Middle School Performing Arts Offerings

The Bedrosian Pavilion, a $15 million, 28,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose performing arts center, houses a 500-seat theatre, a blackbox theatre, dance studios, orchestra and choir rooms, a TV broadcast studio, costume labs and set construction space.

Advanced Concert Band

Advanced Concert Band

This class is designed for students with one or more years of school band and/or private lessons on a band instrument. This includes the study and performance of advanced band literature with emphasis on tone, intonation, balance, blend, and musicality. Several performances will be planned throughout the year. Rental or purchase of an instrument is required.

Advanced Orchestra Strings

Advanced Orchestra Strings

  • Advanced Orchestra Violin
  • Advanced Orchestra Viola
  • Advanced Orchestra Cello
  • Advanced Orchestra Bass

This class is designed for the student who has had at least one year of private/school instruction on an instrument. Several performances will be planned throughout the year. Rental or purchase of a stringed instrument is required.

Advanced Vocal Ensemble

Advanced Vocal Ensemble

3.0 GPA required (this class will not be participating in Academic Help during the fall semester). This group will work on a variety of musical styles. Students will learn advanced techniques in different vocal styles including traditional choral music, Broadway, jazz, gospel and pop. This group will also work on advanced sight-singing skills and music theory. In addition to regular concerts, Vocal Ensemble performs at special events throughout the year. Please contact Mr. Rouse to set up an audition.

Beginning Band

Beginning Band

Beginning Band is open to all students who desire to learn a band instrument (woodwinds, brass and percussion). No prior playing experience necessary. Students will learn note names, correct hand position, articulation, phrasing, basic music theory, music history, scale and rhythmic studies. Students will participate in several performances throughout the school year.

Beginning Strings

Beginning Strings

  • Beginning Violin
  • Beginning Viola
  • Beginning Cello
  • Beginning Bass
This class is designed for the student who has never before picked up a stringed instrument. Basic skills will be taught, incorporating both traditional and Suzuki methods. Students will learn technical skills, performance practice, music theory and basic concepts of reading music. Several performances will be planned throughout the year. Rental or purchase of a stringed instrument is required.

Choir

Boys

No audition required. Students will work on developing good singing technique and choral tone focusing on ensemble singing. Students will learn different vocal styles including traditional choral music, Broadway, jazz, gospel and pop. This choir will also work on sight-singing skills and music theory. Boys Choir will perform in concerts and one choir festival during the year.

Girls

No audition required. Students will work on developing good singing technique and choral tone focusing on ensemble singing. Students will learn different vocal styles including traditional choral music, Broadway, jazz, gospel and pop. This choir will also work on sight-singing skills and music theory. Girls Choir will perform in concerts and one choir festival during the year.

Dance

Dance I & Dance II

Dance I - This class has an emphasis on fundamental technique and basic performance skills. First-time and/or inexperienced dancers will be exposed to multiple genres (jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip-hop), and nurtured in personal expression, physical awareness, and creative discipline. Students will be put to the test in these areas during their performance in the annual dance concert.

Dance II - This is a class designed to develop and challenge the skills of previously-trained dancers. Emphasis is placed on proper technique and form through the advanced study of multiple genres (jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip-hop). Performance skills are also polished through participation in many different productions throughout the year, including the annual dance concert. Personal goal setting, concentration on physical discipline, and embracing the creative process are all on the agenda.

Drama

Drama

Students who love theatre but aren’t singers will enjoy the opportunity to be part of the cast who presents the middle school fall drama. From character development to curtain calls, this class allows both beginning and experienced actors to grow in their abilities through the process of putting on a show. Enrollment is not based on auditions, but students (and parents) should know that choosing this class is making a pledge to be in the fall production. It requires a professional commitment, including lunchtime and weekend rehearsals near the dates of the production. (Note: Students who audition for Musical Theatre may want to mark this as their #2 choice!)

Guitar

Guitar - Beginning and Intermediate

Beginning Guitar - Students will be introduced to the basic elements of guitar playing including a basic understanding of chord structures, rhythmic techniques, key construction, chord progressions to popular songs, note reading and basic scales for soloing. This is a great class for developing a passion for music through an instrument. Students will also work on performance projects throughout the semester.

Intermediate Guitar - This class is designed to take students who already have a working knowledge of the guitar to the next level. This is a great preparation class for students wanting to pursue future performance classes. A complete understanding of chord structures, key construction, songwriting skills and advanced scales for soloing will all be introduced. Students will be expected to have a deep understanding of music theory by year’s end. Performance projects will also be required throughout the semester. *All Intermediate Guitar students are required to go through a mandatory audition process to finalize proper placement.

Jazz Lab

Jazz Lab

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of jazz improvisation and technique. In addition to the techniques and rehearsal of performance, students will learn the theory and history of the music performed. Students are taught improvisation, jazz forms, and styles. Students will play beginning to intermediate-level jazz music from various selected eras of musical history. Styles of music to be covered include swing, blues, rock, and Latin. Concurrent enrollment in Advanced Band required (or another core music elective with permission of instructor).

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre

Students will learn theatre basics: character development, choreography, stage movement, etc. The culmination of the class is a full-length musical production in the spring. Note: Parent signature MUST be on the audition sheet in order to be considered for the class. Once in the class, a $50 theatre fee is required to help cover the expenses of the show. There will be outside mandatory rehearsals as the show nears, including lunchtimes, afternoons and weekends. * This class requires a mandatory audition process to finalize proper placement; no experience necessary.

Piano

Piano

A mix of levels will be enrolled in this piano course. Students without prior experience will be taught basic skills such as correct hand position, note reading, counting, and basic theory. Experienced students will be taught sight reading, improvising, and more advanced theory as well as continuing to master basic piano skills.

Worship Team

Worship Team

The purpose of this class is to provide training, spiritual mentoring and leadership opportunities for students who sincerely desire to use their musical talents to honor God and serve the student body through our weekly chapel program. Our aim is to learn to use music as a “tool” or “vehicle” that helps us all connect more closely with God. As such, this is not a class for students whose primary interest is performing onstage within a “band” context, nor is it a music instruction class for those just learning to sing or play an instrument. Rather, interested students should already be experienced and reasonably skilled in their craft. We have room for many different types of musicians and singers who are motivated by a desire to take on a position of real spiritual responsibility and leadership within the school! *All Worship Team students are required to go through a mandatory application process to finalize proper placement. Application may be picked up in the academic dean’s office.