Welcome to Fine and Performing Arts

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Courses Offered:

  • Fine Art

    STUDIO ARTS – GRADES 9-12 A-G Approved Max. Prerequisite: Recommend Art P This course offers basic craft techniques for three-dimensional design in a variety of materials: paper, fabrics, fiber, leather, beads, dyes, clay, sheet metal, manipulation of wire, enameling and a variety of jewelry skills including etching, appliqué, soldering, piercing and learning finishing techniques. Design of good composition and form is stressed. 

    AP STUDIO ART* – GRADES 10-12 A-G Approved Max. Prerequisite: Teacher Approval AP Studio Art is engaged in the creation of quality work that will be submitted for the AP Studio Art portfolios. The work is part of a 3-section portfolio that involves depth, breadth, and concentration. All work must show that the students have an understanding of the art elements, principles, and a skill level that indicates a mastery of media and materials.

    CERAMICS P – GRADES 10-12 A-G Approved Max. 20 CREDITS Prerequisite: Recommend Art P or Design AB prior to enrollment This course is a fundamental course in clay. The first semester explores primary building techniques (pinch, coil, slab, and form) which develop visual and tactile skills for creating ceramic forms. The second semester provides an opportunity to explore variations on basic skills, techniques of construction, and surface enrichment. Introduction to the potter’s wheel

    Performing Arts

    ADVANCED BAND – GRADES 10-12 A-G Approved. The course in Advanced Band is designed to equip the student with techniques in instrumental music performance along with a broad overview of music, its history and development, and its form. Upon completing the course, the student will possess the necessary skills to perform vocationally and/or have a strong background on which they may continue to develop their talents towards a musical vocation. AP

    MUSIC THEORY – GRADES 10-12 A-G Approved. The AP Music Theory course corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. These abilities will be developed through various listening, performance, written, creative, and analytical exercises. 30

    CHORUS - GRADES 9-12 A-G Approved Max. 40 CREDITS This course provides the beginning and intermediate singer an opportunity to develop and perfect vocal skills through choral literature. Some performances may be required.

    MUSIC APPRECIATION – GRADES 9-12 A-G Approved. This one-year course is divided into two sections. First semester – exploring the students’ existing references and understanding of music, the history and styles of the 20 th century including jazz, rock, music theater, film, and contemporary academic music. Second semester – the fundamentals of music, basic rhythm and note reading, world (ethnic) music, history of Western academic music (middle ages to the 19 th century). The course includes a strong listening/ recognition component, analysis of music reviews and performances, and the development of an ability to perform on percussion instruments and the recorder. Exposure to live performance and instrument demonstrations is provided throughout the year.

     

Faculty

Ms. Cynthia Lake

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Ms. Cynthia Lake

Ms. Lake began teaching in 1981 and joined the Muir staff in 1993.  Ms. Lake earned her BA in Fine Arts at Cal State LA and her Master's in DBL Curriculum and Instruction.  She is a Pasadena native and attended Longfellow Elementary, John Marshall Junior High, and John Muir High School.  Ms. Lake is an avid Environmentalist and Ecology Activist, and life-long learner.  Her interests include Nexus of Arts and Science, World Travel, Architecture and Construction, Welding, Gardening, Sewing, Reading, Bicycling, Sporting Events, Movies, Live Theater, Animal care and protection, and equal civil rights for all.  She also collects rocks, fish and cows.  She has been married for 45 years and has three sons and menagerie of pets- dogs, cat, birds, fish, turtles, iguanas, tortoises, guinea pigs, bunny, bearded dragon, silk worms.  She is also a Master Potter.  She has been awarded the Rotary Teacher of the year in 1999 and the Most Spirited Award.  She loves Muir because she considers everyone FAMILY!

Ms. Karen Klages

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Ms. Karen Klages

Ms. Cassandra Franklin

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Ms. Cassandra Franklin

Ms. Franklin joined Muir in 2015.  She earned her BA in Music and Education.  She started the choral program at Parkwood Elementary in North Carolina as well as the choral program at Eliot Arts Magnet School. It is her hope to help create a school environment where all of the arts are valued by all of our students.  Ms. Franklin enjoys dressing up for Comic-Con, singing, dancing, and watching her daughter discover her talents. She is happily married and a proud Mustang.  She loves that she has the opportunity to share her passion for the arts with students who are just like her when she was their age.