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Fine Arts Curriculum

The arts help children learn to say things that cannot be expressed in any other way. It teaches students to make good judgments about qualitative relationships and that problems can have more than one solution.

Performance Comes Naturally

Whether they sing or play in the band or orchestra, middle school students perform for their parents and peers at least three times a year.

Passion Under the Spotlight

Singing, dancing, laughing and crying on cue—our middle school drama showcases have everything you could want from these young drama bugs.

Talent on Display

Twice a year our hallways and public spaces are packed full of impressive works of art created by precocious middle school artists.

Music

Musical foundations learned in Elementary School continue to be enhanced and reinforced during the Middle School years. At Concordia, students in Grades 5-8 are required to enroll in band, choir, or strings. Here, they expand their knowledge of musical notation, rhythmic/melodic reading, and elements of performance in their ensembles. Students will continue to develop and focus their individual music skills while coming together to create enriching music performances throughout the school year.

Grade 5 & 6

Orchestra

Grade 5/6 BEGINNING STRING ORCHESTRA

This orchestra is for students who have never played a string instrument. The major objective is to teach students how to play a violin, viola, cello or bass, and how to play in a group, listening to themselves and others as they play. We will work on posture, holding the instrument, bowing, fingering, and learning notes and rhythms. This is a yearlong class at the end of which the students should feel comfortable with their instrument and comfortable playing in the keys of D and G. We will perform on two concerts during the school year: December and May.


Grade 5/6 INTERMEDIATE STRING ORCHESTRA

This orchestra is for students who have been playing their instrument for at least one full year. Students should be able to read music easily in the keys of D and G without major mistakes. Throughout the year we will work on ensemble skills, learn new keys, new notes and new bowings, continuing to working on sight-reading and tone. We will start learning vibrato and tuning. This group will perform on three concerts during the school year: December, March and May.

Band

Grade 5/6 BEGINNING BAND

This class is for those who have no prior experience playing an instrument.Woodwind, Brass and Percussion choices are determined prior to the start of the school year in cooperation with the Band Director.Instruments taught in band are: Woodwinds - flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone; Brass - trumpet, french horn, baritone, bass tuba; and concert percussion.Music notation, sight-reading, scales and instrumental technique are taught in this year-long class. Beginning Band students participate in two school concerts per year.

Grade 6 INTERMEDIATE BAND

Students who have successfully completed one year of beginning band or more are eligible for Intermediate Band.If a Grade 5 student has played an instrument longer than a year, he/she may request an audition for possible placement in the Grade 5/6 Intermediate Band.Sight-reading, scales and instrumental technique are taught in this year-long class. Intermediate Band students participate in three concerts per school year.

Choir

Choir 5

This year-round choir is for all boys & girls in 5th grade.Singers are guided through the basic elements of choral singing such as proper stance, breath support, vowel formation, balance, blend, diction, projection, part-singing, and good concert etiquette.The 5th graders are taught beginning sight-reading, rhythm reading, and the C-major scale.The students will sing mostly 2-part music of varied styles.All choir members will sing on 3 concerts throughout the school year: December, March and May.

Choir 6

This year-round choir is for all boys & girls in 6th grade.Singers are guided through the basic elements of choral singing such as proper stance, breath support, vowel formation, balance, blend, diction, projection, part-singing, and good concert etiquette.The 6th graders are taught beginning/intermediate sight-reading, rhythm reading, and the C-major scale.The students will sing two or three-part music of varied styles.All choir members will sing on 3 concerts throughout the school year: December, March and May.

Grade 7 & 8

Orchestra

Grade 7/8 STRING ORCHESTRA

This orchestra is for all 7th and 8th grade students who have played their instrument at least two years. Students who have played less than two years will need to get permission from the orchestra director to join. We play advanced middle school music in the keys of D, G, C, F and B flat. All students will be expected to know or learn higher positions, vibrato and spiccato (bouncing bow). We will continue to practice excellent posture, beautiful tone, sight-reading, ensemble playing and listening skills. This orchestra will perform on 3 concerts during the school year: December, March and May.

Band

7/8 BEGINNING BAND

This group is for those students with no prior instrument experience.Beginning Band students participate in two school concerts per year.

7/8 INTERMEDIATE BAND

This group is for students who have successfully completed one or two years of band.Students participate in three school concerts per year.

7/8 CONCERT BAND

This group is a year-long class oriented toward ensemble and individual performance. It builds on the foundations established in Beginning and Intermediate Band. The class focuses on building advanced skills through musical performance, scales, rhythm reading, note reading, sight-reading, and musicianship. Ensemble techniques such as intonation, balance and blend are reinforced. The band performs a variety of styles and genres of music. Concert Band 7/8 is open to students who have completed two or more years of band instruction, however placement is by Director recommendation only. Students participate in three school concerts per year.

Grade 7/8 ADVANCED PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

This is a year-long class open to students who have successfully completed one or two years of Beginning and/or Intermediate Band on concert percussion. Studies and practice are oriented toward ensemble and individual performance. It builds on the foundations established in Beginning and Intermediate Band. This class focuses on building advanced skills through musical performance: scales, rhythm reading, note reading, sight-reading, on rudimentary snare drum and keyboard percussion instruments. Musicianship is also reinforced in this class. Advanced Percussion Ensemble students will perform with Concert Band 7/8 and some with Intermediate Band as needed.Advanced Percussion will participate in three school concerts per year. Placement is by Director recommendation only.

Choir

7/8 Girls’ Choir

This year-round choir is for girls in 7th & 8th grade.Singers are guided through choral singing elements including posture, breath support, vowel formation, balance, blend, diction, projection, independent part-singing, and good concert etiquette. Intermediate sight-reading, rhythm reading, and scale work are taught. Varied styles of literature are performed, with the number of voice parts determined by enrollment. All singers perform on 3 concerts throughout the school year: December, March and May.(7th & 8th grade girls are also able to audition for Treble Choir).

7/8 Boys’ Choir

This year-round choir is for boys in 7th & 8th grade. Singers are guided through choral singing elements including posture, breath support, vowel formation, balance, blend, diction, projection, independent part-singing, and good concert etiquette. Intermediate sight-reading, rhythm reading, and scale work are taught.Varied styles of literature are performed, with the number of voice parts determined by enrollment.All singers perform on 3 concerts throughout the school year:December, March and May. (7th & 8th grade boys with unchanged voices are also able to audition for Treble Choir).

Treble Choir

This year-round choir is an auditioned group for boys and girls (with unchanged voices) in 7th & 8th grade. Singers are guided through advanced choral singing elements including posture, breath support, vowel formation, balance, blend, diction, projection, independent part-singing, and good concert etiquette. Intermediate/advanced sight-reading, rhythm reading, and scale work are taught. Varied styles of literature are performed; most literature is performed in three or four voice parts. All singers perform on 3 concerts throughout the school year:December, March and May, with extra performance opportunities available. Auditions are held in the spring for the upcoming year. New students to Concordia must also audition with the choir director in the fall to be placed in this ensemble.

Theatre

Grade 5 and 6 students are required to take a theatre exploration course, as well as participate in the Grade 5-6 Drama Showcase. For those students who take a further interest in theatre, Grade 7 and 8 students are offered theatre electives and can audition for a part in the annual Grade 7-8 play.

Grade 5

Grade 5 Drama is the first opportunity for students to receive formal theatre instruction at Concordia. The focus of the class is on students having fun while helping them to develop confidence in front of an audience. Foundations in speaking, emoting, and stage movement are taught in this semester-long course.

Grade 6

Grade 6 Drama builds on the skills learned in Grade 5 by refining the tools each student has in his or her actor’s toolbox: voice, body and mind. Students play games and complete exercises to further develop their skills. Students are taught the fundamentals of working in an ensemble and creating a scene in this semester-long course.

Grade 7 & 8

Acting Elective

The Grade 7-8 Acting Elective builds on the foundation developed in Grade 6 Drama and focuses on performance. Students learn to analyze and perform monologues, partner scenes, and short plays. Students may also study other performance skills such puppetry or stage combat in this semester-long course.

Technical Theatre Elective

The Grade 7-8 Technical Theatre Elective focuses on the intricacies of the backstage. Students learn to design and execute all of the technical things needed to make a show run: lights, sound, scenery, stagecraft, costumes and make up in this semester-long course.

All Grade 7-8 students have to opportunity to audition for the Middle School play, which is performed once a year.

Visual Arts

Students in Grades 5 and 6 are required to take an exploratory course in visual arts. They look at specific genres of art, as well as artists from historical periods, in order to develop works and projects of their own. Students in Grades 7 and 8 have the opportunity for further artistic growth and development through elective semester courses.

Grade 5

Grade 5 Visual Art is a foundational study that develops each student’s awareness, appreciation and experience with art. Building on ideas and images found in art history, students study Ancient Art and the Renaissance. In this semester-long course, students look at specific periods in art history and briefly study the art and artists of that time. From that study, students develop art works/projects designed to represent an expression of that period.

A formal art exhibition is held at the end of the semester.

Grade 6

Grade 6 Visual Art is a foundational study that develops each student’s awareness, appreciation and experience with art. Building on ideas and images found in art history, students study 19th and 20th Century art. In this semester-long course, students look at specific periods in art history and briefly study the art and artists of that time. From that study, students develop art works/projects designed to represent an expression of that period.

A formal art exhibition is held at the end of the semester.

Grade 7 & 8 Electives

Grade 7-8 students have an opportunity for further artistic growth and development through semester-long Visual Arts electives. These electives give students the chance to develop their artistic skills in specific areas such as drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, printmaking or digital art. Students also learn more about art history, and they begin to make evaluative judgement about favorites art movements, artworks, and artists.

A formal art exhibition is held at the end of the semester.