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Performing Arts

2014-2015

Robb Barnard Department Head 


The Performing Arts Department offers courses in both music and theatre. Our curriculum offers many options to assist students in finding varied ways of communicating creatively through performance, as well as the study of the theory and history of our musical and theatrical traditions. We believe that actively studying the arts enriches the lives of our students in and out of the classroom, and enhances their learning in other disciplines at the same time.

Each year the department mounts a number of theatre productions and concerts in our Ebner, Elson, Hart Music Center.  Recent theatre offerings have included The Boyfriend, The Women, Bye Bye Birdie, Comic Potential, Big River, The Crucible, and  A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Music performances include the annual Harvest, Winter, and Spring Concerts.

 

Arts Requirements

Studio Art (Grade 9) and
one year of course work in the Performing Arts and
one year of course work in either the Visual or Performing Arts

 




Performing Arts


 

Music

Vocal Ensemble
a year-long course that meets twice a week

The Vocal Ensemble is open to all Upper School students.  Experienced and new singers will discover and develop their voice through breathing and vocalizing techniques.  The group performs a wide variety of music including classical repertoire, jazz standards, spirituals, and pop music.  Students will have an opportunity to perform at Lincoln concerts and at events and competitions outside of Lincoln.

Prerequisite: None


Lambrequins
a year-long course that meets twice a week

The Lambrequins perform a challenging repertoire of music from all periods in music history. Auditions for current students are held each year in the spring for the following year, and new students may audition at the beginning of the year.  The group covers a wide repertoire from all time periods and styles.  Students are offered many opportunities to perform in this elite ensemble at Lincoln concerts and functions, as well as events and competitions outside of Lincoln..

Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in Vocal Ensemble and the recommendation of the department based on demonstrated skills and motivation     


The Study of Music
a year-long course that meets twice a week

This course explores the elements that create popular, familiar, and folk music.  Using their favorite songs as a starting point, students will explore music theory and history. The year includes a "Musical passport," that explores music of different regions, while examining the themes that tie them together.  Students will leave the class with a discerning ear for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, timbre, and a strong historical reference for the music they hear.

Prerequisite: none 


Beginning Handbells
a year-long course that meets twice a week

This is a course in English handbell ringing that combines classroom learning with some homework-based study of handbell history, practice, and technique. While not a performance-based ensemble, this class may perform in concerts during the school year. Preference for enrollment is given to the student who has a basic understanding of music notation and who can count simple rhythms.

Prerequisite: none 


Advanced Handbells
a year-long course that meets twice a week

This course is a performance-based ensemble, and, as such, participation in all concerts (Fall, Winter, and Spring Upper School concerts as well as Lumina,) is mandatory.  The Ensemble may perform outside of school as well, as schedule and repertoire allow. Music is significantly more complex in this course, and selections will come from multiple periods of music history, including some modern pieces. Significant outside-of-class time will be needed to master the music; students should expect extra rehearsal time in order to fully engage in this class.

Prerequisite: successful completion of Beginning Handbells and/or the consent of the department         


Chamber Ensemble
a year-long course that meets twice a week

This course will challenge students with learning to listen to themselves and others, developing their own individual sense of musical expression, and collaborating to produce challenging works. Chamber Ensemble is open to strings, brass, and woodwind instruments (with exceptions made in certain circumstances).  Students will have an immersive musical experience in a collegial ensemble setting.  Performance and ensemble techniques will be taught. Students will refine their sight-reading skills as they learn to perform works ranging from Mozart to the Beatles.  Students will have an opportunity to perform at Lincoln concerts and at events and competitions outside of Lincoln.

Prerequisite: At least one semester of private study on an instrument; concurrent private study is highly recommended.       


 Theater

Theater Workshop I/II/III/IV
a year-long course meeting twice a week.

This course engages students interested in all aspects of performing theater.  Topics covered each year may include improvisation, mime, stage combat, monologues, auditions, directing, playwriting, scene study and producing.  Students will explore a range of classical and contemporary material with a focus on understanding the historical significance of works from a range of historical periods.  This course is repeatable, and will cover topics in a rotating basis. 

Prerequisite: none for level I, each subsequent level indicates an additional year of study


Technical Theater  I/II/III/IV
a year-long course that meets twice a week

This course will focus on the elements of production needed to mount a performance other than the actual performing and direction. Students will have hands-on experience working with our computerized light board and sound system, using hand tools, both electric and human powered, to build new sets and alter existing sets, learning stage management and stage crew skills, and putting those skills to work over the course of the year on projects happening at Lincoln. This course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: none 


Performing Arts Major

Not a course in and of itself, the Performing Arts Major is a designation on the transcript indicating that a student has dedicated a significant portion of her creative and scholastic energy to music and/or theatre during her senior year.

Designed for the serious student who has immersed herself in the department, approved Performing Arts Major are able to  combine course offerings in all areas of the Performing Arts to meet the eight-class per week requirement. The Performing Arts Major gives the student recognition for their commitment to the music and/or theatre.

In order to be considered for Honors in the Performing Arts Major, a student must be prepared to undertake and complete an honors project during her senior year, a written honors thesis, and a public solo performance.

Prerequisite: recommendation of the department based on demonstrated skills and motivation  


Performing Arts Symposium
a one-term course that meets twice a week

This course is for special projects in Performing Arts that are not covered in other class descriptions. The content will change due to the specific needs of the student. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: recommendation of the department based on demonstrated skills and motivation  

  


 

 

 



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