We often define the Middle School years as a time for exploration of new ways to express oneself. Within our fine arts programs, students are presented with a variety of classes and outside opportunities to try something new, to delve into a newly found art or music class, and take a step on the stage to prove one’s confidence and skills. Whether it be visual or performing arts, we take great pride in our program that is based on exhibition and performance.
The Middle School musical production is one of the highlights of the year. Recent performances include: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance, and High School Musical Jr. All students are encouraged to take part in this all-division presentation. The lead roles are selected after an audition process. We understand that not all students want to be on stage; their energies are directed to work on props, lights, publicity, and scenery. This event truly brings the entire community together and is one of the most anticipated events for the Middle School.
Our music program offers five performing groups: band, chorus, guitar, African ensemble, and orchestra. Students choosing band, guitar, or strings are encouraged to continue with private lessons so that each ensemble progresses to the next level. Some students also participate in jazz band, an afternoon activity. Each December and May, students perform at a concert for family and peers.
Each student arrives as an artist, bringing a different level of experience and interests. Students strengthen their understanding of art and principles of design through a variety of media and study of the masters. In many cases, art lessons are incorporated into the curriculum in classes like humanities where students learn about the African culture and its villages. Students demonstrate their artistic interpretations of the lesson by creating African masks in their art class.