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Art, Music & Theater Classes for 2019-2020


Please Note: Class and Supply Fees listed cover both Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 from August 2019 to May 2020. All art, music and theater classes meet for 50 minutes at a time for 28 weeks throughout the year. Please see our dates & schedules.


Course Syllabus: To download & view the course syllabus in each class go to the class registration page and click on the name of the class to expand the information and click "view course syllabus".


Secure Forum: All MHS classes have a secure interactive forum to communicate with tutors, parents and classmates. Tutors will use this platform to communicate about classwork and assignments.

Parents and students access the forum by signing into the website using the username(s) & password(s) created on the membership form and clicking on "forum".

Assignments: All homework/extension work/project homework assigned will be posted on the interactive course forums.


Art


Hands on Art History: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th & 8th-12th 

This course will take a hands-on approach to studying the history of art. Each week we will introduce a new period or movement of art. The students will learn about major artists and masterpieces while trying out a few of the major characteristics themselves. The emphasis will be on understanding and using the concepts unique to each week instead of making highly finished artwork or projects to take home.

Pre-Requisites: None

Class Fee: $250

Supply Fee: $50


Music


Rockin’ Kids: Preschool & Pre-K

Your child will have fun engaging in guided imaginative play that fosters a love of great music from the American folk, jazz, rock, and pop traditions. Each week, students will explore a new instrument, sing songs that are chock full of musical knowledge, and learn about the elements of music through listening games and group piano exercises. The class will encourage creativity and cooperation while laying the foundation for future musical pursuits.

Pre-Requisites: None

Class Fee: $250

Supply Fee: $5


Band and Chorus: 3rd – 12th Grade

MHS Band and Chorus is a chorus, drum corps, and orchestra all rolled into one. It is open to any student in 3rd grade and older regardless of past musical experience. All students will learn basic drumming techniques and how to sing in a chorus. Additionally, students with previous instrumental experience will have the opportunity to play their instruments with the group. The primary objective of the class is to develop ensemble skills such as listening, leading, and following while having a ton of fun with music from throughout history and around the world. Class Fee will include the cost of a bucket and drumsticks for each student to keep.

Pre-Requisites: No previous experience is required, just a willingness to listen, try new things, and have fun making music.

Class Fee: $250

Supply Fee: $20


Creative Musicianship: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

This class will develop basic musicianship skills through listening, singing, drumming, and movement. Each class meeting will have an academic component, a skill building activity, and a performance component. For example we may spend one class period learning about call and response technique by listening to Cab Calloway’s “Hidey-hi,” playing a call and response rhythm game, and then singing a classic folk song that incorporates the technique. Students will also periodically be given the opportunity to create their own compositions using techniques learned in class.

Pre-Requisites: No previous experience is required, just a willingness to listen, try new things, and have fun making music.

Class Fee: $250

Supply Fee: $5


Creative Musicianship: 3rd – 8th Grade

This class will develop creative musicianship skills and give students the knowledge and confidence to improvise rhythms and melodies and even to compose their own music! Students will learn how musicians throughout history have manipulated sound, melody, and rhythm to express themselves through music. We will also complete a series of group and individual projects as a way to explore song writing, improvisation, and composition skills.

Pre-Requisites: No previous musical experience is required, just a willingness to listen and try new things.

Class Fee: $250

Supply Fee: $5


Theater - Theatre


Creative Dramatics: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Creative Dramatics is designed to introduce students to theatre and to help them get excited to create, perform, and tell their own stories. In this course, students will work as a theatre ensemble to build confidence, collaboration, and problem solving skills. Each week students will participate in hands on learning activities, theatre games, and dramatic play relating to a different area of theatre. Students will learn to improvise, focus, tell stories, and express their feelings while learning about a range of topics from acting to directing and different areas of design.  Other topics include storytelling, mask use in theatre, stage movement, voice, Improvisation, audience etiquette and stage makeup. Students will participate in active theatre games, a costume parade, and a staged performance of a classic story. Other activities will include creating a set diorama, role playing individually and as a group, and building a foundation of theatre vocabulary.

Pre-Requisites: Reading and writing skills are not required for this class. All that is needed is a willingness to participate and a positive attitude!

Class Fee: $250

Supply Fee: $20


Theatre 1: 3rd – 5th Grade

Theatre 1 is great for the younger student with a growing interest in theatre arts and for those who are just being introduced to theatre as well. Students will learn about the entire theatrical process, from playwriting to directing, design, and acting. They will practice a weekly warm up routine to improve focus and speaking skills. Students will supplement growing reading and writing skills with projects such as writing a scene or monologue, through journaling about their experiences, and by performing scripted work. Students in this class will participate in many hands on learning activities and will spend time playing theatre games to foster a collaborative and creative environment and allow them to practice their skills of expression. Some activities will include writing and directing a scene with a partner, memorizing lines for a staged play, storytelling with a focus on story structure, and character analysis questions. Students will have a hand in creating their own sets, props, and costumes for their play and will be introduced to acting techniques and styles. Other topics covered include theatre etiquette, auditioning, basic theatre history, theatre vocabulary, and improvisation.

Pre-Requisites: This course requires a good foundation of reading and writing skills. Creative Dramatics is not a prerequisite to Theatre 1, but Theatre 1 will explore in depth some of the same topics.

Class Fee: $250

Supply Fee: $20


Theatre 2: 6th – 12th Grade

If your student has been bitten by the acting bug, is an aspiring writer, or just loves to create; this is the class for them. This class aims to develop skills in self expression, self awareness, and respectful collaboration. In Theatre 2, students take charge of their own creative process, working collaboratively to write and produce an original play. Students will learn about scene structure, character analysis and objectives, and practice working with others during this project. They explore the director’s role by blocking and casting scenes and by giving feedback and direction to peers.  Students explore their own individual self expression by writing and performing monologues and by journaling about their experiences. Other activities include participation in an audition, costume or set design and creation, in depth discussion and coaching of acting techniques and styles, creating an outline, and of course, theatre games. Students will also explore theatre history, learn more advanced theatre vocabulary, and read and respond to classic literature.

Pre-Requisites: This course is for students in 6th – 12th grade, or for any student with a solid background in theatre, whether from previous education or community theatre. Theatre 1 is not necessarily a prerequisite for this course but is a good introduction to the kind of work done in Theatre 2. A solid writing foundation is required for this class.???????

Class Fee: $250

Supply Fee: $20