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CONTACTS

David Amrein
Program Director
Performing Arts Dept. Chair
damrein@jserra.org
949.493.9307 Ext. 7053

Monica McQueen
Program Director
Visual Arts Dept. Chair
mmcqueen@jserra.org
949.493.9307 Ext. 7072

YOUR 4-YEAR PLAN

The Arts Magnet Program curriculum is designed for students who are thinking about pursuing their art in college or who want a more intensive high school arts experience. Download the sample 4-year plan below.

 

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Arts Magnet

DANCE TRACK

Dance II Honors

Prerequisite: Completion of Dance I or approval of instructor.

Dance II will focus on dance performance in all dance genres: Jazz, modern, contemporary dance, musical theater, ballet, and liturgical dance. Dance II will also enable students to choreograph group pieces for themselves and for their peers. The students will be evaluated on their daily participation, classwork, homework, and participation in numerous performances throughout the semester as well as a performance at the end of each semester.

Course Goals: Dance II students will become confident performers, displaying intermediate dance technique, emotional/artistic expression in performance, and professional work habits in the context of performance. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Dance III Honors

Prerequisite: Completion of Dance II or approval of instructor.

This Fine Arts/PE course is for the experienced dancer and audition is required for entry into this class. Dancers in this course are expected to work at an advanced dance level in both artistic and technical aspects of dance. This group will anchor all dance performances and will be included in collaborative performances with the choral and instrumental music departments. All performances are required and graded. Dancers will also be given opportunities to discover dance in their community by attending local performances and meeting industry professionals. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

Course Goals: Dance three students will be able to hone their artistic, performance skills while being expected to perform at a high level of technical ability.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Dance IV Honors

Prerequisite: Completion of Dance III or approval of instructor.

This Fine Arts/PE course is for the experienced dancer and audition is required for entry into this class. Dancers in this course are expected to work at an advanced dance level in both artistic and technical aspects of dance. This class will also include a writing element which will include the study of dance current events, history, and an extended research paper will be assigned. Two text books will be required for this course. This group, with Dance 3, will anchor all dance performances and will be included in collaborative performances with the choral and instrumental music departments. All performances are required and graded. Dancers will also be given opportunities to discover dance in their community by attending local performances and meeting industry professionals. Dancers in Dance IV will be expected to fulfill an internship requirement by acting as an assistant to an instructor at a local dance studio. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

Course Goals: To train the most well- rounded dancer in both technical and academic aspects of dance. Additionally, pedagogy will be introduced in order to prepare dancers for careers in dance instruction.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Advanced Dance Production Honors

Prerequisite: Arts Magnet Program student or approval of instructor.
Co-requisite: Dance 4

Advanced Dance Production is a fine arts course for the student dancer who desires to pursue a career in professional dance production. These students aspire to be teachers, choreographers and directors. In this course the students will be guided through producing two dance productions, full-length dance concerts, within the length of an academic year. Responsibilities of the student will include but not be limited to: writing a budget, reserving facilities for concerts, designing all press materials (press releases, posters, tickets, programs), establishing a running order for each production, and organizing volunteers for each event. Students in this course will also have to choreograph alone, not in a collaborative sense, works for fellow dancers, design costumes, learn basic stage lighting skills and learn rudimentary sound design and sound engineering for each concert. The responsibilities of the artistic versus the executive director in a non-profit, performance company context, grant writing and fund raising, will also be studied and discussed.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

DRAWING AND PAINTING TRACK

Drawing and Painting II Honors

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in both semesters of Drawing & Painting I or a similar year long art course; teacher approval.

Drawing and Painting 2 is a year long course, which continues the exploration and applications of the elements and principles of design. Students will create art projects that problem solve in a more complex manner. Students will work in oil, acrylic and watercolor paints, explore the human anatomy, and work in a more independent manner than in Drawing and Painting 1. Students will compile a portfolio by the end of the semester.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Advanced Drawing & Painting Honors

PREREQUISITES: A GRADE OF B+ IN ALL SEMESTERS OF DRAWING & PAINTING I AND DRAWING & PAINTING II AND CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

 

This course is designed to give the advanced art student a more specific overview of drawing and painting techniques, using the art elements and principles of design in the process. The students will explore these techniques on a higher level and the subject matter will include master copies, the figure, still life, landscape and portraiture. Media will include graphite, pen and ink, charcoal, oil pastel, oil and acrylic paint. Emphasis is placed on creative thinking, problem solving and building an aesthetic vocabulary to prepare students for AP Studio Art.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Adobe Creative Suite Honors

Adobe Creative Suite is an upper-division course introducing traditional drawing and painting students to the world of computer-generated art. The student will focus on the artistic skills necessary to create complex works of digital art in four powerful Adobe software programs within the Apple/Macintosh platform: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Flash. As an extension of traditional drawing and painting, the student will concentrate on utilizing these software programs to not only enhance their abilities to create original pieces of digital artwork, but also to prepare them for a possible career in the visual arts and the technology required to sell their work.

AP Art History

Prerequisite: Students must have earned a grade of A- or better in both semesters of their previous History and English courses; teacher approval and summer assignment required. A minimum enrollment is required for this class.

This is a year-long course that prepares the student for the AP College Board exam in May. Students review the art history from eras beginning at pre-historic man to the 20th century. Students will be expected to do heavy reading on the subject matter, learn and identify slides, learn how to critique and analyze art work explored during the course of the year, and do a research paper pertaining to one of the art history eras.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

AP Studio Art: Drawing

PREREQUISITE: COMPLETION OF TWO OUT OF THREE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES WITH A GRADE OF A- OR BETTER EACH SEMESTER: DRAWING & PAINTING 1, DRAWING & PAINTING 2, ADVANCED DRAWING & PAINTING, OR GRAPHIC DESIGN 1 AND GRAPHIC DESIGN 2. TEACHER APPROVAL AND SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS ARE REQUIRED.

 

AP Studio Art provides the motivated art student with the opportunity to develop a three-part portfolio that is personal to their individual talents and interests. Through the creation of up to 24 pieces of art over the course of the year, students will submit a portfolio to the College Board for evaluation in May in either 2-Dimensional Design or Drawing. The portfolio requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding of visual concerns and methods in three areas: Concentration, Breadth and Quality. Breadth consists of twelve works that show the student's depth of experience with a variety of media, subjects and approaches. Quality represents five of the student’s best work, and Concentration consists of twelve works that explore a theme chosen by the student. Students will experience a broad exploration of artistic concepts and media use.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

 

AP Studio Art: 2D

Prerequisite: Completion of two out of three of the following courses: Drawing & Painting 1, Drawing & Painting 2, Advanced Drawing & Painting, with a grade of A- or better each semester. Teacher approval and summer assignments are required.

AP Studio Art is intended for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Through the creation of up to 28 pieces of art over the course of the year, students will submit a portfolio to the College Board for evaluation in May. The portfolio requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding of visual concerns and methods in the three areas: Concentration, Breadth and Quality. Breadth consists of twelve works that show the student's depth of experience with a variety of media, subjects and approaches. Quality will represent five of the student’s best work, and Concentration consists of twelve works that explore a theme chosen by the student. Students will experience a broad exploration of artistic concepts and media use.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Music Track

AP Music Theory

Prerequisite: 2+ years of participation in Music Department choral or instrumental ensembles or instructor approval

Co-requisite: Students must simultaneously be enrolled in an intermediate or advanced Music Department performance course

This advanced level music course is open to choral or instrumental students who have participated for at least two years in intermediate or advanced level ensembles. Additionally, students must be concurrently enrolled in another Music Department performance course. The AP Music Theory course corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the learning process. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are emphasized.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

ARTS MAGNET ORCHESTRA NEXUS/CONDUCTING & LEADERSHIP HONORS

Prerequisite: Arts Magnet Program student in the Orchestra Track.
Co-requisite: Students must simultaneously enroll in Symphony Orchestra.

 

JSerra Arts Magnet Orchestra Nexus (JAM ON) is a mixed instrument pull-out ensemble from the JSerra Symphony Orchestra made of students in the Arts Magnet Program. JAM ON specializes in performance of chamber music from various genres from the renaissance to contemporary periods. Students in JAM ON further develop leadership, musicianship, and conducting skills and are the leaders of the Symphony Orhestra. Students are expected to attend required outside rehearsals and performances.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

ARTS MAGNET SINGERS/CONDUCTING & LEADERSHIP HONORS

Prerequisite: Arts Magnet Program student in the Choir Track.

 

Co-requisite: Students must simultaneously enroll in JSerra Chorale.

 

JSerra Arts Magnet Singers (JAMS) is a mixed a cappella pull-out ensemble from the JSerra Chorale made of students in the Arts Magnet Program. JAMS specializes in performance of a cappella literature from various genres from the medieval to contemporary periods. Students in JAMS further develop leadership, musicianship, and conducting skills and are the leaders of the Chorale. Students are expected to attend required outside rehearsals and performances.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Chamber Choir Honors

Prerequisite: Audition required and teacher approval.

This class is designed for students who wish to be challenged vocally, musically and intellectually. As the premier vocal ensemble at JSerra Catholic High School, students will be held to the highest standards of musicianship and professionalism, and will perform competitively. The choral literature performed is of the same level as most universities and is drawn from the early Renaissance to Contemporary music, including liturgical praise and worship. Languages in which the students will be expected to sing include Italian, German, French, Russian, Japanese and English. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

JSERRA CHORALE

Prerequisite: Audition is required.

 

JSerra Chorale is an auditioned mixed ensemble intended for singers of advanced abilities. Singers will perform intricate and demanding literature of all genres and will develop vocal technique, history, musicianship, and theory. Through participation in concerts, festivals, and tours, singers will respond to and assess the technical and aesthetic aspects of choral performance. By working with varied instrumental ensembles in concert and by working with guest conductors and vocal coaches, students will gain an understanding of the choral art and will develop an awareness of the various facets of the music profession.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Piano Workshop Honors

Prerequisites: Completion of the Beginning Piano course or the ability to play pieces equivalent to J.S. Bach’s Anna Magdalena Notebook, Clementi’s Sonatinas (Opus 36), or Burgmuller’s 25 Progressive Pieces for the Piano (Opus 100) and play triads and scales in C, G, D, A, E, B, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db major. Must be willing to practice a minimum of 45 minutes to1 hour per day. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

Advanced students may use this class to develop their skills further. Students will have in class performance opportunities including a recital each semester.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Wind Ensemble Honors

Prerequisite: Ability to read music and 2+ years of experience playing a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.

This intermediate/advanced level instrumental music course is open to students who read music and have at least two years of experience playing a woodwind instrument (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, or saxophone), brass instrument (trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, or tuba), or percussion instrument (snare drum, timpani, xylophone, etc). In this course, students develop their musical skills through the rehearsal and performance of music written for concert band and full orchestra. Students are expected to attend rehearsals outside of the school day and participate in required concerts, gigs, and other special events. The Wind Ensemble frequently combines with the Chamber Orchestra to form the JSerra Symphony Orchestra. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required. Though there are a limited number of instruments the school can loan, students are generally expected to provide their own instrument. Students are encouraged to re-enroll in Wind Ensemble multiple times.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

WOMEN’S CHORUS

Women’s Chorus is a singing ensemble open to females. Special attention is given to developing the female voice and musicianship including sight-singing and music theory. Women’s Chorus will perform at concerts and festivals in various genres including jazz, pop, classical, and barbershop.  Singers will express themselves creatively and assess technical and aesthetic aspects of choral performance. No audition is required.

  •  Year
  •  10 Credits
  •  UC Approved

THEATRE TRACK

Theatre II Honors

Prerequisites: Theater I and audition.

Theater II is a year-long course designed for those students who have successfully completed the Theater I course. Theater II continues to emphasize acting styles and broadens knowledge of directional techniques. This course further provides the student with the opportunity to develop the actor/director/character relationship by writing and performing in a one-act play. The dramatization of this one-act play, with all production aspects, will be emphasized. Various theater techniques will also be emphasized, including improvisation, memorization, preparation, blocking, articulation, and stage presence. An introduction of theater history and acting styles will be discussed. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Musical Theater Honors

Prerequisite: The completion of Theatre I or Theatre II. Audition required.

This year long class delves into the history and performance of musical theatre. This class is a survey of the influential artists who produce, write, direct, and perform on America's musical stages from the 1860’s to today. Students will also perform concurrently with the musical theatre styles that are analyzed in the units of study. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits

Advanced Theatre Honors

Prerequisite: Completion of Theatre II and teacher approval through an audition.

This course is designed to enable the student to explore a particular theatrical form in more detail and in depth. The class emphasizes production, performance, stage technique, voice, stage design, costuming properties, and theater history. The course also emphasizes polishing talent, building confidence for professional or apprentice auditions, and gaining experience in public performances. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

Technical Design Honors

Prerequisite: The completion of Theatre I or Theatre II.


This year long course enables the students to learn the facets of technical theatre .The class emphasizes costume design, set design, lighting design, makeup design and stage management. Students will not only learn the technicalities of the design fields, but learn the hands on application of the study. Additional Arts Magnet coursework is required.

  • Year
  • 10 Credits