Visual Arts Department:
The goal of the department is to teach students to incorporate their vision into a component of their thinking skills. The eyes are directly connected to the conscious mind. It is vision that focuses the mind in listening and problem solving. It is the sensory organ that feeds the most input into the brain. The course is designed to teach students how to succeed and it begins with discipline and the focusing of the eyes, which is the focusing of the brain. Those students who are actively pursuing an art career and the preparation of a portfolio for post secondary study will use the above techniques plus knowledge of material to understand and translate their world of vision into a work of art.
Ms. Mulholland is very excited about the journey that we will be taking together this year! Some of you have had music classes for many years and I hope that you can learn new things this year to help you grow musically. For some of you, this is your first ever experience with music and I cannot wait to introduce you to the awesome world of music! We will be singing throughout the year in this class and will perform as a sophomore class on Ring Day and in the Christmas and spring concerts. When we are not busy singing, we will be exploring such topics as music notation, instrument families, classical music history, jazz history, Latin music, opera, musical theatre and much, much more. We will also attend exciting outside performances such as an opera at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center and a Broadway show. Learning music requires perseverance, discipline, creativity and team work and I hope that this year will be a memorable one that helps you to grow as a musician and a person.
The Music department will continue to offer all Sophomores a basic theory class and a group keyboard studies class this academic school year. Also included in the curriculum is one quarter of Speech, where the girls have the opportunity to practice their oral articulation skills and prepare themselves for college and job interviews.
This will be one of the most fun and challenging classes you will ever take. Together this year, we will actively learn about a variety of theatre topics such as stage movement, pantomime, improvisation, and playwriting and will perform in International Night and AMSU’s spring musical. Through our partnership with TDF’s “Residency Project,” this class will participate in a year-long playwriting workshop with a NYC playwright. This workshop includes an opportunity for students’ work to be read by professional actors in a Manhattan theater and two trips to see Broadway and off-Broadway shows. This will be an exciting year full of laughter and personal growth and I look forward to guiding you all to your personal best on and off stage!
The Media Arts and Applications course is a combination of media history, creation of films, the 2014-2015 yearbook, and the school newspaper. The media history component of the course is divided into four parts:
- History of Radio and Television
- The History of Motion Pictures
- History of American Television Genres
- Religion and Television