Performing Arts

Within the Oaks Christian Performing Arts Department, we seek to possess a comprehensive and robust curriculum taught from a Christian worldview which not only reaches back into the rich history of theory, performance practice, and pedagogy, but also looks toward the future, equipping and preparing our students to be masters of their art. Finally, it is our hope that our students will become effective leaders in their respective art forms, and will take their skills, passions, and talents into a hurting world, and be a healing agent of creativity to all whom they encounter.

The Bedrosian Pavilion, a $15 million, 28,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose performing arts center, houses a 500-seat theatre, a blackbox theatre, dance studios, orchestra and choir rooms, a TV broadcast studio, costume labs and set construction space.

Bands

Jazz Band and Symphonic Band

Jazz Band - Open to all students playing traditional jazz band instruments. Jazz Band is a year-long elective course. It is advantageous for students to be concurrently enrolled in Symphonic Band. Students must have prior playing experience either in classroom instruction and/or private instruction. A variety of jazz literature/styles will be explored, e.g., swing, Latin, bebop, bossa-nova, fusion, others. Basic music theory, scale and rhythmic studies and improvisation will also be included. Students are encouraged to improvise during most class meetings. Students will participate in several performances throughout the school year.

Symphonic Band - Open to all students playing traditional band instruments. Symphonic Band is a year-long elective course. Students must have prior playing experience in either classroom instruction and/or private instruction. Traditional band literature will be explored, e.g., orchestral transcriptions, marches, movie scores, pop, others. Basic music theory, scale and rhythmic studies will also be included. Students will participate in several performances throughout the school year.

Choir

Oaks Chorale and Women's Advanced Chorus

Oaks Chorale - Oaks Chorale is a mixed choir course that is open to all high school students with no audition required. Instruction in vocal production, ensemble singing, solo performance, microphone technique, stage movement and basic theory will be included. Focus on developing stage presence and understanding stage movement will be emphasized. Students will participate in at least one public performance each quarter. Students will learn vocal techniques that will be applied to different vocal styles including classical, pop, rock, jazz and music theatre. This class can be taken for subsequent years and changes each year based on changing repertoire and performances.

Women's Advanced Chorus - Recommended for students who have previous singing experience or have completed one year of high school choir, Advanced Women’s Chorus is by audition only. The class includes advanced instruction in vocal production, ensemble singing, solo performance, microphone technique, stage movement, basic theory and development of stage presence. Students will participate in at least one public performance each quarter. All students will be required to also be in a small performing ensemble (duets, trios, quartets, etc.) and will be asked to work on a solo as well. Focus on developing stage presence and understanding stage movement will be emphasized. Students will build upon vocal techniques that will be applied to different vocal styles including classical, pop, rock, jazz and music theatre. This class can be taken for subsequent years for credit. The class content changes each year based on changing repertoire and performances.

Dance

Principles in Dance, Dance II, III, IV, and Dance V/Dance Company

Principles in Dance - This course is designed for students who plan to learn dance. There is no experience necessary. Students will be taught basic technique, creativity, physical awareness, personal expression, endurance, rhythm, and begin to try to choreograph. Students will also be challenged to critically think about the role of dance in history, how it was developed and changed throughout time, the personal and expressive role that dance can have in a student’s life, and the role that dance has in our society today. Students will develop their dance vocabulary and skills in many styles of dance. Students will also develop their creative abilities through choreography and performance.

Dance II - This course is designed for students who want to expand their knowledge and ability in dance. Students should have some experience in dance entering this class and/or completion of Principles in Dance. Students will grow in areas of technique, creativity, physical capabilities, personal expression, endurance, rhythm, and choreography. Students will also be challenged to critically think about the role of dance in history, how it was developed and changed throughout time, the personal and expressive role that dance can have in a student’s life, and the role that dance has in our society today. Students will develop and expand their dance vocabulary and skills in many styles of dance. Students will also develop their creative abilities through improvisation, choreography and performance.

Dance III - This course is designed for students who are intermediate/advanced dancers. There is an audition into this class; students must have prior dance training. Students’ minds and bodies will be challenged in areas of technique, creativity, physical capabilities, personal expression, endurance, rhythm, and choreography. Students will also be challenged to critically think about the role of dance in history, how it was developed and changed throughout time, the personal and expressive role that dance can have in a student’s life, and the role that dance has in our society today. Students will continue to build on an already growing dance vocabulary and skills in many styles of dance. Students will also develop their creative abilities through more advanced improvisation, choreography and performance which include intermediate levels of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap.

Dance IV - This course is designed for students who are advanced dancers. There is an audition into this class; students must have prior dance training. Students’ minds and bodies will be challenged and expanded in areas of artistry, technique, creativity, physical capabilities, personal expression, endurance, rhythm, and choreography. Students will also be challenged to critically think about the role of dance in history, how it was developed and changed throughout time, the personal and expressive role that dance can have in a student’s life, and the role that dance has in our society today. Students will develop and expand their dance vocabulary and skills in many styles of dance. Students will also develop their creative abilities through more advanced improvisation, choreography and performance which include advanced levels of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap.

Dance V/Dance Company - This course is designed for students who are advanced/pre-professional dancers. There is an audition into this class; students must have prior dance training. Students’ minds and bodies will be challenged and expanded in areas of artistry, technique, creativity, physical capabilities, personal expression, endurance, rhythm, and choreography. Students will also be challenged to critically think about the role of dance in history, how it was developed and changed throughout time, the personal and expressive role that dance can have in a student’s life, and the role that dance has in our society today. Students will develop and expand their advanced dance vocabulary and skills in many styles of dance. Students will also develop their creative abilities through more advanced improvisation, choreography and performance which include advanced levels of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. There will be a comprehensive investigation of career routes and options for dance in the future. Students will compile professional promotional materials including headshot photos and resume preparation.

Digital Recording

Digital Recording and Advanced Digital Recording

Digital Recording - The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) format of Apple’s Logic Pro X will be taught. Students will gain a basic knowledge on Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and audio recording as well as editing recorded tracks and regions. An overview of basic functions of Logic Pro X will be presented so that at the end of the course students will be able to record their own musical projects and convert them to an mp3 format.

Advanced Digital Recording - The Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) of Apple’s Logic Pro X and Avid Pro Tools will be taught and explored in depth. Students will expand on their knowledge on Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and audio recording as well as editing recorded tracks and regions. Post-production techniques as well as writing to picture and film scoring will be investigated. Students will learn how to mix their projects using EQ, compression, reverb, delay, sends, and auxiliary tracks.

Guitar

Guitar - Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced

Beginning - Beginning Guitar is an introduction to the history and performance of guitar in its many styles. It includes the study of American folk genres, such as blues, jazz, folk and modern rock, as well as classical repertoire transcribed for the guitar. These genres will be used as a tool for understanding the rudimentary elements of music as well as expressive devices, and how these can be used to evoke feelings and meaning in a cultural context. Students will learn how to play single-note melodies as well as rhythmic harmonic accompaniment through chords. They will perform these both as solos and ensemble groups.

Intermediate - Students will build on the basic concepts learned in Beginning Guitar. More advanced chords will be taught including bar chords, as well as alternative chord voicings in various fret positions. More advanced melodic playing and note reading will be expanded upon. Advanced theory and performance practice will be emphasized. Students will also research habits of discipline and career paths associated with the guitar and the way guitar can be used alongside other artistic fields and media.

Advanced - Students will further build on the concepts learned in Intermediate Guitar. Advanced chords will be taught including bar chords, as well as alternative chord voicings in various fret positions. Students will explore intricate rhythms and mixed meters. Advanced melodic playing and note reading will be further expanded upon. Advanced theory and performance practice will be emphasized. Students will also research habits of discipline and career paths associated with the guitar and the way guitar can be used alongside other artistic fields and media. Career paths and potential college audition aspects will discussed.

Orchestra

Orchestra

Orchestra is open to all students who play stringed instruments associated with the Western European traditions. This is not a beginning level class; all students must have prior playing experience. Styles of music will include traditional orchestral music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th century, as well as popular, rock, and jazz literature. Music theory, improvisation, and chamber music performance practice will also be included. At least one public performance will be presented each quarter.

Piano

Piano - Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced

Beginning - Students in this course will develop functional keyboard skills that will provide self-expression and personal growth through participation in music. The course will expose students to basic piano techniques, theory, scales, chords, and repertoire as well as encompass the skills of early sight-reading and beginning improvisation. The discipline of consistent practice in conjunction with graded early-adult piano methods will aid the student in successfully comprehending the fundamentals of music reading as well as executing elementary piano repertoire. Additionally, students will be exposed to a variety of styles and composers, as well as music from the various periods of music, increasing their knowledge and appreciation of various genres.

Intermediate/Advanced - Students in this course will develop keyboard and musicianship skills, including fundamental and advanced technique, scale playing, sight-reading, harmonization, transposition, ensemble playing, accompaniment, and piano repertoire. Additionally, students will be exposed to a variety of styles and composers, as well as music from the various periods of music, increasing their knowledge and appreciation of various genres. Performance practice will be emphasized through regular Master Classes. Scalar and arpeggio techniques are studied in preparation for further work in choral, instrumental, ensemble, and solo literature.

Technical Theatre

Technical Theatre and Technical Theatre Advanced

Beginning - This course is designed to acquaint the serious technical theatre student with all the technical aspects of theatre production, including lighting, sound, scenery construction, scenic artistry, stage crew work, theatre crafts and theatre management. The student will be required to work outside of class on school and community programs occurring in the Bedrosian Performing Arts Center.

Advanced - This course is designed to acquaint the serious technical theatre student with all the technical aspects of theatre production, including lighting, sound, scenery construction, scenic artistry, stage crew work, theatre crafts and theatre management. The student will be required to work outside of class on school and community programs occurring in the Bedrosian Performing Arts Center. This course is designed for students wanting to learn more in-depth techniques to hone skills in this discipline. Prerequisite: Technical Theater.

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts I, II, III, and IV

Theatre Arts I - Open to all students, this course is designed for students with little or no acting experience. Students will study many aspects of theatre arts, including the language of theatre, improvisation, dramatic structure/interpretation, scene study, characterization, and voice control for the stage. Major emphasis will be on the development of acting skills, achieved through a variety of techniques and exercises designed to give the student a wide range of classroom and performance experiences. The course will adhere to the National Core Arts Theatre Standards.

Theatre Arts II - Students in this course will have considerable acting experience or have successfully completed Theatre Arts I. This course is designed to enhance skill levels in all areas through continued exploration of themes begun in Theatre Arts I. The student will be given increasingly difficult material to explore, taken from modern and classic theatre. Students will study specific performance techniques utilized for Shakespeare’s works. Students will also be introduced to additional areas of the theatre arts associated with staging, production, stage-combat and a study of theatre history and its teachers. The course will adhere to the National Core Arts Theatre Standards.

Theatre Arts III & IV - Students in this course will have significant acting experience or have successfully completed Theatre I & II. This is a performance-based class. Students have the option to attend this class for two years. All students will be required to participate in theatre festivals and all school main stage productions (onstage or backstage). This course is designed to enhance skill levels in all areas through continued exploration of themes begun in Theatre I & II. The student will be given increasingly difficult material to explore, taken from modern and classic theatre, as well as modern and classic film. There will be additional emphasis on studying audition techniques for college admission and students will be asked to participate in mock audition master classes with invited industry guests. Students will also be engaged in studying acting techniques for the camera.