Arts Education

Education in fine arts assists us in perceiving, analyzing and interpreting our community, our environment and our cultural heritage. Study of the arts allows us experience the world through the eyes and ears of others. It adds new dimensions both to our understanding of the world, and to our ability to recognize problems in it and take action towards their solutions. The arts both mirror and influence the human condition, reflecting our origins, our history and our aspirations.

Education in the arts is an essential part of the development of every child. The fine art disciplines of art, drama and music function through a unique blending of craft and creativity that stimulates creative and intuitive thought while developing the intellect.

Arts education assists in perceiving and responding to the environment through the senses. It also helps in achieving self-discipline, experiencing success and realizing personal potential. Learning through the arts provides a fuller understanding and enjoyment of life. It also provides opportunities for students to explore careers in the fine arts.

IB Music, IB Theatre and IB Visual Arts may be offered to non IB Diploma students as a certificate course. Completion of the course requires a grade 11 and 12 commitment that gives the student advanced university standing. Please see full courses description in the International Baccalaureate section of this guide.

In addition to a wide range of courses available at Citadel High School in Fine Arts, it is also possible to “Challenge for Credit” for many Fine Arts courses for which previous study may have made you eligible. See the details on Challenge for Credit in Fine Arts.

Courses

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Visual Arts 10
Drama 10
Visual Arts 11
Drama 11
Dance 11
Visual Arts 12
Drama 12
Dance 12
Music (instrumental band) 10
Music (instrumental strings) 10
Music (vocal) 10
Music (instrumental band) 11
Music (instrumental strings) 11
Music (vocal) 11
Advanced Music (instrumental band) 11
Advanced Music (instrumental strings) 11
Music (instrumental band) 12
Music (instrumental strings) 12
Music (vocal) 12
Advanced Music (instrumental band) 12
Advanced Music (instrumental strings) 12

Music courses at Citadel High

There are a number of music courses offered at Citadel High School: Strings 10/11/12, Band 10/11/12, Voice 10/11/12, Music Theory 10/11/12, and International Baccalaureate Music Higher Level and International Baccalaureate Standard Level.

How are these classes scheduled?

The Band and Strings courses are scheduled throughout the year as opposed to semestered. The delivery of Band and Strings courses differs slightly. Students will have Band every other day for the full year as opposed to everyday for one semester. The band course is backed with English 10 which runs throughout the whole year as well. Strings10 is entirely outside of the school day schedule.

The semester system poses scheduling conflicts in the upper grades. In order to accommodate those students who would like to take Band and Strings in grades 11 and 12, both instructors of these courses provide rehearsals outside of the regular school schedule.

Voice class is offered in one semester. Students registered in voice class must attend concert choir rehearsals for one semester. The concert choir rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime. Students are given some free periods during the semester in lieu of the time they spend in choir rehearsals.

Music Collective classes last for one semester only. Depending on the overall schedule of the school, academic music will be held either in first semester or second semester.

The IB Music HL course is scheduled over two years. This course is open to students entering grade 11 in either the regular academic program or the IB program. Students who are considering IB Music HL in grade 11 are strongly encouraged to enroll in one of the four music courses listed below in grade 10. They should also demonstrate a high level of proficiency on a solo instrument.

The IB Music SL course is scheduled for two semesters.

This course is open to students entering grade 12 who have been members of the Concert Choir, Concert Band, or String Ensemble for at least two years. This course is also open to students in grade 12 who demonstrate a high level of proficiency on a solo instrument.

Are there other music making opportunities?

Students can choose to participate in our annual musical production by either singing in the chorus or auditioning for a role. There are also opportunities to participate in the pit orchestra for the musical.

Citadel also has a concert choir which is open to all students and a chamber choir which is a small auditioned group.

In addition, students are encouraged to audition for All-City music ensembles at the Halifax Schools Music Centre located at the Quinpool Education Centre. This program features an orchestra (HSSO), a youth choir for mixed voices (Soundtrax) Vocal Jazz Workshop, and four Jazz bands—Intermediate Jazz Band, two Jazz Combos, and Senior Jazz Band. For more information about this program please call 421-6700 or visit the website: http://hrsbmusic.ednet.ns.ca/

Grade 10

Visual Arts 10

Academic1 credit

Visual Arts 10 is designed to familiarize students with the central components of fine art through material and tool manipulation, skill development, informal Art History and visualization exercises. Drawing and use of colour, through realistic forms, are two major components of student work.

Drama 10

Academic1 credit

Drama 10 is an introductory course designed for students who would like to learn more about drama and theatre arts. The focus of this course is the personal, intellectual, and social growth of students as they explore a variety of dramatic styles, techniques and forms. The course entails in-class exercises to develop concentration, self-confidence, imagination, openness and sensitivity. Students will experience improvisation, work with scripted plays and some script writing, character development and role-playing as well as various technical aspects of the theatre. This is an activity-based class, requiring collaborative participation.

Grade 11

Visual Arts 11

Academic1 credit

Visual Arts 11 concentrates on refining skills and further developing understanding of the central components of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and design. Specific focus will be through selected media such as watercolour, acrylic, printmaking and sculpture.

Recommended Prerequisite: Visual Arts 10
Note: Qualified second year students new to the program or school may be accepted directly into Visual Arts 11 if they are approved based on portfolio submission to the Arts Education Department Head.

Dance 11

Academic1 credit

Dance 11 is designed for all students, with or without previous formal dance training, and builds on student’s experiences in dance throughout the physical education curriculum, grade primary to nine. It emphasizes creative movement as a form of communication and self-expression, as a unique way of learning about oneself and others. In this course students explore a range of dance styles, create and present dance sequences, respond critically to their own dance works and those of others, and make connections with dance in local and global contexts, both past and present. Students also have opportunities to examine the connections between dance and other art disciplines. The course comprises four components: elements of movement, creation and composition, presentation and performance, and dance and society.

This course will satisfy the fine arts OR physical education provincial graduation requirement.

Drama 11

Academic1 credit

Drama 11 builds upon the components and dramatic forms introduced and developed in Drama 10. Students will have further opportunity to discover and come to understand important principles of drama and theatre. In Drama 11, the emphasis is on the creation of text and performance. Text creation in drama will take many forms, inspired by a number of stimuli including music, literature, improvisation, and existing script. A collective, a form theatre piece, or scripted plays are some of the possible forms of performance that may be pursued in Grade 11. The theater component within the Grade 11 program culminates in a public performance.

Recommended Prerequisite: Drama 10

Grade 12

Visual Arts 12

Academic1 credit

At the Visual Arts 12 level students specialize working in depth through selected areas of the central program. Continued emphasis is placed on the range of these central components.

Recommended Prerequisite: Visual Arts 11

Dance 12

Academic1 credit

This course is designed for students to build on their previous dance education. Dance 12 will provide students with increased opportunities for specialization in technique, choreography and performance. Students will increase their knowledge and develop skills in all aspects of dance preparation, stagecraft and production. Students will create/choreograph/perform a minimum of 4 dance studies, i.e., a solo, a duet, a trio, and a study involving a group of dancers. The same dance type cannot be used for all studies. Students will research dance historically, interpret others’ choreography using dance annotation, and create individual portfolios. There will be an independent project where the student will have to teach the class an original dance lesson of a style of their choice. The student must take part in all class dance sequences for public performances. There will be opportunities for students to participate in community outreach, sharing their dance knowledge with younger students at feeder schools. This is a practical approach to creating, making and refining dance individually and with others. Dance 12 will provide students with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to pursue further studies in dance. Successful applicants must have completed Dance 11 and want to dance!

This course satisfies the compulsory fine arts credit requirement OR the compulsory physical education credit but not both.

Drama 12

Academic1 credit

The focus of Drama 12 will be on the theatre component of drama. Emphasis will be placed on production work and development of skills appropriate to work in theatre. In Drama 12, students will be required to participate in production work and its many facets. This may involve acting, directing, writing, producing and/or technical work. In addition, students will develop and execute a plan to provide drama workshops and/or performances to a public audience. In short, students will be expected to mirror the work of a production company.

Recommended Prerequisite: Drama 11

Band

BAND INSTRUMENTS 10

Academic                          1.0 Credit

. The Band 10 course is designed for students who play a concert band instrument. Students enrolled in this course typically start learning a band instrument in either grade six or seven and have continued to play in a concert band throughout their junior high years. Students will be expected to attend 3 Band rehearsals per week and participate in full concert band.   Please note that some of these rehearsals may occur outside of the school schedule.  In this course, students will create and perform a variety of genres of music to expand their physical skills, on their respective instrument, and their greater understanding of musical components including theory, music history, composition, improvisation, and self-evaluation.  Students will be expected to participate in a number of performances throughout the year.

Prerequisite:  Students must have performed in their Jr. High School band, or prior permission of the Fine Arts Department Head.

 

STRINGS (INSTRUMENTAL STRINGS) 10

Academic 1 credit

The Strings 10 course is designed for students who have

been playing a stringed instrument for several years.

Students will be expected to attend 2 hours of ensemble

rehearsals per week and 1 techniques class per week, on their respective instrument.  Please note that ALL of these rehearsals occur outside of the school schedule.  They are scheduled at lunch hour, before and after school times.  In this class, students will explore the techniques of ensemble performance, music theory, and music history through a variety of musical styles.   Students will be expected to participate in a number of performances throughout the year.  Please note-this course is offered as a component of the All-City Music Program.  Various All-City ensembles are available to students who are registered in this course, such as Honour Violin and HSSO.

Prerequisite-Students must have performed in their Jr. High School Orchestra, or have prior permission of the Fine Arts Department Head.

 

MUSIC (VOCAL) 10

Academic         1.0 credit

Music Vocal 10 class is designed for those students who love to sing in both solo and choral settings. In this hands-on course a good deal of time is spent on team- building activities, theatre games and physical warm-ups in order to

free the singing voice and to create a safe, fun and supportive environment where students feel comfortable singing and performing for each other in both solo and choral settings  Folk, classical, jazz, and musical theatre are the primary vocal styles that are explored in this class. Other topics include stage presence, vocal technique and music reading/listening skills.  In order to ensure success in this course, a sincere desire to develop the skills needed to sing for and with people in a variety of performances settings, is required.  There is no prerequisite for this course.

 

MUSIC 10

Academic     1.0 credit

The Music 10  course has been designed to meet the needs of those students who do not fall into the band, strings, or voice categories of music courses. Typically, students who enroll in Music 10 play the piano, drums, bass guitar, or guitar. (Drummers should note that as there may only be access to one or two drum kits on site, they should be prepared to play other percussion instruments such as the djembe as part of their course work.) One class a week is devoted to making music and developing ensemble skills, usually in the form of a “jam session” of sorts. Therefore, proficiency in one of the instruments mentioned above is expected. Please note that students will be expected to perform and create (i.e. compose and improvise) for each other and in public settings in order to meet the outcomes of this course. Moreover, as music is a dependent art, students interested in taking this course should demonstrate a strong desire to work with others as a substantial portion of time will be devoted to group work. Students will also explore music through history with a focus on modern rock, pop and metal. In addition to studying music repertoire, students will also be given instruction in theory concepts and aural skills concepts as part of their coursework

Music (instrumental band) 11

Academic1 credit

The Band 11 course is designed for students who play a concert band instrument. Students will be expected to attend 3 band rehearsals per week and participate in full concert band. Please note that some of these rehearsals may occur outside of the school schedule. In this course, students will create and perform a variety of genres of music to expand their physical skills on their respective instrument, and their greater understanding of musical components including theory, music history, composition, improvisation, and self-evaluation. Students will be expected to participate in a number of performances throughout the year.

The prerequisite for this course is Music Instrumental Band 10, or prior permission of the Fine Arts Department Head.

Advanced Music (instrumental band) 11

Advanced1 credit

This Advanced Music 12 Instrumental course is designed as part of the regular Music 12 Instrumental course and is available to students who can demonstrate advanced skills on their instrument. Advanced Music 12 candidates will also have to demonstrate considerable independent study skills in the fields of theory, history, composition and global music and be prepared to present solo repertoire with ensemble accompaniment. As well, students will be introduced to computer generated music in both print and digital recording genres.

Interested students will need to have approval from the course instructor based on a skills assessment.

Music (instrumental strings) 11

Academic1 credit

The Strings 11 course is designed for students who have been playing a stringed instrument for several years. Students will be expected to attend 2 hours of ensemble rehearsals per week, and 1 techniques class, on their respective instrument, per week. Please note that ALL of These rehearsals occur outside the school schedule. They are scheduled at lunch hour, before and after school times. In this class, students will explore the techniques of ensemble performance, music theory, and music history through a variety of musical styles. Students will be expected to participate in a number of performances throughout the year. Please note:   This course is offered as a component of the All-City Music Program.Various All-City Ensembles are available to students who are registered in this course, such as Honor Violin and HSSO.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Strings 10-Instrumental Strings, or have prior permission of the Fine Arts Department Head.

Advanced Music (instrumental strings) 11

Advanced1 credit

This Advanced Music 12 Instrumental course is designed as 1.0 Credit part of the regular Music 12 Instrumental course and is available to students who can demonstrate advanced skills on their instrument. Advanced Music 12 candidates will also have to demonstrate considerable independent study skills in the fields of theory, history, composition and global music and be prepared to present solo repertoire with ensemble accompaniment. As well, students will be introduced to computer generated music in both print and digital recording genres.

Interested students will need to have approval from the course instructor based on a skills assessment.

Music (vocal) 11

Academic1 credit

Music Vocal 11 class is designed for those students who love to sing in both solo and choral settings. A good deal of time is spent on team building activities, theatre games, and physical warm-ups in order to free the singing voice and to create a safe environment where students will feel comfortable singing for each other. Folk, classical, jazz, and musical theatre are the primary vocal styles that are explored in this class. However, there will be opportunities to explore pop music as well. The Music Vocal 11 class 1.0 Credit builds on the concepts encountered in the Music Vocal 10 class: stage presence, vocal technique, and music theory. In order to fulfill the outcomes of this course, students registered in voice class must attend Concert Choir rehearsals for one semester. The Concert Choir rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime. Students are given some free periods during the semester in lieu of the time they spend in choir rehearsals. As part of being a member of the school choir, students are also expected to participate in public performances for this ensemble.

The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of Music/Vocal 10 or prior permission of the Fine Arts Department Head.

Music 11

Academic1 credit

The Music Theory 11 course has been designed to meet the needs of those students who do not fall into the band, strings, voice categories. Typically, students who enroll in academic music play the piano, drums, bass guitar, or guitar. (Drummers should note that as there may only be access to one or two drum kits on site, they should be prepared to play other percussion instruments such as the djembe as part of their course work.) One class a week is devoted to making music and developing ensemble skills, usually in the form of a “jam session” of sorts. Therefore, proficiency in one of the instruments mentioned above is expected. Please note that students will be expected to perform and create (i.e. compose and improvise) for each other and in public settings in order to meet the outcomes of this course. Moreover, as music is a dependent art, students interested in taking this course should demonstrate a strong desire to work with others as a substantial portion of time will be devoted to group work.

Prerequisite for this course is Music Collective 10 or prior permission from the Fine Arts Department Head

BAND INSTRUMENTS 12

Academic                                                1.0 Credit

The Band 12 course is designed for students who play a concert band instrument. Students will be expected to attend 3 Band rehearsals per week and participate in full concert band.   Please note that some of these rehearsals may occur outside of the school schedule. In this course, students will create and perform a variety of genres of music to expand their physical skills, on their respective instrument, and their greater understanding of musical components including theory, music history, composition, improvisation, and self-evaluation. Students will be expected to participate in a number of performances throughout the year. Please note that some of these rehearsals may occur outside the school schedule.

Prerequisite: Music Instrumental Band 11, or prior permission of the Fine Arts Department Head.

 

 

STRINGS (INSTRUMENTAL STRINGS) 12

Academic                                                1.0 Credit

The Strings 12 course is designed for students who have been playing a stringed instrument for several years. Students will be expected to attend 2 hours of ensemble rehearsals per week and 1 techniques class, on their respective instrument, per week. Please note that ALL of these rehearsals occur outside the school schedule. They are scheduled at lunch hour, before and after school times. In this class, students will explore the techniques of ensemble performance, music theory, and music history through a variety of musical styles. Students will be expected to participate in a number of performances throughout the school year. Please note: This course is offered as a component of the All-City Music Program. Various All-City Ensembles are available to students who are registered in this course such as Honor Violin and HSSO.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Music 11-Instrumental Strings, or prior permission of the Fine Arts Department Head.

 

MUSIC (VOCAL) 12

Academic                                                1.0 Credit

Music Vocal 12 class is designed for those students who love to sing in both solo and choral settings. This hands-on course is a continuation of the skill sets developed in Music Vocal 11. A good deal of time is spent on team building activities, theatre games, and physical warmups, in order to free the singing voice, and to create a safe, fun and supportive environment where students will feel comfortable singing and performing for each other in both solo and choral settings. Folk, classical, jazz and musical theatre are the primary vocal styles that are explored in this class. However, there will be opportunities to explore pop music as well. Other topics include stage presence, vocal technique, and music reading/listening skills. In order to

ensure success in this course, a strong desire to sing for and to sing with people in a variety of performance settings is required.

Recommended Prerequisite: Music Vocal 11

 

MUSIC 12

Academic                                                1.0 Credit

The Music 12 course has been designed to meet the needs of those students who do not fall into the band, strings, voice categories. Typically, students who enroll in academic music play the piano, drums, bass guitar, or guitar. (Drummers should note that as there may only be access to one or two drum kits on site, they should be prepared to play other percussion instruments such as the djembe as part of their coursework.) One class a week is devoted to making music and developing ensemble skills, usually in the form of a “jam session” of sorts. Therefore, proficiency in one of the instruments mentioned above is expected. Please note that students will be expected to perform and create (i.e. compose and improvise) for each other and in public settings in order to meet the outcomes of this course. Moreover, as music is a dependent art, students interested in taking this course should demonstrate a strong desire to work with others as a substantial portion of time will be devoted to group work. Students will also explore music throughout history with a focus on modern rock, pop, and metal. In addition to studying music repertoire, students will also be given instruction in theory concepts and aural skills concepts as part of their coursework.

Prerequisite: Music 11 or prior permission of the Fine Arts Department Head.