The role of the Arts in MYP IB is to “stimulate the imagination, challenge perceptions, and develop creative and analytical skills” within the context of both Visual and Performing Arts. Involvement in arts courses leads to student understanding of the arts in cultural and historical contexts, which in turn supports the development of an “inquiring and empathetic world view” (IBO Arts Subject Brief).
Middle School Music Ensemble provide an opportunity for students to further develop many of the skills initially learned in grades pre-k through 5. The four basic components of music study throughout the year are melody, harmony, formal structure and style, and tone color.
Instrumental Music is for students whose primary musical interest involves playing an instrument. Students may continue with an instrument they already study or explore new choices, such as: guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, piano/keyboard, drum set, or percussion. Students will develop individual techniques and ensemble skills while learning the basics of music theory, reading music, improvisation, composition, and arranging.
Singing Circle is a chamber (meaning small group) choir for maturing vocalists and beginning singers which provides opportunities to sing age-appropriate repertoire with others while developing individual vocal abilities. Students will sing unison and part-songs, both a capella and accompanied, from a variety of genres and styles. Singers will have opportunities for solo singing (if desired), as well as composition, arranging, choreography, and/or accompanying.