• 6th Grade Performing Arts Electives

    Band 6
    This course does not require any prior musical experience for students to be successful. Students will begin to
    develop facility on their instruments and the proper fundamentals required to be musically expressive and
    accurate. Band includes instruments from the woodwind, brass, and percussion families. Students with prior
    experience may audition for extracurricular ensembles, such as jazz band and wind ensemble. There will be at
    least two concerts per year in December and May. (year)

    Choir 6
    This class explores all the different ways to use your voice. Students will learn how to sing in different styles as
    a group and learn the basics of reading music. As a culminating project at the end of the course, the choir
    performs a concert in the evening for family and friends. (semester)

    Orchestra 6
    This yearlong course is open to students with previous experience and those who are new to playing violin,
    viola, cello, or string bass. We stress the development of string skills and musical expressions through a variety
    of music. Concerts are scheduled throughout the year including the CCSD Stringathon. (year)

    Theater Arts 6
    Theater is fun! In this course, students will discover how exciting creativity can be. They will learn basic
    aspects of theater arts. Using the creative process, students will produce original pantomimes and acting
    scenes, gaining experience and confidence in performing. This experience will lead to enhanced presentation
    skills transferable to all academic areas. (quarter)

  • 7th Grade Performing Arts Electives

    Band 7
    This class is open to any 7th grade student who plays a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. The focus
    will be to elaborate on instrument fundamentals and further develop musical expression. Students will study
    and perform a wide variety of musical styles. Most of the students in this class will have had at least one year
    of prior musical experience. If students have no prior experience, they will be encouraged, but not required to
    take private lessons to close their experience gap as quickly as possible. Students will have at least two
    concerts per year in December and May. (year)

    Basics of Public Speaking
    Are you afraid to speak in front of others? Do you love speaking to audiences or debating? This class will
    prepare you for high school and beyond. We will use interesting activities to build confidence and speaking
    skills. We will prepare and deliver several types of speeches culminating in an awards event for all. (quarter)

    Choir 7
    Choir 7 is open to all students who enjoy singing and want to become stronger and more confident. The 7th
    grade choir will have at least four required performances, one per quarter, as culminating events to show their
    growth. Each quarter, students have the opportunity to audition for solos and small ensemble parts. They will
    also develop their singing and music reading skills through special choral warm-ups and light-reading
    exercises. (year)

    Orchestra 7
    This course is open to students playing violin, viola, cello or string bass. Beginners are welcome. Instruction
    will focus on intermediate playing skills such as shifting and vibrato through a variety of music. Concerts are
    scheduled throughout the year and include participation in the CCSD Stringathon. Attendance is required at
    these performances. A limited number of instruments are available to rent from the school. Orchestra is open
    to pianists with at least three years of experience. Pianists must currently be taking private lessons. (year)

    Theater Arts 7
    This course emphasizes the fundamental skills students need to become improvisational actors and use those
    skills in scripted scenes. Through practicing basic theater skills such as movement, voice and imagination,
    students will learn to become more confident in their performing abilities. Students will work together to create
    scenes from well-known literature and original skits. Students of all abilities are encouraged to take this course.
    (quarter)

  • 8th Grade Performing Arts Electives

    Band 8
    In this course, students will be focusing on how to become goal-driven independent musicians with musicality
    in mind. Students will have an abundance of practicing strategies and resources at hand to push themselves to
    next-level musicianship. Most of the students in this class will have had at least two years of prior musical
    experience. If students have no prior experience, they will be encouraged, but not required to take private
    lessons to close their experience gap as quickly as possible. Students will have at least two concerts per year;
    one performance in December, and a final performance in May. (year)

    Choir 8
    Choir 8 is an advanced choral class that builds on the skills learned in Choir 7. All Choir 8 songs are arranged in
    three or four parts, so all students will improve their ability to sing harmony and strengthen their upper and
    lower vocal range. Since this is a yearlong class, there are at least 4 required concerts in which the choir will
    perform a variety of song styles (classical, pop, oldies, folk songs, world music), sometimes with choreography.
    Each quarter, students have the opportunity to audition for solos and small ensemble parts. Students will also
    develop their singing and music reading skills through special choral warm-ups and sight-reading exercises.
    Choir involvement in 7th grade is preferred but not required. (year)

    Music Adventure
    This course will examine different styles of music such as classical, jazz, rock, and pop. Students will learn how
    to perceive and describe music by sound, sight, and feel. Using basic music theory, students will have the
    chance to compose music with a notation program so they can hear their compositions performed. No musical
    experience is necessary for this course. Music adventure will be a diverse and immersive experience that will
    enrich the way students hear the musical world around them.

    Orchestra 8
    This course is open to students who have experience playing the violin, viola, cello or string bass. Advanced
    string techniques necessary for continuation in high school are taught. A variety of music is played. Concerts
    are scheduled throughout the year including the CCSD Stringathon. Attendance is required. A limited number
    of instruments are available to rent from the school. Permission is required to begin a string instrument in 8th
    grade. (year)

    Theatre Arts 8
    In this course, students will experience a wide range of exciting activities that serve as a foundation for further
    study at the high school level, or a life-long appreciation of theatre and performing. From working with others
    to create scenes and plays, to practicing improvisation skills, this course has something for the performer at
    every level. This class will help students learn poise and self-confidence in their performing abilities. (quarter)

    Theatre Productions
    This class is for students who enjoy performing plays for an audience. It is highly recommended that students
    have had at least one other theatre class or have been in one of our after-school plays prior to taking this class.
    The class will focus on creating or choosing a short play to produce. We will learn acting and backstage roles to
    make it an exciting success. This will culminate in a performance for students and families. (quarter)

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