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Fine Arts Curriculum

In the arts, children experience things that cannot be expressed in any other way. Students become responsible learners, make positive contributions as part of a team and value creative expression.

 

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 Andante Strings

Andante Strings 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 or three concerts during the year: December, (March), and May.


Grades 6,7,8 Intermezzo Strings

Intermezzo Strings 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

CADET BAND 5/6

Cadet Band 5/6 is offered to students with little or no experience playing a musical instrument. Cadet Band is a full-year music course. Instruments taught in Cadet Band are flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, bass tuba and concert percussion.
Cadet Band 5/6 students will have an opportunity to try out several instruments in the spring prior to the start of the following school year (new students during new student orientation). Selection of instrument is based upon student interest, physical characteristics (formation of lips and teeth), piano experience for percussion instruments and instrumentation requirements (the number of each instrument must be kept within reasonable limits in order to maintain a balanced sound be able to perform the music composed for the modern band).
Cadet Band 5/6 is divided into 2 classes: Cadet Band Woodwinds 5/6 and Cadet Band Brass & Percussion 5/6. Students will learn the basics of instrument performance fundamentals, reading music, rhythmic notation, and independent musical performance.

Cadet Band students who play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion are required to purchase their own instruments. Cadet Band students who play oboe, bassoon, French horn or bass tuba are provided an instrument for use by the school. Instrument orders are placed through the school during the first week of school.

Cadet Band students will participate in two mandatory school concert performances per school year: Christmas Concert in December and Spring Concert in May. Students wear their school uniform for concerts.

PHOENIX BAND 6-8

This is a year-long advanced band class for student in grades 6-8 who have successfully completed one or two years of band. No audition is required. Placement is by Director recommendation only.

Students will learn to be proficient and excel in music reading, scales, rhythm, tone production and articulation. The skills learned in earlier years are further refined; additional scales and more challenging technique is learned.
Percussion students learn scales on the mallet instruments and, in addition, learn rudiments and exercises that build coordination and control necessary to play percussion parts.
Private lessons are a great help at this level because class size and performance commitments limit the amount of individual instruction a student receives. Students may opt to practice either before or after school when necessary for extra help and/or concert preparation. Students will participate in two mandatory school concerts per year.

PHUZION (MS JAZZ-ROCK BAND) 6-8 CCA

Phuzion is the MS Jazz-Rock Band. It is offered as a year-long morning CCA only. Experienced students in Phoenix Band 6-8 and/or Encore 7/8 who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone/baritone, drum set, piano and bass are eligible.

Phuzion uses a traditional "Big Band" instrumentation. Instrumentation is limited to experienced players on saxophone, trombone/baritone, trumpet, piano, electric guitar, bass guitar (or String Bass) and drums (drum set). In some cases, highly talented students can learn a second instrument for participation (for example, a clarinet player could learn saxophone).

Students wanting to play guitar, bass, piano or drums must first have a consultation with Director for placement consideration.These instruments are highly competitive, have limited number needed and require a certain skill level in music reading and performance.

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

Grades 6,7,8 Intermezzo Strings

Intermezzo Strings 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.

Grades 7,8 Sinfonia

 

Sinfonia is an auditioned group for more advanced 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. 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 or 4 concerts during the school year: (October), December, March and May. Students from this group are also eligible to audition for the South East Asian Honor Orchestra Festival and the AMIS (The Association for Music in International Schools) Asian Honor Orchestra Festival.

 

Band

CADET BAND 7/8

Cadet Band 7/8 is offered to students with little or no experience playing a musical instrument. Cadet Band 7/8 is a full-year music course. Instruments taught in Cadet Band are flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, bass tuba and concert percussion.

Cadet Band students will have an opportunity to try out several instruments at the start of the school year. Selection of instrument is based upon student interest, physical characteristics (formation of lips and teeth), piano experience for percussion instruments and instrumentation requirements (the number of each instrument must be kept within reasonable limits in order to maintain a balanced sound be able to perform the music composed for the modern band).

Cadet Band students who play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion are required to purchase their own instruments. Cadet Band students who play oboe, bassoon, french horn or bass tuba are provided an instrument for use by the school. Instrument orders are placed through the school during the first week of school.

Cadet Band students will participate in two mandatory school concert performances per school year: Christmas Concert in December and Spring Concert in May. Students wear their school uniform for concerts.

PHOENIX BAND 6-8

This is a year-long advanced band class for student in grades 6-8 who have successfully completed one or two years of band. No audition is required. Placement is by Director recommendation only.

Students will learn to be proficient and excel in music reading, scales, rhythm, tone production and articulation. The skills learned in earlier years are further refined; additional scales and more challenging technique is learned.
Percussion students learn scales on the mallet instruments and, in addition, learn rudiments and exercises that build coordination and control necessary to play percussion parts.
Private lessons are a great help at this level because class size and performance commitments limit the amount of individual instruction a student receives. Students may opt to practice either before or after school when necessary for extra help and/or concert preparation. Students will participate in two mandatory school concerts per year.

ENCORE 7/8

ENCORE 7/8 is an accelerated year-long band class which requires a successful audition process for interested student in grades 7 and 8. This ensemble is geared toward accelerated musicians (current students selected through an informal audition). It builds on the foundations established in Cadet Band and Phoenix Band. New students to Concordia must schedule a formal audition with Director if interested in Encore 7/8.

Instrumentation is a consideration when selecting students for Encore 7/8 (balanced instrumentation is a top priority). For example, there is a limited number of flute and saxophone openings as these are very popular instruments with large numbers of participating students.

Students participate in three to four concert performances per year. Students have the option of auditioning and participating in the Shanghai Regional MS Honor Band and the AMIS Asia MS Honor Band. In addition, students must have a proven record of reliability and good conduct in order to be considered for this ensemble.

PHUZION (MS JAZZ-ROCK BAND) 6 – 8 CCA

Phuzion is the MS Jazz-Rock Band. It is offered as a year-long morning CCA only. Experienced students in Phoenix Band 6-8 and/or Encore 7/8 who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone/baritone, drum set, piano and bass are eligible.

Phuzion uses a traditional "Big Band" instrumentation. Instrumentation is limited to experienced players on saxophone, trombone/baritone, trumpet, piano, electric guitar, bass guitar (or String Bass) and drums (drum set). In some cases, highly talented students can learn a second instrument for participation (for example, a clarinet player could learn saxophone).

Students wanting to play guitar, bass, piano or drums must first have a consultation with Director for placement consideration. These instruments are highly competitive, have limited number needed and require a certain skill level in music reading and performance.

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 4 concerts throughout the school year: October, December, March, and May, with extra performance opportunities available at Concordia and in the community. Many students choose to take part in the AMIS Middle School Honor Choir Festivals. 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 and appreciation of art and artistic techniques through experience with and creation of artistic works. On alternating days during the 11 week term, students receive 85 minutes of art instruction and practice based around the elements of art (line, shape, value, texture, color, and space), beginning color theory (primary and secondary colors, monochromatic color scheme), and one point perspective. They will complete multiple projects in 2D and 3D designed to improve their observation skills, use of materials and media, and individual artistic style.

An exhibition of student work is held at the end of the term as well as an all-school exhibition based on a yearly theme.

Grade 6

Grade 6 Visual Art is a foundational study that continues to develop each student’s awareness and appreciation of art and artistic techniques through experience with and creation of artistic works. On alternating days during the 11 week term, students receive 85 minutes of art instruction and practice based around the elements of art (line, shape, value, texture, color, and space), intermediate color theory (tertiary colors, complimentary and analogous color schemes), two point perspective, and portrait drawing. They will complete multiple projects in 2D and 3D designed to improve their observation skills, use of materials and media, and individual artistic style.

An exhibition of student work is held at the end of the term as well as an all-school exhibition based on a yearly theme.

Grade 7 & 8 Electives

Grade 7-8 students have an opportunity for further artistic growth and development through 11 week long Visual Art electives. These electives review concepts from the foundational arts classes while introducing the principles of design (balance, alignment, emphasis, proportion, movement, pattern, contrast, and unity) and allow students the choice of exploring traditional and unique mixed media, creating functional artwork in applied design, or developing digital skills for image manipulation, illustration, and 3D graphics.

An exhibition of student work is held at the end of the term for traditional media while digital work is collected and shared online.