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Created by the Harker Podcast Network, Courses at Harker serves to help students make more informed decisions about the courses they take. The episodes, featuring interviews with the teachers of the courses, should provide students with a better understanding of the various courses at Harker Upper School.

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Created by the Harker Podcast Network, Courses at Harker serves to help students make more informed decisions about the courses they take. The episodes, featuring interviews with the teachers of the courses, should provide students with a better understanding of the various courses at Harker Upper School.

    AP Psychology

    AP Psychology

    Intended to prepare students for the AP examination in psychology, this course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. Students become familiar with the various branches of psychology and the methodologies used by psychologists. Physiological, psychodynamic and behavioral schools of thought are all addressed. Key topics include personality theory, developmental psychology, psychopathology and treatment, theories of motivation, emotion and learning, and social psychology. Students are evaluated on a variety of assignments including projects, quizzes and tests and are introduced to psychological research.

    Interview with: Dr. Turchin

    Produced by: Vedant Kenkare

    Study of Visual Arts

    Study of Visual Arts

    Study of Visual Arts focuses on artistic contributions produced in the past as a foundation for an exploration and understanding of contemporary art. Students explore the relationship of visual sensibilities and the artistic process as seen in Asian, African, Egyptian, Greek, French and Spanish art. Through lectures and related hands-on projects, they explore the development of art as a worldwide expression of life issues.

    This episode discusses Study of Visual Arts in addition to the opportunities for students interested in the visual arts at the Upper School.

    Interview with: Mr. Martinez

    Produced by: Evan Cheng

    Bel Canto

    Bel Canto

    A blend of traditional chorus and training ground, Bel Canto explores choral technique and music theory, and many musical genres, including African-American spirituals, traditional Latin, modern choral, non-English folk songs, pop and jazz music. Students may remain in Bel Canto multiple years, taking advantage of the changing repertoire and varied genres in order to maximize their choral music education and prepare them for whatever type of ensemble they will choose in college or as an adult. Others participate in Bel Canto a year or two before choosing to specialize by requesting Camerata or auditioning for Cantilena or Downbeat, and indeed a year in Bel Canto is required before joining one of these other groups.

    This episode discusses Bel Canto in addition to briefly discussing other opportunities for vocal music such as Cantilena, Camerata, and Downbeat.

    Interview with: Ms. Sandusky

    Produced by: Evan Cheng

    Study of Theater

    Study of Theater

    Study of Theater gives students an understanding of theater as it exists today and provides a common vocabulary covering all aspects of modern stage performance, production and history. Through individual exploration, group discussion and practical experience, students will examine the forces throughout history that have shaped the evolution of acting, directing, technical theater and musical theater. By examining theater from many regions and styles, students gain an appreciation of the skills employed by theater artists today and those artists whose works endure.

    This episode discusses Study of Theater in addition to the opportunities for students interested in theater at the Upper School.

    Interview with: Mr. Draper

    Produced by: Evan Cheng

    Study of Music

    Study of Music

    In Study of Music, the language of music is examined, including musical symbols and notation, the tonalities of different musical instruments, harmonization, arrangement and composition. The history of music is explored through listening, reading assignments, class discussion and written work. An appreciation of music from various cultures is fostered. The historical, cultural and personal circumstances surrounding the creation of famous musical works is also discussed.

    This episode discusses Study of Music in addition to the various opportunities for musically-inclined students at the Upper School.

    Interview with: Ms. Sandusky

    Produced by: Evan Cheng

    Study of Dance

    Study of Dance

    Study of Dance builds problem-solving and creative thinking skills. As students focus on perceiving, comprehending, imagining and evaluating, they develop strong interpretive, analytical and critical thinking skills. By learning to make choices within structure, dance students learn to develop individual and group solutions to complex problems. Dance curricula provide many opportunities for students to articulate complex problems and to practice divergent and nonlinear thinking in order to generate solutions. The process of exploring the art of dance allows students to develop their communication skills and acquire new symbolic literacy. Students will also develop dance skills, choreography knowledge and a historical perspective of dance. Note that Study of Dance is an academic course and, unlike the after- school dance courses, it does not satisfy the P.E. requirement.

    This episode discusses Study of Dance in addition to opportunities for dance at the Upper School.

    Interview with: Mr. Kuehn

    Produced by: Evan Cheng

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