(*) Courses qualify to fulfill graduation requirement.
Full Year Course that meets once a week
(*) Chorus, Boys’ In the Boys’- healthy vocal technique and fundamental theory skills are taught through a rehearsal process that draws upon a wide variety of repertoire, from sea shanties to Gregorian chants, to doo-wop, and much more. Singers are welcome whether their voice has changed or not - in fact, learning to sing correctly while approaching adolescence is key for a lifetime of vocal growth and enjoyment. The Boys’ Chorus also sings combined pieces with the Girls’ Chorus throughout the year. Performances include Falmouth Academy Music Department concerts, programs for local nursing homes and clubs, and Falmouth Academy Graduation. Chorus members may participate in adjudicated choral festivals; guest artists may visit. All singers are encouraged to participate in regional and state choral festivals. Some weekly practice is expected. Open to male students in all grades.
(*) Chorus, Girls’ - singers develop healthy vocal technique, learn musical skills, and gain personal confidence while making wonderful music and bonding together as an ensemble. Musical selections are drawn from a variety of periods and styles, including classical, folk, world music, jazz, Broadway, and contemporary. The Girls’ Chorus also sings combined pieces with the Boys’ Chorus throughout the year. Performances include Falmouth Academy Music Department concerts, programs for local nursing homes and clubs, and Falmouth Academy Graduation. Chorus members may participate in adjudicated choral festivals; guest artists may visit. All singers are encouraged to participate in regional and state choral festivals. Some weekly practice is expected. Open to female students in all grades.
(*) Drama, Introduction to / Middle School Play - this elective is a student’s chance to participate in the Middle School Play. Students learn all the basics of performance while creating their very own original show which is performed in our school's theater in February. This elective emphasizes improvisation, character-building theater games, creative playwriting, and performance technique. Students work together collaboratively, creating a safe environment where all voices are heard and there are no bad ideas. This elective meets weekly as a regular elective throughout the year but has a mandatory after-school rehearsal schedule MON-THURS during the month of January. Students participating are also agreeing to be available for tech and dress rehearsals as well as workdays.
(*) Drama, Advanced - actors focus on advanced improvisation techniques, as well as scenes and monologues, touching on a variety of historical eras. Actors learn about theatrical styles from other periods in history and how to apply these styles to their improvisational scenes. Students also perform selected scripts to further study various styles. There is an increased focus on vocal and physical preparation in this class, as well. Whenever possible, Advanced Drama students view live performances, both in and out of school, and analyze the effectiveness of the choices made by actors, directors, and designers. Students may take this class multiple times, as the special projects rotate through the years. Open to students in grades 9- 12.
(*) Film, Introduction to/Advanced - students study the art of film: acting for the camera, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, production design, directing, and producing. They learn how to spot homages to earlier films and trends in multiple productions. They learn how to watch movies with a discerning eye and to discuss classics and modern films, paying close attention to how the historical context, the artists’ goals, the technology, and the various film disciplines have influenced filmmakers’ choices. They also do special projects such as creating their own stop-motion short films, researching and presenting an analysis of a particular director’s style and themes, analyzing adaptations, and writing, filming and editing a short film. May be repeated for credit.
(*) Instrumental Ensemble Mixed Students - study basic music theory, scales, and chords as well as the art of performing in an ensemble. The classics, pop, and jazz selections are standard fare. Students are encouraged to take private lessons to keep pace with the group.
(*) Instrumental Ensemble, Advanced - learn music theory, scales, and chords as well as performing in an ensemble setting learning the fine art of music at an advanced level. Students are encouraged to take private lessons to be able to keep pace with the group. This group performs regularly outside of the school environs in the community and while on tour every June in Northern New England.
(*) Musical Theatre - study the elements of musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting, as well as the production styles of musical theatre performances. Typically, they learn about the history of musical theatre in America and discuss and practice the different styles that have developed from the Golden Age to the modern era. They work on creating specialized characters, presentational acting styles, singing solos and duets (non-singers need not be afraid!), dancing, and choreography. They also read scripts, listen to soundtracks, and watch performances. No previous experience necessary. Open to all grades. May be repeated for credit.
(*) Rock Band - make music by reading and by ear., and study chord and song structure of rock tunes as well as the classics and jazz. Basic music theory will be taught and integrated into the lessons including knowledge of chords, scales, and ensemble playing.
(*) Stagecraft (limit: 8 students) - learn the basics of technical theater: sets, lights, properties, costumes, and sound. The class focus is on the three school plays done during the school year; students in the stagecraft classes form the core of the student stage crew for both the plays and the school concerts. Students learn how to use basic hand tools including electric drills, to paint sets, and to make props, to hang and focus lights, to operate the lighting board and sound equipment when required. Open to students in all grades. (*) String Ensemble - learn music theory, scales, and chords as well as performing in an ensemble setting learning the fine art of music at an advanced level. Students are encouraged to take private lessons to be able to keep pace with the group.