Drama, Speech and Debate - Maria Munro-Schuster
Speech and Drama will allow students to understand their inner-workings as a performer, as well as the art of performance—which in turn will make both the little and big performances in life more effective. In 6th grade Speech and Drama, we will begin by experimenting with the most foundational human functions—our senses, our expressions, our body movement and our voices. In 7th and 8th grade, students advance toward more complex skills such as rhetoric, performance direction, and production. Each step along the way, students will receive supportive, constructive feedback from their peers and instructor. This is their chance to try on new roles in a safe environment.
Music – Deborah Schuerr
Music is an art form based on creating, performing, and responding. It’s where one’s enjoyment increases exponentially with one’s understanding. Music offers unique learning opportunities to explore individual creativity, artistic expression, and a more in-depth understanding of past and present cultures in our diverse world community. A comprehensive music education will enable students to make more informed choices, develop their musical abilities through self-discipline and focus, and to provide a vehicle to increase their confidence in learning across the entire curriculum. We believe that all students should have a comprehensive, balanced, sequential curriculum informed by national and state standards using the Common Core. Music develops the life-long learning abilities and aesthetic skills necessary to improve the quality of life in a more cultured, educated society.