Fine Arts Department
The department of Fine and Performing Arts exists to provide the aesthetic stimulation so necessary to human existence. Students are given the opportunity to excel within the contexts of artistic expression and public performance.
Guidelines for Required Fine Arts Courses
MSMS requires students to complete one credit of fine arts during grades 9-12. Courses such as chorus, band or art taken during the 9th and/or 10th grades will meet this requirement. If you have never had one of these courses, MSMS has a broad selection from which you may choose. Only one credit of fine arts taken at MSMS may be applied toward the required 13 MSMS credits.
- After participation in the existing courses, the student will be able:
- To recognize different styles and genres of music;
- To define a body of musical terms and utilize them in performance;
- To apply knowledge to different performing situations;
- To work within an ensemble situation;
- To understand the cooperation needed to attain a common goal;
- To exhibit inner discipline in a rehearsal setting, applicable to other academic pursuits;
- To gain an understanding of aesthetic expression;
- To gain self-confidence through public performance and art exhibits;
- To use, understand, and appreciate various art mediums;
- To develop and explore artistic talents;
- To develop an individual artistic style through the use of various mediums;
- To use and appreciate the elements and principles of design;
- To appreciate all forms of art for their aesthetic value.
FA 521 – Drawing I
Drawing I is a studio course with hands-on learning. This course is a basic introduction to the fundamentals of drawing in dry media. First, the students will work by observing geometric forms and still-life materials. At this time, an emphasis is placed on understanding the importance of value scales. Directional strokes and proportions will also be stressed. Several projects will be assigned in order to reinforce these fundamentals. Upon completion of this course, the student should obtain a good foundation on which to develop his/her talents.
FA 522 – Drawing II
Drawing II is a studio course with hands-on learning. The course objective is to further the study of dry mediaon an advanced level of training. The students will learn how to draw the human figure beginning with the separate parts of the face: the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair. Hands and feet studies will follow, ending with gesture drawings and a full pose using a live model. The course will conclude with clayboard, vertical line drawings, and graphic design.
FA 523 – Painting I
Painting I is a studio course with hands-on learning. This course contains an introduction to basic painting techniques using the mediums of watercolor, Acrylic, and fabric paint. All projects include the study of the elements and principles of design. The color wheel and various color schemes will be explored and used to create all works of art.
FA 524 – Painting II
Painting II is a studio course with hands-on learning. This course is a continuation of study in painting techniques using watercolor, acrylic, and oil according to the student’s preference. At the beginning of the course, entry level calligraphy will be introduced and illustrated with a painting. Next, an emphasis will be placed on the old masters and how they developed their techniques which led to their unique artistic styles. Students will begin to analyze their own unique styles as they study the focus areas of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. The final project will be tailored to the student’s strengths and preferences as a new artist.
FA 525 – Sculpture I
Sculpture I is a studio course with hands-on learning. This is a course in the applied principles and practices in sculpture and constructive design. The student will learn the art of carving, modeling, and casting using a wide variety of materials, such as soap, wire, clay, and plaster of Paris. Students will meet the challenges of working with three dimensions instead of only two.
FA 526 – Sculpture II
Sculpture II is a studio course with hands-on learning. This course continues the study of three-dimensional art, its design, and construction. The materials used will be clay with an emphasis on the modeling of a human face. Learning to create pottery on the potter’s wheel along with learning how to create Pop Art will conclude the course. This course encourages practice using the imagination to think outside the box.
FA 531 – Dramatic Performance
This course is designed to explore the theatrical process as an art form. Students will concentrate on designing, creating, and performing original and published works.
FA 532 – Dramatic Production
This course enables students interested in theater arts to further increase their knowledge of dramatic production.
FA 508 – Songwriting/Music Technology
This course begins with the study of commercial song structure and writing methods. Students will compose four assigned songs and one freestyle piece throughout the course. The course also includes instruction in digital recording and midi. The course culminates with students recording their original compositions utilizing their knowledge of music technology. Prior knowledge of music theory and the ability to play an instrument is not required but strongly suggested. Course is offered during the spring.
FA 510 – Instrumental Performance
This course is for those students playing string, electronic, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. A broad style of music will be explored and small ensembles may be used from within the group. The class will give at least two performances per semester in order to allow students to experience the creative process that is necessary to perform in a truly collective art.
FA 511 – Choral Performance
The MSMS Concert Singers will survey several styles of performance including classical four part singing, a cappella, jazz, and Broadway styles. Attention will be devoted to proper breathing and diction techniques, reading music, and professional performance styles. This class is activity based and will include at least two performances per semester. A solo voice is not necessary but a desire to participate in an artistic process for enjoyment is.
FA 512 –Beginning Piano Study
This course is for beginning piano students. Through piano studies students will study the fundamentals of music theory. Various musical styles, melodic playing, choral accompaniment, solo and ensemble playing will be studied throughout the course. Class size is limited to 10 per semester. Students will play on keyboards in the piano studio. No prior knowledge of the piano is needed.
FA 513 – Beginning Band 1
If you missed the “Beginner Band Boat” for whatever reason, here is your chance!! The Beginning Band is designed to teach proper foundations of playing a wind instrument to students with no musical experience. In Beginning Band, students learn proper posture, breath support, horn carriage, and embouchure; staff, clef, time signature, rhythm, pitch, articulation, and other basic music symbols; and methods for setting goals, planning strategies, completing tasks, and evaluating results. Students will learn to perform a repertoire of instrumental literature representing various genres, styles, and cultures with expression, technical accuracy, tone quality, and articulation. As a part of the MSMS Performing Arts Curriculum, Beginning Band emphasizes that music is a creative process as well as an activity, that music is an intrinsic component of personal and cultural expression, and that music is an enjoyable hands-on activity. School concerts provide the students with opportunities to perform. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Students must provide and choose one of the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Euphonium.
FA 514 – Beginning Band 2
Beginning Band 2 is a continuation of Beginning Band I.
FA 516 – Guitar Studies
This course is for beginning guitar students. Through guitar studies students will study the fundamentals of music theory. Various musical styles, melodic playing, choral accompaniment, solo and ensemble playing will be studied throughout the course. Class size is limited to 10 per semester. Students are required to provide their own guitar. No prior knowledge of the guitar is needed.
FA 517 – Guitar Performance
Guitar performance class is for those students playing guitar and bass guitar. Many appropriate styles of music will be practiced and performed. Students are required to provide their own instrument. Ability to read music notation is required. Course is offered during both fall and spring semesters.
FA 519 – Creative Movement and Music
This energetic class involves movement, teamwork, sharing and listening. Students will move, shake and shimmy to various styles of music. CMM provides a safe, positive and enjoyable environment in which to study a rich variety of movement disciplines while advancing student’s knowledge, confidence, skills, and motivation to engage in a lifelong, healthy and physically active lifestyle. Students in the CMM class will set and achieve personally challenging fitness goals and apply higher-order thinking skills to the scientific principles of human movement. Students will gain physical strength and self-confidence while learning fun performing arts skills. Students will participate in a wide range of activities including yoga, folk and modern dance, creative movement and music exercises with the goal of improving cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and overall fitness. This course will satisfy PE credit but will not count towards the required MSMS 13 credits.
FA 565 – Special Topics in Music
This course is based on individual student interest and may be offered on a rotating basis.