Fall 2020 Master Schedule

Vocal Technique and Stretching & Conditioning will be offered on Tuesday/Thursday Academic days for Conservatory Students ONLY at this time. 
Fridays are reserved for Conservatory FLEX Friday activities. 

Course Descriptions

Elementary Homeschool Courses
Students will cover an introduction to characterization, stage directions, performance skills, improvisation and basic theatre terminology. The students will learn through games, scene work and activities which help them develop as young performers and will have a showcase performance at the conclusion of the year.
Musical Theatre
Students will cover an introduction to Musical Theatre history and performance. They will learn about popular and classic productions, artists and material. Students will learn how to work with an ensemble and how to perform in the style of musical theatre. They will present choreographed numbers and directed scenes in a showcase at the conclusion of the year. Some solo work may be given but the goal is to encourage ensemble participation and team work in a musical theatre environment.
Visual Arts
The students create art projects such as masks, props, costumes, set designs etc. while learning about the ELEMENTS OF ART: The visual components of color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value. These may be two-or three-dimensional, descriptive, implied, or abstract. 
Ballet Technique
The foundation of all dance. Students learn proper posture, body mechanics, flexibility, balance, agility, co-ordination, proper use of the body to execute movement safely and correctly.
Tap Technique
Students learn rhythm, various tap techniques, footwork, balance, co-ordination, patterns and quick thinking.
Jazz Technique
Students learn strength, flexibility, turns, jumps and a variety of combinations to upbeat pop music!
Hip Hop
Popular street dance focusing on movement quality, rhythm and body articulation.
Basic vocal instruction and introduction to various instruments. Hands-on activities to teach children pitch, rhythm and music notation.
Homeschool and Conservatory Classes
Middle School Acting Methods (Acting Methods I)
This course develops proficiency in acting by promoting an understanding of the methods, principles, practices and vocabulary common for all acting styles from Greek through modern texts.
High School Acting Methods (Acting Methods II)
This course explores the most influential acting techniques and teachers including; Stella Adler, Stanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Brecht, Stanislavsky, Uda Hagen, Michael Chekhov, Viola Spolin and Suzuki among others. 
Classical Acting Styles (High School Only)
In this course, students study the acting style of the Greek Theatre, the Commedia dell’Arte, Shakespearean plays, the Restoration, and Melodrama.
This course is meant to introduce students to specific techniques necessary for commercial and radio voice acting including, audition techniques and voice demo reels.
Commercial & Camera Acting
Learn to navigate movement for your filmed performance and trust the camera’s ability to capture your emotion and intention. Self-tape and demo reels will be created within the course. 
Acting Audition Prep
This course will prepare actors for stage acting auditions including monologues, cold readings, call backs and improvised scene work. Students will also learn how to find auditions and create their virtual profiles. 
Acting Improvisation
In this course, students study the basic elements of improvisational acting and improvisational theatre. In addition, students study ways of preparing modern and classical monologues. The courses challenges students to use a process of character development and expand their creative processes.
Devising Original Theatre
This course directs students to analyze their own creative process and guides them through exercises for personal investigation and growth to create original work. 
Musical Theatre
Acting Through Song
This course is an introductory course for actors who want to sing. Students will learn to incorporate characterization and subtext to tell stories through song. 
Middle School Vocal Technique
Students in this class perform a wide variety of popular and musical theatre music. Students learn advanced vocal and performance technique. Students in this course may also participate in individual competitions during the year. 
High School Vocal Technique
Students in this class perform a wide variety of popular and musical theatre music. Students learn advanced vocal and performance technique. Students in this course may also participate in individual competitions during the year. 
Music Theory I & II
Students enrolled in this course will study melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, and composition. Students will also develop listening skills, such as sight-singing and melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation.
Musical Theatre
Students will review the history of musicals, assess different career options and receive training in audition techniques and resume preparation. Additionally, the course will also provide instruction on the three main elements of music theatre song, drama and dance--and create a framework in which these are blended into an individualized performance style.
Musical Theatre Rep.
This course prepares musical theatre performers for audition and performance through building their rep book with various genres and composers literature. They will learn to create, notate and perform the material in their book. 
Ballet I & II
This class will focus on ballet terminology and technique through the execution of barre work, center, and across the floor exercises. Students will have a clear understanding of body alignment, movement quality, carriage of upper body, and flexibility.
Jazz I & II
This class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer.
Tap I & II
This class is designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement.
Hip Hop I & II
This class will teach rhythm, coordination, musicality and choreography without suggestive music or movements. Students are challenged to think on their feet while enjoying an energetic and fast-paced dance class. Hip Hop dancers develop focus, strength, and agility while having fun.
This class combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. This is an advanced dance course. 
Dance Technique
This course is focused on the advanced dancer. An emphasis will be placed on style, technique and choreography. This class will also allow students to explore and prepare for different avenues of dance performance beyond high school.
Stretching & Conditioning
Students will focus on learning how to stretch correctly by releasing overall tension, releasing muscle tension, and relaxing the mind, while defining specific muscles groups. Our stretch and conditioning class focuses on core strength development through low-impact exercise, designed to tone up the body.
Production & Design
Technical Theatre
This course is an introductory course in stage production that gives students experience in management, design, scenic and costume construction, and stage sound and lighting.
Stage Management
This course affords students the opportunity to acquire and develop administrative skills that are commonly used in the management of theatre spaces and productions. Students apply a myriad of technical theatre concepts and skills along with developing knowledge and skills associated with production responsibilities, arts administration, theatre management, and applications of previously acquired theatre arts studies.
Theatrical Design
This course provides students with a rigorous and relevant experiential study of theatre along with video and audio design. Creation and analysis of student performances will be balanced with explorations into contemporary practices in digital media. Students will learn how to bridge traditional stagecraft with current technology applications to create new media, such as animations, digital images, multimedia presentation, digital video, websites and interactive performances. 
Costume/Make-up (Visual Arts for the Stage)
Students will learn all the basic sewing stitches and techniques. Throughout the year students will build numerous costume pieces, design costume plots and hopefully work backstage of a production. This class will cover costume history, drawing, design, color palettes, costume construction and portfolio design. Students will be exposed to the basics of stage make-up. Students will learn old age, fantasy, gore, and multi media makeup. Students will be expected to purchase various supplies that will be intended for their personal use only.
Enrichment Classes
Creative Writing/Playwriting
This course provides an array of opportunities for creative written expression: poetry, short fiction, vignette, autobiography, dramatic and screen writing are included. Students will perfect their critical-reading skills through reading, discussion and writing assignments. Also they will learn the conventions of critique and collaboration in a workshop setting.
The SAT/ACT course will include the study of vocabulary, syntax and other writing skills, reading passage analysis, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, data analysis, and problem-solving as they relate to the type of questions asked on the SAT/ACT tests. Students will have many opportunities to take sample tests, discuss questions and answers with peers and instructors, and to correct answers they missed as this has proven to be one of the most effective methods for increasing test scores. Students will also be exposed to many helpful time-saving test-taking strategies.
Independent Study
This course allows students an opportunity to explore fields of study outside the offered courses. Students develop a research portfolio that has a collection of resources including interviews and observations with people who work in their chosen topic field. Students work on time management, communication, goal setting, and presentation skills. Second semester, they work with mentors on a regular basis to gain real-world experience. Students are expected to generate original ideas, participate in extensive research, complete a written analysis of their research, and design original products or innovative performances. Students are expected to make formal presentations of their projects before professionals in that field.
Homeschool Co-op Academics
Based on the needs of our students for the 2020-21 academic year we will be offering onsite instruction in Math, English, Science and Social Studies, Spanish and American Sign Language in addition to our Learning Coaches. Students enrolled in the Ovation Academy Homeschool Academic program will not receive an accredited diploma (until we transition to a public charter school in 2023). Our Learning Coaches will still be available for Conservatory students who choose to enroll in a 3rd party online public school or other educational program. 


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McKinney, TX 75069




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Saturday: 10:30am-4pm


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