All sixth and seventh grade students participate in an engaging and inspiring fine arts rotation that includes a full semester of studio art and drama, and a year of music. Eighth grade students may choose to continue their study of the fine arts through our electives program.
The art studio is a creative, indoor and outdoor space where students can actively immerse themselves in the wonderful world of art. The goal of the Visual Art program is to develop in students an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft, and design. Students use a wide variety of tools and techniques to explore work in two and three dimensions while they experiment with printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, and textiles. Students are exposed to traditional and historical artists, art in the local community and develop their visual literacy through on-going discussions about their own work and that of others. In middle school, emphasis is placed on connecting work in the art studio with areas of study across other academic disciplines. Students will also explore art outside the classroom through a field trip to a local museum. Throughout the year, students will awaken their imaginations and strengthen their skills of observation and self-expression.
During their course of study, sixth and seventh grade students work to develop and fine tune a wide array of dramatic tools including body language, eye contact, facial expression, gesture, language, mask work, poise, tempo and voice. Exploration of the cultural, artistic and historical styles of African, Asian, Greek, Latino, Medieval and Shakespearean drama is incorporated. Students have ample opportunity to create, perform and respond to artistic work while reflecting upon their own personal connections to the arts. These explorations enhance creativity, improve self-esteem and develop collaborative work habits. Additionally, all middle school students have multiple performance opportunities each year.
MUSIC - BAND & STRINGS
Sixth grade students have two course offerings based on their proficiency level: Beginning Band/Strings and Concert Band/Strings. For both classes, a commitment to participate for an entire year is required, as is participation in two performances throughout the year.
- Beginning Band/Strings is offered for students who have little or no experience. This course teaches the student basic musicianship (including how to read music) through learning to play a string instrument. The instrument choices for strings include violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The instrument choices for band include flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn (euphonium) and mallet percussion. Students will have the opportunity to perform music selected from a wide variety of genres.
- Concert Band/Strings develops the skills of the musician with more experience and musicianship. Students with one or more years of experience on an instrument may sign up for this course.
Seventh grade students have two course offerings based on their proficiency level: Seventh Grade Band/Strings
and Symphonic Band/Strings
- In Seventh Grade Band/Strings, students continue to develop the skills of the experienced musician. It is the natural progression for students successfully completing 6th Grade Beginning Band/Strings. Students with one or more years of experience on an instrument may sign up for this course. Students will perform music selected from a wide variety of genres.
- In Symphonic Band/Strings for students who have successfully completing 6th Grade Concert Band/Strings. Students with two or more years of experience on an instrument may sign up for this course.
MUSIC - CHORUS
Sixth Grade Chorus is designed to be the introductory ensemble into the Middle School Chorus program, bringing together students with varying levels of choral experience. Emphasis is on building choral sound and proper vocal technique, along with focusing on individual musicianship and ensemble skills. The choral ensembles perform music representing a variety of styles and eras, while building the sense of community that is central to the Sacred Heart tradition. The goal of the program is to foster a love and appreciate for the arts, in the hope that our students will develop a desire to be lifelong musicians. Students commit to participate in this class for an entire year, as well as attend and participate in the winter and spring concerts.
Seventh Grade Chorus course is designed to be the intermediate choir. It is the natural progression for students successfully completing Sixth Grade Chorus. Emphasis is on advanced repertoire in 3-4 parts. Progressive concepts of tone, vocal production, and choral sound are practiced and performed. The repertoire is diverse, representing a variety of styles and eras. Students commit to participate in this class for an entire year, as well as attend and participate in the winter and spring concerts.