Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

All Performing Arts courses meet the District one-year Fine Arts/Foreign Language/ Practical Arts requirement. The following courses are offered at Mission Viejo High School:

Bands

Concert Band

Concert band is an introductory course to high school wind and percussion literature. Emphasis is placed on developing basic performance skills. Literature ranges from simple to moderate levels. Rehearsals stress preparation of concert music, fundamentals of wind and percussion, technique, music, reading, music history, and basic music theory. Performances include concerts, festivals, and related school activities. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances are required. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Marching Band

Emphasis is placed on marching band performances such as parades, football games and field tournaments. This is an active organization with many rehearsals and performances in addition to classroom time. Rehearsals begin in late August. Contact the director for schedule. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances required. This course fulfills a P.E. requirement and is only offered first semester. This course does not fulfill the District fine arts graduation requirement. An activity for the may be required for this course.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic band is comprised of accomplished musicians will play moderate to difficult music that requires considerable skill. Rehearsals stress preparation of concert music, fundamentals with proper wind and percussion technique, music reading, music history, and music theory. The symphonic band presents musical programs for the school and the community as well as participating in judged festivals. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Choirs

Concert Choir

Students enrolled in this course will develop vocal production skills and learn the language of music. Music reading and ear training will be emphasized. Students will study, learn and perform repertoire from the various historical periods. Students will listen to recordings and attend festivals to hear live performances of choral works. Clinicians and guest artists will give students ideas about potential careers in the performing arts. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Chamber Choir

Students enrolled in this course will continue to develop vocal production skills and learn the language of music. Advanced concepts in music reading, ear training and singing in 3 and 4 part SATB harmony will be emphasized. Students will study, learn and perform advanced repertoire from the various historical periods. Students will listen to recordings and attend festivals to hear live performances of choral works. Students will perform at festivals and contest for adjudication. Some choreography may be required as well as an activity and attire fee. Clinicians and guest artists will give students ideas about potential careers in the performing arts.

Treble Choir

Students enrolled in Treble Choir will develop vocal production skills and learn the language of music. Music reading, ear training, and singing in 3 and 4 part treble voices will be emphasized. Students will listen to recordings and attend festivals to hear live performances of choral works. Clinicians and guest artists will give students ideas about potential careers in the performing arts. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Color Guard

Color Guard

Color Guard provides an opportunity to participate in a competitive group activity. Students learn marching skills, marching to music, handling of equipment and creating and teaching routines. Leadership and group cooperation are stressed. Performance includes all parades and football field shows with the band and separate competitive performance with other color guards. This course fulfills a PE requirement of one semester. An activity fee may be required for this course

Drama

Drama 1

This yearlong course provides group and individual activities in body control, voice, diction, and pantomime. The creation of characters, projection of ideas and emotions are practiced in preparing and acting in scenes from plays. Students study the techniques of acting for both the stage and television. The course develops language skills and appreciation through reading and interpreting dramatic literature, writing critiques, analyzing characters, listening critically, and speaking effectively. Students are introduced to the production aspects of a theater performance through basic set, lighting, costume, and make-up design.

Drama 2

This course is designed for those students who have successfully completed Drama 1. It continues to emphasize styles and broadens their knowledge of directional techniques. It further provides the student with the opportunity to develop the actor/direction relationship by investigating various methods of character development. The dramatization of a one-act play, with all production aspects will be emphasized. Readers theater techniques may be offered. An introduction of theater history and acting styles is emphasized.

Drama 3

This course provides for the advanced student who studies more difficult dram, explore staging techniques, examines theater from the viewpoint of the director, studies contemporary playwrights, and continues to refine acting skills. The students participate in the fall production, as well as in the spring performances for the community and various drama festivals.

Drama 4

This course provides rehearsal and performance for the advanced actor and serious drama student. Directing and acting techniques involved in polishing and perfecting theater performances will be demonstrated.

Drama Honors/IB

This course is designed for students who have a strong interest in drama. The aim of the program in IB Theatre Arts is to understand the nature of the art of theatre production and performance. This is explored through performance skills, historical and theoretical developments in the theater, play analysis and interpretation and theatrical production/design studies. This course is designed for the serious drama student who plans to study drama for three or four years of high school.

Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of musicians who wish to gain experience in musical idioms based on the Jazz Tradition. These include Early Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Modal Jazz, Blues, Fusion, and Funk. The Jazz Ensemble is an elite group which performs at concerts and competitive festivals. Guest artists perform with the ensemble regularly, and conduct clinics as well. Extensive practice outside of class time is expected. Instruments accepted are: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, drums, guitar, and auxiliary percussion. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is an elite group of wind and percussion players that perform the most advanced and challenging compositions. The course is designed to continue the development in all areas of musical performance and understanding, which were introduced in Symphonic Band. Extensive practice outside of class is required, and private lessons are strongly encouraged. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Ensemble Class

Here is your change to play in groups of two, three, four, and five, and get the small ensemble experience not available through any other instrumental group. Ensembles are of all types of instruments, like and mixed. Playing in ensembles develops independence, enhances musicianship, and improves reading and technique. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Guitar

Beginning Guitar

Students enrolling in this course will acquire knowledge of various types of guitars with both nylon and steel strings. They will develop skills in tuning, right hand technique in both strumming and finger picking, left hand chord positions in first position, beginning scales and single line melodies. Students will learn to read standard music notation as well as chord symbols and tablature. During the course of the year, students will gain historical perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from the historical periods, Renaissance through Contemporary. Students will listen to live and recorded performance to appreciate and assess the technical and aesthetic aspects of guitar musical performance. By working with clinicians and guest artists, students will gain an understanding of performance discipline and be introduced to potential careers in the arts. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Advanced Guitar

Students enrolled in this course ill continue to acquire advanced knowledge of various types of guitars with both nylon and steel strings. They will develop skills in tuning, right hand technique in both strumming and finger picking, left hand chord positions in first position and up the entire finger board, advanced scales, modes and single line melodies. Students will continue to read standard music notation as well as chord symbols and tablature. During the course of the year, students will gain historical perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from the historical periods, Renaissance through Contemporary. Students will listen to live and recorded performance to appreciate and assess the technical and aesthetic aspects of guitar musical performance. By working with clinicians and guest artists, students will gain an understanding of performance discipline and be introduced to potential careers in the arts. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Music Harmony and Composition IB

Music Harmony and Composition IB

This course is designed to meet the requirements of the music curriculum for the International Baccalaureate Program, as well as provide the general student with knowledge of music theory and harmony. The student will analyze music from the Plainsong Era through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century. Students will also compose music in the various stylistic periods, as well as the contemporary popular form.

Music Technology

Music Technology

This course will introduce students to the uses, concepts, techniques, and terminology computing through music applications. The student will gain experience with current hardware and software for music sequencing, notation, synthesis, and music performance practice. This class is also designed as an introduction to music fundamentals, notation, and theory through computer technology, such as MIDI and digital recording.

Musical Theatre Workshop

Musical Theatre Workshop

The course is offered in conjunction with the production of a major Broadway musical show by the combined efforts of the Performing Arts department. It culminates in several public performances. For performer there is an emphasis on training in voice techniques, singing techniques, movement for the stage, dance and acting for the musical theater. For theater technicians, students may elect to be on the stage management or technical theater emphasis in the class. These students will study set construction, set painting, sound design, props construction, costume construction and make-up design. Students develop a general knowledge of the origins and literature of musical theater. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Orchestra

Orchestra

The orchestra enrolls musicians who play violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, and harp. Emphasis throughout the year is on preparation of the finest orchestral literature. Rehearsals stress fundamentals of proper string technique, music reading, music history, and music theory. The orchestra presents musical programs for both the school and the community, which includes concerts, festivals, seasonal programs, and the Spring Musical. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required. An activity fee may be required for this course.

Strings

Intermediate Strings

Intermediate strings ensemble is comprised of musicians who played violin, viola, cello, string base, piano, and harp. Emphasis is placed upon development of proper techniques, music reading, ear training, music history, and music theory. The Intermediate Strings Ensemble presents musical programs for the school and the community as well as participating in judged festivals. An activity for the may be required for this course.

Advanced Strings

The Advanced String Ensemble is an elite group of musicians who play violin, viola, cello, double base, or piano. This group plays compositions of the Great Masters as well as contemporary pieces by local and student composers. Private lessons are encouraged, and extensive practice outside of class is expected. Attendance at all rehearsal and performances is required. An activity fee the may be required for this course.

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