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Studio Art I or teacher approval.

Vocal

Advanced Choir

This is an advanced mixed-choir class. Auditions are required for this ensemble. Students will learn a variety of musical styles, including classical and madrigal. Advanced theory and sightsinging will be taught during this class. Students will be expected to perform several times during each semester of this class, and participation in the Regional Choir audition is mandatory. Speak with the teacher for details and to arrange for an audition.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Audition required

Beginning Choir

This is a non-audition choir class. Students will be singing music from many different genres. Some genres include classical, jazz, musical theatre and pop. Basic theory and sight-singing skills are taught during this class. Students will be expected to perform in 3-4 concerts during the year. Please see choir teacher if you have specific questions.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Show Choir

Show choir is an audition only ensemble that focuses on challenging repertoire and choreography. Students in this class will perform various genres of music that involve solo opportunities and dance. During the second semester, students in this class will pair with Advanced Drama to perform the school’s Musical Theatre Production.

Grade(s): 10-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

One year of choir and audition required.