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  • Advanced Chamber Orchestra

    Advanced Chamber Orchestra (9-12) Prerequisite: Departmental Approval PACO is open to intermediate and more experienced violin, viola, cello and string bass players. Instruction will include literature from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Modern eras. The Orchestra will have an opportunity during part of the year, to collaborate with the Upper School Wind Ensemble to include music that involves more than strings. Performance opportunities are scheduled throughout the year providing the practical application of skills learned in the studio. Performances include music assemblies, The Holiday Program, and Arts Night. They will also perform off-campus at Senior Centers and at the Heritage Music Festival. Building on the musical talents of each player and building a first-rate performing ensemble are the primary goals of the course.
  • Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble

    Advanced Classical Guitar Ensemble (9-12)
    Prerequisite:  Classical Guitar Ensemble or Departmental Approval
    This full-year course requires experience in the basics of guitar along with the ability to read standard notation in multiple positions on the guitar.  The areas of instruction will include the study of classical guitar through ensemble literature.  These will be offered from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Modern eras.  Specific areas of instruction will include those listed in Classical Guitar Ensemble along with advanced left and right hand techniques and effects, ornamentation and harmonics. Students will continue to master various note and scale positions on the fretboard. 
  • Advanced Dance

    Advanced Dance (9-12)
    This class is designed for the students who have advanced training. Students will spend class time working on technique from various dance styles, along with learning about choreographic concepts. They will perform group dances created by the instructor as well as work with their peers on creating original works. There are two annual performances, including Progressive Steps, in which students have the opportunity to perform with a local, professional dance company. Students may take this class for Arts (UC approved) or PE credit.
  • Beginning Classical Guitar

    Beginning Classical Guitar (9-12) This full-year introductory course will include the study of classical guitar through ensemble literature. These will be offered from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Modern eras. Specific areas of instruction will include apoyando (rest strokes), tirando ( free strokes), dynamic markings, complex rhythms and various left and right hand techniques.
  • Beginning Dance

    Beginning Dance (9-12) This is a fun course for students who have had little to no dance experience. The focus will be on skills, flexibility, coordination, and self-expression through practice of a variety of styles. Students will collaborate to choreograph projects for the 3 annual performances: ?Jump Start,? ?Taking Turns,? and ?Final Leap.?
  • Classical Guitar Ensemble

    Classical Guitar Ensemble (9-12)                                   Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval
    This full-year course requires experience in the basics of guitar along with the ability to read standard notation in first position.  The areas of instruction will include the study of classical guitar through ensemble literature.  These will be offered from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Modern eras.  Specific areas of instruction will include apoyando (rest strokes), tirando ( free strokes), dynamic markings, complex rhythms and various left and right hand techniques.
  • Contemporary Guitar Ensemble

    Contemporary Guitar Ensemble (9-12)           
    Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval
    This full-year course is a prerequisite for Pep Band, and requires experience in the basics of sight-reading and guitar technique. Specific areas of instructions will include: scales, chord theory, improvisation, soloing, and basic blues forms. The class format consists of two parts: ensemble and individual groups. During the ensemble portion, the entire class performs song arrangements in four and five part harmony (Lead, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass).  Each part has multiple players performing single line melodies. The ensemble portion repertoire is wide-ranging, including: modern and classic rock, jazz, blues, and classical pieces performed in a rock style. The ensemble performs at Music Assemblies, the Holiday Program, and Arts Night. During the individual group portion, the class is divided up into smaller “bands,” each consisting of three or four students. These bands select their own songs to learn, and/or choose songs from the Pep Band repertoire, and then perform their song selections during Lunch-Time Concerts.
  • Instrumental Ensemble

    Instrumental Ensemble (9-12)
    Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval and/or audition
    This full-year course is open to all woodwind, brass, and percussion students and leads the way to advanced musical performance of small to medium size instrumental groups.  The course may be offered under the subtitle, “Jazz Ensemble” or "Jazz Combo" with music that features rhythmic patterns and harmonies unique to that style.  The course may also be offered under the subtitles “Concert Band” or “Chamber Music” with music from the standard band literature, movie themes, classical pieces, and popular songs.  The Instrumental Ensemble performs at convocation, homecoming, holiday program, music festivals, spring arts night, commencement, and many other school and community events throughout the year.  Areas of instruction may include:  scales, chords, intervals, rhythms, intonation, dynamics, musical interpretation, and sight-reading.  Improving the musicianship of each individual and building a first-rate performing ensemble are the primary goals of the course.  
  • Intermediate Dance

    Intermediate Dance (9-12)
    This class is designed for the students who have had dance experience, and are striving to reach an advanced level. Students will spend class time working on technique from various dance styles, along with learning about choreographic concepts. They will perform group dances created by the instructor as well as work with their peers on creating original works. There are two annual performances, including Progressive Steps, in which students have the opportunity to perform with a local, professional dance company. Students may take this class for Arts (UC approved) or PE credit.
  • Lancer Orchestra

    Lancer Orchestra (9-12)   
    Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval – Audition required
    This full-year course is open to experienced string players who seek to refine musical and technical skills, explore a variety of musical genres, and deepen understanding of music within culture. The Lancer Orchestra will perform as a chamber orchestra in on and off campus performances, and will also perform with all string musicians in the MS Advanced program and US Strings Ensemble. The repertoire studied will represent a variety of musical genres and styles which challenge and advance technical facility.  Audition is required and private lessons are strongly encouraged.
  • Pep Band

    Pep Band (9-12) Prerequisite: Contemporary Guitar Ensemble or Departmental Approval The demands of this full-year ensemble are greater than that of a beginning class and it requires a higher level of musicianship with regards to ensemble playing and improvisation. There are numerous accompanied solo opportunities based on playing ability and the overall performance level of the ensemble. This class is designed to challenge the individual abilities of each participant and the entire ensemble. This ensemble performs at all home football, basketball, volleyball games and various events throughout the year. Grading is based on class and game participation.
  • Special Projects in Dance

    Special Projects in Dance (9-12) One trimester Prerequisite: Departmental Approval Does not fulfill Arts graduation requirement This is Independent Study based course provides students who are self-motivated with an opportunity to choreograph individually designed projects for the stage. Students will coordinate their projects, demonstrate their choreography, and critique their work under the instruction of the teacher. All choreography will be performed in the dance concerts throughout the year.
  • String Ensemble

    String Ensemble (9-12)   
    Prerequisite:  Basic string instrument experience — knowledge of right and left-hand techniques, ability to read musical notation
    This full-year course is open to all string players (non-audition). This ensemble seeks to refine musical and technical skills through the study and performance of a variety of musical styles and genres. Students will perform as a chamber orchestra in on and off campus performances, and will also perform with all string musicians in the MS Advanced program and the Lancer Orchestra. Students will be responsible for learning all musical repertoire and completing all assignments. 
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103
 

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900