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Gwinnett County Public Schools

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

David DuBose Director

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Description of Program

Students enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools' Fine Arts (GCPS) programs receive quality instruction in dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. The Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) represent the GCPS standards of excellence for all Fine Arts students and scaffold from grade to grade, ensuring that students are immersed in arts experiences.

Gwinnett County Public Schools' Fine Arts students participate in numerous local, statewide, regional, national, and international festivals and competitions, and are known for their excellent performance standards. The continued enthusiasm and support of the central and local level administrators, community, parents, and students enable the GCPS Fine Arts programs to achieve world-class standards and to remain an essential element in a complete educational program.

Elementary School
Music and visual arts instruction is provided to elementary students on a regular basis. Certified art and music specialists direct the programs in the elementary schools. Many schools have choruses, recorder ensembles, and art clubs that provide an outlet for talented and motivated students.

Middle School
Art, general music, and drama programs are “connection” classes which are offered to middle school students. Band, chorus, and orchestra classes are performance ensembles which are also offered to middle school students. Certified teachers direct all Fine Arts programs, and students are instructed based on the adopted AKS for these programs.

High School
Dance, instrumental and choral music, theatre arts, and visual arts are elective Fine Arts courses at the high school level. Offerings at both beginning and advanced levels are provided at all schools based on the needs and interests of the students, with appropriate AKS instruction for each course.

Academic Knowledge and Skills
The AKS for Fine Arts instruction uniquely embraces a performance- and standards-based curriculum that is sequential and developmentally appropriate for all learners. All areas and grade levels have revised AKS documents that are correlated with the system adopted core textbooks and resources, and the state curriculum. Working within the AKS framework, each school designs its programs to meet the unique needs of its own students.

A variety of classroom and teacher assessments is used to determine what students know and can do based on the AKS for that level. Teacher assessment for the Fine Arts classes includes computer-generated tests from the item bank databases, paper-and-pencil tests, portfolios, and authentic assessments including periodic performance tasks. System wide end-of-semester exams at the high school level assess each student’s progress in all skill areas. Student success is further promoted through statewide auditions, evaluations, and exhibitions.

 

 

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

General Music (Grades K-5)

Spotlight on Music - Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
DVD Player*
iPOD*
Bose Docking Station*
Master Tracks Pro**
Music Time**

Visual Arts (Grades K-5)

Art Everywhere - Harcourt
Corefx**
IBM C400 DLP Projector

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

Band (Grade 6)

Band Expressions (w/ CD) - Warner Bros. (Alfred)
Essentials of Music Theory (Vol. 1-3) **
Sibelius 5 **

Band (Grades 7-8)

Essential Elements for Jazz (w/ CD) - Hal Leonard
Foundations for a Superior Performance - Kjos
Essentials of Music theory (Vol. 1-3) **

Chorus (Grades 6-8)

Experiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Sibelius 5 **
Auralia **
Musition **
Finale 2008 **

Chorus (Grade 8)

Sight -Singing for SSA – Hal Leonard

General Music (Grades 6-8)

Spotlight on Music - Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
Band in a Box 2008.5 **
Sibelius 5 **
Auralia **
Instruments **
MP3 Player/Docking Station *
H.O.T. Explore It - Class Guitar Resources
H.O.T. Beginning Level Ensemble Book - Class Guitar Resources

Orchestra (Grade 6)

Essential Elements 2000 Book I (w/ Smart Music) - Hal Leonard
Essential Elements of Music Theory **

Orchestra (Grade 7)

Essential Elements Book II - Hal Leonard
Essential Elements of Music Theory **

Orchestra (Grade 8)

Essential Technique Book III - Hal Leonard
Essential Elements of Music Theory **

Theatre Arts (Grade 6)

Exploring Theatre - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

Theatre Arts (Grade 7)

The Stage and The School - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

Theatre Arts (Grade 8)

Theatre: Art in Action - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

Visual Arts (Grades 6-7)

Scott Foresman Art - Scott Foresman

Visual Arts (Grade 8)

Arttalk - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

HIGH SCHOOL BAND

 

Advanced Band

Artistry of Fundamentals - Alfred

Beginning Band

Rhythms and Rests - Alfred

Concert Band

Symphonic Warm Ups for Band - Hal Leonard

Intermediate Band

Foundations for Superior Performance - Kjos

Jazz Band

Essential Elements for Jazz (w/ CD) - Hal Leonard

Symphonic Band

Essentials of Music Theory **

Symphonic Winds

Band in a Box 2008.5**
Sibelius 5 **
Finale 2008**
Cakewalk/Sonar 7

HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL MUSIC

 

Advanced Choral Ensemble

Experiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

Advanced Vocal Ensemble

Experiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

Beginning Choral Ensemble

Experiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

Intermediate Choral Ensemble

Experiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

Vocal Ensemble

Experiencing Choral Music - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

HIGH SCHOOL DANCE

 

Advanced Dance

The Language of Ballet - Princeton
The Ballet Book Workbook Series - Lewelyn and Company

Dance Composition

The Dancer Prepares - McGraw-Hill Humanities

Intermediate Dance

Jump into Jazz - McGraw-Hill Humanities

Introduction to Dance

Inside Ballet Technique - Princeton

Theatre Dance

Jump into Jazz - McGraw-Hill Humanities

HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC

 

Advanced Music Technology

Reason 4.0 **

Beginning Guitar

H.O.T. Explore It - Class Guitar Resources
H.O.T. Beginning Level Ensemble - Class Guitar Resources

Beginning Piano Keyboard Techniques

Adult Piano Adventures - FJH Music Company

Introduction to Music Technology

Sibelius 5 **
Finale 2008**

Music History

The Enjoyment of Music - WW Norton

Intermediate Music Technology

Band in a Box 2008.5**
Cakewalk/Sonar 7 **

AP Music Theory

Essentials of Music Theory **

Music Theory

Tonal Harmony - McGraw-Hill

HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA

 

Beginning Orchestra

Advanced Techniques for Strings - Hal Leonard

Chamber Ensemble

Sibelius 5 **

Concert Orchestra

Auralia **

Philharmonic Orchestra

Instruments **

Symphonic Orchestra

Notes **
Musition **

HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS

 

Acting

Drama for Reading and Performance Collection Two - Perfection Learning

Advanced Drama

Drama for Reading and Performance Collection Two - Perfection Learning

Advanced Theatre Workshop

Play Directors Survival Kit - Jossey-Bass/Pfieffer

Introduction to Theatre

Basic Drama Projects - Perfection Learning

Musical Production Workshop

Stage Make Up - Watson-Guptill

Stagecraft

Video Series:
Introduction to Technical Theatre
Basic Theatre: Safety and Set Construction
Lighting for Theatre
Audio for Theatre
Set Design
Lighting Design

Theatre Production Workshop

Short Plays of Theatre Classics - Anchorage Press

HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS

 

AP Art History

Look! The Fundamentals of Art History - Prentice Hall
Gardner’s Art Through the Ages - Thomson
Gardner’s Art/ Exam Review - Thomson
Gardner’s Art/ Instruction Manual - Thomson
Gardner’s Art/ Multi Manager - Thomson

AP Studio Art

The Art of Seeing - Prentice Hall
The Craft and Art of Clay - Prentice Hall

Architectural Design

The Annotated Arch, Crash Course in History of Architecture - Andrews and McMeel
Art Synectics - Davis
Design Synectics - Davis
Architecture is Elementary - Gibbs Smith

Commercial Photography I:
Basic Black and White

Photography, 8th Ed. - Prentice Hall
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **

Commercial Photography II:
Studio Techniques

50 Portrait Lighting Techniques - Watson- Guptill
Learning to Light - Guptill

Commercial Photography III:
Digital Photography

Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **

Commercial Photography IV:
Non-Traditional Printing Techniques

Coming Into Focus - Chronicle Books LLC

Computer Applications in Art

Exploring Visual Design - Davis
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **

Crafts Design

Crafts - Davis
The Jeweler’s Art - Davis

Drawing and Painting

Exploring Painting - Davis
Drawing as Expression - Prentice Hall

Graphic Design

Exploring Visual Design - Davis
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **
Adobe Illustrator CS, Against the Clock - Prentice Hall
Adobe Photoshop CS, Against the Clock - Prentice Hall

Jewelry and Metalworking

Complete Metalsmithing - Davis
Complete Metalsmithing ProPlus Edition - Davis

Photo Design

A Short Course in Photography - Prentice Hall
Adobe CS Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and In Design) **

Pottery

Experience Clay - Davis

Printmaking

Printmaking History and Process - Wadsworth/Thomson Learning

Sculpture

Beginning Sculpture - Davis
The Visual Experience - Davis

Three-Dimensional Design

Discovering Art History - Davis
Exploring Visual Design - Davis

Two-Dimensional Design

Exploring Visual Design - Davis
Art in Focus - Glencoe

 

 

 

 

David DuBose,Director

David DuBose, Director

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