Arts in the Middle School provide students with opportunities at each grade level to create, imagine, explore and integrate music, drama, visual arts and film with other disciplinary studies. Specifically: MUSIC
In Grade 6, every student is provided with instruction in and access to a stringed instrument as an introduction to music and orchestra. Music is integrated weekly into the Grade 6 social studies course with an ongoing study of ancient music and instruments. Grade 7 music class is an historical survey that includes hands-on experience with keyboards, recorders, and technology, and original composition. In Grade 8, students integrate a focus on the music of the United States, with a particular focus on jazz, with their study of American history.
Before and after school, and during the lunch period, students may choose to participate in orchestra
or rock band
. Members of these groups perform at several school and outside functions throughout the year. Annie Wright also offers private lessons
for an additional fee to all interested students. Lessons are available in many instruments including a variety of strings, piano, drums, guitar, and voice. Music recitals provide a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their musical and performing skills.
The Middle School drama program in Grades 7 and 8 integrates with the music program during those years, culminating at the end of Grade 8 with a musical theatre performance for the entire Middle School. Each year, Middle School students act in and produce a full-scale play in our Kemper Center Theatre. Students may choose to act or support production in help with costume, make-up, technical work and set production.VISUAL ART
Grade 6 visual art integrates into the social studies curriculum, investigating the history and practical application of art styles in various regions of the ancient world. Two and three-dimensional work in various media includes paint, paper clay and mixed media. Grade 7 visual art focuses on individual expression and experimentation and includes both traditional and “found” objects, incorporated into two and three-dimensional work. The focus on individual expression continues in Grade 8 and culminates in a painted self-portrait on canvas. Additionally, Grade 8 students study ceramics in our dedicated studio.