144 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC Students in this course are intro- duced to the fundamentals of mu- sic, through listening and studying music from various places, times and cultures, hands on exercises, as well as class discussion. We will explore the many ways in which music has been used throughout time as a celebration of community, as well as a means for the individual to express him/herself. This class is designed to give students, with or without prior musical training, a better understanding of music and the role it plays in shaping the world around us. This course is re- quired as part of the ninth grade arts curriculum. (one trimester/one third credit)
145 MUSIC: MUSICAL THEA- TRE HISTORY & EXPLORA- TION A multimedia course that explores the history, traditions and changes in American musical theatre. There will be extensive dissection of the most important musicals of our time and we will also discuss struc- ture, style and the mechanical ele- ments that go into forming a musi- cal. The course will also include at least one trip to see a live musical. (fall/ one third credit)
146 MUSIC: INSTRUMEN- TAL ENSEMBLE This is a performance-based class, in which students will learn to play amongst their musical peers. On top of practice and performance skills, students will study basic music theory and tech- niques to improve their musical output and technique. Ideally the ensemble will consist of instru- ments in the same musical family and style. (i.e. a string ensemble with piano, a jazz ensemble with piano, bass, drums, etc.) (fall/ one third credit)
147 VOCAL ENSEMBLE: Students who take part in vocal ensemble will study, rehearse and perform different genres of music throughout the course of the year. Students will have various oppor- tunities to perform at Oakwood, as well as take part in other com- munity outreach programs. In addition, there will be several op- portunities for students to meet with guest artists and to take edu- cational field trips. Some prior experience is required and place- ment auditions will take place
ACADEMIC DISMISSAL Since we believe that all students admitted to Oakwood Friends can succeed in our program, our goal is to have no student dis- missed for any reason. To the extent that students and faculty work for it together, this is an entirely attainable goal. However, there are circumstances under which we may find it necessary to dismiss a student.
Students may not be invited to return if they fail half of their aca- demic courses in any one trimester or have been on Academic Probation for two consecutive terms. In addition, students may not be invited to return at the end of a trimester if they are deemed by the faculty to be detrimental to the community by vir- tue of behavior or attitude. Another reason for academic dismissal is ending the year on Academic Probation. Such students will be invited to return only if the faculty concludes that it is in the best academic and personal interest of both the student and the school.
STUDY HALLS Every student at Oakwood Friends School is invited to take a day- time study hall to allow time to study and complete homework. Students not on Independent Status (IS) can expect to have all periods in which they are not taking a scheduled course filled with mandatory study halls. Boarding students not on IS are required to attend evening study hall in the dorms. Furthermore, students whom the Upper School Head deems to be having academic diffi- culty may be required to attend a special study hall on Wednesday afternoons.
Members of the senior class not on IS, Academic Probation, or Social Probation can expect to have one free period during the academic day. Any other periods without classes will be study halls.
The Upper School Head maintains the right to assign study halls to students at any time.