AHS Performing Arts











Fine Arts - Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Program at Andover High School provides learning opportunities in music and drama emphasizing ensembles and the study of the performing arts where arts skills, critical thinking, and creative problem solving are emphasized on stage and in the classroom.  Central to this creative work is utilizing one’s risk-taking, curiosity, and collaborative abilities.  The Performing Arts Department strives to build student confidence and resiliency that fundamentally transforms students into creative learners supporting 21st Century learning skills.  The curriculum focuses on developing creative sensitivities and technical proficiency, literacy in a variety of mediums and expressions, and multiple opportunities to develop a lifelong relationship with the arts.  The department supports collaborative cross-curricular opportunities and encourages students to communicate and advocate through the fine arts, seeing this as an important life skill that extends into and complements all other disciplines.

 

Music Production 1 & 2

Music Theory

Survey of Music 

Designing, Building, and Performing: Recycled Instruments

Exploring Percussion

Concert Choir/Concert Choir Honors

Chamber Choir/ Chamber Choir Honors

Show Choir

Concert Band/Concert Band Honors

Orchestra/Orchestra Honors

Chamber Music for Strings

Jazz Band

Foundations of Theatre

Improvisational Theatre & Advanced Acting

Theatre for Young Audiences

Technical Theatre



FA101

Concert Choir

Honors

1.0 Credit

FA135

Concert Choir

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

In this course students will study many genres of music from significant historical eras in original languages as well as musical theatre and pop. In the process of preparing music, students develop vocal technique, aural skills, elements of expression, good rehearsal habits and stage etiquette. They experience exploring the musical language, developing music reading skills, and learning about various styles of music. The course includes participation in occasional community performances and concerts with a few possible after school rehearsals. It is important to note that students must be enrolled in an ensemble for the entire year in order to be eligible to audition for MMEA Northeast Districts or All-State festivals.

Students participating in Honors Concert Choir will enroll in the whole year and must complete one additional project, lead school sectionals/ensemble, and participate in an Honors Recital with an original or selected solo. Students electing Concert Choir do not need to elect the honors level until the class is in session.

 

FA111

Chamber Choir

Honors

1.0 Credit

FA131

Chamber Choir

Unleveled

1.0 Credit

 

In this course students develop a high level of musicianship and proficiency in this advanced, audition-only ensemble performance. They explore and perform a variety of choral literature, vocal techniques, and advanced sight-singing. Students perform in both accompanied and unaccompanied performances and get the opportunity to take the lead conducting the group. Repertoire can include popular and sacred songs in English, Italian, German, French, Latin and more. Participation is expected in community performances, festivals, and home concerts. Travel is also a possibility as part of the group. It is important to note that students must be enrolled in an ensemble for the entire year in order to be eligible to audition for MMEA Northeast Districts or All-State festivals.

Students participating in Honors Chamber Choir will enroll for the entire year, and must complete one additional project, lead school sectionals/ensemble, and participate in an Honors Recital with an original or selected solo. Students electing Chamber Choir do not need to elect the honors level until the class is in session.

 

FA121

Concert Band

Honors

1.0 Credit

FA125

Concert Band

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

This ensemble requires rehearsing and performing in a wide variety of concert band repertoire. Class time will be spent on building a strong foundation of playing fundamentals for the individual musician and the band as a whole, as well as rehearsing concert repertoire and sight-reading. A variety of assessments may be used to determine progress and assignments. At home practice and participation in all concerts is required. Students must be enrolled in Concert band, Chorus, or All Town Orchestra in order to be eligible to audition for MMEA Northeast District or All-State festivals.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of middle school band program or at least 3 years of private music study. Students participating in Honors Concert Band will be enrolled for the entire year and must complete one additional project, lead school sectionals/ensemble, and participate in an Honors Recital with an original or selected solo. Students electing Concert Band do not need to elect the honors level until the class is in session.

 

FA190

Improvisational Theatre & Advanced Acting

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

This course will delve deeply into the art of improvisation as well as other acting techniques. Students will begin with simple improvisation exercises that develop imaginary object use, free association and spontaneity skills, free form improvisation, movement improvisation, and structured improvisation. In addition, students will also work within structured scenes and explore different acting methodologies. The ensemble approach is strongly emphasized and the structure will force students to invest in each other's success. Thematic work around performance genres, stereotyping character, metaphor and abstraction will be ongoing.

Prerequisite: Improvisational Theatre & Advanced Acting will be open to students who have taken Foundations of Theatre, or with departmental permission.

 

FA065

Technical Theatre

Unleveled

.5 Credit

Students will explore several disciplines within the field of technical theater. Utilizing the Collins Center stage, scene shop, and technical equipment, the students will gain hands-on experience in scenery and prop construction, stage rigging, theatrical lighting, and audio. Besides completing various projects in class, each student will work on the technical crew for at least one show during the semester. Offered during third and fourth block only.

 

FA066

Music Theory

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

Music Theory will develop your ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score.  Achieve this goal by developing and strengthening aural skills, sightsinging skills, written skills, compositional skills, and analytical skills through the use of listening, performing, writing, creative, and analytical exercises. Master the rudiments and terminology of music, including hearing and notating pitches, intervals, scales and keys, chords, meter, and rhythm. These concepts will be addressed through listening to a wide variety of music, including not only music from standard Western tonal repertoire, but also twentiethcentury music, jazz, popular music, and the music of nonWestern culture tonality. The ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to this course and it is strongly recommended that the student have acquired at least a basic performance skillset in voice or an instrument.

 

FA070

Foundations of Theatre

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

Students will be introduced to contemporary drama, comedy, and tragedy through in-class reading, discussion, and script analysis.  Projects include scene production where students exercise basic theatrical technique and collaborative play writing.  In understanding that the audience is central to the theatrical event, students will learn to appreciate the value of giving and receiving critique. Students will learn to work in imaginative situations. A variety of approaches to drama and theater will be illuminated. Exploratory improvisation, movement, text and vocal work are used to examine the human condition in real and imagined scenarios. Students will develop an understanding of theatrical form and function.

 

FA074

Theatre for Young Audiences

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

This course is open to all students interested in theater production (actors, designers and technicians) and is encouraged for students whose career paths may include early childhood education.  Students will investigate the special style of acting that is needed to perform in Theater for Young Audiences. All class members will be involved in all production and performance areas. Topics include storytelling, improvisation, theatre games, acting, play selection, direction, settings, and costumes. Students will collectively explore the world of Children’s Theater: its goals, tactics and audience and ultimately build and manage a touring production that will visit Andover Elementary Schools.

  

FA800

Survey of Music I

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

This class will cover a variety of musical topics to broaden students’ knowledge and appreciation of contemporary music of today and music of the past.  We will study instrument families, their various ensemble groupings, and their means of sound production.  Students will develop a basic understanding of music as a means of communication by exploring topics such as music composition, basic musical form, and musical genres.  Students will survey the history of music by studying the characteristics of and composers from the musical eras in Western music.  It is geared towards students who have a genuine interest in broadening their basic knowledge of music and expanding their musical pallet. Students will be assessed through the use of quizzes, class discussion, class notes, and reports on events/performances they have attended.

FA830

Music Production 1

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

In this course, students will master the creative tools and techniques required to compose, record, remix, improvise, produce and edit your musical ideas, using Ableton's Live audio and MIDI sequencing software, a sequencer you can play like an instrument. In addition, we look at more cost-effective options as well for students to use on their own. Unlike other sequencing software, Live allows you to create sequences in real time, on stage, or while remixing in the studio. You'll learn Live's interface, work within its various views to record and edit audio and MIDI, and explore Live's unique real-time recording and mixing capabilities. While learning to use it, you'll acquire production skills that can be applied to a wide variety of applications from songwriting, to studio production, to laptop DJ'ing. By the end of this course, you'll know how to compile live sets from audio and MIDI clips, loops, or samples in real time, and create/record/produce songs in any number of contemporary styles.

 

FA840

Music Production 2

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

In this course, students will apply their foundation skills learned in Music Productions I to build upon their skills with a digital audio workstation as well as focus on intermediate to advanced concepts of writing, producing, and performing music in the digital workspace for club-based genres such as Techno, House, and Hip-Hop by using Logic Pro X.  Students apply various software and hardware combinations to create successful club and radio productions by expanding their understanding of creative processes. Techniques include mixing and mastering process, digital signal processing, reverb, delay, equalization, and compression. Students will develop refined listening, evaluation, and judgment assessments. Students will work on projects within the school building and community.

FA850

Exploring Percussion

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

This course is open to any student interested in exploring the origins of percussion (i.e. drum circles), its uses today (i.e. Silkroad Ensemble to Stomp), and playing as a musical ensemble.  No musical experience required.  The course covers the fundamentals of playing a variety of percussion instruments, some basic music reading skills, and music history.  Students will experience making music as members of in-class ensembles of varying size. 

  

FA860

Designing, Building, and Performing: Recycled Instruments

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

The students will study sound production on modern day instruments.  Using their gained knowledge of sound production and instrument design, the class will build their own playable instruments from everyday objects.  Students will explore music, engineering, and science as well as develop their problem-solving skills in this innovative and creative class.  The students will perform as a group on their newly made instruments at the end of the semester.

  

FA160

Marching Band

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

This ensemble will rehearse and perform from the beginning of the school year through the weekend after Thanksgiving, with up to three parades/performances through the remainder of the school year. Attendance at football games, competitions, parades, and rehearsals is required. This group meets outside of regular school hours, including a Tuesday evening rehearsal, a Thursday afternoon (brass and woodwind) or evening (percussion/color guard) rehearsal, a Saturday morning rehearsal, and regular Friday night performances at football games. Students should not request this course on their Course Selection Sheet; they will be assigned after group selection.

 

FA221

All Town Orchestra

Honors

.5 Credit

FA220

All Town Orchestra

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

The Andover High School All Town Orchestra is a full year course that rehearses every Tuesday evening from 6:45-8:15pm, in the Andover High School Band Room.  This string orchestra is an advanced ensemble that performs music from a wide variety of musical styles and time periods.  The orchestra performs in the December Peace Concert, January Winter Concert, May All Strings Concert and Spring Concerts, and AHS Graduation in June.  Recent additions to the group’s performance calendar are an in school Fall performance and a Spring exchange concert with a neighboring high school orchestra.  It is strongly recommended that students take private lessons.  Other performance opportunities available to students in All Town Orchestra are Junior/Senior District Festivals, All State Orchestra, and the Travelling Chamber Ensemble, which performs in the community.  Students receive one non-weighted credit for this course.  In addition to the All Town Orchestra course requirements, Honors students will write a musical research paper, audition for Senior District Orchestra, perform in all concerts and an additional solo recital.  Students will receive additional credit.

Students must be enrolled in Concert Band, Chorus, or All Town Orchestra in order to be eligible to audition for MMEA Northeast District or All-State festivals. Students should not request this course on their Course Selection Sheet; they will be assigned after group selection.

 

FA230

Jazz Band

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

This course, for advanced woodwind, brass, percussion, and rhythm section musicians will meet once a week after school, chosen by audition during the month of November. The group will perform in assemblies, evening concerts and competitions throughout the school year. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances will be required to receive a passing grade. Students should not request this course on their Course Selection Sheet; they will be assigned after group selection.

 

 FA250

Chamber Music for Strings

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

This course will survey the string quartet and string orchestra repertoire. The development of independent playing and chamber music skills will be explored. (Full instrumentation will be necessary to schedule this course.) Students should not request this course on their Course Selection Sheet; they will be assigned after auditions.

FA260

Show Choir

Unleveled

.5 Credit

 

From Start to Finish and Nothin’ But Treble are Andover High’s audition-only show choir groups. Students develop musicianship and proficiency in ensemble performance, study of appropriate literature, vocal techniques, sight singing, and choreography. Repertoire includes selections from popular music, jazz standards, and Broadway musicals. This group competes and works hard to make every performance entertaining for the audience. Show Choir has a heavy schedule of extracurricular performances throughout the year including competitions and festivals that are required. Students should not request this course on their Course Selection Sheet; they will be assigned after group selection. Any student who wishes to participate in Show Choir is expected to enroll in one semester of Concert Choir.