CBC High School
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Course Offerings Fine & Performing Arts Departments
Introduction to Fine Arts
ART
Art History
Ceramics 1
Ceramics 2
Design
Drawing 1
Drawing 2
Painting 1
Painting 2
Photoshop 1
Photoshop 2
Portfolio
Sculpture
MUSIC
Beginning Band
Chorus
Concert Band
Guitar
Honors Music Ensemble
Introduction to Audio Engineering
Jazz Band
Music Practicum
Music Theory
Percussion
Piano
Rock History
Studio Band
Vocal Ensemble
THEATER
Acting
Advanced Theater
Improvisation
Theater 1
Theater 2
Theater Practicum

MEDIA PRODUCTION
TV Production
Advanced TV Production


The Fine and Performing Arts Department, composed of the Art, Music, Media Production, and Theater programs, is dedicated to developing a life-long sense of art awareness and appreciation in the student. Through the course content, productions, projects, public performances, and exhibitions, the Department seeks to provide all students with the opportunity to develop specific skills in each of the arts. The member programs strive to develop the arts as a means of expression for our young people, as an active addition to the co-curricular program of the school community, and as a reflection of a society’s moral and ethical integrity. It will be further demonstrated that the arts offer a unique chance to develop a well-rounded, confident, and open sense of self-worth.
BUSINESS
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
FINE & PERFORMING ARTS
GENERAL STUDIES
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
LANGUAGE ARTS
MATHEMATICS
RELIGION
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
WORLD LANGUAGES
 
INTRODUCTION TO FINE ARTS
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen
Course Description: This survey class will explore the visual arts, theater, music, dance, architecture, and film. Live performances and hands-on activities will reinforce the student arts experience. A variety of off-campus activities will enhance the course syllabus. These may include trips to see a play, hear a concert, or tour the art museum or similar cultural institutions.
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ART HISTORY
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Course Description: This course will examine architecture, sculpture, painting and other forms of art of the western world from the Greeks through the Modern era. Students will develop the skills to analyze and interpret art as a means with which one can examine religion, history, and many other aspects of society. Students with a strong interest in art, language arts, and history should take this course.
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CERAMICS 1
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course will focus on basic ceramic hand-building techniques. Students will be introduced to various types of clay, glaze materials, the kiln, and firing processes. Students will learn the coil, slab, and pinch  methods to create both functional and sculptural pottery.
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CERAMICS 2
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Teacher approval; Ceramics 1
Course Description: This course will expand on skills learned in Ceramics 1.  Students will be introduced to new techniques in surface decoration, explore wheel-thrown pottery, and experiment with glaze application. Students will create both traditional and contemporary functional and sculptural pottery.  Students that were successful in Ceramics 1 should take this course.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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DESIGN
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This is a great beginning class for students that are unsure of their artistic talents or don’t feel they have a strong art background. This course will focus on the primary building blocks for the visual arts, the elements and principles of design.  Students will be exposed to a variety of materials such as oil and chalk pastels, paints, colored pencils, glass, and printing ink.  Students will create artwork that demonstrates both two-dimensional and sculptural art techniques.
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DRAWING 1
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course will focus on basic drawing techniques.  Students will learn how to draw still lifes using grids, landscapes showing depth, and objects in 1- and 2-point perspective.  Students will explore different drawing mediums including graphite pencil, color pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and pen and ink. Students will also learn about the elements and principles of Art while learning about the world’s most famous works of art. Subject matter is from direct observation, photographs, imagination, and contemporary and historical works. Students who are interested in Art and creative process should take this class.
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DRAWING 2
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Teacher approval; Drawing 1
Course Description: This course will focus on more advanced drawing techniques. Students will learn how to draw photo-realistic still lifes, portraits, and the human figure. Students will develop skills with the same media as Drawing 1 in addition to acrylic and oil. Students will also learn about master painters within art history. Subject matter is from direct observation, photographs, imagination and contemporary and historical works. Students who are interested in Art and the creative process should take this class.
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PAINTING 1
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course will focus on basic painting techniques.  Students will learn color theory, color mixing, and a variety of paint application techniques. Students will explore different painting mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolor, and mixed media. Subject matter will be from direct observation, photographs, imagination, and contemporary and historical works.
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PAINTING 2
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Teacher approval; Painting 1
Course Description: This course will expand on skills learned in Painting 1.  The focus will be on developing personal style, skill, technique, and creativity.  Students will choose an area of emphasis and complete a series of works that demonstrates exploration and development of the painting process. Students that were successful in Painting 1 should take this course.
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PHOTOSHOP 1
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: In this course, students will learn the fundamental features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 by using student-focused exercises. Students will learn about image editing and graphic design, how to paint, how to use brushes and pen tools, how to rotate, scale and distort, and much more.  They will complete projects focused on, but not limited to, illustrating, designing, retouching, and creating for web sites. Students who are interested in technology and art should take this class.
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PHOTOSHOP 2
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Teacher approval; Photoshop 1
Course Description: In this course, students will learn more advanced features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 by using student-focused exercises. Students will learn about advanced painting techniques, 3D features, and much more. They will complete projects focused on, but not limited to, illustrating, designing, retouching, and creating for web sites. Students who are interested in technology and art should take this class.
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PORTFOLIO
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Teacher approval; Completion of a level 2 course in the area of interest
Course Description: This is an independent study class for which each student, with guidance from and in collaboration with an instructor, will design an individualized curriculum revolving around the student’s interests and needs. Highly-motivated students that have successfully completed levels 1 & 2 in a particular medium and want to further their skills should take this course.  Students that are pursuing art in college and are preparing a portfolio for admission should take this course during their junior year.
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SCULPTURE
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: Students will explore various sculptural materials, such as paper-maché, cardboard, clay, wood, and metal to create three-dimensional works of art. Emphasis will be on students executing, understanding, and discussing quality craftsmanship, successful composition, productive conceptualization, and creative problem-solving. Students will gain an appreciation for the purpose and history of sculpture as an art form and use this opportunity to cultivate their own artistic skills.
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BEGINNING BAND
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: The Beginning Band provides students with the opportunity to learn a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. This includes an introduction to basic note reading, music terminology, good playing habits, appreciation of different styles of music, and knowledge of beginning-level solo work. Public performances at the end of first and second semester are an outgrowth of the material covered. Upon successful completion of Beginning Band, students should be prepared to progress into Studio or Concert Band.  Performances are required.
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CHORUS
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: Chorus provides a general introduction to singing fundamentals, note reading, music terminology, breath support, diction and voice placement. Many styles and periods of music will be covered in full chorus, small ensembles and solo work. Participation in public performances are a requirement of this class.
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CONCERT BAND
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Audition; Director approval
Course Description: This course will connect the student band musician to the broad world of music through band in a meaningful way. Concert Band doubles as both an instrumental lab course and a music performance class. Students taking Concert Band must be able to demonstrate through audition that they possess music reading and technical skills on the intermediate to advanced level. Development of instrumental technique through large and small ensembles is a key component of the course. The Concert Band will be involved in many performances. Student band members are also members of the Band of Brothers, whose performances are incorporated into student life and who are typically called on to be ambassadors of CBC. They perform at all kinds of venues and events to represent our school--athletic events, grade school tours, Open House, etc. Concert Band may also take an out-of-town/overnight tour in the spring.
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GUITAR
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This class provides students with the opportunity to learn to play the guitar in several different styles, namely rock and classical. This includes an introduction to basic note reading, music terminology, good playing habits, appreciation of different styles of music and knowledge of beginning level solo work. The students will learn to apply the notes on the staff to the guitar and thus be able to play chords along with songs.
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HONORS MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Completed application; Director approval

Course Description: This course exists in conjunction with and is bound by the same course description as the corresponding regular ensemble. To earn Honors credit, the student must meet the following additional requirements:

1) The student must prepare and audition for the District Honors Ensemble during the first semester. If the student is selected for District Honors Ensemble, he must also prepare and audition for the State Honors Ensemble.
The student must prepare a solo and participate in the District Solo and Ensemble Festival. If the student receives a Superior (I) rating at District, he must also perform that solo at State.
3) The student must complete a research project, including a written paper and presentation on his chosen subject.
4) The student must prepare for and complete a jury for the music program faculty.
5) The student must study with a mentor, which may be an approved private instructor or other approved mentor.
6) The student must function in a leadership role in a satisfactory way within the ensemble.
7) The student must complete service hours directly to the music program.
8) The student must compile a portfolio of work representative of their efforts.

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INTRODUCTION TO AUDIO ENGINEERING
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester 0.5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: In this introductory course, students learn about the physics of sound and the history of recording technologies. They learn about the four stages of professional music recording projects: recording, editing, mixing, and mastering. Using Audacity, an open-source recording and mixing program, students will practice the techniques used by sound engineers to produce multi-track recordings. Through a series of engaging hands-on projects, students learn the fundamental concepts of audio engineering.
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JAZZ BAND
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Audition; Director approval
Course Description: This course will connect the student band musician to the broad world of jazz music in a meaningful way. To be selected, tthe student must demonstrate that he possesses advanced music reading and technical skills at an elite level, as this band contains the most advanced musicians at CBC. The student will develop and improve existing technical, musical, and improvisational skills on his chosen instrument. The student will learn how to blend his individual performance with that of other students into a cohesive and musical ensemble. CBC Jazz Band will be involved in many performances throughout the school year. Its members are also members of the Band of Brothers,whose performances are incorporated into student life and who are typically called on to be ambassadors of CBC. They perform at all kinds of venues and events to represent our school--athletic events, grade school tours, Open House, etc. Jazz Band may take an out of town/overnight trip in the spring. This class meets as an X-Period class. (Pass/Fail grading)
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MUSIC PRACTICUM
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course is designed to provide the advance level music student an opportunity to create a curriculum with the instructor that best fits the strengths of the student. This could include advanced music theory, assisingt with directing rehearsals, or any other projects as designed.  This class meets as an independent study schedule determined by the student and the instructor.
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MUSIC THEORY
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors
Course Description: This course is designed to develop a student's basic skills in music composition and theory. An integrated approach to aural skills, sight-reading, composition and structure, and music analysis will prepare the student for advanced studies in music. This course is a perfect fit for any musician who wants to develop a deeper understanding of his art.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis if they meet all UMSL program requirements.
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PERCUSSION
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semester 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Audition; Director approval
Course Description: The percussion course is designed for those beyond the beginning stage of playing a percussion instrument. This includes techniques and increased knowledge of note reading, music terminology, good playing habits and intermediate solo and band music. The students will participate and learn music in the form of a marching drumline, percussion ensemble and novelty percussion.  Public performances are part of the requirements of the course. Percussion may also take an out of town/overnight trip in the spring.
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PIANO
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn to play the piano. This includes an introduction to basic note reading, music terminology, good playing habits, appreciation of different styles of music and knowledge of beginning level solo work. The students will learn to apply the notes on the staff to the piano and thus be able to play chords along with songs.
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ROCK HISTORY
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course presents a survey of the history of Rock and Popular music in the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics that will be discussed include the influence of Blues and Jazz on today’s popular music, from rock to country to rap. This course is for the student with no knowledge of musical forms or traditions. It will include extensive listening and on-line learning to enhance the students understanding of the topics.
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STUDIO BAND
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semester 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Audition; Director approval
Course Description: This course will connect the student band musician to the broad world of jazz music in a meaningful way. Studio Band doubles as both an instrumental lab course and a music performance class. Students taking Studio Band must be able to demonstrate through audition that they possess music reading and technical skills on the intermediate to advanced level. Development of improvisational and performance skills through participation in jazz combos is a key component of the course. The Studio Band will be involved in many performances throughout the school year. Its members are also members of the Band of Brothers,whose performances are incorporated into student life and who are typically called on to be ambassadors of CBC. They perform at all kinds of venues and events to represent our school--athletic events, grade school tours, Open House, etc. Studio Band may take an out of town/overnight trip in the spring.
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VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Audition; Director approval
Course Description: This course is an ensemble for students interested in developing their singing and sight-reading skills. This group performs contemporary A Cappella music, thus the ability to hold a part independently is required. This is CBC’s premier vocal group. This class meets as an X-Period class and has limited enrollment. Vocal Ensemble may take an out of town/overnight trip in the spring. (Pass/Fail grading)
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ACTING
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course, in a studio setting, will give the student a solid foundation in basic acting and improvisation techniques and will allow him to develop a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts. It could also pave the way for a fascinating career in theatre, television, and film.
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ADVANCED THEATER
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course will further develop the actor’s improvisational skills as well as examine various acting styles, from Shakespeare to the method to acting for the camera. Students will rehearse and perform scenes from plays and film, write and perform their own material, and improvise scenes and dialogue. In select semesters, the class may produce and perform a play. Students in Advanced Theater will develop their skills in Directing and Play Analysis. 

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis if they meet all UMSL program requirements.
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IMPROVISATION
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This class will explore the fascinating world of improv theatre. Theatre games, shor-t and long-form improvisation, sketch comedy, and stand-up comedy will form the bulk of this course. The student will learn the techniques that could point the way to a career on Saturday Night Live!
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THEATER 1
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the basics of theater production in a real world work environment. While studying construction, design, and theater management, students will produce the scenery, props, and lighting effects for the scheduled departmental productions.  Theater history and terminology along with proper work place procedures will be the skills emphasized in this course. Students interested in the arts, architecture, management, and engineering can take the course as practical enrichment to their studies.

Students are eligible for college credit through the University of Missouri-St. Louis if they meet all UMSL program requirements.
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THEATER 2
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Teacher approval; Theater 1
Course Description: The course is designed as a continuation of the Theater 1 course of study with a greater emphasis on the design elements found in theater and film. Students will produce and evaluate design sketches and models for theater and TV production as well design and supervise the practical elements used in the departmental productions. The course will appeal to students interested in art, set design, sound, lighting, production and stage management, architecture, and construction.
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THEATER PRACTICUM
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course is a chance for theater students to explore further interests in the study of theater, such as lighting design, sound design, directing, costuming, prop building, etc. The student work will be supervised and guided by a member of the department staff.
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TV PRODUCTION
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course will give students practical experience in all elements of TV production. Students will be introduced to proper script development, camera techniques, sound recording, announcing, and editing through a series of assignments targeting those techniques. Emphasis will be on skills needed in various types of video production. Produced material will be broadcast on KCBC. Students interested in writing, film, and the arts would benefit from this course.
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ADVANCED TV PRODUCTION
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Teacher approval
Course Description: This class will meet in the morning before school and will constitute the staff of KCBC, the campus television station. This is an X-Period class. (Pass/Fail grading)
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