Point Pleasant Borough High School Performing Arts Department
Point Pleasant Borough High School offers a number of full- and half- year courses in Band, Chorus, Theatre and General Music/Music Theory. Please click the following tabs to learn more about the high school's diverse performing arts classes.
Point Pleasant Borough High School's Performing Arts Department stresses the value of each individual's capability to make music/theatre an
important part of his/her life for the present and the future. This aesthetic development can take place in daily rehearsals, performances, listening or music theory skills.
The courses are designed to acquaint the student with all phases of music/theatre. All courses, in individual ways, are designed to help the student discover an approach to both the art and craft of music/theatre, which is both personal and fundamental. These courses offer the student the opportunities, with the teacher’s guidance, to explore the relationships of music/theatre to the individual, to society and to the arts. These courses are also designed to allow the student to achieve a perception of him/herself in music/ theatre and most importantly to develop and broaden a concept of self through musical theatre. While some students are preparing for a vocation in the performing arts, the main objective for the student is to develop skills for use in a vocational manner. The philosophy of the Performing Arts Department is to provide many opportunities for the entire student body.
(Marching and Concert)
The band program offers instruction to students in grades 9-12 who wish to play a conventional concert band instrument. Through group lessons and performances, a student will acquire understanding and appreciation of different styles of music while continuing to develop techniques on specific instruments. A student, electing band, is required to participate in all marching/concert band activities and performances.
Performances would include, but not be limited to, concerts and parades. An exception to participation in a band activity would be if a student were simultaneously a member of a high school athletic team. In addition, students are expected to participate in rotation lessons to develop individual skills and self-discipline.
- HONORS BAND
(Marching and Concert)
Honors Band is open and available to all students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in Band. In order to receive honors credit, the student must meet the criteria listed below:
1. Perform the required New Jersey Music Education Association (NJMEA) All State solo for that year.
2. Perform from memory 12 major scales and a chromatic scale, throughout the range of their instrument.
Diatonic scales will be performed in quarter/eighth note patterns at a minimum speed of 100 beats per minute. Chromatic scale will be performed in 16th note patterns at a minimum speed of 80 beats per minute. Percussionists will be able to perform from memory the mandatory percussions rudiments as required by the NJMEA All State Procedures Committee. Students must register and audition for at least one selective honors group that uses the New Jersey Educators guidelines for entrance requirements. These organizations are: NJMEA Region Honors Band; All Shore Band; Garden State Youth Philharmonic; New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Students are responsible for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours (150 min) of documented outside practice, spread over a minimum 5 days. Students are responsible for 2 hours of classical listening per semester. This may re recorded on CD, radio or TV. Students are also required to submit a written critique of their listening. Attending one live performance, followed by a written critique or participation in the Competition Band, may also fulfill the listening requirements
- MIXED CHORUS
Mixed Chorus is the largest vocal ensemble at PPBHS. Open to students in grades 9-12, the chorus sings and performs a wide variety of music literature from Bach to Broadway. Students will learn the basics of how to read music, sing with proper vocal technique and gain a working knowledge of performance style and etiquette. Performance experience is gained through local and regional events. This course is available as a semester or full year course.
- HONORS CHOIR
Honors Choir is open and available to all students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in Chorus. In order to receive honors credit, the student must meet the criteria listed below:
1. Perform from memory the required All Shore Bach Chorale for that year or the required audition solo for the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) All State choral group.
2. Perform from memory the required All Shore scales for each voice part to include the high and low major scales, the chromatic scale and a specified arpeggio, or the scales and sight-reading required for the NJMEA choral group audition.
Students must register and audition for at least one selective honors choral group. These organizations are: All Shore Chorus, NJMEA All-State Mixed Chorus, All-State Women's Chorus, Honors Jazz Choir or All-State Opera Festival. Students are responsible for a minimum of 2-1/2 hours (150 minutes) of documented independent practice, spread over a minimum of five days. Students are responsible for two hours of classical listening per semester. This may be recorded on CD or DVD, or on radio or TV. Students are also required to submit a written critique of their listening. Attending one live performance, followed by a written critique or participation in Madrigals/Show Choir/A Cappella Singers, may also fulfill the listening requirement.
Acting is a workshop course designed for the beginning actor. Various techniques of acting will be examined to provide each student with performance experience. Acting I is open to all students in grades 9-12.
- ACTING II
Prerequisite: Acting I
This course is designed to provide a deeper appreciation of the theatre. The survey section studies how theatre developed throughout history, why it evolved, and what contributions it made to the society that nurtured it. The performance part of the course will include a continuation of Acting I. Sensory/emotional work and their relation to characterization is further explored leading to an in-depth study of motivation and subtext. Sensory, emotional and adaptation exercises, as well as improvisation and two character scenes are used to deepen the actor’s ability to execute honest and purposeful stage action and communication. Both performance and personal journals are maintained on a continuing basis, and outside rehearsals on scenes and monologues are expected. The instructor, using an individualized hands-on approach, directs all scene work.
- ADVANCED ACTING
Prerequisite: Acting I / Acting II
This course is designed to offer advanced instructional techniques and critical thinking in theatrical performance and management.
- THEATRICAL DESIGN AND TECHNICAL THEATRE
Every element of design and stagecraft will be examined. This course is particularly advantageous to a student who likes technical hands-on experience. The student will participate in the designing and construction of two department productions. The craft of model construction, lighting design, set painting techniques, ground design, and costuming are a few of the topics that will be examined. The application of theatre crafts to other art forms such as contemporary music will also be researched. The course is open to all students in grades 9-12.
- STAGE CRAFT
Stage Craft provides an overall understanding of the use and repair of the stage, and electronic equipment. The student will participate in the designing and construction of two department productions, and is expected to participate in various performances and assist at a number of assemblies, concerts and meetings. This course is designed for students in grades 9-12 who thrive in a hands-on environment.
Music & Music Theory
- VOICE AND PIANO
Prerequisite: An interest in learning about music through singing and playing the piano keyboard. Students will explore music in the following areas:
VOICE: Breathing techniques, vocal health and diction are emphasized in order to help each student reach their potential as a singer. Students will learn and perform a variety of music literature such as Italian Art songs, Jazz, Broadway, duets and pop music. Students will also study well-known singers from many genres. Basic piano skills are introduced to enhance students' abilities as musicians.
PIANO: Group piano instruction from beginner to advanced levels allows students to learn to read music notation, rhythms and chords as well as play music in a variety of keys with different meters. Students develop skills in piano techniques and musicianship through practicing and performing a wide variety of piano solos, duets and ensembles from different musical time periods. Music technology is explored in the computer lab to create career awareness for jobs such as film scoring/editing and sound engineering.
The course is open to all students in grades 9-12.
- MUSIC THEORY I
Music Theory I will enable the student to develop as a musician by understanding the mechanics of music. Students taking this course must already know how to read music. Students will learn the basic elements of music composition and music notation software to create and critique music for video games and film scores. The course is open to all students in grades 9-12.
- ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY
Prerequisite: Music Theory I
Advanced Placement Music Theory offers the student the opportunity to expand musical skills into writing and arranging for vocal and instrumental groups of various sizes. The course covers transposition techniques, common practice voice leading rules, rhythmic alterations of melody, harmony in keyboard close and open position, and principles of arrangement. The course will continue the sight singing and ear training begun in Music Theory I.
Point Pleasant Borough High School Performing Arts Staff
|Director of Bands
Mr. Scott Visco
Mrs. Rebecca Muraglia
Mrs. Terry Bojanowski
Point Pleasant Borough High School Chorus Website
Mr. Ian Kearns