A Pre-K through Grade 12 Coordinate School Located in Honolulu

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department provides an extensive program of music, dance, and drama designed to create in the student an enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of these arts. The student develops her "aesthetic responsiveness" through in-depth involvement in the creative process.

In implementing the program, the goal is for the highest performance levels to be achieved within an atmosphere that encourages experimentation and development of the performing arts.

We recognize the important role that Performing Arts plays in the lives of young people and provide many opportunities for our students to engage in a variety of Music, Drama and Dance activities.

Opportunities

Chamber Choir

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) This course is open to students in ninth through twelfth grade, and will emphasize proper vocal technique and performance skills through a wide variety of choral music. The curriculum includes sight-singing and music theory as well as music history. Students must be available for occasional performances and or/rehearsals outside of the regular school day. Chamber Choir performs at Priory Chapels, community concerts, seasonal Music Department concerts, and choral festivals. (Requirement: purchase of a choir uniform)

Beginning Band

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of music through the use of a selected band instrument. Rhythm analysis, note reading, and other aspects of music theory will be an integral part of this class. No previous musical experience is necessary. (Requirement: rental or purchase of an instrument)

Intermediate Band

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) This course is open to students with at least one year of band study, this class is designed to refine and develop their performance skills. This class emphasizes small solo and ensemble groups to encourage independent playing. Participation in the Oahu Band Directors Association Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Parade of Bands is mandatory. (Requirement: rental or purchase of an instrument; Prerequisites: one-year experience and department recommendation)

Advanced Intermediate Band

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) This course is open to the seventh through twelfth grade student with more than two years of playing experience. This course emphasizes sight-reading and independent performance opportunities. Students are exposed to and prepare a wide variety of instrumental music. Performance includes participation in the Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Parade of Bands. (Requirement: rental or purchase of an instrument; Prerequisites: two-years experience and department recommendation)

Select Wind Ensemble

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) This class is designed for the serious high school band musician who wishes to be challenged by advanced instrumental literature. This class continues to develop the skill necessary to correctly interpret and perform more challenging literature. Participation in the Oahu Band Directors Association Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Parade of Bands are mandatory. This group represents The Priory at community concerts and high school level festivals. (This course is offered as a 0 period course, which runs daily from 7:00-7:40. Requirement: rental or purchase of an instrument and purchase of a uniform; Prerequisites: three-years experience and department recommendation)

Beginning Strings

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) Students will have the opportunity to begin study on violin, viola, cello, or bass. No previous musical experience is necessary. Emphasis will be placed on instrumental technique, practice skills, music reading, musicianship, theory, and ensemble skills. Students are expected to practice on a regular basis. This group will perform in several concerts throughout the year. (Requirement: rental or purchase of an instrument)

Intermediate Strings

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) Open by audition to students with at least one year (or equivalent) of string playing experience. Emphasis will be placed on improving instrumental technique, practice skills, music reading, musicianship, theory, and ensemble skills. Students are expected to practice on a regular basis. This group will perform in several concerts throughout the year. Private instruction will be encouraged. (Requirement: rental or purchase of an instrument; Prerequisites: one-year experience and department recommendation)

Advanced Intermediate Strings

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) Open by audition to students with at least two years (or equivalent) of string playing experience. Emphasis will be placed on improving instrumental technique, practice skills, music reading, musicianship, theory, and ensemble skills. Students are expected to practice on a regular basis. This group will perform in several concerts throughout the year. Private instruction will be encouraged. (Requirement: rental or purchase of an instrument; Prerequisites: two-years experience and department recommendation)

Chamber Strings

(Grades 9-12; Year; 1 credit) Open by audition to high school students who have had at least three years (or equivalent) of string playing experience. High caliber music and musicianship will be emphasized, along with advanced instruction in instrumental technique, music reading, theory, and ensemble skills. Students will continue to develop their practice skills, and are expected to practice on a regular basis. This group will perform in several concerts throughout the year. Private instruction will be encouraged. (This course is offered as a 0 period course, which runs daily from 7:00-7:40. Requirement: rental or purchase of an instrument; Prerequisites: three- years experience and department recommendation)

Music History

(Grades 10-12; Semester; 1⁄2 credit) What is music? Is music a universal language? Is all music equal or can we determine what is good and bad music? These philosophical questions from the field of aesthetics open our discussion of music. A diverse sampling of musical styles from around the world, including rock, pop, rap, jazz, classical, and folk will be studied from a historical-cultural perspective. We will examine how music functions in film, theater, and dance. Student interest will also determine genres of music studied in class. We will look at music from an artistic and social viewpoint, considering the role of composer, performer, and audience. Students will attend performances, have the opportunity for creative expression through projects and/or performances, complete short assignments, and write essays. Primary goals for this class include refinement of skills in critical listening, thinking, and writing and a deeper appreciation for and understanding of music. No musical experience is necessary to benefit from this class.

Advanced Placement Music Theory

(Grades 11-12; Year; 1 credit) Prerequisite: Proficiency in voice or with an instrument AP Music Theory will introduce advanced concepts of music theory in preparation for the AP examination. Students will study aspects of melody, harmony, texture, form, musical analysis, and composition. This course includes an aural section of sight- singing, melodic and harmonic dictation, and listening examples. The aim of this course is to improve the student’s performance, aural, analytical, and composition skills. These skills ultimately will develop the student as a stronger musician. It is recommended that prospective students have a basic knowledge of reading music on a staff and are proficient on an instrument or voice. (This course is offered by OSG. Prerequisites: application and approval by Director of Studies. Elective OSG courses are offered at the discounted consortium rate. For current rates visit onlineschoolforgirls.org. This course cannot be taken to fulfill graduation requirements.)

Theater

(Grades 6-12; Semester; 1⁄2 credit) This after-school program is open to students in grade 6 through grade 12. No previous theater training is required. Students will learn about and develop their theatrical performance skills as well as their theatrical production skills. The program presents two performance pieces each school year. Interested students may audition for acting parts and/or register to be a production member in the program during the first week of each production period. Commitment, participation, attendance, punctuality, teamwork and cooperation are required to create an enthusiastic, efficient and effective theatrical ensemble for this program.

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