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9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Art 1 Art 2 Art Portfolio AP Studio Art
Music 1 Music 2 Music 3 Senior Art Portfolio
Wind Ensemble Wind Ensemble Wind Ensemble Wind Ensemble
Freshman Computing Programming with Python Basic Graphic Design College Computing
Programming with Python   Programming with Python Advanced Graphic Design
      Intro to Programming with JAVA
      Programming with Python
      Intro to Theater Arts
      Intro to Video Production

1751 Art 1: Art Appreciation
In this mandatory quarter course, students will learn to recognize and utilize the elements of art. They will focus on creating successful compositions in each finished work of art. Students will develop skills in two-dimensional design, observational drawing, one-point perspective and watercolor painting. Evaluation will be based on class participation, portfolio, homework and quizzes.

2751 Art 2: Continuing Art
This semester course is an elective and enrollment is partially based on a lottery system. The course deals with the application of the principles of design. Students will explore a variety of media, including ebony pencil, pen and ink, collage, acrylic, watercolor and papier mâché. An introduction to contemporary and historical art will be provided through PowerPoint presentations, readings, and computer research. Students will be evaluated based on their portfolio, homework, quizzes, and presentation. The state requirement of 1 fine arts credit is fulfilled with this course, when Art 1 and Music 1 have been taken freshman year.

3705 Art Portfolio
Art Portfolio, a full-year elective, is an integration of drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and computer art, culminating in the creation of a body of work to be used towards a college entrance art portfolio. Students will explore a variety of media and styles in order to express themselves in a creative and individual way. Students will practice advanced critique techniques and be graded on a combination of their final portfolio work, their sketchbook and participation in peer critiques.

4700 Senior Portfolio
Senior Portfolio is designed for students who are seriously interested in the visual arts. The focus of this course is on building an individual portfolio that demonstrates the pursuit of an idea and style and exhibits a strong foundation in the visual arts. The portfolio requirements include three parts: quality, breadth, and concentration.

Students who qualify will submit their portfolios for evaluation by the AP examiners. The assessment for AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; students submit portfolios for evaluation in May. Students seeking AP credit must pay the College Board fee.

1756 Music 1
First-year students learn to perform rhythms on a percussion instrument and melodies on the recorder, with individualized challenge levels. All students learn how to read music, and to become familiar with the sounds and instruments of world music as well as traditions of the orchestra. All freshmen are exposed to music outside of their comfort zone and learn to appreciate and enjoy music from a variety of time periods and genres.

2756 Music 2
Sophomores explore the musical tradition of Western civilization from the time of antiquity to modern times. By developing academic and piano skills in original music composition, debate and study, students will understand how music influenced culture in each era and vice versa. Students will study the qualities, sounds, and compositions of each era, learn to play various melodic examples to enhance their musical experience, and demonstrate understanding of how music has changed from one era to the next.

3704 Music 3
The purpose of Music 3 is to gain a beginning understanding of American music, its roots, and what makes people want to sing it, play it, compose it, and buy it. Students explore the intersections between American cultural and musical life, spanning from music of the colonies to the popular genres of the 20th and 21st centuries. Juniors study music as an expression of rebellion and protest, race, politics, gender, and cultural identity.

The second half of Music 3 integrates music and the use of technology. Students are taught to use the music editing program, Audacity, and a music notation program called Sibelius. These tools respectively teach students to create music from existing sounds and songs as well as offering the opportunity to compose and arrange their own music.

4710 Music 4 [Course Not Offered in 2010-11]
Music 4 is a course which studies the history and importance of music in films, as well as their most influential creators. These students examine the use of music in films, focusing on the aesthetics of film music. Music 4 also examines the masterworks of musical theater and movie musicals, spanning from early musicals and silent film to modern-day film and theater. The music and dramatic elements of musicals and how music informs action will be explored. Students will become familiar with America’s greatest musicals, theater/musical composers, and legendary singers/dancers/performers. As film is a primary means of entertainment for American society, students will also focus on the important role of music composed specifically for musical movies. Music 4 students use the skills acquired in this course and previous music courses to create their own music for films which they create in small groups or as a class.

4720 Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble is a performance based course which teaches students the aesthetics of learning a musical instrument. Wind Ensemble is an elective for students of all ages and abilities. Students in this class learn to challenge their performance abilities by participating in performances throughout the year. Students currently enrolled play flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, and trumpet, and instruments have been added every year.

4760 Introduction to Theater Arts
This course will aim to introduce students to the different aspects of planning, designing, directing, and performing a theatrical production. The course will utilize both original student work and classic dramas to introduce students to the theatre arts. The primary focus of the class will be individual performance and collaboration with others. Students will apply what they have learned about technique and their knowledge of staging/performing a show to various theater pieces. Students will analyze a script for clues to characterization and psychological motivations. Performances will be rehearsed and presented in class, then reviewed by peers and instructor. Students will have the opportunity to choose their own monologues and scenes as well as to compose their own works. As their final project, students will produce a full-scale dramatic production in Quarter 4.

1350 Freshman Computing
This one-quarter long course is required for freshmen and is offered in rotation with Art 1, Music 1 and Communications. It offers an introduction to or review of Windows-based programs most commonly used in academic settings. These programs include the Office 2007 Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher), among others. Additional topics include internet safety and legal/ethical issues related to plagiarism and social networking. Other topics may be covered, depending on the skills and needs of the class.

Graphic Design and Advanced Graphic Design
These full-year elective courses are for the students who are interested in exploring art and design through computers. Students are introduced to professional graphics creation and the Adobe creative suite. They explore the uses of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Dreamweaver. Participants in these courses create rigorous content for both the web and print production. Over the course of the year, for each course, students will create a portfolio of their work. Students are required to take Basic Graphic Design during their Junior year, in order for them to take Advanced Graphic Design in their senior year.

4350 College Computing
This full-year elective is open to seniors. This course continues the topics begun in junior year. New materials include C++ programming, a detailed examination of the workings of the computer, an investigation of the major areas of software (including operating systems), discussions of computer careers, and considerations of the ethical uses of computers. This course is offered in conjunction with Pace University; students can receive college credit. The college fee is approximately $100.

4353 Introduction to Programming Using JAVA
This full-year course is an introduction to structured programming using the computer language Java. The students will gain an understanding of Object Oriented Programming (OOP), will create algorithms to solve problems; will create programs that solve sequential problems, branching problems and repetitivie (looping) problems; will create programs that accept data and produce output; will create their own data types and the operations needed to work on these data types; and will create and process data stored in arrays. This course is offered in conjuction with Pace University. Students can receive college credit for an extra fee.

4354 Programming with Python
This year-long course is an introduction to structured programming using the computer language Python. Students will learn the steps to program development and testing, and they will create and run Python programs.

4775 Introduction to Video Production
This is an elective course supported in part by Cablevision's new channel MSG/Varsity and website www.msgvarsity.com (http://topics.news12varsity.com/new-york-city/preston-high-school.htm) (whose mission is to broadcast student stories created by students). Students will learn the basics of video-making: Pre-Production (writing, planning and organization), Production (shooting footage, interviews and reportage) and Post-production (editing, rendering, and file transport protocols). Students will be required to film content outside of the class and after school. Student projects will be posted to MSG/Varsity on a weekly basis.