Departments & Faculty

The Marin Catholic curriculum is designed to provide a challenging, college prep experience for all of our students.

Performing Arts

  • Acting I (P)

    Acting 1 is designed to stimulate the actor’s imagination as well as help him/her develop a sense of security and freedom in performance. This highly interactive and collaborative course encourages students to increase their ability to communicate verbally and non-verbally, and to express their own experience and the experience of others. Throughout the year, students will learn proper warm-up and relaxation techniques, develop their senses, build concentration, and learn basic acting skills by participating in a wide variety of drama games, improvisational activities, movement exercises, and scripted performances.
  • Acting II (P)

    This class is designed to further develop the skills learned in Beginning Acting. Contemporary and classical styles of theatre will be introduced and performed: classical Greek theatre, Shakespearean theatre, modern British comedy, and children’s theatre. Theatre history, audition techniques, and performance analysis will also be significant components of this course. The year will culminate in a performance of a full-length play. (This course may be repeated for credit.)
  • Acting III

    In this course, students will continue their investigations into the methods of creating character, text analysis and performance techniques. Students will continue to analyze and perform more advanced material drawn from the canon of classic and modern plays. Theatre history, audition/inter- view techniques, and experimental performance will also be significant components of this course. Through physi- cal explorations, improvisations, monologues, scenes, and longer works, students continue an in-depth exploration of acting. This class culminates in the production of the Drama Showcase.
  • Film and Television

    The course ‘Film and Television’ will develop students' knowledge and skills to critically analyze and create films. Students will observe, discuss, and analyze various aspects of movies and (tv) episodes, including genre, narrative, directing/cinematography styles, editing, and character portrayals. Students will gain in-depth understanding and
    participate in pre-production (screenwriting, location management, storyboarding, costume design), production (filming, directing, screen acting, lighting, onsite sound), and post-production (editing, sound effects, music, publicity) activities.
  • Music I: Instrumental Music Ensemble

    Instrumental Music is a beginning music class designed to cover a variety of musical concepts in order to prepare students for upper level music courses. The course will guide students through a sequence of instruction that will allow them to understand the elements and principles of music with regards to performance, musicianship, historical context, and music theory. This class is open to students learning a variety of music instruments. No prior music experience is required.

    Prerequisite: Students must meet with the respective music teacher before the end of the current school year in order to choose a primary instrument to study.
  • Music I: Music Technology I

    Music technology is a course designed to prepare students for the 21st century world of technology and how it is interrelated to music. Students will learn how to use different types of electronic music computer software to write and record their own compositions. Students will also learn how to market their compositions through the use of online resources such as websites, blogs, and social media outlets. Students will also receive training in live sound techniques that will be directly applied at Music Department concerts and events. Another area of emphasis is recording arts. Students will work with music ensembles and learn how to record a performance with digital music software, mix, master, and promote the recording and ensemble online. This course is open to all students, no prior music experience is required.

    Prerequisite: Students must meet with the respective music teacher before the end of the current school year in order to establish a baseline music skill level. 
  • Music II: Chamber Ensemble

    Chamber Orchestra is an upper level instrumental ensemble directed towards the continued study for students with an interest in folk, classical, traditional, and contemporary music forms. The goal of this course is to develop instrumental and ensemble performance skills. Students will increase their individual abilities in the areas of: technical facility on their instrument, intonation, sight reading, rhythm studies, classical music theory, audiation, and musicianship. Also, as an ensemble students will increase their knowledge in the areas of: blend, harmony, awareness, and rehearsal and performance etiquette. Course work will also include chamber ensemble composition and arrangement projects.

    Prerequisite: Placement in this ensemble is by audition only. This course may be repeated for credit.
     
  • Music II: Contemporary Music Ensemble I: Instrumental

    This course will primarily focus on modern popular music, as well as original compositions written, arranged, recorded, and performed by student ensembles. Students will expand their knowledge in the following areas: classical and jazz theory, musicianship, arranging and composition techniques. Students will also learn and apply concepts of music technology in the areas of online marketing, live sound and recording techniques. This course is taught in conjunction with Contemporary I: Vocal.

    Prerequisite: Placement in this ensemble is by audition only.
     
  • Music II: Contemporary Music Ensemble I: Vocal

    Contemporary I: Vocal is a group of singers of all ability levels. This group is open to anyone with an interest in singing. The repertoire for this ensemble will include: popular, traditional, folk, sacred and world music. Students will learn beginning voice technique, music theory, musicianship, and ear training, as well as how to arrange and critique their own work. This course is taught in conjunction with Contemporary I: Instrumental.  

    Prerequisite: Students must meet with the respective music teacher before the end of the current school year in order to establish a baseline vocal skill level.
  • Music II: Jazz Ensemble

    Jazz Ensemble is an advanced instrumental ensemble that focuses primarily on the study and performance of jazz, latin, afro-cuban, and funk music. A heavy emphasis will be placed on each student’s understanding and practice of solo and collective improvisation. Students will increase their individual abilities in the areas of: technical facility on their instrument, intonation, sight reading, rhythmic studies, sight singing, audiation,and jazz theory. Students will be encouraged to further express themselves through individual and group song arrangements, original compositions, and jazz combos. Another area of emphasis will be placed in gaining a deeper understanding of ensemble culture concepts such as: rehearsal etiquette, harmony, awareness, blend, music communication, mindfulness, musicianship, and performance etiquette.

    Prerequisite: Placement in this ensemble is by audition only. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • Music II: Music Technology II

    A continuation of Music Technology I with an increased emphasis on live performance. This course is designed to prepare students for the 21st century world of technology and how it is interrelated to music. Students will learn how to use different types of electronic music computer software to write and record their own compositions. Students will also learn how to market their compositions through the use of online resources such as websites, blogs, and social media outlets. Students will also receive training in live sound techniques that will be directly applied at Music Department concerts and events. Another area of emphasis is recording arts. Students will work with music ensembles and learn how to record a performance with digital music software, mix, master, and promote the recording and ensemble online.

    Prerequisite: Students must complete 1 year in Music Technology I in order to be eligible for this course. This course may be repeated for credit.
     
  • Music III: Contemporary Music Ensemble II: Instrumental

    A continuation of Contemporary Music Ensemble I with an increased emphasis on student composition, recording, and live performance. This course will primarily focus on modern popular music, as well as original compositions written, arranged, recorded, and performed by student ensembles. Students will expand their knowledge in the following areas: classical and jazz theory, musicianship, arranging and composition techniques. Students will also learn and apply concepts of music technology in the areas of online marketing, live sound and recording techniques. This course is taught in conjunction with Contemporary II: Vocal.  

    Prerequisite: Placement in this ensemble is by audition only. Students must complete at least 1 year in Contemporary Music I: Instrumental in order to be eligible for this ensemble. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • Music III: Contemporary Music Ensemble II: Vocal

    Contemporary II: Vocal is an advanced group of singers that will focus on improving vocal production techniques, soloing, ensemble sound, music communication and awareness, and music theory knowledge. Students will learn how to arrange and critique their own work. Choral repertoire will include all genres and music of any era and any language. This course is taught in conjunction with Contemporary II: Instrumental.  

    Prerequisite: Placement in this ensemble is by audition only. Students must complete at least 1 year in Contemporary Vocal I in order to be eligible for this ensemble. This course may be repeated for credit.
  • Music III: Honors Music Theory

    This is an advanced level music theory and ear training class in preparation for the AP Music Theory exam. The four main areas of study are music theory, ear training, sight singing and piano skills. Students will become proficient in harmonic analysis of classical compositions, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, sight singing, and fundamental piano skills. Students enrolled in this course with take it in conjunction with a Music II or higher level class class. This course will require one hour per week of additional curricular instruction outside of the regular school day on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-7:55am.

    Prerequisite: Students must complete at least 1 year in a level I music course in order to be eligible for this class.
  • Music IV: AP Music Theory

    A continuation of Honors Music Theory. This is an advanced level music theory and ear training class in preparation for the AP Music Theory exam. The four main areas of study are music theory, ear training, sight singing and piano skills. Students will become proficient in harmonic analysis of classical compositions, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, sight singing, and fundamental piano skills. Students enrolled in this course with take it in conjunction with a Music II or higher level class class. This course will require one hour per week of additional curricular instruction outside of the regular school day on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-7:55am.

    Prerequisite: Students must complete the Honors Music Theory course with an 80% or higher in order to be eligible for this class.
  • Music IV: Music Department Internship

    Advanced level musicians may apply for an internship with a specific Music Department faculty member. This is an independent study course with a music teacher supervisor. This course must be taken in conjunction with a performing ensemble. Areas of emphasis can include: arranging, composition, recording, career development, along with various other department coordinating responsibilities.  

    Prerequisite: Student must be concurrently enrolled in a level II or higher music course and have consent of the internship teacher advisor.