Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary School Course Catalog 11 Junior High Electives Fine Arts Choir In Junior High Choir, the singers study a variety of music from different styles and cultures. Junior High Choir is a mixed-voice chorus comprised of 7th and 8th grade singers. No previous choral experience or audition is required. Through classroom activities and performance, these students further develop their knowledge of the elements of music, proper vocal technique, and music reading skills. Students will sing a wide variety of quality choral music and will participate in at least three performances a year. Cadet Band This instrumental music class is for Junior High students who have played their band instrument for at least one year and can play approximately half-way through the Standard of Excellence Book 1 (red book). This performance group is a year-long commitment and will focus on many styles of music, techniques, and ensemble playing. Students need to purchase the Standard of Excellence Book 1 prior to the start of the school year if they do not currently own one. ($10 from Marshall Music). Required performances will include a Holiday Concert in December, the Jazz ‘n’ Joes Fundraiser Concert in March, and a Spring Concert in May. Concert Band I This instrumental music class is for Junior High students who have played their band instrument for two years and can comfortably play music from the beginning of the Standard of Excellence Book 2 (blue book). This performance group is a year-long commitment and will focus on instrumental techniques and reading sheet music. Required performances will include a Holiday Concert in December, the Jazz ‘n’ Joes Fundraiser Concert in March, and a Spring Concert in May. Students will need to purchase the Standard of Excellence Book 2 prior to the start of the school year if they do not currently own one. Concert Band II This instrumental music class is for Junior High students who have played their band instrument for at least two years and can play all the way through the Standard of Excellence Book 2 (blue book) as well as read sheet music. This performance group is a year-long commitment and will focus on instrumental techniques and reading sheet music. Required performances will include a Holiday Concert in December, the Jazz ‘n’ Joes Fundraiser Concert in March, and a Spring Concert in May. Students will need to purchase the Standard of Excellence Book 3 (green book) prior to the start of the school year. Performance (One Semester) This one-semester foundational class, designed for students with little or no theatre experience, promotes enjoyment and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. Classwork focuses on the exploration of theatre literature, performance, historical and cultural connections, and technical requirements. Improvisation, creative dramatics, and beginning scene work are used to introduce students to acting and character development. Junior High Performance provides opportunities for students to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, ensemble work, and aesthetic awareness culminating in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Students additionally learn about the organizational structure of theatre and theatre literature. Art (One Semester) This course will provide an introduction to the basic elements of art and design, (color, line, texture, form, shape, and value). Students will have the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of art forms. A variety of techniques and medium will be explored while applying these principles and elements of design in the creation of two- and three-dimensional compositions. Some art history and appreciation will be presented during these studies. Photography (One Semester) This elective is a project-based course that is directed toward advancing each student’s understanding and execution of digital capture. Students will explore the fundamental principles, techniques and application of camera-based image making. This course will also focus on photographic editing and manipulation through the