Conservatory of the Arts K-12 Lookbook

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CONSERVATORY OF THE ARTS CONTACT 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111 | Telephone: 408.362.7600 conservatory.vcs.net | conservatory@vcs.net | vcsconservatory | vcsconservatory Table of Contents Kidservatory | Elementary 6 Junior Conservatory | Junior High 7 Conservatory of the Arts | High School 8 AMSE Artist Honors 10 Dance Arts 11 Media Arts 12 Music Arts 13 Theatre Arts 14 Visual Arts 15 3

CONSERVATORY OF THE ARTS

The Conservatory of the Arts encourages students to discover and develop their extraordinary God-given talents as they proclaim the arts as an expression of God’s love.

Like most works of art, Valley Christian Schools’ Conservatory of the Arts looks a little different from every angle. The Conservatory guides students in transforming into the artist they want to be and the person God created them to become. Kidservatory introduces elementary students to the exciting world of creative arts, with after-school programs and an integrated curriculum with visual and performing arts classes. The Junior Conservatory offers junior high school artists the opportunity to develop their talents, with courses in music, art, theatre, and dance in an environment that delivers unmatched quality. At the high school level, the Conservatory of the Arts encourages students to advance their artistic endeavors through the continued exploration and pushing of creative boundaries, all done in a welcoming and supportive environment. This equips our high school students with real-world skills and prepares them to pursue their future creative endeavors.

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KIDSERVATORY | ELEMENTARY

Unlocking the Creative Potential in Every Student

The Kidservatory introduces elementary students to the exciting world of creative arts, with school-day pull-out classes, after-school offerings, private lessons, arts exhibitions, and seasonal performances.

SCHOOL DAY ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Artistic instruction is an integral part of the daily school program at VCES. Each student at VCES participates in Music and Art on a weekly basis during the regular school day. Vocal and instrumental groups perform several times a year at events throughout the community, such as Christmas at the California and the VCS Festival of the Arts.

VISUAL ART

All K-5 students receive a foundation in visual art. Students showcase their work at the annual art show, and selected art is used in VCS publications, including the all school Christmas card and program illustrations.

K-3 CHOIR/MUSIC

All K-3 students meet weekly for vocal and general music instruction. Utilizing the Orff Schulwerk approach to student learning, Valley Christian students learn rhythm, beat, and melody, and participate in class with xylophones, conga drums, and various small, unpitched rhythm instruments. Student performers also sing at the annual Christmas at the California and Festival of the Arts concerts.

FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE MUSIC WHEEL

Students participate in a year-long rotation of offerings in the performing arts, including strings, drama-choir, keyboards, and band.

AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

Students have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the arts after school through the Kidservatory program. Music, visual art, theatre, and dance classes are taught by experienced and inspiring Conservatory faculty. Engaging offerings like Fun with Drums, Adventures in Art, Musical Theatre, and Dance Express are just a few of the many after-school enrichment classes offered on the Leigh campus.

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JUNIOR CONSERVATORY | JUNIOR HIGH

Exploring and Developing Creativity

The Junior Conservatory invites young artists to further develop their God-given talents with a full range of visual and performing arts offerings. In a program of unmatched quality and breadth, the Junior Conservatory provides the foundational training required for successful and seamless matriculation to the high school Conservatory of the Arts.

DANCE ARTS

The Dance Arts Department is designed to serve students with wide-ranging abilities, offering dance classes for beginning through advanced students, to expand their knowledge and mastery of dance styles, including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, world dance, lyrical, and contemporary.

MUSIC ARTS

The Junior Conservatory Music Department provides beginner through advanced-level instruction in strings, band, percussion, piano, and choir. Students are introduced to opportunities for overnight travel as they represent VCJH in music competitions and festivals statewide, as well as having the opportunity to perform in high-caliber concert venues.

THEATRE ARTS

Junior Conservatory Theatre Arts focuses on fun and cultivating a love for Theatre Arts. Students are introduced to all aspects of theatre, including performance and technical theatre, with studies in acting, voice and movement, technical design, and production.

VISUAL ARTS

Junior Conservatory Visual Arts provides inspiration and instruction in painting, drawing, ceramics and photography in state-of-the-art facilities, with opportunities for students to share their work at art shows and festivals.

STEAM ODYSSEY

STEAM Odyssey teaches students how to harness and unleash their innate creativity, enabling them to become adept problem-solvers. Imagine being confronted with a challenge that demands an innovative solution. It can be intimidating. Now envision fearlessly tackling that problem – that is precisely what participants will acquire. STEAM Odyssey emphasizes teamwork, budgeting, time management, public speaking, and various other essential skills. The Conservatory of the Arts partners with Odyssey of the Mind offering a program that is meticulously crafted to foster the growth of students across all learning levels, nurturing them as individual learners and team players and empowering them to realize their utmost potential.

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CONSERVATORY OF THE ARTS | HIGH SCHOOL

Where Artists Thrive

The High School Conservatory serves as a dynamic and thriving community dedicated to nurturing the artistic talents of its students by continuously encouraging them to explore and surpass their creative limits. This immersive experience not only enhances their artistic abilities but also equips them with invaluable skills relevant to the real world, enabling them to confidently pursue their future aspirations.

HONORS MEMBERSHIPS

REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION

The Conservatory has a three-tiered program: Honors Member, Honors Artist, and Honors Fellow, plus an option to combine AMSE and Conservatory with the AMSE-Artist Honors program. These programs allow the Conservatory to create distinct pathways for recognizing the top high achieving students in their respective fields, while broadening the scope of student involvement. For detailed information and applications, go to vcs.net/conservatory

CONSERVATORY HONORS PROGRAM

The Conservatory Honors Program creates a multi-year pathway for artistic progress. The Honors Program consists of four tracks, designed to meet students’ unique needs and goals.

Requirements

Declaration of Discipline (Dance Arts, Media Arts, Music Arts, Theatre Arts, or Visual Arts)

Honors Member Honors Artist AMSE Artist Honors Honors Fellow

Yes Yes Yes

Conservatory Courses 3 3 6

Discipline Specific Extracurriculars (art shows, media festivals, dance & theatre productions, private lessons, etc.) View each discipline for specific extracurricular requirements: Dance Arts - Media ArtsMusic Arts - Theatre Arts - Visual Arts

Two Annual Fellows Projects Yes

CONSERVATORY HONORS MEMBER PROGRAM

Conservatory Honors Membership is open to all VCHS students with no additional course requirements beyond the requisite VCHS requirements. Honors Membership calls for students to participate in one Conservatory extracurricular activity of their choosing (see requirements below) during their VCHS tenure. Students will receive invitations to Conservatory special events, be placed on the information email list, and be eligible to apply for and participate in select Conservatory programs and activities. Students may apply for membership at any time.

Requirements:

1. No

Declaration of Emphasis

2. Participate In One Conservatory Approved Extra-curricular Activity

Choose either Option One or Option Two to fulfill this requirement.

Option One:

Become a Patron of the Arts by attending a minimum of one event produced by our Conservatory departments.

Attend One:

• Theatre Production

• Dance Show

• Art Show

• Music Concert

• Film Festival

Option Two:

Participate in a minimum of one of the following groups.

Participate In:

• Advanced Vocal Ensemble

• National Art Honor Society

• Fall Film Production

• Spring Film Production

• Fall Theatre Production

• Performing Indoor Ensemble

• Open Air Ensemble

• Dance Show

• Spring Musical

• Color Guard

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CONSERVATORY HONORS ARTIST PROGRAM

Conservatory Honors Artists are afforded wide-ranging opportunities to go above and beyond the traditional classroom setting with experiences that inspire and enlighten one’s whole being. Honors Artists will receive a Conservatory Honors cord to adorn their graduation robe during commencement ceremonies.

Dance Arts

• Complete three Dance classes in the same genre

• Annual participation in one VCS Dance Show per year

• One VCS Dance Show Choreography Project (over 4 years)

• Four years of participation in the National Dance Honor Society

Media Arts

• Complete three Media Arts classes in succession of emphasis

• Annual project for all four years, as outlined by the advisor

Music Arts

• Three Music performance classes

• Twelve hours of private instruction on chosen discipline

Theatre Arts

• Three Theatre classes in sequence with no emphasis

• Annual involvement in performance or technical aspects of at least one Fall, Spring, or Summer VCS Theatre production (total of four shows)

Visual Arts

• Complete three Visual Arts classes

• Annual outside art experience essay project

• Annual portfolio

CONSERVATORY HONORS FELLOW PROGRAM

Students chosen as a Conservatory Honors Fellow will receive assistance in the form of a Conservatory Merit Scholarship, and serve as ambassadors with the distinct honor of showcasing their talents and abilities at high profile events and activities throughout the community. The Honors Fellowship is made available to students who, in addition to having displayed the highest levels of artistic achievement, possess the desire, work ethic, and initiative to pursue a career in the arts throughout college and beyond.

Dance Arts

• Complete six classes - Four in Dance Technique and two in a different genre of choice

• Participate on the Vivid Dance Team for at least two years

• Involvement in performance or technical aspects of at least two dance shows per year

• Participate in two VCS dance show choreography projects

• Annual participation in the National Dance Honor Society

• Take technique classes at an outside studio for at least two hours weekly

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Dance Arts fellowship projects

Media Arts

• Complete six Media Arts classes

• Annual involvement in technical aspects of at least two VCS productions per year as assigned

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Media Arts fellowship projects

Music Arts

• Complete a total of four Music performance classes over four years

• Take History & Music class

• Piano or AP Music Theory (Piano students will take AP Theory)

• Complete a minimum of twelve hours of Private Instrumental or Vocal Lessons each year

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Music Arts fellowship projects

Theatre Arts

• Four Theatre classes

• Two additional classes in Theatre and/or Dance

• Involvement in performance or technical aspects of at least two VCS Theatre Department productions per year

• Private voice and/or studio dance training or a leadership role in technical theatre for a VCS production

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Theatre Arts fellowship projects

Visual Arts

• Complete six Visual Arts classes

• AP Art History

• Annual portfolio

• Annual outside art experience essay project

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Visual Arts fellowship projects

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AMSE ARTIST HONORS

The AMSE Artist Honors distinction is extended to students who have a deep passion for STEM and the Arts, creating a path to participate in key components of both honors programs. As an AMSE Artist Honors participant, AMSE and Conservatory membership are automatically included.

Students interested in pursuing AMSE Artist Honors status must complete a separate application; do not apply for both AMSE and Conservatory Honors A separate AMSE Artist Honors application is required.

AMSE ARTIST HONORS REQUIREMENTS

Requirements Number Conservatory Declaration of Emphasis Yes Years of Science 3 Years of Math 4 AP Courses 2 Discipline-Specific Conservatory Courses 3 Discipline-Specific Conservatory Extracurriculars 4 AMSE Program 1 GPA 3.6+ CONSERVATORY OF THE ARTS | HIGH SCHOOL 10

DANCE ARTS

The Dance Arts Department boasts one of the area’s most extensive dance programs, offering courses in various dance styles including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, world dance, lyrical, and contemporary. This department is also home to the nationally ranked VIVID Dance team and produces several main stage productions each year.

DANCE ARTS - HONORS ARTIST PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Complete three Dance classes in the same genre

• Annual participation in one VCS Dance Show per year

• One VCS Dance Show Choreography Project (over 4 years)

• Four years of participation in the National Dance Honor Society

DANCE ARTS - HONORS FELLOW PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Complete six classes - Four in Dance Technique and two in a different genre of choice

• Participate on the Vivid Dance Team at least two years

• Involvement in performance or technical aspects of at least two dance shows per year

• Participate in two VCS dance show choreography projects

• Annual participation in the National Dance Honor Society

• Take technique classes at an outside studio for at least two hours weekly

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Dance Arts fellowship projects

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MEDIA ARTS

The Media Arts Department provides students access to a comprehensive range of courses focused on live action filmmaking and screenwriting. Through these offerings, students are provided with practical experience using top-tier equipment while being expertly guided through industry-accepted techniques for crafting compelling visual narratives. This hands-on training empowers students to develop their skills and capabilities in line with professional standards, fostering their proficiency in the art of visual storytelling.

MEDIA ARTS - HONORS ARTIST PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Complete three Media Arts classes in succession of emphasis

• Annual project all four years, as outlined by the advisor

MEDIA ARTS - HONORS FELLOW PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Complete six Media Arts classes

• Annual involvement in technical aspects of at least two VCS productions per year as assigned

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Media Arts fellowship projects

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MUSIC ARTS

The Music Arts Department ignites a passion for creativity, fosters artistic expression, and cultivates exceptional talent through a rich curriculum, expert guidance, and collaborative opportunities. With nationally ranked competitive ensembles and soloists, opportunities abound for students of all abilities with a broad range of classes including band, choir, orchestra, piano, guitar, music theory, and worship and production.

MUSIC ARTS - HONORS ARTIST PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Three Music performance classes

• Twelve hours of private instruction on chosen discipline

MUSIC ARTS - HONORS FELLOW PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Complete a total of four Music performance classes over four years

• Take History & Music class

• Piano or AP Music Theory (Piano students will take AP Theory)

• Complete a minimum of twelve hours of Private Instrumental or Vocal Lessons each year

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Music Arts fellowship projects

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THEATRE ARTS

The Theatre Arts Department offers a holistic theatrical education that includes well-rounded training in all production and performance aspects. In classes and after-school productions, students are offered multiple opportunities throughout the year to hone both acting and technical theatre skills, including performance, production collaboration, and design.

THEATRE ARTS - HONORS ARTIST PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Three Theatre classes in sequence with no emphasis

• Annual involvement in performance or technical aspects of at least one Fall, Spring, or Summer VCS Theatre production (total of four shows)

THEATRE ARTS - HONORS FELLOW PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Four Theatre classes in sequence no emphasis

• Two additional classes in Theatre and/or Dance

• Involvement in performance or technical aspects of at least two VCS Theatre Department productions per year

• Private voice and/or studio dance training or a leadership role in technical theatre for a VCS production

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Theatre Arts fellowship projects

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VISUAL ARTS

The Visual Arts Department affords students the opportunity to explore many different forms of art, including painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, and graphic design. Our state-of-the-art visual arts complex includes light-filled classrooms and creative studio spaces which allow students the optimum environment for art production. Students are provided advanced art materials and resources that enable them to explore making art in new and exciting ways.

VISUAL ARTS - HONORS ARTIST PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Complete three Visual Arts classes

• Annual outside art experience essay project

• Annual portfolio

VISUAL ARTS - HONORS FELLOW PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS:

• Complete six Visual Arts classes

• AP Art History

• Annual portfolio

• Annual outside art experience essay project

• Serve as a Conservatory Ambassador, showcasing talents at special activities and events

• Complete two annual Valley Christian Conservatory Visual Arts fellowship projects

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Esther Zhu | Alumni Visual Arts Fellow 2022 Digital Painting

MISSION STATEMENT

Valley Christian Schools’ mission is to provide a nurturing environment o ering quality education supported by a strong foundation of Christian values in partnership with parents, equipping students to become leaders to serve God, to serve their families, and to positively impact their communities and the world.

VISION STATEMENT

A world where every student pursues their personal Quest for Excellence™

FOUNDING STATEMENT

Valley Christian Schools supports the homes and churches of students in providing an education that is grounded in the Judeo-Christian values of the Bible, as reflected in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Valley Christian Schools is committed to a Quest for Excellence™ in all of its educational programs, and provides a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum with a rigorous college preparatory program. Firmly founded on Christian values, Valley Christian Schools challenges youth to aspire toward lives of character, service and influence while pursuing their individual Quests for Excellence

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