Beginning Band is a class that emphasizes the basics of instrumental music. The class has a small student-to-teacher ratio so that each student will receive a good amount of one-on-one instruction. The goal of this class is to help students reach the point where they can be a part of the Advanced Band the following year.
Advanced Band is a class that is designed for students who have experience playing instrumental music. In this class, an emphasis will be placed on mastering scales, rhythms, articulation, intonation, musical expression, listening, and practice routines. This ensemble has about 15 performances annually which include: home football games, FMBC Marching Band competitions, the Christmas Concert, FBA Solo and Ensemble Festival, ACSI Concert Band Festival, FBA Concert Band Festival, community outreach concerts, and the Spring Concert.
Jazz Combo is a smaller class of advanced musicians. The main areas of focus in this class are: jazz style, improvisation, and jazz history. Students who take Jazz Combo class must also be a member of the Advanced Band class.
Directed Study in Instrumental Music is designed for instrumental music students who have played their instrument for at least one school year and have a desire to continue to develop their individual musicianship in a one-on-one setting. The course is not designed to give students opportunities to perform in ensembles at CCHS, but rather to help students develop the knowledge and techniques they need to improve as individual musicians
Choir gives students who enjoy music the opportunity to sing and make music together with other like-minded people. Singing is powerful, as it contains all the emotion of music combined with the power to communicate with words; Choir students get to experience this, and share it with others through performance. Students will learn not only what it means to be a good singer, but also what it means to be a good musician. The choir performs many times throughout the year – at concerts, school events, and community outreach performances. Throughout the year, students from choir are selected to participate in smaller vocal ensembles sand solo performances as well. Most importantly, students learn to use a Christian worldview to understand music and how it relates to the world around them.
Beginning Guitar is a class designed to serve as an introduction to many styles of guitar performance, with an emphasis on complete musicianship. Students will learn basic guitar techniques, songwriting techniques, and guitar maintenance. Students will improve their skills as musicians by developing music literacy and comprehension. Finally, students will use a Christian worldview to understand music performance, their own musicianship, and the function of music in society.
This course will provide students with the basic skills of written and aural music theory. After the students have completed the course, they will have a deeper understanding of how music is put together and how to intelligently comprehend the music they hear. Students taking Music Theory must also take either Advanced Band or Choir during the same school year.
Musical Arts School
Private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, violin, and band instruments are available through the Musical Arts School of Calvary Baptist Church.
This course is designed to help students develop skills for use in leading worship in chapels. The class will focus on developing instrumental and/or vocal skills, developing knowledge and experience related to contemporary praise music, developing the ability to work with a team to produce a unified worship segment, developing the ability to incorporate Scripture in a worship setting, and developing the ability to relate to an audience and engage them in worship.
Drama is a course designed for those with interest in acting performing. Students will have opportunities to improve acting skills through improvisation, scene analysis, character analysis, rehearsal, and performances.
Students will work as part of an acting ensemble and create theatrical performance pieces to be shared with an audience. This class is a student theatre workshop, and is modeled after professional theatre companies. Students will apply for leadership positions, work within a company of actors and designers during rehearsals that culminate with competition performances at the District and State level. This class offers a safe environment for students to explore their God-given talents while learning how to be professionals in the performing arts. Students are required to perform three to five evenings throughout the year for school events.
The Elements of Art (Art 1)
The Elements of Art is an introductory art class designed to acquaint students to the visual arts. The formal elements of art and the principles of design are foundational to the course. Specific areas of study include: drawing, color, design, charcoal, pastel, digital photography, clay, sculpture, anatomy, watercolor/acrylic, landscape/nature, and history/art appreciation.
The Principles of Art (Art II)
The Principles of Art is an intermediate art class designed to build on students’ knowledge of the formal elements of art and principles of design. Students in this class will explore and grow in a variety of mediums and techniques used in creating works of art. Students will continue to work in specific areas of study such as: drawing, color, design, charcoal, pastel, digital photography, clay, sculpture, anatomy, watercolor/acrylic, landscape/nature, and history/art appreciation.
AP (Advanced Placement) Drawing
In AP Drawing Portfolio students will explore drawing issues including line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark-making through a variety of means, such as painting, printmaking or mixed media. The student will develop technical skills and become familiar with the functions of visual elements as an individual portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the course is created.
Incorporating the formal elements of art and principles of design, students will learn the basics of illustrating. From storyboards to children’s books, the goal of this class is for students to expand their knowledge and experience in the drawing process using expression and gestures to visually communicate, conceptualize, and express their creative ideas dynamically through storyboards and other professional practices. Students will learn the art of visual narrative from traditional illustration while incorporating basic drawing skills.
Ruach Exhibitions is a course designed to give students a thorough understanding of how a fine art gallery works. Students will learn how to design, create and market exhibitions hosted by Ruach Gallery throughout the year. Students will be instrumental in updating the website for the gallery, creating an online presence for the gallery using social media, as well as marketing the space.
Journalism & Writing
This course will provide students with a foundation in the basic principles of journalism through the production of the Kranion yearbook. Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of journalistic writing.
Students in this course work to produce the school’s yearbook, the Kranion. Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of journalistic writing, photography, graphic design, advertising and marketing. Students will also develop skills in time-management, organization, and teamwork to meet the deadlines for the production and delivery of the school yearbook.
This course offers a critical study of literary forms for creative writing with an emphasis on writing various types of original compositions. It is designed for optimum practice of skills, reason and integrity, applying the Word of God and its commands and encouragement for the glory of God.
Speech will include discussions of the communication process, audience analysis, public speaking guidelines, and scriptural principles governing communication. The course work will involve research, topic choice, organization, and effective communication methods. Speaking projects will include introductions, demonstration speeches, interviews, declamations, interpretative pieces, informative speeches, devotionals, and persuasive speeches.
The goal of this course is to teach students to have an appreciation, knowledge and participation in the art of cooking. The course will cover topics such as nutrition, food safety, menu planning, baking and cooking. At the end of the course, students will have the knowledge of how to plan and execute a healthy menu. Each unit will enable students to prepare recipes that demonstrate the principle discussed in class.
Humanities is an interdisciplinary elective course which introduces students to a broad range of cultural expression in the fine and preforming arts. Students will also consider issues relating to the creation and consumption of culture. Humanities is a topical course, and topics vary from year to year based on instructor. Common areas of study include arts and music appreciation, architecture, photography, theater, and pop culture. Additionally, students wrestle with how to make meaningful use of leisure time and learn to appreciate the arts, and will apply those skills by attending live performances. Students will also learn to think, write, and speak thoughtfully about the intersection of faith and culture.