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Drama & Music

Leaves of Learning drama and music classes teach skills that last a lifetime. Students come away with enhanced life-skills: self confidence, self awareness, initiative, responsibility, dedication, leadership, creative thinking, group dynamics, and group decision-making.

Acting Techniques (14+) TH 9:30 Stage
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $65.00
Have you ever wondered about the theories behind the art of Acting? This class will explore the different visionaries behind acting and movement performance that helped to shape the artists of the modern era. In this class we will not only study the theorists, but we will try out their techniques and theories in class through activities and exercises.


Dance Workshop (8-12) MPR/Stage
Teacher: Julie Locker
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 12
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
A high-energy dance class that samples hip-hop, tap, musical theater, ballet, jazz, and more! Does your child want to dance but is unsure of what style he or she would like best? Or maybe you love ALL styles of dance! In this dance class, students will be taught the basic foundation for the styles of ballet, jazz, and tap dance on a regular basis. We will learn the history and culture of classical dance and how dance has evolved through the years. We will also have several performances for family and friends throughout the year. Students will have a blast! Tap and ballet shoes are required, as well as comfy athletic clothing.

Guitar (9-12) Rm. 12
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
Learn how to use a pick, finger pick when and where to do so and in what genre of music while learning about music notation, tablature and more! This course provides a solid foundation of guitar technique and basic reading skills in first position, through a fun and engaging group setting.


History of Rock and Roll (14+) Rm #12
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
History of Rock and Roll:
Stylistic Characteristics and Its Influences
This course explores the roots of rock and roll through aural recognition and is meant to teach students a timeline of events, as well as, how to identify influential genres through listening. Covering rhythm, beat, song form and music theory basics.


Improvisation 14+ Wed. 11:00 Stage
Teacher: Julie Locker
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class is for students new to acting as well as for those with some experience. Students will develop acting skills and techniques as they explore performance through short skits and activities. Improvisation will be used to develop character. In addition, students will gain confidence to perform in front of small groups. There will be several optional performance opportunities.

Music & Theatre (6-8) Fri. 1:00 Rm. 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
All the world’s a stage, so hop on up and join us for this music and theatre showcase. Students will learn the fundamentals of music, participate in games and activities to build on their theatre and public speaking skills, explore various cultures, and perform plays, and puppet shows. It’s your time to shine!

Music Theory & History (14+) Stage
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
How does music do what it does? What does music mean? What is greatness in music?
Students will discover the basic elements of music (intervals, chords, harmony, melody, etc.) and how these have been employed by composers of Europe and America, through carefully prepared and guided in-class listenings. After listening, students will share what they noticed as the music played. Using the elements of music as ‘building blocks,’ students may compose short works. However, the emphasis will be on the development of listening skills. The course content will include music history, biographies of composers, and music as a humanity, ie., the ways in which music conveys the ideas and spirit of particular periods and peoples.
It is not necessary to be able to read music or to play a musical instrument to succeed in this course. Students only need to be curious.
Students will discern the tricks of the great composers, learning how to think like composers, anticipating what a given composer might do to express an idea or feeling, and then listening to what the composer actually did. Mr. Sowash, who is a composer of classical music, will also share some of his own works with the class.


Rhythm and Music (6-9) Rm. 12
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Let’s get the wiggles out and shake the ants from our pants with the end of the day course, music and rhythm! This fun interactive course explores a variety of percussive instruments, most every dance beat from the polka to the tango while simultaneously learning the in’s and out’s of music notation.


Rhythm and Music (9-12) Rm. 12
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Let’s get the wiggles out and shake the ants from our pants with the end of the day course, music and rhythm! This fun interactive course explores a variety of percussive instruments, most every dance beat from the polka to the tango while simultaneously learning the in’s and out’s of music notation.


Shakespeare Performance (10-13) Rm MPR/Stage
Teacher: Julie Locker
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Must be able to rehearse on Mondays close to show dates.
Ages: 10 - 14
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
In this class, we will use William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to learn techniques for acting Shakespeare’s text. By the end of the year, students will understand the textual features of Shakespeare’s verse and prose, portrayal of a character using body and voice, how to speak Shakespeare’s language clearly and effectively, and techniques for auditioning for Shakespearean productions. The course will culminate in a final performance.

Shakespeare Performance (14+) MPR/Stage
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: Must be able to rehearse on Mondays before performances.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
In this class, we will use William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to learn techniques for acting Shakespeare’s text. By the end of the year, students will understand the textual features of Shakespeare’s verse and prose, portrayal of a character using body and voice, how to speak Shakespeare’s language clearly and effectively, and techniques for auditioning for Shakespearean productions. The course will culminate in a final performance.

Storytelling (12-14) Wed. 11:00 Library
Teacher: Shawn Braley
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Being able to tell a story well is a skill which can be learned. This course will closely examine the tools of a storyteller: eyes, voice, hands, face, movement. By telling stories with Mr. Sowash as a coach, students will develop their skills in using these tools. To illustrate these tools, Mr. Sowash, a master storyteller, will tell many stories himself, drawn from his books and personal experience as well as from history and folklore. Students will discover, read, hear, and tell many different kinds of stories -- tall tales, fables, family stories, history stories, ghost stories, jokes and more -- each requiring a somewhat different approach. The use of props, sound effects, and music will be explored. Students will learn how to use a microphone. Telling stories in class, students will learn to be at ease in front of a crowd and to speak in ways that will make people like to listen to what is being said.

Theater (14+) Tues. 9:30 Stage
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
What is theater, and what are the elements of storytelling that make theatre engaging? How can we apply theatre theory and criticism to the practice of theater making? Throughout the year, students will read and analyze plays and apply the fundamentals of acting, directing, playwriting, design, and of course, collaboration, into their own works, culminating in a final performance. When taken in conjunction with Acting Techniques, students will develop a more well-rounded understanding of theater in order to become more collaborative performers.

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