Courses

622 Communications/Speech (0.25 credit)

This .25 credit course is designed to improve oral and written communication skills. There are two major assignments in the course: an oral interpretation reading and an extemporaneous PowerPoint speech. Other work includes practical exercises to build confidence and develop voice and breath power. This course is also a prerequisite for Communications/Speech II: an eight-week elective course suggested for all students who want to become proficient in public speaking.

Grade 10 (rotation, required)

623 Experiencing Music (0.25 credit)

*This course is optional if the Fine Arts credit was fulfilled in freshman year. Students will explore the music of our own time as well as the music of times and cultures that are foreign to us. While students will learn to differentiate between music of different composers and historical periods,our focus will be on the pieces of music themselves.We will discuss music in its own terms and respond to various pieces of music in a variety of ways. *Optional

Grade 10 (rotation)

631 Choral Class I (1credit)

No prior choral work is necessary to take this course.It is designed to develop choral singing techniques, blending,phrasing,a capella and other vocal techniques of performing in a group.It also offers basic techniques in voice production, with emphasis on breathing,intonation and phrasing. Brief instruction in music theory, sight singing and history is also included. The students in the class perform for the Spring concert. Students are required to attend several after school rehearsals for concerts, liturgies and special school functions. Students are required to sing for the graduation liturgy if class. Students participating in spring athletics may not register for this course.
Prerequisite: Audition or permission from instructor.

Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12

632 Choral Class II (1credit)
633 Choral Class III (1credit)
634 Choral Class IV (1credit)

Choral may continually be taken and the level will change as needed. This course is designed for any student who has completed Choral Class I and wishes to develop vocal techniques and sight-singing skills at the next level. Students will participate in the Spring concert, and special functions throughout the year.The students in the class are required to attend several after school rehearsals for concerts and special school functions. Students are required to sing for the graduation liturgy. Students participating in spring athletics may not register for this course.
Prerequisite: Audition or permission from instructor.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

642 Communications/Speech II (0.5 credit)

This eight-week course is for the student who wants to become proficient in public speaking. Major assignments include the following: a manuscript speech,an extemporaneous PowerPoint speech, a mock college interview, and an oral interpretation presentation. Other work includes voice, relaxation, and physical exercises, as well as valuable rehearsal techniques to gain confidence and poise.Prerequisite: Communications/Speech I.

Grade 11 or 12

643 Independent Voice Practicum (0.25 credit)

This is a required course for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, liturgies and special school functions.

(Voice Scholarship only)

645 Independent Piano Practicum (0.5 credit)

This course is required for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, and special school functions.

(Piano Scholarship only)

691 Independent Instrumental Practicum (0.25 credit)

This course is required for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, and special school functions.

(Instrumental Scholarship only)

647 Honors Music Theory (1 credit)

This course will be an introduction to the fundamentals of music theory and analysis. Several aspects of musicianship will be covered including aural, sight-singing, written/compositional, and analytical skills. While the reading and writing of musical notation will be our first and primary focus, as the course progresses,we will proceed to higher level musical tasks such as dictation (rhythmic, melodic and harmonic), keyboard harmony and composition. After taking this course, a student will be sufficiently prepared to enroll in the AP Music Theory course.
Prerequisite: Basic music reading skills and interview with the department chairperson or music instructor.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

AP Music Theory (1 credit)


One (1) credit of a Fine Art is required for graduation

622 Communications/Speech (0.25 credit)

Grade 10 (rotation,Required)This .25 credit course is designed to improve oral and written communication skills. There are two major assignments in the course: an oral interpretation reading and an extemporaneous PowerPoint speech. Other work includes practical exercises to build confidence and develop voice and breath power. This course is also a prerequisite for Communications/Speech II: an eight-week elective course suggested for all students who want to become proficient in public speaking.

623 Experiencing Music (0.25 credit)

Grade 10 (rotation)*This course is optional if the Fine Arts credit was fulfilled in freshman year. Students will explore the music of our own time as well as the music of times and cultures that are foreign to us. While students will learn to differentiate between music of different composers and historical periods,our focus will be on the pieces of music themselves.We will discuss music in its own terms and respond to various pieces of music in a variety of ways. *Optional


631 Choral Class I (1credit)

Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12No prior choral work is necessary to take this course.It is designed to develop choral singing techniques, blending,phrasing,a capella and other vocal techniques of performing in a group.It also offers basic techniques in voice production, with emphasis on breathing,intonation and phrasing. Brief instruction in music theory, sight singing and history is also included. The students in the class perform for the Spring concert. Students are required to attend several after school rehearsals for concerts, liturgies and special school functions. Students are required to sing for the graduation liturgy if class. Students participating in spring athletics may not register for this course.
Prerequisite: Audition or permission from instructor.

632 Choral Class II (1credit)
633 Choral Class III (1credit)
634 Choral Class IV (1credit)

Grade 10, 11 or 12Choral may continually be taken and the level will change as needed. This course is designed for any student who has completed Choral Class I and wishes to develop vocal techniques and sight-singing skills at the next level. Students will participate in the Spring concert, and special functions throughout the year.The students in the class are required to attend several after school rehearsals for concerts and special school functions. Students are required to sing for the graduation liturgy. Students participating in spring athletics may not register for this course.
Prerequisite: Audition or permission from instructor.

642 Communications/Speech II (0.5 credit)

Grade 11 or 12This eight-week course is for the student who wants to become proficient in public speaking. Major assignments include the following: a manuscript speech,an extemporaneous PowerPoint speech, a mock college interview, and an oral interpretation presentation. Other work includes voice, relaxation, and physical exercises, as well as valuable rehearsal techniques to gain confidence and poise.Prerequisite: Communications/Speech I.

Independent Voice Practicum (0.25 credit)

(Voice Scholarship only)This is a required course for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, liturgies and special school functions.


645 Independent Piano Practicum (0.5 credit)

(Piano Scholarship only)This course is required for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, and special school functions.

691 Independent Instrumental Practicum (0.25 credit)

(Instrumental Scholarship only)This course is required for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, and special school functions.

647 Honors Music Theory (1 credit)

Grade 10, 11 or 12This course will be an introduction to the fundamentals of music theory and analysis. Several aspects of musicianship will be covered including aural, sight-singing, written/compositional, and analytical skills. While the reading and writing of musical notation will be our first and primary focus, as the course progresses,we will proceed to higher level musical tasks such as dictation (rhythmic, melodic and harmonic), keyboard harmony and composition. After taking this course, a student will be sufficiently prepared to enroll in the AP Music Theory course.
Prerequisite: Basic music reading skills and interview with the department chairperson or music instructor.

AP Music Theory (1 credit)

Grade 11 or 12
The goal of the Advanced Placement course in Music Theory is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score.The development of fundamental skills of musicianship such as aural and written analysis, sight-singing, and composition will be of central importance to the course.We will discuss music in a wide variety of styles, but our primary focus will be the discussion of Western tonal music.Students in this course will develop and integrate the basic skills learned in Honors Music Theory in order to come to a deep understanding of the inner workings of music as an expressive tool and as an art form.
Prerequisite: Honors Music Theory and/or instructor permission. Student must be able to read fluently in the treble and bass clefs,and have instrumental or vocal proficiency. Some piano/keyboarding skills will be helpful but are not required.
Grade 11 or 12

656-II/657-III/658-IV (1credit)

This instrumental ensemble is a performing group that participates in the Christmas and Spring concerts.The course includes basic techniques in reading music,music theory, transposition, arranging music for the group. Students become acquainted with a variety of music through the literature that they play.
Prerequisites:Students should already play and own an instrument. Members must meet after school for several rehearsals prior to performances.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

Instrumental Performance (0.5 credit full year)


One (1) credit of a Fine Art is required for graduation

622 Communications/Speech (0.25 credit)

Grade 10 (rotation,Required)This .25 credit course is designed to improve oral and written communication skills. There are two major assignments in the course: an oral interpretation reading and an extemporaneous PowerPoint speech. Other work includes practical exercises to build confidence and develop voice and breath power. This course is also a prerequisite for Communications/Speech II: an eight-week elective course suggested for all students who want to become proficient in public speaking.

623 Experiencing Music (0.25 credit)

Grade 10 (rotation)*This course is optional if the Fine Arts credit was fulfilled in freshman year. Students will explore the music of our own time as well as the music of times and cultures that are foreign to us. While students will learn to differentiate between music of different composers and historical periods,our focus will be on the pieces of music themselves.We will discuss music in its own terms and respond to various pieces of music in a variety of ways. *Optional


631 Choral Class I (1credit)

Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12No prior choral work is necessary to take this course.It is designed to develop choral singing techniques, blending,phrasing,a capella and other vocal techniques of performing in a group.It also offers basic techniques in voice production, with emphasis on breathing,intonation and phrasing. Brief instruction in music theory, sight singing and history is also included. The students in the class perform for the Spring concert. Students are required to attend several after school rehearsals for concerts, liturgies and special school functions. Students are required to sing for the graduation liturgy if class. Students participating in spring athletics may not register for this course.
Prerequisite: Audition or permission from instructor.

632 Choral Class II (1credit)
633 Choral Class III (1credit)
634 Choral Class IV (1credit)

Grade 10, 11 or 12Choral may continually be taken and the level will change as needed. This course is designed for any student who has completed Choral Class I and wishes to develop vocal techniques and sight-singing skills at the next level. Students will participate in the Spring concert, and special functions throughout the year.The students in the class are required to attend several after school rehearsals for concerts and special school functions. Students are required to sing for the graduation liturgy. Students participating in spring athletics may not register for this course.
Prerequisite: Audition or permission from instructor.

642 Communications/Speech II (0.5 credit)

Grade 11 or 12This eight-week course is for the student who wants to become proficient in public speaking. Major assignments include the following: a manuscript speech,an extemporaneous PowerPoint speech, a mock college interview, and an oral interpretation presentation. Other work includes voice, relaxation, and physical exercises, as well as valuable rehearsal techniques to gain confidence and poise.Prerequisite: Communications/Speech I.

Independent Voice Practicum (0.25 credit)

(Voice Scholarship only)This is a required course for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, liturgies and special school functions.


645 Independent Piano Practicum (0.5 credit)

(Piano Scholarship only)This course is required for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, and special school functions.

691 Independent Instrumental Practicum (0.25 credit)

(Instrumental Scholarship only)This course is required for all four years. Students will receive credit on their duties, performances and rehearsal time given to the Mount community and Music department. Students will be assessed on their rehearsal and performance preparedness, attitude,cooperation and availability to the department. This includes rehearsals, performances, concerts, shows, and special school functions.

647 Honors Music Theory (1 credit)

Grade 10, 11 or 12This course will be an introduction to the fundamentals of music theory and analysis. Several aspects of musicianship will be covered including aural, sight-singing, written/compositional, and analytical skills. While the reading and writing of musical notation will be our first and primary focus, as the course progresses,we will proceed to higher level musical tasks such as dictation (rhythmic, melodic and harmonic), keyboard harmony and composition. After taking this course, a student will be sufficiently prepared to enroll in the AP Music Theory course.
Prerequisite: Basic music reading skills and interview with the department chairperson or music instructor.

AP Music Theory (1 credit)

Grade 11 or 12The goal of the Advanced Placement course in Music Theory is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score.The development of fundamental skills of musicianship such as aural and written analysis, sight-singing, and composition will be of central importance to the course.We will discuss music in a wide variety of styles, but our primary focus will be the discussion of Western tonal music.Students in this course will develop and integrate the basic skills learned in Honors Music Theory in order to come to a deep understanding of the inner workings of music as an expressive tool and as an art form.
Prerequisite: Honors Music Theory and/or instructor permission. Student must be able to read fluently in the treble and bass clefs,and have instrumental or vocal proficiency. Some piano/keyboarding skills will be helpful but are not required.

656-II/657-III/658-IV (1credit)

Grade 10, 11 or 12This instrumental ensemble is a performing group that participates in the Christmas and Spring concerts.The course includes basic techniques in reading music,music theory, transposition, arranging music for the group. Students become acquainted with a variety of music through the literature that they play.
Prerequisites: Students should already play and own an instrument. Members must meet after school for several rehearsals prior to performances.

Instrumental Performance (0.5 credit full year)

Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
Instrumental Performance practice is arranged for members of the Instrumental Ensemble. It is offered on a pass-fail basis. Rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesdays during first and second lunch periods.Students who wish to perform in the Orchestra, Pit Orchestra or Jazz Ensemble should register for this course.
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Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12

690 Music History (0.5credit)

This course is a brief survey of art music from the Middle Ages to the present day. Major musical accomplishments of each historical period (Medieval,Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century/Contemporary) will be highlighted. Students will learn to differentiate between music of different composers and styles. Of particular importance will be the study of music as an expression of contemporary social and political climate.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
This course is an introduction to the principles of acting and includes theater games, improvisation, creation of characters, scene study and audition techniques. The emphasis is on achieving immediate communication goals and using theater as a means of sharing experiences and exploring issues pertinent to the students.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

662 American Musical Theater (0.5 credit)

This course will be an exploration of the development of the musical theater in the United States. We will make a detailed study of the evolution of musical theater from its earliest stages to its current form. In particular, we will discuss the ways in which the American Musical has always been a populist art form by and of the people.
All film appreciation courses are independent of each other and can be taken on their own.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

663 Film Appreciation I: Great Directors & Genre (0.5 credit)

This course is designed to introduce students to great directors such as Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, George Stevens, Orson Welles, Elia Kazan, Billy Wilder, and Howard Hawks. Although many of these directors are associated with a particular genre
– Hitchcock with Suspense Thrillers – others moved easily from Drama to Film Noir to Screwball Comedy. Each had his own particular vision and style. By gaining knowledge of the elements of film such as screenwriting, photography, acting, editing, music and art direction, the student will be able to identify those storytelling techniques that are unique to each of these directors. This course will be offered in school years ending with an even number (ex. 2013-2014).

Grade 10, 11 or 12

Film Appreciation II: War and Genre (0.5 credit)

All genres are explored in this course dealing with the subject of war. These include combat films, romantic comedies, fantasies, dramas and melodramas. Students will be able to recognize each decade’s perspective on war. The post World War I films produced in the 1920s and 1930s reflected an anti-war sentiment while those produced during World War II were clearly propagandistic in their effort to get the country behind the war effort.These films celebrate the efforts of those who maintain the home front, i.e., the women and children left behind, as well as the soldiers defending their country.This course will be offered in school years ending with an even number (ex. 2013-2014).

Grade 10, 11 or 12

Film Appreciation III:Romantic Comedy (0.5 credit)

This course will focus on the “battle of the sexes” in American comedy.Students will be able to recognize the role that censorship (in the form of the Hays Production Code) played in screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. They will also see the social development of romantic comedy from the“screwball era”to the present day, especially in the treatment of women. Films will feature romantic comedy acting greats such as Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and Doris Day and Rock Hudson,just to name a few. This course will be offered in school years ending with an odd number (ex. 2014-2015).

Grade 10, 11 or 12

Film Appreciation IV: Women in Film (0.5 credit)

This class will focus on women in film – the depiction of women on the screen over the past century and the audience’s reaction to it. We will also look at the actresses whose careers were defined by the women’s roles they played.Such actresses as Bette Davis,Barbara Stanwyck, Myrna Loy, Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton will be featured. This course will be offered in school years ending with an odd number (ex.2014-2015).

Grade 10, 11 or 12

667 Honors Film Appreciation: Classic Films and Their Historical, Social & Cultural Context (1credit)

This 16-week honors film course takes an in-depth look at classic films from the 20th century. Students will explore how these films were made to interpret, reflect, or influence historical events, as well as social,cultural,and political issues of the period.They will also discover how the filmic elements of cinematography,sound, and editing work together to effectively tell the story and achieve the filmmaker's objectives.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

689 The Play:From Script Analysis through Production (0.5credit)

This theatre course is designed to introduce students to a classic or a contemporary play. The first part of the course is dedicated to script analysis, approaching the play with a mind toward production; that is, as a director, actor, and producer. Through videos, readings,and oral and written analysis, students will gain an understanding of the following elements of the play:given circumstances, characterization, and themes. The students will then form production teams for the play and accomplish the following: decide upon a vision for the play, choose an ideal cast,and market the play through press releases and advertising campaigns. Students will employ critical thinking skills, writing skills, and 21st century technology in their real-world application of the knowledge gained in this course. The class will also be required to attend one non-musical professional play in the Philadelphia area.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

671 Design Basics (1credit)

This course is designed to investigate the basic elements and principles of design. Concepts are applied to projects through the use of various mediums and with relationship to artists and art history.
Prerequisite: An appreciation for art. This course is a prerequisite for Art History and all other studio art classes.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

672 3-D Design (0.5 credit)

This course is designed to explore the history and nature of sculpture, mastering the basic hand-building techniques of clay.
Prerequisite: Design Basics.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

673 Honors Art History Part 1 (0.5 credit)

A survey of major ideas and movement in art from prehistoric time to the Renaissance will be examined historically. This course will give a close look at the impact of social, economic and religious conditions along with stylistic changes through the ages. This course will be offered every other year in the odd years (i.e. 2012-2013, 2014-2015, etc.)
Prerequisite: Design Basics.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

683 Honors Art History Part 2 (0.5 credit)

A survey of major ideas and movement in art from Baroque time to Modern will be examined historically.This course will give a close look at the impact of social,economic and religious conditions along with stylistic changes through the ages. This course will be offered every other year in the even years (i.e. 2011-2012,2013-2014, etc.)
Prerequisite: Design Basics.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

674 Color Theory (0.5 credit)

This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of color theories and the utilization of information in projects through a variety of color media. The master colorists from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are investigated.
Prerequisite: Design Basics, 3-D Design.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

675 Commercial Design (0.5 credit)

This course is designed to explore the commercial world through the use of design.This class will take you through the basics of Adobe Illustrator to learn them and any capabilities available for marketing products such as packaging design,the corporate look,advertising and other projects related to the promotion of a marketable product.
Prerequisites: Design Basics, 3-D Design, Color Theory.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

676 Drawing (0.5 credit)

This course is designed to provide a multiplicity of visual experiences in drawing that will challenge the students to their highest creative potential. Students will concentrate on composition with a strong emphasis on observational drawing. The subject matter to be explored will be still life, portraiture, landscape, figure and architectural drawings.
Prerequisites: Design Basics, 3-D Design, Color Theory.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

677 Painting (0.5 credit)

This course is designed to provide a multiplicity of visual experiences in painting that will challenge the students to their highest creative potential. Students will explore the different techniques of painting using a variety of media.
Prerequisites: Design Basics, 3-D Design, Color Theory, and Drawing.

Grade 10, 11 or 12

678 Intermediate Ceramics & 3-D Design II (0.5 credit)

This course is designed to refine hand-building techniques in clay and to incorporate wheel-thrown and extruded forms. Students are encouraged to experiment with sculpture using non-ceramic building materials, found objects, and assembled mixed media.Special focus is placed on student-initiated designs.
Prerequisite: Design Basics, 3-D Design.

Grade 11 or 12

679/680 Advanced Drawing & Painting (0.5 credit)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Cooperative Studio Program between PAFA & Philadelphia High Schools. Modeled on PAFA’s own historic curriculum and high standards, advanced level classes include still life drawing and painting in oil, portrait drawing and painting, urban landscape, sculpture, life drawing and anatomy. Skill development, awareness of art history and aesthetics, discipline and portfolio development are hallmarks of the curriculum. One half credit is given from September to January and an additional half credit is given from January to June.
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation.

Grade 11 or 12

681 Portfolio (0.5 credit)

This course is designed for students who are seriously considering an art career. Projects extend all media previously experienced toward compositional mastery and will focus on portfolio requirements based on college standards.
Prerequisite: Design Basics,3-D Design,Color Theory.

Grade 11 or 12

682 Print Media in Advertising (0.5 credit)

This course is designed to explore the areas of Advertising and Graphics. It will introduce you to the Photoshop environment and some of its most essential tools. Projects will include Printed Ads, Poster Design,the digital camera and a general overview of the application.
Prerequisites: Design Basics, 3-D Design, Color Theory.

Grade 11 or 12

687/688 Honors Independent Art (0.5 credit)

This course is designed for the exceptional student whose creative ability and work habits enable her to plan and pursue an individual artistic involvement. Students must consult with the art instructor regarding specific work action previous to rostering.
Prerequisite: All courses offered plus teacher approval.

Grade 12

692 AP Art History (1 credit)

This course is designed to introduce students to architecture, painting, sculpture and photography of the European tradition from pre-history to the present,including an overview of some of the important components of art beyond the European tradition.All students are required to take the AP Art History exam in May and if a qualifying score is earned, college placement and/or credit may be earned.
Prerequisites: A B+ or better in Design Basics,successful completion of application essay/test in the spring, and/or department recommendation.

Grade 11 or 12

699 AP Studio Art (1 credit)

Formal visual concerns, technical skills, and conceptual issues will be addressed through creative means in both teacher-directed assignments and student-directed projects. The creation of an AP Studio Art portfolio is an involved and personal process of discovery that is dependent the student's unique thinking and problem¬solving skills. Students will develop mastery of concept,composition and execution of their personal ideas.
Prerequisites: All art classes offered and/or instructor permission.

Grade 12

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