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Middle School Arts (Grades 5-8)

Middle School Music

Students in Grades Five through Seven take music twice a week for half the year. In addition to required classes, students have the opportunity to audition for Streamers, the Middle School choir, Orff ensemble, and/or English handbell choir.

Middle School Music Perception

The Music Program in Middle School is dedicated to the goal of making music a significant source of enjoyment and fulfillment to each student, both now and throughout his or her life.

Middle School Music Performance

The single most important aspect of the curriculum is the production of music. To understand the inner working of music and facilitate producing it, students learn to read and write musical notation, beginning with rhythm and progressing to the pitches of the treble and bass clefs. As the students learn the inner working of music (melody, harmony, form, rhythm, tone color), they also produce it through singing, playing (rhythm instruments, Orff instruments, keyboards, and violins), moving, and performing.

Middle School Music Response

In developing an educated musical response, students are encouraged to respond analytically as well as emotionally to the work under consideration. The interplay between analysis and performance contributes to the acuity of the students' perception.

Middle School Art

Students in Grades Five through Seven take art twice a week for half the year. Eighth Graders have art twice a week for the full year. In Middle School art, the objectives continue to combine the integration of art with science and history while providing a multi-media program.

Middle School Art Media

At this developmental point, each student's interest in detail-oriented projects lends itself to more in-depth and involved exercises in drawing, painting, print-making, ceramics, design, and photography.

Middle School Art Technology

The department uses a computer graphics lab for research, digital publishing, and digital imaging. We promote research and discussion about art history, modern art, and current trends.

Middle School Theatre

There are two points of focus in the Middle School drama program

Middle School Theatre Involvement

The first focus of the program is to involve as many students as possible in our productions. The students learn the basic concepts involved in staging a production from the audition process, through the rehearsals, and into the performances. They learn the art of becoming a team in which all are involved directly in the building and outcome of the play.

Eighth Grade Senior Speech

The second point of focus for the program is the Eighth-grade speech, delivered to the student body in a forum representative of a formal presentation. Upon completion of a rough draft, each student works in a one-on-one setting with a teacher designed to coach him/her on proficient speech delivery. He/she works on clear articulation, projection of voice, understanding of topic, connection with audience, and ability to convey interest in topic. Students are made aware of timing and delivery. As a final draft solidifies, the incorporation of these concepts greatly intensifies the overall power of the speech.