Middle School Fine & Performing Arts
Middle School students pursue their interests in the fine arts through participation in quarterly art classes. As they move through the Middle School, they focus on one or two concepts per year and explore a wide range of materials, such as paint, papier-mâché, printmaking, clay, oil pastels, fabric, charcoal, photography and stop-motion film. In addition to the classic skills of perspective, composition and color, areas of study include scale and proportion, medieval architecture, the mobiles of Alexander Calder, and self-portraiture through mixed media. In seventh and eighth grade, there are additional electives in digital art and design and graphic art plus the opportunity to enroll in a selective yearlong art studio course. Across all of our campuses, there are on-going artwork displays and rotating exhibitions showcasing student work to the general public.
2017 -2018 Middle School Performance Schedule
|Fri , Nov 10 &
Sat, Nov 11
Eighth Grade Performance Ensemble
|Thur, Dec 7||Winter Choral Concert|
|Thur, Dec 14||Winter Band Concert|
|Wed, Jan 17||MLK Dance Concert|
|Fri, Jan 19||MLK Jazz Band Luncheon|
|Tue, Jan 30||MS & US Combined Jazz Band Concert|
|Fri, Feb 23 &
Sat, Feb 24
|Sixth Grade Play|
|Wed, Apr 18||Spring Choral Concert & Gallery Night|
|Thur, April 26||Spring Band Concert|
|Fri, May 4||Music in the Parks Festival,
Six Flags, Jacksonville, NJ
|Sat, May 19||Strings Concert at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, NYC|
|Fri, Jun 1 &
Sat, Jun 2
|Seventh Grade Shakespeare Performance|
Middle School students also rotate through quarter-long performing arts classes in music, dance and drama. In addition to the quarterly classes, they may elect to continue to hone their skills in the performing arts through participation in the yearlong performance groups of chorus, band or strings. In grades six through eight, there are additional opportunities to participate in the selective groups of Jazz Band, Chamber Singers, and Selected Strings Orchestra. All of these musical groups perform several times a year at concerts, assemblies and other school functions. Each school year concludes for these groups with participation in the national Music in the Parks Festival, where they have consistently received awards of excellence in every category.
In grades six through eight, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in fully staged theatre productions either as performers or back stage as members of the crew. There are three annual productions: the sixth grade play, the seventh grade Shakespeare production (done in conjunction with the seventh grade English department) and the selective eighth grade Performance Ensemble. Students throughout all the middle school grades are offered performance opportunities in dance. Instruction and performances include a wide variety of techniques and cultural styles, from traditional to current day. This diversity is highlighted in the annual dance performance celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.