PERFORMING ARTS

Theatre

Theatre Arts


This course introduces the student to theatre from basic stage techniques to elements of performance. Learned techniques include improvisation, pantomime, blocking, voice and diction, play production, and characterization. In addition to these techniques, students will study theatre by engaging in scenes and script analysis. Students will perform a class play at the end of the second semester. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None




Technical Theatre


Technical Theatre introduces students to concepts and skills related to stage production. These include, but are not limited to, safety, set construction, lighting, sound, set design, stage management, costumes and makeup, properties, and house management. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Approval needed for 9th-graders




Theatre Production


Before you make pack up your bags and shuffle off to Broadway, be sure to try out the Theatre Production Class. Work with other actors and people interested in technical theatre to produce several theatrical productions, earn the opportunity to travel and compete against other schools. This course focuses on all aspects of theatrical production: acting concepts and skills, production concepts and skills, student-directed one-act plays and aesthetic growth through appreciation of theatrical events. Students will share in the theatre experience by working in the various areas associated with overall production. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: This is an audition-based class. Auditions be held toward the end of the school year. This course requires after-school hours.





Band & Orchestra

Beginner Band


Students will learn basic music techniques such as rhythmic notation (beginning levels to advanced). Classical to contemporary pop music is explored while expanding individual sight-reading proficiency. Skills mastered in this course will boost student confidence to face future music challenges. First semester may include marching band. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None. Placement by instructor.




Wind Ensemble (Symphonic Band)


The first semester consists of training for Marching Band performances at football games, pep rallies, and the All- State Band contest. Students review and train musical marching fundamentals with an emphasis on superior discipline in conduct, rehearsal, and performance. Individual musicianship in performance is emphasized. Symphonic band begins in August, and the marching band rehearses daily after school. Concert study begins immediately following football season with students auditioning for placement. Auditions are judged on individual musical proficiency. A thorough fundamental training in musicianship is continued along with the study of concert literature and contests in solo/ensemble and concert/sight reading. Additional rehearsals are called at the discretion of the director for contests. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances throughout the year is an integral part of the student’s grade. Marching Band credit may be applied toward Physical Education graduation requirements for the Fall semester only. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None. Placement by instructor.




Beginner Orchestra


Students will learn basic music techniques, such as rhythmic notation (beginning levels to advanced) and using orchestral instruments. Students do not need prior knowledge of instrumental music or music theory. Skills mastered in this course will boost student confidence to face music challenges throughout high school. Grade: 9 - 10 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None. Placement by instructor.




String Orchestra


This ensemble is for students of the violin, viola, cello, string bass, and/or harp who display an intermediate to advanced level of music proficiency on their instrument. A thorough fundamental training in musicianship is given along with a study of orchestral literature. The group will perform concerts on and off campus, as well as compete in TPSMEA solo/ensemble and concert/sight reading contests. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None. Placement by instructor.





Choral Music

Choral Music (Men / Women)


Men’s or Women’s Choir provides training in vocal technique, music reading, and performance opportunities for students who desire to develop and gain confidence in their singing skills and musicianship, regardless of previous experience. Students develop skills in sight-singing, vocal techniques, written music theory work, and performance preparation. Written assignments and tests cover particular concepts related to the skills listed above. Skills are learned, practiced, and transferred to the performance of music selections. Choral performances are required and are graded as tests. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None




Intermediate Choral Music


The Junior Varsity class provides an accelerated training in choral music, vocal technique, and performance for those students who are experienced in music and would like to further their knowledge. The student’s level of experience and ability are considerations for placement in the appropriate choir class. Students are expected to have previous experience in music. Students will advance their skills in music reading, sight-singing, vocal production, written music theory work, and performance preparation. Junior Varsity choir students are required to participate in the TPSMEA All-State audition process and the TPSMEA Solo & Ensemble competition. Choral performances are required and are graded as tests. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Placement by audition




Advanced Choral Music


The Varsity Choir class provides the highest level of training in choral music, vocal technique, and performance for those students who are skilled in many aspects of vocal music. The student’s level of experience and ability are considerations for placement in the appropriate choir class. Students are expected to have a solid foundation of experience with music and sight-singing. Students will develop, to an advanced level, skills in music reading, sight-singing, singing skills, and vocal production, written music theory work, and performance preparation. Written assignments and tests cover particular concepts related to the skills listed above. Skills are learned, practiced, and transferred to the performance of music selections. Varsity choir students are required to participate in the TPSMEA All-State audition process and the TPSMEA Solo & Ensemble competition. Choral performances are required and are graded as tests. Grade: 10 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Placement by audition




AP Music Theory


AP Music Theory develops a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Students will learn aural, compositional, and analytical skills in various written and listening exercises in order to fully understand musical construction. Students will learn how to employ and identify aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, and history in order to write their own short pieces of music within given guidelines. This class prepares students for the AP exam in May. Grade: 11 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: One year music ensemble or Departmental Approval





Dance

Dance I (Introduction to Dance)


Introduction to Dance is for students with limited or no previous dance training. Instruction consists of daily participation in the fundamentals of various dance techniques. Areas covered include ballet, modern dance, and tap. This class is strongly recommended by the athletic department to increase fine motor skills, flexibility, and injury prevention. There are clothing requirements for dance students. Attendance at NCHS Dance Concerts is mandatory. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None




Dance II (Technique Development)


This course addresses students who, having studied (if not yet completely mastered) dance technique, find themselves at the impasse between beginner and advanced dance levels. Areas of training include ballet, modern dance, and tap. Students who have had four or more years of dance instruction should make an effort to enroll in this class rather than Dance I. Students who have completed a year of Dance I may enroll in this class. There are clothing requirements for dance students. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Students purchase their own costumes. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Dance I or Departmental approval




Dance III (Advanced Techniques)


This upper-level course is designed for students who have completed Dance II and wish to advance their dance skills. Students with six or more years of consistent study in dance may enroll in this class rather than Dance I or II. Disciplines taught are ballet, tap, and modern dance. There are clothing requirements for dance students. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Students purchase their own costumes. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Dance I or Departmental approval





Band & Orchestra

Dance

Choral Music

Theatre

4501 Bridge St.

Fort Worth, Texas 76103

817-457-2920

Nolan Catholic High School is a College Preparatory High School (grades 9-12). NCHS was established in 1961 and is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department (TCCB ED)Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and AdvancED.

The purpose of TCCB ED is to assist Catholic schools in the state of Texas with 1) continuous school improvement initiatives, 2) accountability with best educational practices, 3) strengthening of mission and identity, and 4) improving academic performance.

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