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School board OKs curriculum changes at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

April 26, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

With the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts less than two years old, educators are still working out which courses are the best to offer and adding more advanced and individualized classes as the school adds more upperclassmen.

On Tuesday night, the Washington County Board of Education voted 7-0 to approve course changes for the downtown Hagerstown school.

Clyde Harrell, director for curriculum and instruction for prekindergarten through 12th grade, said school system officials also took into consideration information they gleaned from other arts schools.

Gone from the instrumental and vocal course offerings will be show choir and honors jazz ensemble, although Harrell said jazz techniques are taught in other classes, and show choir is being renamed.

New classes to be offered include careers in music, advanced concepts in music, composition, conducting 3, opera workshop, sight singing 3, and multiple guitar ensemble, music theory, chamber ensemble, piano repertoire, string techniques, symphonic band and symphonic orchestra courses.

New theater courses are costuming/costume history, makeup/special effects and introduction to film techniques.

Visual arts is adding four new courses, including introduction to digital media and foundations of art.

A specific dance history course will disappear from the schedule, but dance history is taught within performance classes, Harrell said.

Pointe 4 and pilates/conditioning 3 and 4 will be added, according to presentation materials.

The school had 64 freshmen, 76 sophomores, 32 juniors, and 28 seniors last Sept. 30, according to enrollment data.

The school started out with few upperclassmen its first two years so its population will grow each year until each grade level has approximately 70 to 75 students for a total student population of 280 to 300 students, Harrell said.

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