Our performing arts programs include band, choir, dance, drama, and orchestra. In all these programs, we begin with fundamentals and technique. From there, we expand to interpretation in ensemble and solo performance.
For example, in music, students in elementary school learn that the correct playing position, breathing, and fingering is the foundation of learning to play a band instrument, and the correct playing position and bow hold is the foundation of learning to play a string instrument. In choir, the use of appropriate vocal technique lays the foundation for the implementation of individual and ensemble vocal concepts.
As students develop, they establish connections between vocal concepts, musical concepts, technique, performance situations, and more developed literature.
This application of foundation skills expands students' technical skills, their interpretation of universal themes, and the concept of ensemble playing. Expanded application of skills emphasizes independence in technique, reading, interpretation, solo and ensemble performance and composition.
Through more developed literature and experience, students expand the depth and breadth of connections between content, concepts, and real-world applications.