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Harwood International Dinner
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Mission

"It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner and inspired to contribute to a democratic society. As a professional learning organization of all academic departments, we are prepared to work together in order to provide a unique and personalized learning experience for all students."


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Fine Arts: Performing Arts

  • Non-Approved NCAA Courses

High School Choir (750)    1 credit Unified Art

This performance-based class will participate in various concerts throughout the year and students will also have the opportunity to audition for local, state, and regional music festivals, as well as an after-school honors choir.

What will you Learn?

  • Students sing alone and with others in four or more parts.
  • Students read and notate music.
  • Students compose and arrange for voice and various instruments.
  • Students can interpret intent and meaning in music.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques.  
  • In class rehearsal process.
  • Final performances and reflections.  
  • Projects with Theory/Literacy components.

High School Band (754)    1 credit Unified Art

This course offers music students a large instrumental ensemble experience in the band idiom. Performance skills, techniques, theory and music literature are explored.

What will you Learn?

  • Students play alone and with others in large and small ensemble settings.
  • Students read and notate music.
  • Students compose and arrange for voice and various instruments.
  • Students can interpret intent and meaning in music.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques.  
  • In class rehearsal process.
  • Final performances and reflections.  
  • Student Composition Projects with Theory/Literacy components.

Jazz/Band Combination (755)    1 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor

This course is designed for rhythm section (Piano, Guitar Bass) students and interested Band students who want to perform in both traditional band and in jazz settings.

What will you Learn?

  • Students play alone and with others in large and small ensemble settings.
  • Students read and notate music.
  • Students compose and arrange for voice and various instruments.
  • Students can interpret intent and meaning in music.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques.  In class rehearsal process.
  • Final performances and reflections.  
  • Student Composition Projects with Theory/Literacy components.

Music Theory (756)    1/2 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and 2 years of band and/or chorus

Open to all students motivated to study music and interested in music language, composition, technology, history and performing.

What will you Learn?

  • Students show an understanding of music throughout history.
  • Students read and notate music.
  • Students compose and arrange for voice and various instruments including acoustic and electronic media.
  • Students can interpret intent and meaning in music.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques.
  • In class creative process.
  • Tests, Exams and Projects  
  • Student Composition Projects with Theory/Literacy components.

Music Production in the 21st Century (753)     1/2 credit Unified Art

What must a music industry aspirant-musician, producer, manager of musicians, studio owner or recording engineer -be aware of to succeed both artistically and economically in the 21st century? Students will plan, create, produce, market and distribute musical products in the Harwood music technology lab

What will you Learn?

  • Students compose and arrange for voice and various instruments including acoustic and electronic media.
  • Students can interpret intent and meaning in music.
  • Students demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and reflect on the impact of interpersonal skills on personal success in the arts.
  • Students research and apply new strategies to address creative challenges.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class discussion/critiques.  
  • In class creative process.
  • Recordings and related Projects

Music Technology I (758)    1/2 credit Unified Art

Students create sound collage, radio advertisements, film scores, and music for gaming in the Harwood Music technology lab.  This course is open to all students motivated to further study music and is interested in creativity, technology, history and performing.

What will you Learn?

  • Students research and apply new strategies to address creative challenges.
  • Students can interpret intent and meaning in music.
  • Students compose and arrange for various acoustic and electronic instruments, demonstrating knowledge of the ranges and traditional usages of the sound sources.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class Discussions/Critiques
  • In Class creative process
  • Recordings and Related Projects.

Music Technology II/III (759)    1/2 credit Unified Art

  • Prerequisite(s): Music Tech I or permission of instructor

Students produce projects based on the skills learned in first year music technology courses. Compositions, advanced film scoring, live recording projects, and sound engineering techniques.  This course is open to all students motivated to further study music and is interested in creativity, technology, history and performing.

What will you Learn?

  • Students research and apply new strategies to address creative challenges.
  • Students can interpret intent and meaning in music.
  • Students compose and arrange for various acoustic and electronic instruments, demonstrating knowledge of the ranges and traditional usages of the sound sources.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class Discussions/Critiques,
  • In Class creative process
  • Recordings and Related Projects.

Jazz Improvisation Lab  (760)    1/2 credit Unified Art

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor

This course introduces the language of jazz.  Topics covered include:  harmony, scale materials and application, listening and ear training, and a wide range of repertoire with an emphasis on improvisation and standard jazz practices.

What will you Learn?

  • Students will play a musical instrument with a more varied repertoire (e.g. various cultures and styles) alone and with others
  • Student will read, notate, and compose music
  • Students improvise in a wide range of styles within the jazz repertoire
  • Students cooperate in an ensemble, group, or partnership to maintain an environment of safety, confidence, mutual esteem, and support

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class Discussions/Rehearsals
  • In Class creative process
  • Recordings, Playing Tests, and Projects.

The Social Influence of Rock and Roll (763)    1/2 credit Unified Art

This course explores both musical and social movements that capture a unique time in American history.  Students engage in reading, discussion, listening, and writing based on reflection and research.

What will you Learn?

  • Students show an understanding of music throughout history.
  • Students can interpret intent and meaning in music.
  • Students research and explain how art and artists reflect and shape their time and culture.

How will you be Assessed?  

  • Class discussion/critiques/shares.
  • Tests, Exams and Projects

Beginning Guitar (757)    1/2 credit Unified Art

This introductory level course provides students with a school acoustic guitar if needed, and the opportunity for establishing a lifelong interest and participation in music.

Students learn basic chords, basic note reading, use of tablature, improvisation, group rehearsal/performance and basic digital recording.

What will you Learn?

  • Students play a musical instrument with a more varied repertoire (e.g. various cultures and styles) alone and with others
  • Students read and notate music
  • Students improvise short songs and instrumental pieces using a variety of techniques
  • Students cooperate in an ensemble, group, or partnership to maintain an environment of safety, confidence, mutual esteem, and support

How will you be Assessed?

  • Class Discussions/Rehearsals, in class creative process, recordings, playing tests, and projects.

Assembly Crew:  Production & Presentation (766A)    1 credit Unified Art

Members of this course will participate in all aspects of the performance and production of the HUHS community assemblies, including the planning, budgeting, and writing of each performance. We will also study proper technical and on-stage performance technique that will be used to enhance and improve as the year progresses.

What will you Learn?

  • Students participate in an ensemble, group, or partnership to maintain an environment of safety, confidence, mutual esteem, and support.
  • Students use character work, scenario techniques, and design detail to develop a performance.
  • Students make short-term and long-term goals based on rigorous criteria related to time management, interpersonal interactions, or skill development that will lead to success in the arts.

How will you be Assessed?

  • Daily construction of scripts and gathering of information.
  • Class discussion/critiques.
  • Regular performance/production of live assemblies for school community.
  • End-of-term projects, reflections, and final scripts.