Performing Arts

  • BASS CHOIR
    Course Code:  MUS 502/503
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No

    This is a performance class aimed toward developing the Bass and Tenor voices, along with changing voice, through the exploration of a variety of musical styles. Students will work toward excellence in individual and group performance. Music rudiments reading skills will be developed and vocal production techniques will be learned. Opportunities for solo performance will be provided and encouraged.

    CHAMBER CHOIR
    Course Code:  MUS 504/505
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Acceptance by Audition
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No

    This is a performance class aimed toward advanced singers who will explore a wide variety of musical styles for mixed voice. Music rudiments, reading skills will be developed and vocal production techniques will be learned. Students will be expected to strive toward excellence in individual and group performance. Opportunities for solo performance will be provided and encouraged.

    CONCERT BAND
    Course Code:  MUS 514/515
    Full Year:  1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Acceptance by Audition
    Grade Level: 9-12
    College Credit:  No

    This group is for students who have achieved a certain level of instrumental mastery. Tone production, intonation, and rhythmic interpretation will be taught in this class. Students are required to participate in all activities which are scheduled during the term. The highest standards of musicianship and responsibility are expected from all members. Participation in Marching Band and Pep Band is highly encouraged.

    GUITAR
    Course Code:  MUS 508
    Half Year:  0.5 credit (repeatable REP GTR)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Level: 9-12
    College Credit:  No

    This is a non performing class designed to teach you the basics of the guitar, including musical notation, individual notes in first position, chords, strum patterns, finger picking and more.  Students will need to provide their own guitar.

    MUS 103 HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL
    Course Code: MUS 713
    One Semester:  1.0 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts  
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  Yes, CWU: MUS103 (5 cr)

    Rock and roll: An American story focuses on the history of Rock and Roll, the music that changed the world. From its roots in Blues, Country, Gospel and R&B, Rock and Roll and its related forms have - for over 5 decades - touched all facets of our lives, private and public. Rock and Roll is experienced not simply as a sound culture, but as a cinematic and televisual culture, a literary culture, a fashion culture and a political culture, a dance culture and more. It is lived in many ways and will be studied in the same style.

    MUS 101 HISTORY OF JAZZ
    Course Code: MUS 711
    One Semester:  1.0 Credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts
    Prerequisite:  Recommend History of Rock and Roll
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  Yes, CWU: MUS101 (5 cr)

    History of artistic, cultural, and technological developments in jazz, focusing on important players and performances. Introduction to fundamental musical concepts and methods; emphasis on active listening, social justice, current issues. 

    MUS 101 HISTORY OF JAZZ/JAZZ PERFORMANCE A/B
    Course Code:  MUS 709/710
    Full Year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts
    Prerequisite:  Teacher Permission
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  MUS101 HJAZZP A/B, 5 CWU Credits awarded in S2

    This group is designed to teach the concepts of jazz-style playing in all its forms. The highest standards of musicianship and responsibility are expected from members. Students are required to participate in all activities which are scheduled during the term.  Class meets after school from 2-2:40pm. If you participate in sports, you can still be a member of Jazz Band. Students are required to be enrolled in one of the concert band or percussion classes in order to be in Jazz Band.

    MUS 102 ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY
    Course Code:  MUS712/722
    Full Year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts  
    Prerequisite:  Basic music reading ability
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  Yes, passage of AP Exam or CWU: MUS102 (5 cr)

    Music Theory courses are designed to be the equivalent of a first -year music theory college course as specified by the College Board. AP Music Theory develops students’ understanding of musical structure and compositional procedures. Usually intended for students who already possess performance-level skills, AP Music Theory courses extend and build upon students’ knowledge of intervals, scales, chords, metric/rhythmic patterns, and the ways they interact in a composition. Musical notation, analysis, composition, and aural skills are important components of the course.

    PERCUSSION
    Course Code:  MUS 604/605
    Full Year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective 
    Prerequisite:  Teacher Permission
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No

    Percussion students will learn and perfect fundamental percussion techniques to be performed with the band and as percussion ensembles. This class will serve as the percussion section for the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band. Prior experience is highly recommended.

    SELECT CHOIR
    Course Code:  MUS 550/551
    Full year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Electives
    Prerequisite:  Acceptance by Audition
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No

    This is a performance class aimed toward Advanced Treble voice, (soprano and Alto) through exploring a wide variety of musical styles for mixed voice. Music rudiments, reading skills will be developed and vocal production techniques will be learned. Students will be expected to strive toward excellence in individual and group performance. Opportunities for solo performance will be provided and encouraged. A vocal solo in class is required quarterly.

    SYMPHONIC BAND
    Course Code:  MUS 510/511
    Full year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Teacher Permission
    Grade Level: 10-12
    College Credit:  No

    This group is for students who have achieved a moderately high level of instrumental mastery. Tone production, intonation, and rhythmic interpretation will be taught in this class. Students are required to participate in all activities which are scheduled during the term. The highest standards of musicianship and responsibility are expected from all members. Participation in Marching Band and Pep Band is highly encouraged.

    TREBLE CHOIR
    Course Code:  MUS 500/501
    Full year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No

    This is a performance class aimed toward developing the Soprano and Alto voice exploring a wide variety of musical styles for mixed voice. Music rudiments, reading skills will be developed and vocal production techniques will be learned. Students will be expected to strive toward excellence in individual and group performance. Opportunities for solo performance will be provided and encouraged. A vocal solo in class is required quarterly.

    WIND ENSEMBLE
    Course Code:  MUS 600/601
    Full year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Acceptance by Audition
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No

    This group is for advanced students who have achieved a high level of instrumental mastery. Students will continue an in depth study of tone production, intonation, rhythmic interpretation and proper style. Students are required to participate in all activities which are scheduled during the term. The highest standards of musicianship and responsibility are expected from all members. Participation in Marching Band and Pep Band is highly encouraged.

Visual Arts

  • ART 1
    Course Code: ART101
    One Semester 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation: Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Level: 9-12
    College Credit: No
    Cost $25.00

    This course is for those students with limited art experience who would like to learn the basics of art elements and the principles of design while creating fun and interesting projects. Students learn how to create art compositions and apply them to varying art mediums. Students will learn basic drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting, textiles and bookmaking. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook and journal for the entire course of the semester.

    DIGITAL DESIGN 1
    Course Code: BUS 119
    One Semester: 0.5 Credit
    Credit for Graduation: Visual Arts, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite: Digital Photojournalism preferred
    Grade Level: 10-12
    College Credit: No
    Certification: Precision Exam--Desktop Publishing

    Digital Design is a semester-long, project-based course that develops career and communication skills in graphic design, print and digital media production using Adobe Illustrator and other online tools.  Students will have the opportunity to develop project management skills and collaborate with peers, use their creativity to produce innovative designs, present designs to peers and clients, and expand research and communication skills. Using these skills, students will create intricate, portfolio-ready designs ranging from logos, social media posts, book covers and yearbook page layouts.

    DIGITAL DESIGN 2

    Course Code: BUS 219
    One Semester: 0.5 Credit
    Credit for Graduation: Visual Arts, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite: Digital Design 1
    Grade Level: 10-12
    College Credit: No
    Certification: Adobe Certified Associate, Precision Exam--Desktop Publishing

    Digital Design 2 is a semester-long, project-based course that expands a student’s knowledge of technology tools to create graphic designs, print and digital media production. Students will collaborate with community partners to develop projects to meet their communication needs while using their artistic skills to produce innovative portfolio-ready designs ranging from logos, social media posts, posters and other marketing tools.

    DIGITAL PHOTO JOURNALISM|
    Course Code:  BUS 540
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  Yes, Clover Park DED110 (4 cr)
    Certifications: Precision - Commercial Photography (537)

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles of photography and provide them with opportunities to apply those skills to the more specific practice of journalistic photography. Through studying the work of professionals in the field, going on assignment, and working with classmates, students will learn the processes involved in telling a visual story. These processes include taking photographs with the school’s library of DSLR cameras, editing those photographs with journalistic integrity and pairing them with corresponding headlines and descriptions.  Students in Digital Photojournalism have the opportunity to submit photos to be considered for publication in the Yelm High School Tornado Yearbook.

    DRAWING 1
    Course Code:  ART 515
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Cost:  $10.00

    In Drawing 1 students will explore the elements of art and principles of design through drawing exercises and guided projects.  Students will practice drawing from both imagination and observation, developing their personal voice and technical skills in pencil and ink.  Lessons will introduce students to concepts of observational accuracy, compositional design, the use of “shading” to create 3-D forms, human portraiture, cartooning and linear perspective.  No prior art experience is necessary.

    DRAWING 2
    Course Code:  ART 516
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Drawing 1
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Cost:  $10.00

    In Drawing 2 students will continue to develop their skills of observational drawing, compositional problem solving and imaginative self-expression through pencil and ink drawings.  This course is intended for mature, self-motivated students who seek to strengthen their drawing skills while developing a portfolio of personal work.  Class projects will explore topics such as realism, abstraction, art historical styles and graphic design.

    FLORAL DESIGN 1 (video)  
    Course Code:  AGR 555
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification: Precision Floral (131)
    Cost:  $15.00

    In this class, you will learn the art of designing with flowers.  Students will make corsages and boutonnieres, holiday decorations, round arrangements and line arrangements. The floral industry is one of the largest in the field of horticulture and agriculture and employs many in a wide range from wage earners to shop owners. Key factors along with design will include merchandising and marketing, sales and service, interview skills, as well as field trips to see different aspects of the floral design industry, including distribution and design.

    FLORAL DESIGN 2, 3, & 4 (video)  
    Course Code:  AGR 556, AGR 557, AGR 558
    One Semester: 0.5 credit each semester
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Floral Design
    Grade Level: 10—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification: Precision Floral (131)
    Cost:  $15.00

    Floral Design 2, 3, & 4 are intended for those students who successfully complete Floral Design and want to pursue advanced projects and subject matter. In addition to wedding and funeral planning, students will gain entrepreneurial skills by creating and stocking a simulated floral shop, creating a variety of specialty arrangements with a focus on vase design. In addition, students will develop a work plan for product delivery.

    LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION
    Course Code:  AGR 561
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Precision — Landscape (133)

    In this class you will learn about pruning and the growing field of Turf and Golf Management. You will also be asked to design and install different areas of campus including our land lab with new landscape materials. The course will touch on irrigation, waterfalls, pavers, and flagstone pathways. By obtaining the listed skill set, you will have highly employable skills that can be applied to help pay for college or apply to a career in the horticulture industry. This class provides students the ability to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the FFA and enter class projects for fair premiums. The Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event gives students the chance to travel and expand their skills in the horticulture industry.

    LANDSCAPE DESIGN
    Course Code:  AGR 560
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Certification:  Precision - Landscape (133)

    Students will practice and work towards perfecting their landscape design principles, by learning how to draw houses, symbols, walkways, trees, and shrubs. Students will also walk away with the ability to design a landscape that is eye appealing and follows all landscape principles. Students will learn plant selection, landscape planning and layout. Students will design a real landscape and choose the correct plants. The design can be exhibited at local fairs for a chance to earn premium points. Students will gain an understanding about the variety of landscape plants and learn how to identify different species. Students who choose to stay in second semester, often become group leaders for the larger landscape projects. Advanced students may use the industry approved computer design programs to expand their skill set. This class provides students the ability to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the FFA. The Nursery/ Landscape Career Development Event gives students the chance to travel and expand their skills in the horticulture industry.

    PAINTING 1
    Course Code:  ART 528
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Cost:  $15.00

    Painting I is designed to develop students’ understanding of the elements of art and principles of design through a focused exploration of watercolor and acrylic painting.  Progressive assignments will teach tool use, basic drawing, the use of light and shadow to create “3-D” forms, color theory, and compositional design.  No prior art experience is required.

    PAINTING 2
    Course Code:  ART 529
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Painting 1
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Cost:  $15.00

    In Painting 2, students continue to explore skill-building, material experimentation, compositional design and personal expression in watercolor and acrylic painting.  This course is meant for mature, self-motivated students who are interested in expanding their painting skills while developing a portfolio of personal work.  Class projects will provide challenges to students in compositional problem solving, painting techniques and engaging art history.

    PRINT MAKING 1
    Course Code:  ART 203
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Cost:  $25.00

    This course is for both beginning and advanced art students.  Both levels of students will be able to create art compositions that will have a finished high quality appearance.  This course focuses on the traditional print media of graphic design.  The “design” portion of the class receives special emphasis while at the same time creating unique graphic prints.  Students will learn how to draw and create designs that they will then reproduce in various printing media.  The printing media range will include linoleum blocks, metal plates, rubber sheets, polyester films, cotton paper, rice paper, and glass.  Students who draw will improve their skills and abilities; motivated students will learn to draw well. The use of these media allows for the possibility of placement in personal portfolios for scholarship competition and art school placement. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook and portfolio over the course of the semester.

    PRINT MAKING 2
    Course Code:  ART 204
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  Print Making 1
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Cost:  $25.00

    This course is designed as a portfolio building experience for the self-motivated serious design student with art school ambitions. It places greater emphasis on the skills and techniques learned in section 1 while introducing new and advanced theories and techniques. Students will create one or more series researching image development and refinement over the semester. Students will be required to submit detailed sketches outlining their proposed series of research during the first two weeks of the semester.

    SCULPTURE
    Course Code:  ART 610
    One Semester: 0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Fine Arts or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  No
    Cost:  $30

    The sculpture class is a Three Dimensional design exploration class designed to introduce and expose students to problem solving situations using a variety of 3D media and techniques.  There is no prerequisite required for this class.  This class covers the basic forms of sculpture; Bas Relief, High Relief, and Sculpture in the Round.  Students will also be introduced to a variety of sculpture techniques and media, which may include; paper, cardboard, clay, plaster craft materials, stone, wood, glass, and metal.  This class has something to offer for students along the entire spectrum of artistic ability and experience.

    WEB DESIGN 1
    Course Code:  BUS 536
    One Semester:  0.5 credit
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None
    Grade Level: 9—12
    College Credit:  Yes,  Bates WEB102 (5 cr) or CPW118 (5 cr) and Pierce DDSGN150 (5 cr) or Clover Park GTC265 (5 cr)
    Certification:  Precision—Business Webpage Design I (254E)

    Do you enjoy coding, but are also interested in art/design? Create professional-looking websites and learn to code using HTML and CSS in this hands-on, project-centered semester course. This course emphasizes design elements involving layout, navigation, and interactivity. Students prepare for higher education or jobs in the Internet economy. You can also earn college credit! If this sounds right for you, then sign up!

    YEARBOOK / PUBLISHING (video) 
    Course Code:  PRO 530/531
    Full year: 1.0 credit (.5 each semester)
    Credit for Graduation:  Art, CTE or Elective
    Prerequisite:  None (Recommended: Digital Photography and/or Digital Design) - Application and Teacher Permission
    Grade Level: 10—12
    Technical College Credit:  Yes, Clover Park GTC110 (5 cr)
    Certification:  Precision - Desktop Publishing (248)

    More than a class! In this advanced-level course, students will expand their knowledge of photojournalism and design publishing by actually doing it. Through this year-long course, students will work independently and in collaborative groups under the direction of student editors and the teacher to design, market and publish the Yelm High School Tornado Yearbook.  Skills include journalistic writing, photojournalism, design, editing, and sales and marketing.  This course requires after-school and out-of-class hours.