Musical Theatre Workshop 7 gives students the opportunity to learn techniques and develop skills in music, dance, and acting. Students sing varied musical theatre repertoire, perform monologues and scenes, and learn different styles of dance. This course contains some lectures, reading and written work, but primarily focuses on performance-based activities. At the end of the six week course, students present a performance showcasing the skills they have learned in one to two required daytime performances and two required evening performances.
Musical Theatre Performance 8 gives students a more in-depth experience developing the techniques and skills learned in Musical Theatre Workshop 7 through the rehearsal and presentation of a fully staged musical theatre production. Students will audition for roles, and learn songs, scenes, and choreography within the context of the show. In addition to performance-based activities, this course also contains lectures, reading and written work. At the end of the semester, students perform in two required evening performances.
Music Theory I introduces students to the fundamentals of music theory and practice. This course contains lectures, critical listening, written work, and creative compositional activities, beginning with simple note and rhythm reading and advancing to basic harmonic analysis and musical composition. Students also learn beginning keyboarding skills and practice ear training and rhythmic dictation. At the end of the semester, students complete a comprehensive final exam that includes sections on musical vocabulary, composition, and analysis.
Music Theory II gives students an intermediate overview of music theory and practice, building upon the foundational concepts learned in Music Theory 1. Topics of study begin with triads and advance to intermediate harmonic and formal analysis and musical arranging and composition. This course contains lectures, critical listening, written work, and creative compositional activities, and continues to develop beginning/intermediate keyboarding skills, ear training, and rhythmic dictation. At the end of the semester, students complete a comprehensive final exam that includes sections on musical vocabulary, composition, and analysis.
AP Music Theory expands on the fundamental music theory topics covered in Music Theory 1 and 2. Students learn intermediate/advanced rhythmic, harmonic, and formal analyses through lectures, practice, score analysis, critical listening, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and sight-singing. In addition, students may also work on creative musical composition and arranging assignments and/or intermediate/advanced piano skills.
Pinewood Singers is a mixed voice vocal ensemble for boys in grades 9-12 and girls in grades 11-12. The group rehearses and performs a variety of choral literature encompassing many different musical styles and languages, and participates in concerts, festivals, and competitions. In rehearsal, students learn basic vocal technique, stage presence, performance, ear training skills, choral singing (up to 6 part harmony), and some solo singing. Each year, students may participate in a touring opportunity, generally rotating international and national tours every year.
Women’s Chorus is a female choir for girls in grades 9-10. This course gives students the opportunity to rehearse and perform a variety of choral literature encompassing many different musical styles and languages, and participates in concerts, festivals, and competitions. In rehearsal, students learn basic vocal technique, stage presence, performance, ear training skills, choral singing (up to 3 or 4 part harmony), and some solo singing. Each year, the Women’s Chorus may participate with the Pinewood Singers in a touring opportunity, generally rotating international and national tours every year.
Humanities is a one semester course required for all students in grade 9. This course is designed to provide students with a historical overview of the visual and performing arts in Western Culture as it reflects the growth of our civilization. Humanities is taught in 6 week sections by three, discipline specific teachers, in the areas of art, music and theatre history. During the art rotation, students will learn about all the time periods and movements from the birth of art in caves to contemporary art. They demonstrate their understanding of the evolution of artistic theories and practices through both traditional academic assessments and the creation of artwork. The music unit covers historical music topics from the ancient through contemporary music periods. Students study each topic through a variety of activities ranging from listening and analysis to performance-based activities. The theatre section is a lecture-based class that tracks the evolution of theatre from the fields of ancient Greece, to the platform stage of the English renaissance. For practical reinforcement, students complete creative projects throughout the course and a cumulative final of all three units at the end of the semester. Students will be given a foundation in the humanities that will help them achieve further success in their literature, social studies and arts classes.
Theatre I is a one semester beginning acting class that will satisfy half of the Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement. This course may be taken by students in grades 10 and 11. Through active participation in Theatre 1, students will engage in activities and exercises that are designed specifically for each class to develop confidence on-stage and off. Other areas of focus include character development, vocal projection and expressiveness, and general theatre knowledge.
Theatre II is a one semester beginning/intermediate acting class that, upon completion, will satisfy the V.P.A. graduation requirement. This course may be taken by students in grades 11 and 12. Theatre 2 will continue to build on the elements established in Theatre I. Theatre II students will be asked to perform literature that may be more advanced and may also be asked to direct a scene.
Technical Theatre is a one semester elective course available to students in grades 9-12. Students will work hands-on as designers, carpenters, and technicians in the areas of stagecraft, lighting and stage management. Students in Technical Theatre will provide the essential technical assistance for all productions and events held at Pinewood. Due to the nature of theatre, technical theatre students will be asked to participate during evening hours to work backstage during dress rehearsals and during the run of the show.
Drama/Musical Theatre is an extra-curricular elective available to all students in grades 9-12. This course provides students with the opportunity to participate in full-scale theatrical productions. Every year, Pinewood Performing Arts produces a straight play in the fall and a large-scale musical in the spring. Though it varies from season to season, an additional small-cast musical may be offered in the winter. Casting is done at the discretion of the director and musical director who base their decision on the student audition, availability, and overall impression. All roles are available to all students who audition regardless of experience or class year. Each production takes six to twelve weeks with rehearsals held after school. Rehearsals culminate in a run of fully produced performances open to the public. Students who are cast will sign a commitment contract that outlines attendance and participation requirements.