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Performing Arts

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The wonder of the performing arts is in the collaboration—diverse people and skillsets coming together to create something beautiful that they couldn't do alone. Students gain knowledge of music, dance, and theatre; refine their skills; and attain excellence in performing. As a result, students are equipped with the tools for the growth and expression of their faith and to influence culture and society for Christ.

Marcus Knight, CCS Class of 2018

“When I joined Choral Ensemble as a sophomore, I was taken aback by the level of musicianship in the room. I learned that the voice God gave me could be used for his glory, and it was a gift to develop my voice and be exposed to many genres of music. I loved going to class every day just to sing and take a break from my other academic classes. It was a great way to connect with people; we really became a family."

Performing Arts Courses

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  • Band

    Introduction to Band (CP)
    Grades 6-8 elective (one-semester course)
    Introduction to Band is a semester class that develops beginning skills of instrumental study. Students should expect to purchase or rent their own instruments. Beginning students choose from flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone with their options expanding in subsequent bands. Introduction to Band has one performance at the end of the semester.
     
    Concert Band (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
    Grades 7-9 elective 
    The CCS Concert Band is an auditioned group of students who have completed Introduction to Band or show proficiency in beginning to intermediate skills. They perform concerts of diverse musical selections for the Middle and High School as well as community events. Students may take this course for a semester or as a full-year option. 

    Advanced Ensemble (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
    Grades 9-12
    Advanced Ensemble exists to provide our advanced musicians an opportunity to perform and develop skills in a wide variety of more advanced content. They are challenged to both understand music theory concepts and apply them to performances. Students may take this course for a semester or as a full-year option. The Advanced Ensemble performs for the football and basketball games as well as two after-school concerts per semester. Placement in either Advanced Ensemble or Jazz Band is by audition. 

    Jazz Band (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
    Grades 9-12 
    The Jazz Band is an ensemble for instrumental or vocal students to develop skills in swing, rock, blues, and other forms of popular music. Students may take this course for a semester or as a full-year option. An emphasis is placed on improvisation. Spots are available for vocals, woodwinds, brass, bass guitar, electric guitar, piano, drum set, and mallets. Placement in either Advanced Ensemble or Jazz Band is by audition. 
     
  • Choir

    Concert Choir (CP) 
    Grades 7-8 (one-semester or full-year option)
    Students in Concert Choir learn to read and understand music as well as develop a higher level of choral musicianship in various styles and languages. The course prepares singers for more advanced levels of choral singing, advances their vocal range and production, and equips them to sing choral music in unison in two-, three-, and four-part harmonies. Choral repertoire includes sacred, popular, gospel, spirituals, and classical styles. Students use their talents to serve the Lord in concert, festival, ministry, and performance opportunities. The course is designed to help students grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ through the study of His creation of music and memorize significant portions of his Word through the means of sacred music.

    Chamber Singers (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
    Grades 9-12 elective 
    This High School mixed choir is a performance-based class for students with an interest in singing developing their abilities. This course functions as preparation for Choral Ensemble or as a rich choral opportunity for students who are beginning their study of the choral arts. Students discuss and listen to singers/choirs of jazz, gospel, and classical musical idioms. Performance events include the winter and spring concerts, school assemblies, competition performances at a regional amusement park, area schools, and nursing homes. Singers also receive instruction in ear training, music fundamentals, sight-reading skills, and vocal production. 

    Choral Ensemble (CP) 1 credit
    Grades 10-12 elective
    Admittance to Choral Ensemble is by audition only and exists to provide our advanced singers an opportunity to sing a wide variety of choral literature in four-part or more harmony, with and without accompaniment. The course provides the opportunity to sing expressively from memory and perform authentically in different languages. The students develop skills in choral blend and balance, basic music theory, and sight-reading. The ensemble has opportunities to represent the school and our Lord through public performance in chapel services, regional and state choral festivals, winter and spring concerts, a concert tour, community civic events, TV appearances, and area churches, schools, and nursing homes. The class also helps prepare students to enjoy singing in college, church, and community choirs, and throughout life. (Additional fees: Interim trip $750; tuxedo/formal dress required.) Prerequisite:Audition; participation in Chamber Singers recommended.
  • Dance

    Ballroom Dance I (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 9-12 elective (may only count as .5 credit of the fine arts graduation requirement)
    This course introduces students to basic technique and steps in at least 5 different styles of ballroom. From this foundation, students develop the skills to learn, refine, and create choreography in preparation for the end of semester performance. This performance includes combinations learned in class as well as new choreography that incorporates style and creative flare. 

    Contemporary Dance (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 9-12 elective
    This course introduces students to the basic technique and movement of modern and jazz dance, with some elements of hip hop. Students learn how to properly warm up the body and demonstrate combinations that move across the floor. This course provides a strong emphasis on learning and performing contemporary choreography,  as well as learning how to develop the skills for creating it. Students demonstrate pieces of contemporary choreography in a performance at the end of the semester. 
  • Guitar

    Guitar (CP) 1/2 credit
    Grades 9-12
    Guitar I prepares students for individual and ensemble guitar performance through reading music notation and chord accompaniment. Students are provided with a guitar in class, but practicing with a guitar at home is recommended. Students are challenged to perform a variety of styles including blues, rock, folk, and classical. 
  • Jazz Band

    Jazz Band (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
    Grades 9-12 
    The Jazz Band is an ensemble for instrumental or vocal students to develop skills in swing, rock, blues, and other forms of popular music. Students may take this course for a semester or as a full-year option. An emphasis is placed on improvisation. Spots are available for vocals, woodwinds, brass, bass guitar, electric guitar, piano, drum set, and mallets. Placement in either Advanced Ensemble or Jazz Band is by audition. 
  • Theatre

    MS Theatre (CP)
    Grades 7-8 (one-semester course)
    Students in MS Theatre explore basic acting and technical skills. This semester course prepares young actors for participation in theatrical production and improvisation and equips them to develop imagination, movement, vocal skills, concentration, and focus. This course sets a foundation of exploration and delight for students interested in the performing arts. 

    Theatre I (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
    Grades 9-12 elective
    This course serves as an introduction to the dramatic arts, with basic acting and technical skills as the focus. In order to understand theatre as a whole, students participate in the many parts of theatrical production as actors, directors, writers, and audience members. This is accomplished through a series of class performances and out-of-class involvement in other theatrical opportunities. The primary focus is to approach acting from various angles in order to develop not only concentration and focus, but also imagination, movement, and vocal skills. This class enables students to express themselves on stage in a believable and truthful way and grow to be well-rounded theatre students.

    Theatre II (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
    Grades 10-12
    The purpose of this course is to utilize the theatrical skills learned in Theatre I to produce a higher level of professionalism as actor, director, writer, and audience member. These students put on the High School spring play, advanced improvisation performances, and other scene work. Students may take this course repeatedly because it changes emphasis each semester; not only are the productions different each semester, but the focus on material changes as well. Individual semesters may emphasize accents, stage combat, stage makeup, directing, script-writing, scenic design, children's theatre, and radio plays. Future concentrations depend upon student interest and talents. Prerequisites: Theatre I and audition.