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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.

Beginning Group Guitar 13+ Rm #
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $20.00
This course provides a solid foundation of guitar technique and basic reading skills in first position, through a fun and engaging group setting. Students will learn the basics of right hand finger picking, left finger use, posture and more.

Beginning Group Guitar 8-12 Rm #
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $20.00
This course provides a solid foundation of guitar technique and basic reading skills in first position, through a fun and engaging group setting. Students will learn the basics of right hand finger picking, left finger use, posture and more.

Dance Mix 7-12 Room MPR
Teacher: Catherine Dresbach
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 7 - 12
1.25 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.

History of Rock 14+ Rm #
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
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+ Rm B-3
Teacher: Alexa Glaser
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This class is for students new to acting as well as for the experienced veteran. Students will develop acting skills and techniques as they explore performance through monologues and short skits. Improvisation will be used to develop character. In addition, students will gain confidence to perform in front of small groups. There will be two performance workshop opportunities during the year which will not require any outside of class rehearsals. Participation in these performances is encouraged but not mandatory.

Music Theory and History 14+ Rm #23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Big Questions: How does music do what it does? What does music mean? What is greatness in music?

Description:
Students will discover the basic elements of music (intervals, chords, harmony, melody, etc.) and explore how these elements have been employed by composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Sibelius, Copland, by listening to their music.

Sample Class, Overall Direction:
Rick Sowash will guide students in listening to at least one piece of music in each class. After listening, students will share what they noticed as the music played. Ear training will help students recognize intervals and chords. Using the elements of music as ‘building blocks,’ students may compose short works. However, composing and solo performing will not be required. Some may be content to develop listening skills instead of composing.

Course Objectives:
1. To introduce students to the elements of music
2. To learn listening skills, ie., to be a receptive and appreciative audience
3. To learn basic music notation and minimal keyboard skills

Course Topics: 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.

Suggestions for Success:
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 about music and how it does what it does.

What to expect: Here are some of the things we're going to do together. We'll listen to and look at music in ways which most people never get to do. We'll inspect music up close and from the inside, learning how composers think, trying to figure out what makes certain pieces so effective. We'll listen to great music together and try to discover what is going on 'behind in scenes.' We'll discern, if we can, the tricks of the great composers. We'll learn to think like composers as we create our own tunes, together. We'll touch on a lot of other subjects, too, along the way. History, biography, anecdotes. Mr. Sowash, who is a composer of classical music, will also share some of his own works with the class.


Musical Theatre W/F 12+ Rm #Stage
Teachers: Suzanne Robinson, Kara Sulzer
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Students learn musical theatre skills such as acting, singing, and basic dance. They gain confidence in their abilities through encouragement and positive group experiences as they prepare for their performance.

It is recommended that students are comfortable acting and singing in front of others and are able to carry a tune. Parts will be decided by an audition in the early fall but everyone in the class will receive a part.

Susie Schickel brings a wealth of directing/music experience, knowledge and creatvity to make this a wonderful opportunity.


Puppets and Plays 9-12 W Rm. 31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
We will study, design, and operate a range of puppets from shadow puppets to simple marionettes. Explore puppetry in different cultures and discover some of the ways puppets are used (you may be surprised). Learn the stories behind some famous puppet characters. We’ll create our own puppets, and even theaters, out of a variety of materials, then use many of them to put on shows including traditional and well known tales and stories of our own creation.

Shakespeare Performance 14+ Rm MPR
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: Must be able to rehearse on Mondays close to show dates.
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
The works of William Shakespeare are meant to be performed! In this class students will study, interpret, rehearse, and perform one of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. The first half of the year will be spent studying the text, then the second half will be spent blocking and rehearsing the play (Note that there will be Monday rehearsals starting in January), all culminating in a performance at Leaves as well as a performance at Memorial Hall, organized through Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Project 38. Every actor should take on the Bard at least once in their career! Here’s your opportunity!

Songwriting 14+ Rm. 23
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
Love music? Ever wanted to learn to write a song? Songwriting 101 is for anyone interested in the process of songwriting! Music lovers of all genres and ALL levels of proficiency are welcome in this class. Learn to take your thoughts and ideas and turn them into song lyrics and perform them with your peers! (Kim has over 20 years experience working as a singer-songwriter in the music industry. She received 6 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for songwriter of the year and has traveled all over the globe performing her original material. Her songs have been placed in numerous television shows including Smallville and Cyberbully. Find more about her work at www.kim-taylor.net).

Stage Combat 14+ Stage
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
This class teaches students how to safely create fun and convincing fight choreography through stage combat techniques. This is not a class on how to fight (like fencing), it is literally a class on how NOT to fight, as the objective of stage combat is to not hurt your scene partner while still convincing audiences that your blows have legitimate weight behind them. The class covers unarmed, broadsword, and rapier & dagger choreography, as well as Laban movements and efforts.


Technical Theater 14+
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Tech theatre explores the various technical elements that go into a theatrical production! Students will learn about everything from Set Design, Set Construction, and Set Painting, to creating the Lights, Sound, and Props needed for a successful play or musical. At the end of the year students will assist other performance classes in their productions!

Theater 13+ Rm Stage
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Studying acting is the practice of learning to be fully present in a moment and sharing authentically with an audience. Theatre 13+ caters to those who are new to performance as well as veteran actors, learning valuable skills in speech, movement, memorization, and character development. Throughout the first half of the year we work on contemporary monologues and scenes, both comedic and dramatic, while the second half of the year is spent preparing for the LOL Annual One-Act Festival, where we join forces with Musical Theatre, Improv, and Movement & Combat for a night of entertainment! Note that there may be additional rehearsals after school on Fridays as we approach the performance.

Vocal Ensemble (Audition Only) 13+ W 9:30 Rm 23
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This course is designed to give young singers (13+) a solid vocal and musical foundation through a weekly rehearsal and regular in-school performances. In rehearsal, students will learn to sight-read using solfeggio, practice vocal technique in respiration, phonation, resonant tone production, diction, and expression, and learn to sing a wide range of musical styles. Through performance, students have the opportunity to work together singing as an ensemble and to present themselves confidently in front of an audience.

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