Fine Arts

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Fine Arts

Brother Martin offers three areas of fine arts studies:


Art
These classes are open to ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students. The course offerings aim to develop in students an understanding of art and sensitivity to artistic values. At the same time, art provides the opportunity for creative self-expression.


Band

This is a full-credit elective course that meets five times a week during the school day. Band is also available to eighth graders. (See eighth grade section for details.) Brother Martin’s instrumental performing ensembles appear in public more than forty times per year. Attendance at all out-of-school rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Homework in the form of practice is assigned nightly and videotaped playing tests are regularly assigned. The Band program utilizes SmartMusic, an on-line music practice tool, which fosters good practice techniques and the enables the Director to assess musical progress. Other forms of technology are utilized to further aid in the understanding of music theory and creativity.

Rental Instruments
The Band Department rents percussion equipment, tubas, French horns, baritone horns, oboes, piccolos, and a bassoon. Several local music stores are available to rent brand new instruments for a nominal fee. The advantage to doing this is a readily available opportunity for repair and replacement of band instruments, if necessary.

Fees
The cost of rental instruments is $70 per year. In addition, the Crusader Marching Band members are assessed a $80 band fee which covers uniform cleaning, band t-shirt, binder, and a half-time drink at football games. Finally, Crusader Band members wear a special marching shoe, which must be purchased by the members prior to Football Season. Shoes may be purchased at a local music store or online for about $40 a pair. All fees will be assessed by the Director at the start of the school year.


Chorus
This class is a full-credit elective course that meets daily. It provides training and experience singing music especially selected for high school male voices. These experiences are planned to develop a love for singing, to encourage participation in choral activities at school and in the community, to give students a working knowledge of the principles of good singing, to acquaint them with some of the masterpieces of choral literature, and to give proper training to maturing voices. Attendance at all (in and out of school) rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

Courses:

Art I

The main focus of this course is to teach the fundamentals and techniques involved in creating various art forms. Basic elements of artistic design such as color theory, shading, and perspective are covered in depth. Studio activities and assignments include drawing, painting, relief printing, drafting, and architecture.

Art II

This course is designed to further the student’s knowledge and skill level in the areas covered in Art I, with special emphasis on the historical perspective of each area covered.

Art III

This course is designed to concentrate on the techniques of drawing, painting, and sculpture in a highly individualized learning environment. Prerequisite: Art II and teacher approval.

Fine Arts Survey

This course is a one credit elective intended to develop in the students an appreciation of visual art, architecture, music, and film.

Beginner Band

Ninth graders with little or no previous band experience may enroll in Beginning Band Class, which meets daily. Interested students must schedule an appointment with the band director before selecting this course.

Advanced Band

Students with well-developed musical skills may be placed in Advanced Band, a class that consists of Marching Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. The Crusader Marching Band is organized for performances at marching festivals, half-time shows, and parades. The group rehearses daily during the fourth or fifth period (drummers at sixth period) and from 3:15 – 5:00 p.m., Monday and Thursday during football season. After football season, the Concert Band functions as the school’s top instrumental performing ensemble. Membership is by audition and is limited to outstanding players. The Concert Band participates in the Louisiana Music Educators Association (L.M.E.A.) large ensemble assessment and performs concerts. Students may letter in the Crusader Marching Band after three years of service.

Marching Band & Concert Band

The Marching Band and the Concert Band perform at numerous school and civic events and compete in the  annual L.M.E.A. Concert and Marching Assessments.

Membership in the Marching BandConcert Band, or Symphonic Band is limited to students taking the classes. (An extracurricular letter may be earned).

Pep Band & Stage Band

The Pep Band performs at Basketball Games during the early spring!  Students may earn a Letter for Pep Band if serving three years.  This group has a great time and helps lift the spirit of the Conlin Crazies at all games.

The Stage Band is an extracurricular band open to all Brother Martin students. In addition to playing at Brother Martin events, the Stage Band also books events open to the general public. Students can also earn a Letter for Stage Band after three years of participation

 

Advanced Chorus (1st year)

Advanced Chorus (2nd year)

Advanced Chorus (3rd year)

Advanced Chorus (4th year)

 

Faculty:

Mr. Dominick Caronna, Jr. ’85, B.M.E., Department Chair
Mr. Chris Bailey ’86, B.A.
Mr. Kevin Caparotta ’88, M.Ed. 

Mr. Donald Guidry, M.A.
Mr. David Joyner, M.F.A., M.Ed.

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