Chairperson: Eddie Vieyra, MA
Goals and Activities: Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their own knowledge about all aspects of music as they are instructed. Topics will include an introduction to how music is written down, read and performed: as well as a general overview of music history. Each class session will include aspects of music history, music theory and putting those concepts into use through performance. Listening examples will be used daily in class and students are required to visit my You Tube page for all listening examples. Students will learn the rudiments of sight-reading and basic piano skills via the Kodaly Method. Students will develop an educated ear to discern styles and historical periods. The goal is to have the students listen to all music with a heightened appreciation for aesthetic, artistic, historical and emotional
Introduction to the Fine Arts is a two-semester Arts elective which fulfills the Verbum Dei graduation requirements. Students will learn the history of and gain an appreciation for the major visual and performing arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, theater, cinema, and music. Through a study of art history, as well as a series of exploratory projects, students will gain a greater understanding how the arts influence their daily lives through commercial advertising, political speech, social media, personal expression, ethical values, and religious devotion.
This year-long, 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. Incorporation of other art forms in theatre also helps students gain appreciation for other art forms, such as music, dance, and visual art. Drama provides opportunities for students to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, as well as stage presence, ensemble work, and aesthetic awareness culminating in several performances of a stage production written and produced by students. Students additionally learn about the organizational structure of theatre and theatre literature. Drama provides students the opportunity to develop fundamental group- and self- assessment skills, problem-solving skills; the ability to connect the literature being studied to a variety of cultures, history, and other content areas; and development of 21st-century skills that will help students be successful after high school graduation.