CHAIR: DEBORAH HILTON, M.A. JEREMY FOLDESY, M.A. MATTHEW SCHWARTZ, M.M.ED. ’02
CHAIR: DAVID FORTIN, M.A. DR. JOHN BERNA, PH.D. WILLIAM CONNERS, M.A. ’80 PAUL LYNCH, M.ED. KATHRYN QUINTER, J.D.
CORE COURSES Studio Foundations
KEVIN TKACHUK, M.S. LEO VACCARO, M.A. ’05 BETHANY WEED, M.A. JASON ZAZYCZNY, M.S. ’90
ELECTIVES Ceramics I-II, Drawing, Graphic Design I-II, Music Theory and Aural Skills, Painting, Styles and Analysis in Music, Western Art History I-II COURSE SPOTLIGHT
MUSIC THEORY & AURAL SKILLS Prep students interested in music, even perhaps a career in the field, can opt to take this course which is “very hands-on and practice-oriented,” says Matt Schwartz ’02, head of the Music Program. Mirrored on college-level curriculum, students will master both basic fundamentals and advanced concepts of music theory, notation, melodic/harmonic analysis, rhythmic accuracy, and ear training. “This class is for musicians only,” says Mr. Schwartz, who approves each of the students who register. He says that several students will major or minor in music in college and seek careers in performance, music tech, or music industry. This course also utilizes state-of-the-art technology. All students enrolled gain access to Noteflight, a composition software that offers instant feedback. Mr. Schwartz can also use the technology to annotate or offer his notes while students edit their compositions. “It’s like having an orchestra at your beck and call,” he says while listening to new music written by a current student in the class.
World History, American History, AP American History, Government, AP Government
ELECTIVES AP European History, AP Human Geography, The Modern World, Twentieth Century America, US Intelligence and the Cold War, Urban Studies Summer Seminar, AP Psychology, Intro to Economics, Intro to Psychology
US INTELLIGENCE & THE COLD WAR
Prior to being a teacher, Ms. Kathy Quinter worked in the CIA and has studied intelligence issues for years. Now, her students at the Prep benefit from her knowledge and experience in this senior history elective. “This class is an opportunity to study one period of history, the Cold War, through the eyes of intelligence,” says Quinter. “The students learn that there is more to the world of intelligence than just James Bond or Jason Bourne. They learn about the spycraft and technology, the intelligence officers and spies/agents, and the intelligence operations that have impacted modern history.” Students utilize text readings including declassified intelligence documents, documentaries, hands-on exercises (dead drop/surveillance, recruitment, etc.), speakers, and movies. Though students with an interest in careers in national security or the military are especially encouraged to take this class, any senior who has completed his history core (World History, US History and US Government) can enroll. “The course hopes to broaden our students’ horizons by illustrating for them how intelligence worked and operated during the Cold War, and in turn, how it continues to impact the world around us today,” says Quinter.
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