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IA Visual Arts Program

MYP 9 Art 1: Honors Introduction to World Art

 
(Grade 9)
(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 57003
 
Course Description:
 
In this pre-requisite studio survey course, students will use a variety of art materials to develop skills and learn techniques, with a focus on drawing, color theory and the elements of art/design. While creating art and learning art processes, the students will examine the role that art and artists have played in ancient world cultures. The curriculum of this course parallels that of 9th grade World Literature and World Studies. Activities throughout the course will enable the student to articulate the meaning of a work of art. This course is designed to challenge all skill levels.
 
 

MYP 10 Art 2: EXPLORATIONS IN AMERICAN ART

 
(Grade 10)
(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 57004
Prerequisite: Art I
Course Description:
 
In this intermediate course, students will advance beyond the basics using specific media and skills in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media. Students will acquire a more sophisticated knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design, as well as cultural and historical aspects of American Art. The curriculum of this course parallels that of 10th grade American Literature and American Studies. Activities throughout the course will encourage the student to pursue creative expression of thought while developing technical skill.
DP Visual Arts 1
 
(Grade 11)
(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 570011
Prerequisite: Art I & 2
Course Description:
 
Students will explore and develop art techniques in a broad range of stylistic approaches and media (2-D & 3-D), producing meaningful and creative works of art. Their artistic production will be related to personal research that demonstrates in written and visual terms understanding and analysis of art from their own and other cultures. During this year, students will also develop a portfolio of artwork and investigation workbooks recording the research, exploration, execution, and evaluation of all projects as related to personal themes.
 
 

DP Visual Arts 2

 
(Grade 12)
(Y) Credits: 1.0
Course Number: 57021
Prerequisite: IB Visual Arts 1
Course Description:
 
During year two, students will resume more independent exploration and development of art concepts and techniques in a broad range of stylistic approaches and media, continuing to produce meaningful and creative works of art. Artistic production will be integrated with personal research that demonstrates in written and visual terms understanding and analysis of art from their own and other cultures. Throughout the course, students will continue to develop a studio portfolio and investigation workbooks started in IB Visual Arts 1. The course will culminate in preparation for and completion of the IB exam.
 
 

Experiences:

  • Each course involves studio experiences in the following areas:
  • Drawing: pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels, color pencil
  • Painting: tempera, watercolor, acrylics
  • Printmaking
  • Mixed Media / Design
  • Crafts
  • Clay
  • Sculpture
  • Computer Graphics

Evaluation:

  • Individual Assignments
  • Projects
  • Notebook/Development Workbook/Investigation Workbook (IB 1 & 2)
  • Written Responses
  • Homework
  • Final Exam
  • Art Project Grade Criteria:

Process:

  • Creativity / Concept
  • Planning / Research

Product:

  • Design / Composition
  • Technical Skill / Use of Media
  • Effort / Growth

 

IA Music Program

 

 

All of the International Academy Performance Ensembles perform a rigorous concert schedule. The school is a member of MSBOA and MSVMA and performs at all state festivals. Each of the ensembles adhere to the following:

Course Description

The goal of the International Academy Music program including Singers is to produce a knowledgeable musician who enjoys the act of performing music. A musician is knowledgeable when he or she knows: musical styles and terms, how to perform musical styles and terms, how to sight-read a piece of music, how to compose music, historical elements of music, rehearsal techniques, and how to improve oneself as a musician. The guiding question for the course will always be “What Does it Take to Create a Great Performance?”

Course Aims and Objectives

This course will enable students to:

Perform music at a level of competency to please them self and an audience.

Demonstrate performance techniques for multiple time periods and stylistic trends for major and minor composers of the time.

Reflect on personal performance and create a working model for individual and group improvement Have basic knowledge of music theory/composition to understand the creative process Foster a life long love for the performance of music

Singers

This course is intended for students with little to no performance experience.

IA Choral

This course is intended for students who have had previous choral experience.

Concert Band

This ensemble is intended for students with prior band experience. 

Symphonic Band

This ensemble is audition only for students with prior band experience.

Jazz Band

This is an audition only ensemble for students with prior band experience and meets weekly from 2:35pm to 3:35pm.

String Orchestra

This ensemble is intended for students with prior orchestra experience.

Symphony Strings

This ensemble is audition only for students with prior orchestral experience.

Symphony Orchestra

This is the companion class for winds, brass and percussion and is audition only. Students enrolled with the Symphony Strings perform with this ensemble. This class meets once weekly from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.

DP 1 Music

Course Description

The goal of the International Academy Music program, including the IB Music Classes, is to produce a knowledgeable musician. A musician is knowledgeable when he or she understands: musical styles and terms, how to perform musical styles and terms, how to sight-read a piece of music, compositional construction of music, historical elements of music, rehearsal techniques, and how to improve one’s self as a musician.

A vibrant musical education fosters curiosity and openness to both familiar and unfamiliar musical worlds. Through such a study of music we learn to hear relationships of pitch in sound, pattern in rhythm and unfolding sonic structures. Through participating in the study of music we are able to explore the similarities, differences and links in music from within our own culture and that of others across time. Informed and active musical engagement allows us to explore and discover relationships between lived human experience and specific sound combinations and technologies, thus informing us more fully of the world around us, and the nature of humanity.

The Diploma Programme music course provides an appropriate foundation for further study in music at university level or in music career pathways. It also provides an enriching and valuable course of study for students who may pursue other careers. This course also provides all students with the opportunity to engage in the world of music as lifelong participants. IB Music courses require that students perform with an IA performance ensemble.

​Course Aims and Objectives

1. enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts 2. become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts 3. understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts 4. explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures 5. express ideas with confidence and competence 6. develop perceptual and analytical skills. 

DP 2 Music

Course Description

The goal of the International Academy Music program, including the IB Music Classes, is to produce a knowledgeable musician. A musician is knowledgeable when he or she understands: musical styles and terms, how to perform musical styles and terms, how to sight-read a piece of music, compositional construction of music, historical elements of music, rehearsal techniques, and how to improve one’s self as a musician.

A vibrant musical education fosters curiosity and openness to both familiar and unfamiliar musical worlds. Through such a study of music we learn to hear relationships of pitch in sound, pattern in rhythm and unfolding sonic structures. Through participating in the study of music we are able to explore the similarities, differences and links in music from within our own culture and that of others across time. Informed and active musical engagement allows us to explore and discover relationships between lived human experience and specific sound combinations and technologies, thus informing us more fully of the world around us, and the nature of humanity.

The Diploma Programme music course provides an appropriate foundation for further study in music at university level or in music career pathways. It also provides an enriching and valuable course of study for students who may pursue other careers. This course also provides all students with the opportunity to engage in the world of music as lifelong participants. IB Music courses require that students perform with an IA performance ensemble.

Course Aims and Objectives

  1. enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts
  2. become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts
  3. understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts
  4. explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures
  5. express ideas with confidence and competence
  6. develop perceptual and analytical skills.
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