All sixth graders take a general music class during which they investigate rhythm, melody, harmony, form, tone and expression through singing, listening to music and playing classroom instruments. Students also gain an understanding of music history as they study musical periods. In sixth grade, students may enroll in Concert Band.
In seventh and eighth grades, students may elect to take additional music courses in Choral Music and Concert Band. In Choral Music, various styles of choral literature in three- and four-part voicing is sung. The Concert Band offers students the opportunity to play an instrument in an ensemble setting. Instrumental music provides students with an opportunity to develop self-expression while being a part of a group.
In addition to music, sixth grade students take a drama class for one quarter. In this course, students explore their individual talents through hands-on active participation. They view a variety of dramatic performances and create original works. They perform scenes from prepared scripts, original works of their peers and dramatic readings.
In seventh and eighth grades, students may choose several electives: Theatre Production, Movie Making 101, Advanced Acting, Playbuilding and Improvisation. Through Theatre Production, students understand the elements of sets, costume, makeup and publicity. In Movie Making, students have a great time learning the basics of screenwriting, editing, camera work and movie acting. Students in Advanced Acting explore pantomime, improvisation, voice, movement and characterization. Advanced Speech is a required class for eighth graders.