Fine Arts at Delone Catholic
The Fine and Performing Arts Department is dedicated to helping students hone their aesthetic, artistic, creative, expressive, and practical skills.
Visual Arts classes help students develop strong critical thinking skills needed for life in the 21st century. A variety of classes are offered to meet the interests and abilities of our students. Ninth grade students begin the process with Art Appreciation. Introduction to Art, 2D Design, 3D Design and 3D Design II classes accommodate all levels of ability. Independent Art is a senior honors class for students who have proven their abilities in prior art classes. An Advanced Placement portfolio review may be a consideration for this student.
As stated in the DCHS Music Department Philosophy, music students have the opportunity to develop musically, aesthetically, intellectually, spiritually, personally, socially, and even physically, through a wide variety of music classes and extra-curricular activities. Students who play keyboard, bass, drums, or a traditional band instrument should sign up for Instrumental Music Class (3 or 4 quarters per year.) Students who enjoy singing should explore Vocal Music Class (full year) or Chorus Class (one semester.) Advanced music students (juniors and seniors) can study in-depth how music is put together with scales, chords, etc. in Music Theory I and II. First-year students who do not sign up for Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, or Chorus Class will take one quarter of Music Exploration Class, so that they, too, will have some music training on the high school level.
Technical Education classes provide students with valuable life and career skills such as woodworking and electronics. Architectural Drawing and Engineering Drafting prepare students for more advanced training as future architects and engineers.
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Choosing Your Freshman Music Class
1. To make sure that all Delone students have some kind of music training on the high school level, all freshmen are required to take some music class. This document will help you choose the right music class for you.
2. If you play a band instrument, piano, or bass guitar you should sign up for Instrumental Music class for the year. Almost every day, participants play their instruments and make music together in a wide variety of styles. Instrumental Music class also opens doors to other optional ensembles like Jazz Band, Flute Choir, Indoor Percussion, County Band, and District Band. If you’ve been studying a band instrument during grade school you should not drop it without at least TRYING high school band for a year. Besides teaching you about music, band also helps you to make friends in all four classes, teaches valuable social & organizational skills, opens the door to possible college scholarships and activities, and strengthens your college resumé. Participants are only required to attend 2 practices and 3 performances outside of class time during the entire year.
3. If you don’t play a band instrument, but like to sing, you should take Vocal Music Class for the whole year or Chorus Class for one semester. Participants sing almost every day in a wide variety of styles. These voice classes have all the same benefits as Instrumental Music Class and require only 2 practices and 3 performances outside of class time for the entire year.
4. If you play a band instrument AND enjoy singing, you should sign up for Instrumental Music Class now and Chorus as your club or activity next fall. That way you can develop both talents.
5. If you don’t play a band instrument or enjoy singing, you will be taking Music Exploration Class for one quarter. This is a general music class where you will learn the fundamentals of music through daily note-taking, written tests, and reports.
6. If you decide to take an instrumental or vocal class instead of Music Exploration, you can still take one additional full-year elective (like a foreign language) or a study hall, by replacing Music Exploration with Phys. Ed.
7. If your choice comes down to Instrumental or Vocal Music class vs. a study hall, let me assure you that the aesthetic, cultural, intellectual, social, personal, and even spiritual benefits of participation in a quality music ensemble far outweigh the benefits of a study hall.
8. Unlike study hall, participation in a music ensemble gets the attention of college admissions officers, because it is a good predictor of future academic and social success. Further, admissions officers do not care if you were involved in music during grade school – they only care if you follow it through and participate in high school.
9. It is neither uncommon nor coincidental to find a large percentage of Delone’s music students in the top 10 percent of their classes, even with minimal study halls during their high school careers.
10. There is one important caveat to bear in mind, however - if you expect to make use of Delone’s Instructional Support Services with Mr. Lester, you will need to schedule a study hall so that you can meet with him on a regular basis.
11. The power of music education is one of Delone’s best-kept secrets…Don’t let your musical talents go to waste.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about Delone's music classes or extra-crricular activities.
Thanks for your consideration,
Mr. Brian Yealy, DCHS Music Director