The sixth-grade band is a beginning band and enrollment is open. Remaining in band will be at the instructor's discretion. Much emphasis will be placed on the following areas: technical studies, learning of skills, and the theoretical aspects of playing an instrument. In deciding which students will remain in band, home practice will be a large part of the grading process. Participation in concerts and festivals is an absolute requirement.
The seventh and eighth-grade band are selected groups, and beginners will not be allowed to enroll without first auditioning for the instructor. The minimum requires that a student demonstrates an ability to read music and to perform on an acceptable level using the student's chosen instrument. Much emphasis will be placed on reading music, technical studies, and learning of skills. Home practice is required and is essential to receive a passing grade. Participation in concerts and festivals is an absolute requirement.
This is a performing class for all students who wish to be part of a choral ensemble. No audition is required. Participation in performances is required.
This is a performing group that uses choreography and is composed of selected eighth-graders. At least one year of choral experience in either the sixth or seventh grade is required as well as an audition. Participation in performances is required.
Middle School Art gives the student a basic introduction to the Elements and Principles of Design. Each grade level follows the Virginia Middle School Art Standards of Learning objectives. Students will look at different artists and cultural styles. A variety of media: watercolor tempera, ink, printmaking, and clay will be used throughout the year. The student is expected to develop proficient skills in handling the various media.