Overall Department Goals

The Ursuline graduate should be able to communicate effectively, demonstrate Christian values and critical thinking while applying her knowledge to new situations, and adapting to an ever-changing global society. With this mission in mind, the performing arts department of Ursuline Academy nurtures the inner resources of each student and provides opportunities for each individual to creatively develop and demonstrate her talents.

Objectives for Department Goals

In order to achieve the goals of the performing arts department, the instructors work together to do the following:

  1.  Meet frequently to plan and schedule events, discuss department goals, update the curriculum, discuss and present budgets, and explore new course offerings.
  2. Attend in-service programs and workshops offered for professional development.
  3. Provide on- and off-campus learning experiences for students interested in dance, vocal music, broadcasting, public speaking and theatre.
  4. Work to achieve cross-curricular classes and activities.
  5. Communicate with the administration for the need to explore expansion of facilities and programs that will increase school enrollment and continued interest in the performing arts.

Work done in class for students to achieve department goals:

    1. Recognize the strengths of each student and address learning styles.
    2. Create an atmosphere of respect and responsibility that provides each student the opportunity to gain confidence and “learn-by-doing.”
    3. Make use of current technology and use a variety of presentations.
    4. Encourage creative thinking and teamwork.
    5. Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate critical thinking, effective writing, and eloquent speaking.
    6. Communicate with instructors in other departments in order to provide cross-curricular activities for students.
    7. Make use of means to communicate student progress to the student, and parent/guardians.

#712 Dance Workshop

This course is the study of ballet, tap and jazz. Students will perform in Christmas and Spring recitals.

Scope and Sequence

  1. Small group work
  2. Listening skills
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Self confidence
  5. Poise
  6. Terminology of dance steps
  7. Performances
  8. Knowledge of different dance styles
  9. Being able to count music
  10. Learning how to distinguish differences between styles of dance and styles of music
  11. Selecting appropriate costumes for styles of dance

#621 Human Communications

Students will gain confidence and skills in critical thinking, effective writing, and eloquent speaking in this introductory communications course. Students will experience performance in the areas of informative speaking, oral interpretation of literature, the sales talk, demonstrations and persuasive speaking. Focus on the self-concept, listening skills, the use of visual aids and technology will be covered in this course. The goal of this course is to help the student learn communication skills that will provide her with the expertise and confidence necessary for a productive, happy life as she communicates effectively in our global society.

Scope and Sequence

  1. Essential elements in the word “communicate”
  2. Nature of stage fright
  3. “Psych Out Your Listeners” formula by Fran A. Tanner
  4. The “self” in human communication
  5. Verbal and nonverbal messages
  6. Listening skills
  7. Interpersonal communication
  8. Small group communication
  9. Speech preparation and delivery
  10. Oral interpretation of literature
  11. Impromptu and extemporaneous speaking
  12. The informative speech
  13. The demonstration speech
  14. The persuasive speech

#626  Broadcast News Production

Students will be introduced to all aspects of live broadcast journalism as they learn to report, write, edit, film, direct and anchor the school broadcast, UA TODAY.

Scope and Sequence

  1. Ethical standards used in broadcast journalism
  2. The visible, audible, and psychological impressions presented in public speaking
  3. Gathering new and useful information and sources for programming
  4. Writing effective lead-ins and closings that capture attention and assert purpose; using smooth transitions that relate segments to the format of the program
  5. Rewriting/editing information
  6. Designing creative backgrounds and organizing studio space
  7. Demonstrating skills in filming and use of current technology for broadcasting
  8. Learning and applying directing techniques
  9. Working as a member of a production team

#645  Theatre: Explorations of Performance

This course is designed for the student who wants to tap her inner resources and gain confidence on stage and behind-the-scenes. The student will learn to use her voice and body effectively to create a believable character on stage. Areas explored in this course include basic movement, stage direction, acting terminology, interpreting character lines, playing humorous and serious scenes, selecting a script, audition and rehearsal procedures, production work and theatre etiquette.

Scope and Sequence

  1. The Actress and Herself:  addresses stage fright and gaining confidence by developing the inner resources of the individual
  2. The Actress and the Character:  touches on learning stage terminology, methods of learning and interpreting lines, the use of the voice and body to create a believable character in a humorous or serious scene
  3. The Actress and the Production:  knowledge of the various areas of production work will be reviewed and the student will receive a “hands-on” opportunity to apply her knowledge and demonstrate her skills by participating in a role or as a member of the production staff for a UA theatrical production

#611  Introduction to Music

#612  Beginning Chorus

#622  Advanced Chorus

#623  Madrigal Singers

  • The Ursuline Academy music department is an integral part of the Ursuline curriculum based on the school’s mission statement, one of the goals of which is to educate the whole person. Music is only one strand in the fabric of an education which also includes other disciplines, but music is also something to which a student will be exposed, for the rest of her life, more often than any other subject with the possible exception of English.
  • The arts provide that part of education which seeks to develop an appreciation of beauty in form and expression, and nourish the talents of those students who can create that beauty. Music education attempts to do that in terms of sound, both as a listening experience and as a performing endeavor.
  • In the listening area, recordings and videos are used along with the textbook to illustrate and enhance the concepts involved in the appreciation of music. In performance areas, choral literature is selected with regard to learning about good sound (balance, blend, intonation, etc.) and performance, as well as music that is accessible and enjoyable to the audience.
  • The goal of the music department is always to get better every year with regard to all aspects of performance, and to get more and more students interested in and capable of performing to a higher and higher standard.

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