Study of Dance

Department: Performing Arts

Course Description: A study of dance builds problem-solving and creative thinking skills. As students focus on perceiving, comprehending, imagining and evaluating, they develop strong interpretive, analytical and critical thinking skills. By learning to make choices within structure, dance students learn to develop individual and group solutions to complex problems. Dance curricula provide many opportunities for students to articulate complex problems and to practice divergent and nonlinear thinking in order to generate solutions. The process of exploring the art of dance allows students to develop their communication skills and acquire new symbolic literacy. Students will also develop dance skills, choreography knowledge and a historical perspective of dance. Note that Study of Dance is an academic course and, unlike the after- school dance courses, it does not satisfy the P.E. requirement.

This episode discusses Study of Dance in addition to opportunities for dance at the Upper School.

Interview with: Mr. Kuehn

Produced by: Evan Cheng

Study of Music

Department: Performing Arts

Course Description: In this course the language of music is examined, including musical symbols and notation, the tonalities of different musical instruments, harmonization, arrangement and composition. The history of music is explored through listening, reading assignments, class discussion and written work. An appreciation of music from various cultures is fostered. The historical, cultural and personal circumstances surrounding the creation of famous musical works is also discussed.

This episode discusses Study of Music in addition to the various opportunities for musically-inclined students at the Upper School.

Interview with: Ms. Sandusky

Produced by: Evan Cheng

Study of Theater

Department: Performing Arts

Course Description: This course gives students an understanding of theater as it exists today and provides a common vocabulary covering all aspects of modern stage performance, production and history. Through individual exploration, group discussion and practical experience, students will examine the forces throughout history that have shaped the evolution of acting, directing, technical theater and musical theater. By examining theater from many regions and styles, students gain an appreciation of the skills employed by theater artists today and those artists whose works endure.

This episode discusses Study of Theater in addition to the opportunities for students interested in theater at the Upper School.

Interview with: Mr. Draper

Produced by: Evan Cheng

Study of Visual Arts

Department: Visual Arts

Course Description: This survey of art history focuses on artistic contributions produced in the past as a foundation for an exploration and understanding of contemporary art. Students explore the relationship of visual sensibilities and the artistic process as seen in Asian, African, Egyptian, Greek, French and Spanish art. Through lectures and related hands-on projects, they explore the development of art as a worldwide expression of life issues.

This episode discusses Study of Visual Arts in addition to the opportunities for students interested in the visual arts at the Upper School.

Interview with: Mr. Martinez

Produced by: Evan Cheng