Fine Arts

Course Descriptions


The Notre Dame Chorus is structured to train the young singer as both a vocalist and a musician. Students perform standard choral literature in a variety of musical styles. Emphasis is placed on learning proper vocal technique including posture, breathing, tone production and diction.

The Chorus performs a minimum of two evening concerts per year, and they may participate in various festivals. In order for a student to perform in a concert, he/she must demonstrate the ability to match pitch, balance and blend, follow the conductor and use proper concert etiquette. Select students also sing at school masses.


The Notre Dame Band is structured to give each student a meaningful experience in music. Care is taken to explore a wealth of literature during their participation in the program while always striving for excellence in performance. It is our goal to give students the skill and knowledge to appreciate and enjoy music as a life-time avocation and to instill in them a desire to excel in all that they pursue.

Performance expectations for Band including two evening concerts per year, local, school, and community events. Each member is representing the school and must always display appropriate concert etiquette.


This course allows students to begin by exploring how dance communicates meaning and connects to health and well-being. They understand themselves as dancers through learning how to take a dance class, then move on to sound body mechanics and how they apply to basic dance elements and principles. These are the foundations of dance styles and techniques. Students apply these principles to exploring their own expressive capabilities and communicating with others through the non-verbal medium of the dance art form. Throughout the course, students will learn the origins and history of dance, and explore and perform a range of dance styles including classical ballet, modern and jazz.  They will participate in a daily dance warm-up, learn about the skeletal, muscular and cardiovascular systems and 
their response to dance movements, and study the nutritional elements and their effects on short-and long-term physical performance. A range of dance practices that promote fitness, stress management, emotional wellness, and prevention and treatment of dance injuries will be introduced. Students of any and all experience levels are welcome to take this course.

Dance Repertory

Students must be placed in this course via an evaluation. Students must be able to identify and perform basic dance steps in various dance styles and demonstrate ability to pick up choreography. Dance forms covered in the year include ballet, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. Classes may include a conditioning warm-up such as ballet barre, jazz warm-up, Pilates Mat, or Zumba. We will be working on dance technique by focusing on balance, turns, jumps, core strength, and flexibility while developing emotional expression for our performances in the Winter Arts Concert, Spring Arts Concert, and various community appearances. Students will also be taught original Broadway choreography. 

Music Appreciation

In this course students will listen to and identify major musical works from famous composers like Bach all the way up to famous 21st century performers such as Adele or Bruno Mars. Students will learn about famous pieces, songs, composers, and performers throughout music history and what made each song/musician so important in the landscape of music history. Specific units will include subjects like Beethoven, 1920s swing jazz, The Beatles, 80s rock, 90s pop, and other subjects of varying musical genres. In other words, the students will listen to and learn about as many different styles and genres of music as possible in a given school year.

Music Theory

Want to learn how to read and write music without having to play an instrument? Want to learn how clefs, key signatures, tempo, dynamics, chords, and many other concepts come together to create music? Ever wonder how to play the chords to your favorite pop song? Ever wanted to learn to write down your own music? Then sign up for this course and gain a stronger understanding of music. No prior musical experience is necessary. Anyone can learn music! "Ah, music! A magic beyond all we do here!" - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Art Elements: Level 1

Students will have the opportunity to learn and explore the Elements of Art. This introductory studio course will help prepare students for further high school art experiences. Students will be introduced to techniques and media through a variety of hands-on projects. They will also strengthen their drawing, painting, printing and design skills. All students are required to have a sketchbook for in-class assignments.

Nature Art: Level 1

Students will be creating projects that interpret nature, as well as produce art pieces that focus on the environment.  They will work with recycled materials and natural items to enhance their pieces. Students will learn about and gain appreciation about artists that incorporate nature into their pieces such as, Georgia O’Keefe, Claude Monet, John James Audubon and Ansel Adams.Occasionally (weather permitting), students will produce their pieces outdoors, and use natural forms as inspiration. All students are required to have a sketchbook for in-class assignments.

In-Studio Art: Level 1

This art class focuses more on famous artists and their inspirational pieces. The works produced in this studio will be inspired by artists such as, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Romero Britto, Stuart Davis and Andy Warhol. The students will learn about art history, movements and styles. They will also learn how to incorporate the Elements and Principles of Art into their pieces. The students will have the opportunity to utilize a variety of art materials. All students are required to have a sketchbook for in-class assignments.

Painting: Level 2

This course will focus on the fundamentals of painting. Students will work with a variety of different painting media and experiment using different painting techniques. A large range of subject matter will be explored including, still life, landscape, portraiture, non-objective and imaginative images. This is a second level art course and having taken an art course at ND is a prerequisite for the course. All students are required to have a sketchbook for in-class assignments.

3D/Sculpture: Level 2 

Students will learn how to sculpt and create three-dimensional objects. We will be using a variety of materials including paper, wire, clay, paper mache, wood, cardboard, aluminum and found objects. Students will utilize their dexterity skills and generate pieces that are unique and carefully crafted. They will also gain knowledge about various 3D artists. This is a second level art course and having taken an art course at ND is a prerequisite for the course. All students are required to have a sketchbook for in-class assignments.

Portfolio: Level 2

This course is designed for highly motivated students who want to continue their artistic efforts at a more advanced level and / or intend to further their art education after high school. Students will be given the opportunity to concentrate on a particular medium, art style, and/or subject matter. Information will be provided on art careers and schools. Students in this class are required to prepare a portfolio of their best work. This is a second level art course and having taken an art course at ND is a prerequisite for the studio. All students are required to have a sketchbook for in-class assignments.