Class Syllabus

Fine Arts Drama:  Garrett Academy of Technology COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Title:  Drama/Music Appreciation/Band                               Department: Fine Arts

Teacher:  Darvin Harvey                                                          

Phone: (843) 745-7126                                                                       Room: 1005/1008

Course Description: Drama is open to all students. The purpose of this course is to

increase students' dramatic awareness and give students the tools to actively listen to, discuss, and

critique various styles of fine arts.

Primary Course Materials:

1. Text: Teacher-Generated Materials

2. Various Audio Examples

3. Various Video Examples

Students need the following items for class:

  1. 3-ring binder or folder with pockets
  2. Notebook paper
  3. Pen or pencil
  4. Instruments (Band)

There will be periodic/random notebook checks during both grading periods.  It is the student’s

responsibility to keep their notebook neat and up-to-date.


  1. Respect yourself, each other, and Mr. Harvey.
  2. Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there.
  3. Do what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it.
  4. Follow all rules and regulations in GAT Student Handbook.

Classroom Management Policy

  1. Verbal Warning(3)
  2. Teacher conference with student
  3. Lunch detention and parent contact
  4. Lunch detention, parent conference, warning about referral to administration
  5. Referral to administration

Severity Clause-In extreme cases, such as defiance to the teacher or fighting, a student will directly receive an office referral and immediate disciplinary action.

Course Objective:  By participating in the Garrett Academy Band Program, students will:  

  • Learn basic skills such as assembly and care of their chosen instrument, proper playing posture, tone production and playing techniques for their instrument. 
  • Learn basic music theory and music vocabulary such as reading and understanding musical notation and symbols.
  • Acquire the skills, abilities, understandings and attitudes necessary to express themselves musically as individuals and as members of an ensemble
  • Perform in at least 2 Concerts
  • Be able to make informed decisions both as producers and consumers of music.
  • Value and appreciate music from a variety of cultural and historical contexts and understand the role of music in daily life.

Materials - Failure to have these items will impact the student’s ability to participate in class and his or her grade. It is the student’s responsibility to have the following in class every day. 

  • Instrument – It is the parent’s responsibility to provide the approved band instrument for his or her child by Mondayday, September 12, 2016 as well as make sure the instrument remains in proper playing condition throughout the year.If you need assistance with rental or getting an instrument please contact me asap.
  • Related equipment – It is the parent’s responsibility to provide the related equipment required for each instrument.
  • TextbookTradition of Excellence by.Bruce Pearson & Ryan Nowlin.
  • Assigned Music – The student is required to keep music neatly in the band folder/binder and have it each day of class.It is the responsibility of the student to replace any lost music.
  • Pencil – Each student is required to have a pencil at his or her seat every day of class.

 The Music Appreciation course will focus on learning the basic elements of music: Melody, Rhythm, Harmony, Form, Texture, Tempo, and Dynamics. Using appropriate music vocabulary, students will study and discuss a variety of musical genres, including but not limited to Classical music,  Jazz, Rock, Opera, Musicals, etc.

Content Outline:


Students will learn the basic elements of music, including Melody, Rhythm, Harmony, Form,

Texture, Tempo, and Dynamics as well as the appropriate vocabulary associated with the elements.


This unit will be a brief overview of the history of Western Classical music beginning with Medieval

and ending with 20th Century. Students will be exposed to major composers in each of the following

time periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century.


This unit will be an overview of the origins of jazz, including African American Spirituals, Ragtime,

Blues, and Early Styles of Jazz. There will be a strong focus on the cultural origins.


The focus of this unit will be the musical as an art form as a counterpart to European opera. Topics

will include, drama, dance, singing, as well as production essentials. Major composers will include,

Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Sondheim, Schoenberg, Jon Kander, among others.


This unit will cover the birth of Rock and Roll from the early 1950s through today.


This unit will cover the birth place of Hip Hop from the late 1970s through today.


This unit will focus on the non-performing aspects of the music industry, including sound recording,

producing, managing, promoting, etc.


This unit will focus on folk music of various areas of the world, including Africa, Asia, the Middle

East, and South America.

**This curriculum also allows time for student sharing sessions as well as discussion of current music



This course helps students develop acting skills and learn the fundamentals of theater. In exploring dimensions of theatrical self-expression, this course will employ lecture, discussion and classroom activities to raise issues that stretch self-awareness through dramatic interaction involving imagination and creativity. Each participant works at his or her own level with no comparison to other members Group cooperation, relation to others and self-awareness will be enhanced by speaking and performing before an audience.


The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental skills in the multiple

elements of theatre as a collaborative art. Students will have exposure to the following:  acting and characterization movement and vocal production pantomime and improvisation theatre terminology, theatre history and influences, technical theatre and design, playwriting/script elements audience etiquette, roles and careers in theatre arts, relationships between theatre arts and other subject areas.

Tardy Policy

Every student is expected to be on time for school.  If a student is 15 or more minutes late to class, he/she will be considered cutting.  If the student is less than 15 minutes late he/she will considered tardy.  Please send all students to the tardy office to receive a valid electronic tardy pass. The only valid excuse from the home would be extreme family emergency (cleared through the attendance office).  Car trouble, etc. is not a valid excuse.  All tardies without written excuses are unexcused tardies for which detentions will be assigned.  Students who are caught outside of class after the tardy bell will be sent to the office and assigned a detention.  Being tardy to any class is not tolerated.


Students are to make up any work missed because of an excused absence within a maximum of five (5) school days.  Make-up work should be completed and recorded during the nine weeks period that it was due, unless the absence occurs so late in the nine-week period as to warrant special consideration.  The School Principal or Grade Level AP will also give special consideration when students have missed major assessments or when other circumstances warrant that such consideration be given. In such events, the teacher should seek written approval from his/her assigned assistant principal.  If approved by the assistant principal the student may receive a grade of “Incomplete” and the teacher may then change the grade as soon as the work is turned in.  This exception may not be exercised without the approval of the teachers’ assigned assistant principal. 

Students who know in advance that they are going to be absent should check with their teachers about material they will miss. These students must have a special circumstance approval from their assigned assistant principal. STUDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS AND FUTURE WORK WHEN THEY KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABSENT FOR LAWFUL PURPOSES. For additional assistance, Mr. Harvey will have after-school help sessions on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm or appointment.


All assignments, tests, etc. will be a total of 100 points.  The student’s class average will be broken down into three categories:  Participation (25%), quizzes (25%), Test (25%), Projects (25%).  Each category will contribute to of the student’s grade for each grading period.  Every assignment will be graded.  There will be periodic notebook checks (random) and a large end-of-grading-period project/Test.  Tests will be given at the end of each unit.

The grading system is as follows:       

90 – 100% A           80 – 89%   B           70 – 79%  C            60 – 69%   D                   0 – 59% F