Chorus – Music Elective – Grades 4-8
Chorus students learn how to sing with excellent vocal technique and how to read music.
They sing many styles of music including Classical, Sacred, Broadway, Pop, Country, Jazz and Choral Standards.
Singing together the choir works as a team to produce excellent performances.
The chorus sings frequently at Friday school masses and participates in two school concerts during the year.
Theatre Arts – Elective – Grades 6-8
Knowledge and skills that students acquire through Theatre Arts instruction include the abilities to think critically, solve problems creatively, make informed judgments, work cooperatively within groups, become comfortable with public speaking, appreciate different cultures, imagine, and create.
Goals for Theatre Arts Students:
- Think and act creatively by solving problems individually or collaboratively and by employing originality, flexibility, and imagination.
- Develop the acting skills necessary for creative dramatic performance.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of theatre production.
- Demonstrate understanding of theatre arts in relation to history and culture.
- Develop critical skills to evaluate their own work and the work of others.
- Demonstrate awareness of and responsibility for the safe and ethical use of materials, methods, and technologies.
- Make connections between theatre arts and other fields of knowledge.
- Demonstrate ability to apply aesthetic criteria for making artistic choices.
- Develop awareness of copyright and royalty requirements when rehearsing, performing, or otherwise using the works of others.
Activities for Theatre Arts Students:
- Mounting a performance, including rehearsal of cast;
- design and implementation of scenery, lighting, costumes, properties, and sound;
- performances with audiences;
- strike and clean-up of production materials upon completion of performance run;
- participate in improvisations;
- present short scenes by reading;
- give an oral critique;
- participate in storytelling activities;
- create and perform pantomimes;
- draw a diagram of the parts of the stage;
- practice vocal skills;
- practice movement skills;
- practice appropriate audience manners;
- display respect and cooperation as a performer; and
- practice safe use of theatrical materials and spaces.