4A Academy

Welcome to the Academy for the Advanced Achievement in the Arts! Known as the "4A" Academy, students from all branches of the Fine Arts are invited to join.  The four A's also each represent a pillar of the arts:

1. Dramatic Arts

2. Visual Arts

3. Vocal Arts

4. Instrumental Arts

 

4A Academy Faculty

Gerard Madrinan -- Academy Director/Band Director -- madrinang@pcsb.org

Steve Harris -- Jazz Band Director/Orchestra Director/Music Technology/Theory/Keyboard -- harrisstev@pcsb.org

Lauren Brautigam -- Choral Director/Guitar -- brautigamL@pcsb.org

Lily Palmer -- Theater Director/Dramatic Arts/Improv/Theater Tech -- palmerLi@pcsb.org

Kelley Maier -- Visual Arts/2D & 3D Art -- maierkeL@pcsb.org

Blaine Barden -- Visual Arts/Photography/2D Art -- bardenb@pcsb.org

 

Jane Lucas -- Assistant Principal/4A Academy Sponsor -- Lucasm@pcsb.org

 

Do not hesitate to contact us with questions;  we would love to hear from you! 

 

In order to be a member of the 4A Academy, students must be enrolled in at least one of the following courses:

Drama:  Intro to Drama, Theater I-IV, Musical Theater I-III, Improvisation, Technical Design & Production

Visual:  Creating 2D/3D Art, Photography I-II, Studio, Portoflio, AP 2D/3D, AP Art/Drawing

Vocal:  Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Warhawk Singers, Seminole Singers

Instrumental:  Band, Orchestra, Jazz, Sound Engineering, Theory, Guitar, Keyboard, Color Guard

The 4A Academy offers courses of various levels from beginning/entry to advanced/elite.  These courses specialize in the concentration of their specific Pillar.  Some are co-curricular, meaning their grade is based on in-class assessments and after school rehearsals/performances.  Some courses possess a lab fee, and others utilize fundraising where parents and students work with an outside school booster organization.

 

Our Mission Statement: To facilitate leadership and learning, not only in the field of art, but also in putting artistic creativity to use to help foster growth and connection with community. 

 

To apply for the 4A Academy, click any of the pictures below, download the application, and complete and email to Mr. Madrinan at madrinang@pcsb.org

 

Dramatic Arts

The Drama department at SHS is second to none. Boasting many distinctions, it offers students the opportunity to gain valuable experience both onstage and off. 

 

Drama Classes offered at SHS are as follows:

 

NUMBER

GRADE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

 

PREREQUISITE

04003000

9-12

Intro to Drama

1

 

None

04003100

9-12

Theatre I

1

^

None (must also take Mus Thea)

04003200

10-12

Theatre II

1

       *

Comprehensive Theatre I

04003300

11-12

Theatre III 

1

Q   *

Comprehensive Theatre II

04003400

11-12

Theatre IV

1

Q   * 

Comprehensive Theatre III 

04006200

10-12

Improvisation

1

 

None

04007000

9-12

Musical Theatre I

1

$$  *

None

04007100

10-12

Musical Theatre II

1

$$  *

Musical Theatre I

04007200

11-12

Musical Theatre III

1

$$  *

Musical Theatre II

 

Q = Quality Point Course

 

 

$$ = Possible costume rental fee of $50 - $125

 

^ = Paired course Must take both Comprehensive & Musical Theatre

 

  

 

* =  Level II & up in  Comp. Theatre & Musical Theatre are by Audition Only

 

Comprehensive Theatre is a course that is offered at the end of the day for all the Musical Theatre students who choose to take a second period of drama.  You may choose to take Musical Theatre alone, but if you choose to enroll in two periods of drama, sign up for Musical Theatre and Comprehensive Theatre. Students who take both courses must commit to being involved in productions and after school activities. Intro to Drama is for students interested in taking an overview course of theatre. This course explores all areas of theatre, including beginning stage craft, acting, and improvisation. 

 

For questions or more information about the Theater Department at the 4A Academy, please contact:

Lily Palmer -- Theater Director/Dramatic Arts/Improv/Theater Tech -- palmerLi@pcsb.org



Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department at Seminole High School proudly boasts students whose work is displayed throughout the County and beyond. 

 

Visual Arts classes offered at SHS are as follows:

 

NUMBER

GRADE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

 

PREREQUISITE

01936000

11-12

AP Studio Art: 3/D Design

1

$$$ 

Portfolio 3 Dev: Three Dimen. Hon.

01043000

11-12

AP Art/Drawing Portfolio

1

$$$ 

Portfolio 1 Dev: Drawing Hon.

01093500

11-12

AP Studio Art: 2/D Design Port.

1

$$$

Portfolio 2 Dev: Two Dimen. Hon.

01013550

9-12

Creating 2 Dimensional Art

1/2

$   

None 

01013650

9-12

Creating 3 Dimensional Art

1/2

None

01013100

11-12

Two-Dimensional Studio Art 2

1

$$ 

Creating 2-D Art or Creating 3-D Art

01083100

10-12

Creative Photography I

1

*

Creating 2-D or 3-D Art/Digital camera (not phone)

01083200

11-12

Creative Photography II

1

$$

Creat. Photo I/Digital camera (not phone)

01083700

10-12

Digital Art Imaging 1

1

$$

Creating 2-D Art or Creating 3-D Art

01083800

11-12

Digital Art Imaging 2

1

$$

Digital Art Imaging 1

01013400

10-12

Three-Dimensional Studio Art 2

1

$$

Creating 2-D Art or Creating 3-D Art

01093100

11-12

Portfolio 1 Dev: Drawing Hon

1

$$  

Two-Dimensional Studio Art 2

01093200

11-12

Portfolio 2 Dev: Two Dimen. Hon

1

$$ 

Two-Dimensional Studio Art 2

01093300

11-12

Portfolio 3 Dev: Three Dimen. H

1

$$ 

Three-Dimensional Studio Art 2

    All AP Art classes are required to do a portfolio - which is your exam

 

   $ =  $10 Lab or Material Fee with class

$$ = $20 Lab or Material Fee with class

$$$ = $30 Lab or Material Fee with class

  

* All Drawing Levels and Photography I have a $15 Material Fee with class

For questions or more information about the Visual Arts at the 4A Academy, please contact:

Kelley Maier -- Visual Arts/2D & 3D Art -- maierkeL@pcsb.org

Blaine Barden -- Visual Arts/Photography/2D Art -- bardenb@pcsb.org



Vocal Arts

Vocal Music at Seminole has a rich history of student successes at the school, district, and state levels. Chorus students participate in many events, including the Disney Candlelight Processional, Music Performance Assessments, All County Chorus, Fall and Spring Concerts, and Community Performances and Fundraisers. 

 

Vocal Music classes offered are as follows:

NUMBER

GRADE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

 

PREREQUISITE

1303300M

9-12

Chorus I - IV(Male Chorus)

1

$

Sequential order

1303300F

9-12

Chorus I - IV(Female Chorus)

1

$

Sequential order

1303310W

10-12

Chorus II-IV mixed (Warhawk Singers)

1

$

Chorus I

1303320S

10-12

Chorus III-IV mixed (Seminole Singers)

 

 

Chorus I & II


$ = All Chorus classes require a uniform

 

For questions or more information about the Chorus Program at the 4A Academy, please contact:

Lauren Brautigam -- Choral Director/Guitar -- brautigamL@pcsb.org



Instrumental Arts

The Instrumental Arts Program at SHS encompasses multiple disciplines of musicianship. Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Bands, Orchestra, Keyboard, and Guitar classes, along with Marching Band, Color Guard, and Indoor Percussion offer students options in furthering their musical education while simultaneously enhancing their academic education. Many of Seminole's instrumental and color guard programs are nationally renowned, award-winning ensembles that have travelled the nation, performing and competing with the best bands the country has to offer. 

 

Instrumental Arts classes offered are as follows:

 

NUMBER

GRADE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

 

PREREQUISITE

1302300S

9-12

Band I - IV (Symphonic)

1

$

Sequential order

1302300M

9-12

Band I - IV (Marching)                        *

1

$

Sequential order

13043000

9-12

Music Tech & Sound Engineering 1

1

 

Music Reading Skill & Experience

13043100

9-12

Music Tech & Sound Engineering 2

1

Q

Music Tech 1

13043200

9-12

Music Tech & Sound Engineering 3

1

Q

Music Tech 2

13053000

9-12

Eurythmics I - IV (Color/Winter Guard) *

1

 

Sequential order

13013200

9-12

Guitar 1 (Must own or rent an acoustic guitar)

1

$$

None

13013300

9-12

Guitar 2 (Must own or rent an acoustic guitar)

1

$$

Guitar 1

13024200

9-12

Instrumental Tech I - III (Percussion)    *

1

  

Sequential order

13024500

9-12

Instrumental Tech IV (Percussion)       *

1

Instru Tech III (Percussion)

13025000

9-12

Jazz Ensemble 1

1

+

Director Approval

13025100

9-12

Jazz Ensemble 2

1

+

Jazz Ensemble 1

13013600

9-12

Keyboard I (Piano) - III

1

 

None, Sequential order

13013900

9-12

Keyboard IV (Piano)

1

Q

Keyboard III (Piano)

13003000

9-12

Music Theory I

1

 

Music Reading Skill & Experience

13003100

9-12

Music Theory II 

1

Q

Music Theory I

13003300

10-12

Adv Pl Music Theory

1

Q ^

Music Theory III

13023600

9-12

Orchestra    I - IV

1

 

Middle School Orch/sequential order

 

Course offerings are based on the number of student requests. If not enough requests for a course, it will be cancelled. 

 

Q = Quality Point Course

 

 

*  = Active participation in Marching Band and/or Winter Guard required

 

+ = Director/teacher Approval

 

$$ = Purchase of textbook required. Students must bring in an acoustic guitar or

 

       rent a school instrument

 

    

Music Techniques is a course for those students who want two periods of band. Students practice independently for the entire period with the guidance of the teacher. 

All Wind Ensemble & Instrumental Tech Classes are required to participate in after school rehearsals, and meet one of the criteria below by the first week of school:

  1. Have participated in an 8th grade Instrumental or Vocal music course
  2. Have documented at least 3 months of weekly private percussion lessons and be able to verify
  3. Have been approved by the Director(s) by way of a playing audition and interview

All 9th graders will be placed in Symphonic Band unless otherwise specified by the director. 

Classes are not required to participate in Marching Band but after school rehearsals are required.

Symphonic & Wind Ensemble have some mandatory rehearsals after school, and go on overnight trips in the spring. Fundraising is an expectation of membership.

 

For questions or more information about the Instrumental Program at the 4A Academy, please contact:

Gerard Madrinan -- Academy Director/Band Director -- madrinang@pcsb.org

Steve Harris -- Jazz Band Director/Orchestra Director/Music Technology/Theory/Keyboard -- harrisstev@pcsb.org

Lauren Brautigam -- Choral Director/Guitar -- brautigamL@pcsb.org