Show off your creative side.

About arts and music

Creative expression is at the forefront of Fusion’s arts and music programs. From studio art to performing art, music theory to recording, our students are encouraged to explore the range of their creative interests. While other schools and districts are slashing their funds for these programs, Fusion’s continue to grow as a result of our belief that art and music are integral to the development of the whole child.

One-to-one classes, always.

As with all of Fusion’s programs, every art and music class is taught one-to-one: just one student and one teacher per private classroom or recording studio. Classes may be taken either for school credit or as an enrichment option, and they’re offered all year round, even in the summer. Plus, scheduling is flexible so students can choose to schedule their classes for whatever times are most convenient for them: in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

Course offerings vary by campus. Please contact your local campus to find out if the courses you’re interested in are available.

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Vocal Fundamentals + -

This course covers the elements of singing, addressing the specific needs of singers of popular music. It is intended for singers of all levels who want to improve their stamina, increase their range, develop a better sound, and enhance their overall vocal

health. In this course, students will study techniques to help them understand and develop their voice by describing the basic elements of their instrument and teaching how to practice. The course helps students to understand the physical aspects of singing,

master them, and expand this mastery of the details to a more holistic technical and musical whole.

Music Theory Honors + -

Music Theory Honors includes all of the features of the standard level course, but studies the material at a deeper level.

Music Theory + -

This course will take the student into the theoretical concepts of harmony. Coursework includes a complete study of intervals, chord construction, chord voicing, harmonized scales, and modes of the major, melodic minor, harmonic minor, and diminished scales

emphasizing instrumental application. A deep study of Gregorian Chants and 1st_4th species counterpoint is included. This class will rely on composition and interactive software. Atonal and impressionist music will be addressed, as well as contemporary.

Music 7 + -

Music 7 will build on the skills learned in Music 6.

Music 6 + -

Music courses allow students to discover and build knowledge based on experience, individualized participation, research, and creative learning analysis. Project-based learning is at the core, emphasized by real-world projects and real-world applications.

Our approach and philosophy to teaching and learning is constructive in nature. Learning is student-centered, therefore the learning environment will be created to foster the development of skills and the application of active-learning, self-discipline, and

time management.

Music 8 + -

Music 8 will build on the skills learned in Music 7.

Recording Arts II + -

Students continue a deeper study of the science and mechanics of digital recording. Acoustics and the micing of acoustic instruments will be studied along with their relationships to electronic equipment. The course will continue to equip students with the

fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in the recording arts, and to establish a foundation for higher-level courses in the audio programs. Topics include intermediate studio procedures, equipment design, and proper use, in addition

to multi-track recording techniques and working creatively with digital audio workstations like ProTools.

Recording Arts I + -

Students of this course study the science and mechanics of digital recording. This course lays theoretical groundwork in acoustics and the relationship to electronic equipment used in the recording industry. Students learn basic recording and editing techniques while developing critical listening and viewing skills. This application class provides the student with an in-depth introduction to audio equipment and techniques. The course equips students with the fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in the recording arts, and to establish a foundation for higher-level courses in the audio programs. Topics include basic studio procedures, equipment design, and proper use, in addition to multi-track recording techniques and working creatively with digital audio workstations like ProTools.

Guitar II + -

This course is designed to give an advanced guitar student a solid grasp of the basic concepts of music relating to guitar. A complete overview of the instrument will be taught, including care and maintenance. The student will be given the opportunity to

read both standard and tablature notation, learning both chord and scale formulas. Rhythm patterns will be taught covering a wide variety of music styles. A study of music composition, both historical and cultural, is also covered.

Guitar I + -

This course is designed to give a beginning guitar student a solid grasp of the basic concepts of music relating to guitar. A complete overview of the instrument will be taught, including care and maintenance. The student will be given the opportunity to

read both standard and tablature notation, learning both chord and scale formulas. Rhythm patterns will be taught covering a wide variety of music styles. A study of music composition, both historical and cultural, is also covered.

Drums I + -

This course is designed to give a beginning drum student a solid grasp of the basic concepts of music relating to drums. A complete overview of the instrument will be taught. The student will be given the opportunity to read standard and tablature notation,

learning rudiments and essential drum set rhythms. Rhythm patterns will be taught covering a wide variety of music styles. A study of music composition, both historical and cultural, is also covered.

Drums II + -

This is a second-level drum course designed to give a drum student a more in-depth grasp of the concepts of music relating to drums. A complete overview of the instrument will be taught. The student will be given the opportunity to read standard and tablature

notation, learning rudiments and essential drum set rhythms. Rhythm patterns will be taught covering a wide variety of music styles. A study of music composition, both historical and cultural, is also covered.

Bass I + -

Students spend the semester in guided practice and study of the bass guitar. New students to the instrument are introduced to the fundamentals of how to play, and practice applying those skills to play songs they enjoy. More experienced students are given the opportunity to continue building their skills and technique under the guidance of the instructor. The course covers standard notation, tablature, and chart reading as well as the identification of note names, key signatures, time signatures, and rhythms. Ear training will include recognizing intervals and chords, sight singing, and rhythmic and melodic dictation, by way of interactive software. While building these important fundamentals, courses of study are always focused on the individual musical interests
of each student.

Bass II + -

The Bass II course is designed to give the bass student a more in-depth grasp of the concepts of music relating to playing the bass. Additionally, the course will continue to familiarize students with the fundamentals of sight reading and ear training for the application of the bass guitar. The course covers standard notation, tablature, and chart reading as well as the identification of note names, key signatures, time signatures, and rhythms.

Studio Art IV + -

Studio Art IV is an advanced art course. This course will build on the skills learned in Studio Art III.

Studio Art III + -

Studio Art III is an advanced art course. This course will build on the skills learned in Studio Art II.

Studio Art II + -

Studio Art II is an advanced art course. It follows the foundational course for art appreciation and production skills through hands-on projects and narrative lessons. Students participate in and are exposed to the complex ideas of art, techniques, art history,

and criticism. This course will build on the skills learned in Studio Art 1.

Studio Art I + -

Studio Art I is an introductory art course. It lays the foundation for art appreciation and production skills through hands-on projects and narrative lessons. Students participate in and are exposed to the elements and principles of art, techniques, art history, and criticism.

Yearbook + -

The yearbook course has been designed to provide students with multimedia, journalism and operation skills. There is an emphasis for students to gain useful, real world skills in time management, teamwork, and design principles. Students will be involved in a remarkable experience of planning and executing their yearbook from conceptualization through final completion. Students will work to become independent learners and critical thinkers, while creating a sense of community within the classroom.

Manual Photography + -

This course is designed to give the student a solid foundation in the art and application of photography. An overview of the camera will be taught including care and maintenance. Applications in both exposure and composition techniques will be taught. These
techniques will be applied throughout the course with various projects. Historical and cultural relevance of photography will also be covered.

Form and Space + -

Form and Space students will study architecture and design through their surroundings. The objective is to introduce a fundamental understanding and appreciation of the principles of good design.

Graphic Design + -

The purpose of this Graphic Design course is to give students an understanding of the powerful role graphic design plays in shaping the way we see the world. The course will instruct students in the language, elements, and practice of graphic design. Students

will leave the course with an appreciation for the historical significance, as well as modern usage, of graphic design, as well as the tools to create their own unique design pieces.

Digital Photography II + -

Digital Photography is a course designed to provide the student with a further foundation of the artistic qualities and applications of photography as an expressive medium. This class will build upon the skills learned in Digital Photography I.

Digital Photography III + -

Digital Photography is a course designed to provide the student with a further foundation of the artistic qualities and applications of photography as an expressive medium. This class will build upon the skills learned in Digital Photography II.

Digital Photography IV + -

Digital Photography is a course designed to provide the student with a further foundation of the artistic qualities and applications of photography as an expressive medium. This class will build upon the skills learned in Digital Photography III.

Digital Photography I + -

Digital Photography is a course designed to provide the student with a basic foundation of the artistic qualities and applications of photography as an expressive medium. Within this class, students will become familiar with the more complex terminology

and elements of photography including: principles of design and composition, photographic imaging equipment, materials, methods, and processes.

Art History + -

This course covers the history of art from ancient to modern time. Focus is given on how to view and talk about art using the appropriate terms and vocabulary.

Art 8 + -

Art 8 builds on the skills learned in Art 7.

Art 7 + -

Art 7 builds on the skills learned in Art 6.

Theatre Appreciation + -

This is a two semester elective course. The purpose of Theatre Appreciation is to increase student understanding, critical analysis skills, and appreciation of stage productions. Students will gain knowledge of the history of theatre, learn about the technical

components of a production, and study major modern and classic playwrights and composers. Students are required to attend three productions during each semester of this course and participate in thoughtful discussions about the production. In addition, students

write short reports and make presentations throughout the year.

On-Camera Acting I + -

This course is performance based and covers the fundamentals of acting for television and film.

Screenwriting + -

This course covers the basics of screenwriting. Students will produce both a rough and a final draft of an actual screenplay.

Introduction to Film and Media + -

Introduction to Film and Digital Media is a two semester elective course that is designed to introduce students to both the theoretical and production aspects of filmmaking. Students will study the cultural impact of movies, television, and the internet, while also producing creative work in video and digital media.

Film Studies + -

Film Studies is an introductory class that allows students to gain both a broad understanding of film’s history, as well as an introduction to film criticism and theory. The class is taught chronologically, with the first semester focus on 1894-1945 and the second semester focus on post-WWII films.

Film Studies + -

Film Studies is an introductory class that allows students to gain both a broad understanding of film’s history, as well as an introduction to film criticism and theory. The class is taught chronologically, with the first semester focus on 1894-1945 and the second semester focus on post-WWII films.

DJ Performing Arts + -

5 credits per semester

This course lays theoretical groundwork in acoustics and their relationships to electronic equipment used in DJing. The course equips students with the fundamental concepts of performing arts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in DJing.

Drama & Theater + -

This course covers the basics of Drama & Theater. You will learn about the actual performance and the backstage work that it takes to make a play happen on the stage.

Anime Production + -

Animation production will teach students fundamentals. Students
will be introduced to the history and importance of animation to popular
culture. The course will then guide learners through the
fundamentals of character development, story narrative, scriptwriting, storyboarding,
and finally animation.

Acting + -

This course covers the fundamentals of acting on stage. Most major assignments will be performing prepared scenes.

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