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Middle School Fine Arts

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FINE ARTS OPPORTUNITIES

Music

Band
The band program integrates knowledge of reading, understanding, performing and valuing music through a performance experience. Focus areas include rhythm, melody, harmony, musical form, tone color, expression, approach to vocal music and awareness of various forms and styles. 

Orchestra
The strings program integrates knowledge of reading, understanding, performing and valuing music through an orchestra experience. Focus areas include rhythm, melody, harmony, musical form, tone color, expression, approach to vocal music and awareness of various forms and styles.

Choir
The choral music program integrates knowledge of reading, understanding, performance skills, and aesthetic appreciation of choral music. Focus areas include rhythm, melody, harmony, musical form, tone color, expression, approach to vocal music and awareness of various forms and styles.

*Instrumental classes will be held three days a week. A student may choose to participate in one instrumental group. Choosing to be a member of band or orchestra should be carefully considered. Being a member of any performing group can be a tremendously positive experience. It also means a commitment to both the director and the group. Barring extenuating circumstances, students choosing to join band or orchestra must commit to a full school year of rehearsals and performances.  

Visual Arts

Visual Arts Curriculum
This program incorporates six goals for design and media that include perception, conceptualization, visual organization, creative expression, applications skills, and aesthetic appreciation for the visual arts. Students study and apply design elements, various media processes, knowledge of art styles and themes in this yearlong course.

Art Club
An Art club which uses creativity to enhance art skills. Meets in the fall and spring one day a week after school.

Yearbook
7th & 8th grade students coordinate the assembly of the school yearbook “Legacy."  Team members take photos and experiment with page layout and design. Meetings are held after school throughout the year.

Theater & Performance

Drama Club
Learn the principles of acting and theater by practicing skits. Meets two evenings a week in October and November.  A final performance will be part of the experience. Open to 5th and 6th grade students.

Honors Choir
The GRCMS Honors Choir is a group of students who have a passion for singing.  It is an auditioned group meeting Wednesdays after school beginning in March until the Spring concert in May (8 weeks of rehearsal).  The group sings a variety of vocal styles, including classical, contemporary Christian, world music, and pop.  Auditions will be held in February, and are open to all students, grades 5-8.         

Middle School Play/Musical
7th and 8th grade students audition, practice and perform in a full musical or play every year.    Two final shows are produced and given on the high school stage with full costumes, lights and make-up.  Auditions take place in December, and rehearsals run two or three evenings a week January through March. The final shows are a Friday evening and Saturday afternoon in late March.