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How We Do The Arts

Our Middle School arts program encourages each student to create, perform, and respond to the world through various art forms. The arts also provide a powerful means to foster a joy of learning.

Our arts faculty members are artists, performers, and musicians with a passion for sharing their love of the arts. They support students at all levels of ability and encourage creative thinking, risk taking, and growth. Students collaborate, experiment, and explore, all while developing a strong set of skills for future arts studies at the high school and college level.

Middle school students spend one semester each year in Visual Arts Class and one semester in Music Class. 

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In the visual arts program, art history and a study of aesthetics and critique is continued from the lower school curriculum.

Middle school students work with a variety of art mediums and techniques as well including painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics.

Opportunities for integrated projects between and among various curricular areas provide the students with relevant experiences encompassing a variety of media.

Performance-based assessment is ample through finished art pieces and in-class performance pieces that showcase the efforts and accomplishments of our students.

In our middle school music program, students study sophisticated instrumental and vocal techniques. Using the child-centered Orff Approach, middle schoolers learn by doing.

In the 6th and 7th grades, the curriculum is percussion and singing based, as students explore the folk music of world cultures.

In the 8th grade, the curriculum is technology-based, as students explore music through composition.

Outside of class time, students also have the opportunity to participate in arts-related, co-curricular activities such as band, wind ensemble, drama, Liturgical choir, and Liturgical band.

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