MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES

Acting

This course teaches students the mechanics of acting. It provides opportunities to explore script analysis and performance techniques through a variety of scenes and monologues ranging from ancient Greek to contemporary stage and film literature. Memorization of monologues and scene work is required. The course culminates with a showcase. Showcase rehearsals take place during class, but one or two after-school dress rehearsals may be scheduled.

Drama Workshop

This course concentrates on developing the stage presence, imagination, and self-confidence of the beginning- and intermediate-level student. The workshop focuses on basic stage skills, body awareness, and vocal technique. Students develop their instincts through improvisation, storytelling, cold readings, and prepared scenes.

Stagecraft

This course introduces the basics of theatrical design and production. Students study the fundamentals of lighting, sound, sets, costumes, and theatrical properties as both designers and technicians through lectures, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and films. In addition to learning to use advanced technical equipment in class, students become a part of a production team and participate as crew members for a Performing Arts department production or complete an equivalent project. This course requires attendance at performances and after-school rehearsals typically scheduled the week prior to the performance.

Advanced Stagecraft

This course builds upon the principles learned in Stagecraft. Students study advanced concepts in theatrical design with a particular emphasis on the role of design and technology in the storytelling process. Students also gain an understanding of high-end lighting and sound equipment. The course culminates in a comprehensive design project that is presented to the class. Students enrolled in this course are actively involved in school productions from start to finish and are expected to lead student crews for Performing Arts events. Attendance at performances and after-school rehearsals typically scheduled the week prior to the performance are required. Prerequisite: Stagecraft.

Introduction to Contemporary Dance

This course introduces students to the technical and creative elements of contemporary dance. Prior dance experience is not required. Basic studies in modern, jazz, and ballet familiarize students with contemporary movement vocabulary as they develop coordination, agility, flexibility, and proper alignment and gain confidence in self-expression. Students are introduced to the choreographic process in a collaborative setting. The end-of-year informal showcase provides students with an opportunity to present original works.

Contemporary Dance Workshop I

This beginner/intermediate course is for dancers with previous training and performance experience. Students develop their technical and analytical skills by creating choreography. Students perform in a showcase at the end of the semester and participate in after-school rehearsals during the week prior to that event. Prerequisite: Introduction to Contemporary Dance or audition.

Contemporary Dance Workshop II

This intermediate/advanced course enables dancers to hone their technical and creative skills at a faster pace. Strength and flexibility are further developed through studies in jazz, ballet, and modern techniques. Creativity and self- expression are emphasized through guided improvisations and choreographic assignments. Students expand their critical-thinking capabilities by viewing, analyzing, and discussing dance. The class explores the group creative process as students choreograph, rehearse, and perform as an ensemble. They present their work in a showcase at the end of the semester and participate in after-school rehearsals during the week prior to that event. Prerequisite: Two semesters of Contemporary Dance Workshop I or audition.

Dance Production

This course for technically and creatively advanced dancers develops choreographic skills. It focuses on creative movement explorations and improvisations; choreographic design, shape, form, and development; critical and analytical thinking about choreography; and practical experience in rehearsal and performance. Dancers work within a collaborative ensemble to choreograph, rehearse, and perform their works in a professionally produced dance concert. The time commitment required for this class includes after-school rehearsals from November until the concert in March. Prerequisite: Audition.

Boys' Chorus

This course is for boys who want to sing and learn to use their voices effectively. The curriculum focuses on the male voice and all aspects of voice change. Boys in any stage of voice maturation are encouraged to join. Typically, the seventh- grade boys' chorus is made up of new baritones, mid-voice tenors, and unchanged voices. A varied repertoire is explored, with an emphasis on vocal technique and music-reading skills. The boys' chorus merges with the girls' chorus periodically to prepare for special performances and events. Additionally, the boys' chorus participates in concert with Harvard-Westlake's men's festival chorus to create a group comprising approximately one hundred seventh-through-twelfth-grade male singers. After-school rehearsals are usually limited to two during first semester and three during second semester.

Girls' Chorus

This course is for girls who want to sing and learn to use their voices effectively. The curriculum focuses on breathing, tone production, and the balance and coordination of the young voice. Music-reading and listening skills are emphasized. Girls in any stage of voice maturation are encouraged to join. Typically, the seventh-grade girls' chorus comprises a range of young singers who come together to express themselves musically, explore new repertoire, and perform with newfound friends. The girls' chorus merges with the boys' chorus periodically to prepare for special performances and events. Additionally, the girls' chorus participates in concert with Harvard-Westlake's women's festival chorus to create a group comprising approximately 125 seventh-through-twelfth-grade female singers. After-school rehearsals are usually limited to two during first semester and three during second semester.

Vocal Ensemble

This advanced performance ensemble is for choral singers with previous choral experience, although music-reading skills are not required. The ensemble comprises young women who are intermediate and more advanced singers. The repertoire is varied and includes a cappella, classical, jazz, and "pop" literature. Independent a cappella groups may be derived from this ensemble. Vocal Ensemble represents the school in the community. After-school rehearsals are usually limited to two during first semester and three during second semester. Prerequisite: Audition.

Wolverine Singers

This course for boys teaches intermediate music-reading skills and builds on vocal techniques such as breathing, vowel production, range, and intonation. The basic elements of music are covered, with a focus on rhythm and melody. Students develop sight-singing skills through the use of the rhythmic counting system and solfeggio. Students enrolled in this course are eligible to participate in concert with the Boys' Chorus and Madrigals. Extra rehearsals and individual meetings with the instructor are required for participation in these additional performance opportunities.

Madrigals

This advanced choral ensemble is for experienced singers who are dedicated to the choral art and possess some sight-singing skills. The ensemble consists of both boys and girls and encourages, equally, the unchanged, changed, and changing voice. The repertoire is drawn from a cappella as well as accompanied styles of all genres, ranging from classical to contemporary. Independent a cappella groups may be derived from this ensemble. Madrigals represent the school in the community. After-school rehearsals are usually limited to two during first semester and three during second semester. Prerequisite: Audition.

Middle School Voice Class

This class is designed for advanced singers to further explore vocal technique. Individual instruction is given in breathing, vocal production, and interpretation. The repertoire is chosen primarily from classical literature, although other genres are considered. The course meets one period per cycle, as arranged by the instructor. Each member of the class performs at least one time as a soloist during the course of the semester. Prerequisite: Application. Corequisite: Vocal Ensemble or Madrigals.

Beginning Strings

Beginning Strings introduces students to the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. This class is for students who have no prior experience playing a stringed instrument. Students are provided with a school instrument and daily group instruction. By the end of the year, students will read music written in a variety of styles. Intensive study of music literature, technique, ear training, and music theory make possible a lifelong involvement and appreciation for the discipline of instrumental music. After-school rehearsals, usually one each in the winter and spring, prepare students for the biannual concerts in which they perform.

Middle School Concert Strings

Middle School Concert Strings provides an opportunity for students with previous playing experience on a stringed instrument to further develop technical and musicianship skills. Students concentrate on more advanced technique, including shifting, tuning instruments, vibrato, ensemble playing, altered fingerings, bowing styles, and expressive playing. Technique is taught through carefully sequenced orchestral repertoire. Students learn about different eras and styles of music. Professional conduct and careful listening are stressed to prepare students for future participation in more advanced orchestras. After-school rehearsals, usually one each in the winter and spring, prepare students for the biannual concerts in which they perform. Prerequisite: Audition.

Middle School Symphony

Middle School Symphony is the most advanced symphonic music ensemble on the middle school campus. In this course, students with advanced playing experience rehearse and perform music of various styles and periods. Auditions for this ensemble are held in the spring. Students are exposed to string, wind, and symphonic literature throughout the course, and the classwork provides appropriate challenges and technical difficulties to all members. This orchestra performs in three concerts and participates in a nationally recognized competition or festival. Extra rehearsals outside the classroom, while minimal, are required. Prerequisite: Audition.

Beginning Band

Beginning Band provides an opportunity for students with no prior experience to learn how to play a woodwind or brass instrument, including the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. Students learn to care for their instruments. They also learn the fundamentals of music theory and how to read music. Students enrolled in this class are provided with a school instrument, texts for the class, and daily group instruction. By the end of the year, students become proficient readers of music and acquire the proper technique to ensure a lifelong appreciation of and involvement in the discipline of instrumental music. After- school rehearsals, usually one each in the winter and spring, prepare students for the biannual concerts in which they perform.

Concert Band

Concert Band provides an opportunity for students with between one and four years of playing experience on a wind, brass, or percussion instrument to further develop technical and musicianship skills. Auditions for this ensemble are held in the spring, and placement is at the discretion of the conductor. Students learn how to play an instrument in a large ensemble, how to follow a conductor, and what it means to be part of a musical team. Students are exposed to a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to popular. The repertoire is sequenced so that concepts learned in class are continually reinforced, and students are engaged and challenged. After-school rehearsals, usually one each in the winter and spring, prepare students for the biannual concerts in which they perform. Prerequisite: Audition.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is open to advanced wind, brass, and percussion players whose skill level is beyond the intermediate stages of learning how to play an instrument. Students must have at least two years of playing experience as a member of a large ensemble. Auditions for this ensemble are held in the spring, and placement is at the discretion of the conductor. There is an emphasis on learning how to adjust one's intonation in relationship to others, as well as on interpreting the music beyond the notes printed on the page. Musical expression, phrasing, tone quality, challenging technical passages, and the opportunity to become familiar with classic symphonic-band repertoire are all elements covered in this performing ensemble. After-school rehearsals, usually one each in the winter and spring, prepare students for the biannual concerts in which they perform. Prerequisite: Audition.

Middle School Jazz Band

This course provides an opportunity for students to rehearse and perform jazz and blues in big band and jazz combo settings. The instrumentation for this class includes piano, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. The coursework also covers some music theory and basic improvisation skills. Because class time is spent on ensemble work, a strong commitment to individual practice outside of class is essential for all students. There are approximately four after-school rehearsals each semester. Prerequisite: Audition.

Rhythm Section Workshop

This class teaches guitarists, electric bassists, and drummers the fundamental techniques of ensemble rehearsal. Curriculum topics include basic instrument maintenance, intonation, rehearsal techniques, music theory, and playing from written arrangements, as well as learning music by listening to recordings. Prerequisite: Audition.

Music Technology for Musicians I

This course enables the already-practicing student musician to grasp aspects of music that they may not be able to focus on in their individual musical studies. This includes areas of music theory, such as rhythm, harmony, melody, scales, orchestration, and form. Students are introduced to basic elements of music history and to music traditions from diverse cultures. Music technology equipment, including Apple Mac Pro computers, Kurzweil stage pianos, and Logic Pro software, is used on a daily basis. Students should have at least one year of formal music instruction prior to enrolling in this course. Students who complete Music Technology for Musicians I in the first semester have the option to enroll in Music Technology for Musicians II in the second semester. Students who complete this course may also be eligible to enroll in the upper school's Music Tutorial course the following school year. Prerequisite: A middle school instrumental or choral music course.

Music Technology for Musicians II

Students advance to more complex studies in music theory, composition, orchestration, and music history and cultural traditions. Students are also introduced to ear training and film scoring. Music technology equipment, including Apple Mac Pro computers, Kurzweil stage pianos, and Logic Pro software, is used on a daily basis. Students who complete this course may be eligible to enroll in the upper school's Music Tutorial course the following school year. Prerequisite: Music Technology for Musicians I.

UPPER SCHOOL COURSES

The Actor and the Stage I

This course is for the beginning student of theater and for the student who wants a one-time-only theater course. It provides a brief overview of acting techniques for the curious nonactor and the experienced younger actor. The course begins with a series of theater games and exercises to give students a basic knowledge of stagecraft, ensemble work, character development, and movement for the stage. Over the course of the semester, guest artists are brought in to teach workshops on the use of neutral masks as a training tool, comedy improvisation, and movement. Students perform monologues from modern and classical dramatic literature, including a Shakespearean sonnet, for an audience.

The Actor and the Stage II

Students in this course study, act in, and direct various dramatic scenes from full-length plays that are examined in their entirety. The course is fundamental to subsequent Theater Arts offerings. It provides students with a thorough understanding of dramatic structure and character delineation and with a sense of the visual and aural music of a play, its rhythms and design. After a play has been studied as a whole, scenes from the play are assigned to students as both actors and directors, as well as technicians for lighting, sound, and costume. The play is prepared for presentation at a scene night held during the semester. Prerequisite: The Actor and the Stage I.

The Actor and the Stage I-II

This course combines The Actor and the Stage I in the first semester with The Actor and the Stage II in the second semester. This course must be taken by students who wish to take any other upper school drama course.

Advanced Acting and Directing

This course offers detailed, rehearsal-and-process-oriented work in the crafts of acting and directing. Students engage in both activities, but some students focus on their work as actors and others on their work as directors. Work on voice and diction, movement, character analysis, preparation of a role for performance, and techniques in developing a play for production are included in this course. The class produces scenes and short plays throughout the semester. Student directors present concepts for a production to the school's resident set, costume, and lighting designers and receive professional feedback. In the second semester, in collaboration with the Visual Arts department, student actors may act for the camera in student films. Students perform for an invited guest audience in two scheduled after-school scene nights. Prerequisite: The Actor and the Stage I - II or The Actor and the Stage II.

Advanced Performance Studies

This course develops the ability to fully realize performances in the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, William Shakespeare, and Anton Chekhov. Advanced Performance Studies features detailed, comprehensive preparation of classic texts for performance, especially those written in verse. Using Cecily Berry's The Actor and the Text, this course involves extensive, close work with the texts of the plays being studied. Prerequisite: Advanced Acting and Directing.

Technical Theater

This course provides an introduction to technical theater: stagecraft (design and building), lighting, theatrical property manufacturing, sound, set painting, and computerized show control. The work is primarily hands-on and familiarizes students with the tools of the theater technician's craft. Each student is required to work on the crew of at least one Performing Arts production during the year.

Theatrical Costume Design and Construction I

This course introduces the art and craft of theatrical costume design and construction. In the first semester, students gain familiarity with costume shop tools, machinery, materials, and techniques through the patterning and construction of simple garments and costume accessories. In the second semester, students develop their design skills by analyzing and researching plays and sketching and creating costume designs for theoretical productions. Enrollment is limited.

Theatrical Costume Design and Construction II

Students build on skills learned in Theatrical Costume Design and Construction I by working on appropriately challenging projects in costume design and illustration, patternmaking, sewing, costume crafts, and millinery. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisite: Theatrical Costume Design and Construction I or application.

Theatrical Costume Design and Construction III

This course is for students who have previous experience and are ready to take on intermediate and advanced projects in costume design and/or costume-making. Topics may include, but are not limited to: costume design and illustration, patternmaking, sewing, costume crafts, and millinery. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisite: Theatrical Costume Design and Construction II or application.

The Art of Dance I

This beginning-level course offers an in-depth exploration of dance technique, choreography, improvisation, and performance. Genres that may be explored include modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop/street, musical theater, and ethnic dance forms. Students learn to assemble, compose, and perform their own dances through a series of collaborative choreographic assignments and showcases. The class provides the opportunity to appreciate dance as an art form and a space to experience expression through movement.

The Art of Dance II

This intermediate-level course offers an in-depth exploration of dance technique, choreography, improvisation, and performance. Genres that may be explored include modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop/street, musical theater, and ethnic dance forms. Students collaborate on choreographic assignments that help develop their creative voices, and they perform their work throughout the year. The class provides the opportunity to appreciate dance as an art form and a space to experience expression through movement. Prerequisite: Contemporary Dance Workshop II or The Art of Dance I.

Advanced Dance Seminar

This course is designed for students who have actively participated in the Harvard-Westlake dance curriculum and want to work in depth on a project. The subject and nature of the project is determined by each student with the consent of the instructor. Students present one dance project per semester. A written paper and an oral or performance presentation are required. Meeting times are arranged between the student and teacher. Prerequisite: Application.

Advanced Dance I: Choreography

This advanced-level course offers an in-depth study of choreography and the creative process. Genres that may be explored include modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop/street, musical theater, and ethnic dance forms. Technique and performance are also examined. Students enrolled in this course become members of the outreach dance company, which focuses on creating community service based performances. Students perform as an ensemble throughout the year and are given the choice to perform in the annual dance concert. The class provides the opportunity to appreciate dance as an art form and a space to experience expression through movement. Prerequisite: Dance Production.

Advanced Dance II: Performance and Production

This advanced-level course is designed for the serious dance student. Students choreograph and perform in the annual dance concert and various dance presentations throughout the year. Working as an ensemble is stressed; commitment and discipline are essential. As members of the Advanced Dance II company, students develop as dance artists. The class provides an opportunity to appreciate dance as an art form and a space to experience expression through movement. Prerequisite: Audition.

Ballet

This course is for beginner- through advanced-level students interested in studying ballet. Barre technique, body alignment, and proper movement mechanics are emphasized and serve as a strong foundation for dancers, athletes, and actors. Classes are accompanied by a pianist. Students taking this course may earn one trimester of Physical Education credit.

Wolverine Chorus

Wolverine Chorus is composed of non-auditioned male voices from the tenth- through-twelfth grades. It is designed to teach basic vocal techniques such as vowel production, vocal breathing and range, intonation, blend, and diction. It includes an expansive spectrum of musical styles from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, including classical, barbershop, and contemporary a cappella music. Sight-singing ability, while helpful, is not required for this course. Wolverine Chorus performs in three major concerts during the school year and may participate in festivals during second semester. Some extra rehearsals and a small amount of work outside the classroom are required.

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers is a highly selective soprano/alto/tenor/bass ensemble drawn from yearly auditions. Its membership of twenty-eight to thirty-two students is based upon vocal talent and sight-reading and musicianship skills. Because of its quick pace, sophisticated rehearsal requirements, and additional performing opportunities, Chamber Singers demands a significantly larger amount of outside work than the other choral classes. The advanced repertoire is taken from the full spectrum of the choral art. A particular emphasis is placed upon unique twentieth- and twenty-first-century music, as well as medium-sized works of the great classical composers. The ensemble participates in community events, three major concerts, and many festivals during the school year. Chamber Singers may tour during spring break. Extra rehearsals are required. Prerequisite: Audition.

HW Jazz Singers

Comprising eight to twelve skilled members, HW Jazz Singers is auditioned out of Chamber Singers. Because the ensemble only rehearses once per week, sight singing, vocal versatility, and musical memorization skills are mandatory. Vocal stylization, harmonic balance, scat-singing technique, and vibrato usage are addressed. The HW Jazz Singers repertoire is based primarily upon standard jazz canon, although "pop" and contemporary a cappella styles are also performed. The ensemble participates in community events, three major concerts, one spring festival, and any planned Chamber Singers spring break tour. Extra rehearsals are required. Prerequisite: Audition. Corequisite: Bel Canto, Wolverine Chorus, or Chamber Singers.

Bel Canto

This non-auditioned class is composed of female voices from the tenth-through- twelfth grades. The class introduces choral techniques such as diction, blend, voicing, intonation, and vowel production. Advanced choral skills, such as multipart singing, stylistic tonal modification, and vibrato, also are addressed. It covers a variety of musical styles from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, as well as some arrangements of popular a cappella and Broadway music. Sight- singing ability is not a prerequisite, but it is helpful. Bel Canto performs in three major concerts during the school year and also participates in festivals during second semester. Extra rehearsals and work outside the classroom, while minimal, are required.

Voice Class (Tutorial)

Participation in voice class is limited to students enrolled in one of the choral ensembles or non-choral students who obtain permission from the choral director. It is designed for the student who wants to gain a broader knowledge of singing technique. There are no more than three students in each section of voice class, which covers the complete range of technical skills, such as breathing and support, vowel production and placement, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and diction. The singer's repertoire is drawn from the classical style and includes literature in English, Italian, French, and German. Prerequisite: Audition. Corequisite: Bel Canto, Wolverine Chorus, or Chamber Singers.

Sight Singing (Tutorial)

Participation in sight-singing class is limited to students enrolled in one of the choral ensembles. The course is for the student who wants to gain a broader knowledge of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic vocal sight-reading techniques. Sight singing covers the components of intervallic relationships and the construction of major and minor keys, the rhythmic counting system, solfeggio application to actual songs, and modal relationships. Corequisite: Bel Canto, Wolverine Chorus, Chamber Singers, or Advanced Placement Music Theory.

Symphony

Symphony is an advanced class for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players with their own instruments (exceptions are granted for cello, bass, low brass, and percussion). The repertoire is drawn from a wide range of styles and periods, and original (i.e., nonsimplified) editions are used. Symphony students perform in three concerts during the school year. A few after-school rehearsals are added the week before concerts. Because of ensemble balance requirements, students who audition for Symphony must be prepared to honor the commitment that participation in this program entails. Prerequisite: Audition.

Camerata Strings

This is a performance-oriented course for string players with at least one year of instrumental training. Students who wish to eventually place into Symphony should take this course. Most members of the group will have had at least three years of ensemble experience. Basic performance skills include tone production, intonation, style, technique, and ensemble balance. The ensemble works frequently in sectional rehearsals, but students also receive individual coaching. A few after-school rehearsals in preparation for concerts, of which there are usually two, are required.

Wind Ensemble

This course is for wind and brass players with at least one year of instrumental training. Most members of the group will have had at least three years of ensemble experience. Basic performance skills include tone production, intonation, style, technique, and ensemble balance. The ensemble works frequently in sectional rehearsals, but students also receive individual coaching. A few after-school rehearsals in preparation for concerts, of which there are usually two, are required.

Jazz Band

This course is for experienced to advanced players. Each spring, students may audition for this class - a band molded from a traditional big-band set-up (five trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, piano, bass, drums, and guitar). Students who feel qualified on nontraditional instruments (e.g., strings, mallets, Latin percussion, etc.) may also audition for placement consideration. The course of study for the ensemble includes advanced high school and college repertoire, student-written pieces, and commissions from professional jazz writers. In-depth areas of jazz and "commercial music" performance skills (tone quality, intonation, sectional balance, improvisational techniques, and style) are the major focus of the coursework. The class studies big-band charts and classic recordings representing various historical periods and styles of jazz. Additional after-school rehearsals may be scheduled for concerts, recording sessions, and extra performances. The Harvard-Westlake Jazz Explorers, the school's top jazz combo, is selected from members of the Jazz Band. Additional small combos may be formed at the instructor's discretion. Prerequisite: Audition.

Studio Jazz Band

Designed for the intermediate-to-advanced jazz player, this is a performance- oriented class for brass, woodwind, keyboard, and rhythm-section players who desire an intensive experience studying jazz music. Students who wish to eventually place into Jazz Band should audition for this course. Classwork focuses upon performance skills, ensemble techniques, reading, improvisation, and specific jazz techniques and styles. The materials are chosen from standard big- band arrangements and combo charts. The class provides a unique opportunity for individuals to develop their overall playing skills while working in alternating settings of a twenty-two piece jazz band and jazz combos. Advanced members of this class may audition for the smaller combos that rehearse during class time. Selection for placement in these smaller groups can be competitive. Studio Jazz Band and its small combos perform in several concerts during the school year. Additional after-school rehearsals are scheduled before concerts and as needed. Prerequisite: Audition.

Jazz Ensemble

Designed for the less-experienced jazz player, this is a performance-oriented class for brass, woodwind, keyboard, and rhythm-section players who have had at least two years of instrumental training. Students who wish to eventually place into Studio Jazz Band or Jazz Band should audition for this course. Classwork focuses upon performance skills, ensemble techniques, reading, improvisation, and specific jazz techniques and styles. The materials are chosen from standard jazz repertoire and classic big band arrangements. The class provides an opportunity for students to develop their overall playing skills while working in a small jazz band. Advanced members of this class may audition for smaller combos that rehearse during class time. Jazz Ensemble performs in several concerts during the school year and additional after-school rehearsals are scheduled as needed. Prerequisite: Audition.

Jazz Rhythm Section

This class is for students who play rhythm-section instruments (piano, bass, drums, or guitar). It is a beginning-level course on the fundamentals of good rhythm-section playing. Issues such as timekeeping, functional musical literacy, transcription, and modern performance practices are emphasized. Much of the class is dedicated to learning scales, jazz harmony, and improvisational techniques. Enrollment may be limited.

Beginning Music Theory

This course gives students the basic skills and knowledge required for enrollment in Advanced Placement Music Theory. It covers material such as major and minor key signatures; all forms of major and minor scales and modes; and intervals, triads, and their inversions. The curriculum is dedicated to ear training, sight singing, and dictation and includes intensive exercises for the individual and the class.

AP Music Theory

This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination administered in May. Elements of theory, harmony, and form - including scales and keys, intervals, chords, structural analysis and manipulation of Common Practice harmony, as well as melodic and harmonic dictation - are thoroughly explored. Prerequisite: Beginning Music Theory.

Music Tutorial

The tutorial focuses on one or two music disciplines (composition, arranging, counterpoint, conducting, orchestration, improvisation, early music, music history, etc.) decided upon in a meeting with the instructor before selecting the course. Students must be motivated and capable of independent work throughout the semester. Only three music tutorials are offered each semester, but opportunities may exist for several students to enroll in a tutorial if they share the same interest. The class meets one period per cycle, as arranged by the instructor, with a substantial amount of work assigned between meetings. Prerequisite: Application.

Directed Study: Performing Arts

A student may seek permission from the chair of the department to study a Performing Arts subject not offered as an official class or to pursue a particular area of interest in greater depth. Opportunities for directed study are determined by the number of students who apply and an instructor's current course load. These courses require the commitment of a Harvard Westlake School Performing Arts department faculty member who agrees to teach the subject of choice during regularly scheduled meeting periods. Directed studies include normal coursework and projects and usually are conducted in the context of a current department production or project. Previous directed studies have included stage management, lighting design, costume design, and musical theater pit orchestra performance for department-directed productions as well as studies in music and dramatic literature. Students should be aware that a directed study may not be available in all disciplines and that these courses cannot be used to fulfill the University of California (UC) system's VPA (visual and performing arts) requirement. For further information, contact the chair of the department. Prerequisite: Application.

Directed Study: Performing Arts

A student may seek permission from the chair of the department to study a Performing Arts subject not offered as an official class or to pursue a particular area of interest in greater depth. Opportunities for directed study are determined by the number of students who apply and an instructor's current course load. These courses require the commitment of a Harvard Westlake School Performing Arts department faculty member who agrees to teach the subject of choice during regularly scheduled meeting periods. Directed studies include normal coursework and projects and usually are conducted in the context of a current department production or project. Previous directed studies have included stage management, lighting design, costume design, and musical theater pit orchestra performance for department-directed productions as well as studies in music and dramatic literature. Students should be aware that a directed study may not be available in all disciplines and that these courses cannot be used to fulfill the University of California (UC) system's VPA (visual and performing arts) requirement. For further information, contact the chair of the department. Prerequisite: Application.