Performing Arts


Art and Performance together


Performing Arts at Del Oro High School

The following are course descriptions for the Performing arts classes offered at Del Oro High school. We are proud to offer a diverse course offering taught by experienced teachers with award winning programs. Del Oro students have the oppurtunity to study music (instrumental and vocal), dance, and theater from novice to advanced levels.



 Performing Arts Teacher Pages

Marching Band
The Del Oro Golden Eagle Marching Band is a participation based class involving performances at football games, local parades, community events, and state-wide competitions. Students will achieve an advanced level of performance skills on their instruments. Individual instrumental technique growth, group dynamics and introduction to leadership skills will be emphasized. The Color Guard is a component of the band that studies visual performance skills and does not require instrumental music experience. May be repeated for credit.


Jazz Band
Students must have a "B" grade level music reading skills. This class studies various jazz styles and performance practices. Students will be expected to participate in performances throughout the term. Please see the director prior to the spring term for a rehearsal schedule. This class may be repeated for credit.


Winter Guard
Students learn dance, movement, and equipment skills in preparation for outside performances. Rehearsal hours will be scheduled outside of the normal class time (students will be given advance notice). In addition, students will develop the necessary skills to effectively participate in the fall Golden Eagle Marching Band. Students receive and practice materials to prepare them for success in the fall class.


Advanced Drama 
Drama pursues comprehensive standards-based theatre arts training to develop students so they will be able to perform successfully in a career in theatre/film arts. The program builds upon the acting 
skills developed in Drama I, introduces direction and staging, and provides a foundation in theatre history. Acting skills developed will include relaxation exercises, improvisation, display of emotional tone and nuance, and character development. Students will learn how to 
create prompt books and write stage cues, and will work on a major school production, Written analyses of plays, including attending live productions, are an integral part of the course.


Dance ll
Dance II  and III will expand on all skills learned in dance 1 (therefore dance 1 is a pre-requisite).  In Dance 2, student will be introduced to  Contemporary, ballet, modern and other styles (partnering , Irish stepping or ?? guest artist instructors often are invited to share).  Technique and skill; along with participation /effort comprise students grade.  Students expand significantly on their choreography skills, creating several short dances in class which may be performed in the show. They are required to perform in the end of term public performance in order to receive an A for the course. After school rehearsal is required, in addition to the show(s). Extra optional performance opportunities may be offered. Dance history is addressed during new units and often touched on during other styles.  Students will need to continue their composition book from dance 1 (their dance journal), and retain dance shoes from dance 1, have proper dance attire or similar.


Advanced Concert Band
As an augmentation to the Concert Band class. This option is open to juniors and seniors who meet the requirements and have previous permission from the director. This class requires extra time and effort. Leadership development, involvement in band council, band manager, and section leaders all fulfill this time requirement.
Band Theory
This is a mandatory class for all 9th grade Del Oro Band students. Students participating in Concert Band only, must enroll in this class understanding that it is held in the fall. This course is designed 
to increase student knowledge in music theory and performance technique. Information to be covered will include basic music theory, musical styles, performance practices, and music history. No previous experience necessary.


Advanced Concert Band
As an augmentation to the Concert Band class. This option is open to juniors and seniors who meet the requirements and have previous permission from the director. This class requires extra time and effort. Leadership development, involvement in band council, band manager, and section leaders all fulfill this time requirement.


Guitar
Open to all students interested in the development of the guitar. This class will explore the various playing styles and basic music theory through practical application. All students must provide their own 
acoustic guitar. No previous guitar playing experience necessary. Repeatable by permission from instructor.


Technical Theater l, ll, lll
Technical Theater is geared towards learning the basics of sound, lighting, set construction, running crew, and show operation. The goal of this course is for student to know how to work in a professional level production. Technical Theater 2 focuses on design of sound, lighting, set, and costuming, and on stage management, and promotion. The goal of this course is for the students to know how to manage and design for a professional level show/theater. Technical Theater 3 advances on this learning, and teaches students leadership positions. Technical Theater is open to all students. Technical 
Theater 2 requires instructor approval and a grade of “C” or better in Technical Theater. To be enrolled in Technical Theater 3, students must apply and interview for leadership positions. Participants in these classes are members in the drama club, The Company.


Dance l
Dance 1, is the first required class in Del Oro dance program. It will grow the brand new dancer technically and personally (builds confidence!), as well as give opportunity for more experienced dancers to assist/choreograph/mentor peers while also continuing to grow and be pushed technically and learn new styles. This course will emphasize jazz dance,  with units in hip hop, tap, clogging and African.   Students will learn fundamentals of choreography, and by the end of the term, will choreograph a 2-3 minute dance in a small group. Students will be required to perform in the end of term public performance in order to receive an A in the course. One after school rehearsal will be required, in addition to the shows on campus and weekend/evenings. Dance history will be addressed at the beginning of each unit. Participation and Effort(dressing out, hair back, on time, positive attitude) will constitute a majority of the grade.   Students will need a composition book (they will keep this throughout all courses of dance at DO) , and dance attire or PE similar, and dance shoes as needed.  Welcome to DO dance ....."SHINE"!


Advanced Concert Band
As an augmentation to the Concert Band class. This option is open to juniors and seniors who meet the requirements and have previous permission from the director. This class requires extra time and effort. Leadership development, involvement in band council, band manager, and section leaders all fulfill this time requirement.


Advanced Concert Band
As an augmentation to the Concert Band class. This option is open to juniors and seniors who meet the requirements and have previous permission from the director. This class requires extra time and effort. Leadership development, involvement in band council, band manager, and section leaders all fulfill this time requirement.


Advanced Concert Band
As an augmentation to the Concert Band class. This option is open to juniors and seniors who meet the requirements and have previous permission from the director. This class requires extra time and effort. Leadership development, involvement in band council, band manager, and section leaders all fulfill this time requirement.
Concert Band 
The Del Oro Golden Eagle Concert Band is an instrumental performance ensemble that focuses on instrumental technique, musicianship, music reading skills, and performance considerations. Student 
leadership skills are also stressed. Students will explore a variety of increasingly complex literature as the term progresses. The course is participation based involving several concert performances during the term as well as participation in community events and festivals. May be repeated for credit.


Advanced Marching Band
As a augmentation to the Marching Band class, this option is open to Junior and Seniors who meet the requirements and have previous permission from the director. This class requires extra time and effort. Leadership development, involvement in band council, band managers, and section leaders all fulfill this time requirement.


Percussion
The purpose of this class is to learn fundamental percussion performance skills in preparation for outside performances. There will be rehearsal hours scheduled outside of the normal class time (students 
will be given advance notice). In addition, students will develop the necessary skills to effectively participate in the fall Golden Eagle Marching Band. They will receive and practice the materials to prepare them for success in the fall class.


Musical Theater  
A production-oriented class that will help develop a musical theatre production for public performance in late fall. The aesthetic values and experiences referred to in Drama 1 are pursued. The class will 
introduce students to the varieties and forms of songs common in musical theatre, cover musical theatre history, and teach students how to prepare audition numbers.


Drama l
This introductory course includes basic acting skills, as well as voice and body control. Students learn to create and evaluate short dramatic scenes, including costuming, directing, staging and simple 
scenery. Students will be required to perform several memorized monologues in front of the class, participate in group activities including pantomime, improvisation, role-playing, and will work on major school productions. Written analysis of plays, including attending live productions are an integral part of the course. Significant developments in theatre history will be explored through research, 
presentations and scene work.


Dance Team
Dance Team is a class that is by audition/invitation only. It is primarily jazz, military and hip hop based. Students who make the team must enroll in dance team class, and should also enroll in dance classes at Del Oro. We perform multiple times: basketball games, Back to School Night, Future 9th grade night, the dance shows, and places like Great America, Sac. State, and a Kings’ game are possibilities depending on the interest of the team. Some after school practice time may be required as needed... and weekend or evening performances may occur.  Most all practice happens in class. This class may be repeated for credit and will earn 3 honor society points per year.   Dance team is available to ALL grades (9-12)... incoming freshman should attend workshops and auditions while in the 8th grade for consideration.


Advanced Concert Band
As an augmentation to the Concert Band class. This option is open to juniors and seniors who meet the requirements and have previous permission from the director. This class requires extra time and effort. Leadership development, involvement in band council, band manager, and section leaders all fulfill this time requirement.


Advanced Concert Band
As an augmentation to the Concert Band class. This option is open to juniors and seniors who meet the requirements and have previous permission from the director. This class requires extra time and effort. Leadership development, involvement in band council, band manager, and section leaders all fulfill this time requirement.
Subpages (3): Duncan Kenniston Mrs. Cofield