Dept. Head: Melissa Hamans
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This program teaches you to develop your skills and builds your knowledge as you learn to develop your own art-making ideas. No previous experience is required to enroll in Art 10. Each level is a building block as you learn techniques, build personal art skills, explore and discover with media, and make art! If you love art and would like to do more, consider enrolling in the same leveled Sculpture course to complement your passion and learning.
Prerequisite: Art 10 (Sculpture 15), Art 20 (Sculpture 25), Art 30 (Sculpture 35)
This course is intended to maximize your art-making experience! You will explore and discover how to use materials to make sculptural 3D creations and projects. Co-requisite for this class includes registration in the same level Art course.
At Jasper Place High School, you have the opportunity to join a community made up of students both new to dance and those already committed to the art form. Dance 15 is an introductory course designed for any student, regardless of their dance experience. In this class, you may explore many styles, including Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and West African. You have the opportunity to gain technical skills and theoretical knowledge in these areas, as well as develop short pieces of choreography in small groups. In Dance 25 and 35, you will continue to be challenged with more difficult choreography, technique, and longer compositions.
Contemporary Dance 25
If exploring new movement is your passion, and you have a high interest in dance, you may choose to take Contemporary Dance 25. This course focuses on expanding contemporary movement skills and techniques, as well as creating new, original dances. You will begin integrating artistic elements, in order to create meaningful pieces of art.
In Drama, students explore a variety of theatre elements, developing performance and technical skills in the areas of movement, speech, improvisation, acting, theatre studies, design, playwriting and directing.
Performing Arts 15-25-35
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview
The Advanced Acting/Touring Theatre program is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore several elements of theatrical production including acting, stage management, lighting, sound, make-up, costumes, and set design. Students develop their skills in a performance setting through participation in a major production. Different elements are emphasized each year, depending on the specific requirements of the production. This course is offered outside the regular time table.
Choral Music 10-20-30 (Concert Choir)
Singers in this course make up our JP Concert Choir! The purpose of this course is to help singers improve as a vocalist by focusing on vocal technique, musicality, theory, ear training, and sight singing. We look at various different types of choral music as well as contemporary, pop, and folk. We perform several times a year including Winter and Spring concerts, choral festivals, and occasional tours. No experience is required, just those that are willing to participate and learn new skills!
Instrumental Music 10-20-30 (Concert Band)
Concert Band is a course for the continuing band student who has a minimum of two years of study on a band instrument either at a junior high school or through private instruction. Through the performance and study of band literature and music theory, students will increase technical skills and gain competence in performing and appreciating music as an artistic form of expression.
Never picked up a guitar? Know a few chords? Been playing for years?
The Jasper Place Guitar program is designed for guitarists of all levels and covers reading and playing notes, chord techniques including both open and barre chord styles, fingerpicking and strumming techniques, and the exploration of various musical styles from classical to rock. The opportunity to expand your musical experience is also available to those interested in singing or playing bass guitar, drums, and keyboard. The ability to play guitar is a skill you will use for the rest of your life. Don’t miss out. No experience is required for Guitar 15.
Audio Music Technology 15-25-35
Music Technology covers foundations, practices, and creative techniques in audio recording and music production. Through the use of various Digital Audio Workstations in the computer lab students will develop their musical potential in a range of areas such as basic sound recording, audio and MIDI editing, sequencing, processing and production, synthesis and sampling, effects and mixing and graphical programming. Student projects will cover everything from simple loop based compositions and voice overs all the way to fully produced songs and compositions. There is no prerequisite for the 15 level but musical experience is definitely an asset.