6TH GRADE ARTS CONCENTRATION PROGRAM
The Arts Concentration program is intended for students who are passionate, disciplined and able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their own artistic development. In this program students are expected to explore their discipline in breadth and depth by completing a series of prescribed courses and by devoting a
significant portion of each week to practice, rehearsal or studio work. The 5 arts concentration disciplines are music, theater arts, dance, studio/visual arts, and media arts. By providing students with a daily arts block, the Arts Concentration program allows students to develop as artists while completing their academic
requirements at Roses in Concrete. In the The Arts Concentration Program students acquire the tools, techniques and confidence necessary for continued study, preservation of culture, and artistic growth. Students choose two arts classes per semester meeting Mon/Thurs and Tues/Fri for 90 minute blocks. On Wednesdays students elect to create independent study projects or small group projects. Each project will be assigned an arts advisor.
In sixth grade options expand as students have acquired a broader range of skills since 5th grade. Each student concentrating in music elects to study an instrument or voice receiving private instruction as well as group classes the throughout the year. String players can join Voila!, a large ensemble of violin, viola and cello. Advanced string
players, woodwinds, and pianists can play in Chamber ensembles. Percussion & Rhythm and Brass players can study jazz techniques and improvisation in Jazz band as well as Latin music ensemble. Woodwind players can also join the Woodwind Choir. Percussionists can join the Drummers Collective where there is a focus on Afro-cuban, Afro-Afro-Brazilian, and Second line rhythms. Sixth graders can participate in Gospel choir, singing music in two and three parts and performing two concerts a year. Music Lab encompasses composition, recording technology, and music production. Beats & Rhymes is a special class created for mc’s, lyricists, and beat makers.
Sixth grade students concentrating in Dance are exposed to a variety of dance forms as part of the Middle School Arts Program. In addition to the styles offered in the Lower School (Simonson, Ballet, Hip Hop), students are introduced to dance for musical theatre, tap, and World Dance Fusion. This class covers various dance styles and traditions from around the world including but not limited to Flamenco, Mexican Folkloric, Bomba, Samba, Afro-Haitian, and more. Within the dance concentration students can elect to take two different dance classes meeting twice weekly. Outside of the classroom, dancers showcase their skills during several on campus performances including the Arts Showcase, Dance Concert, and Spring Arts Festival. Dance is also traditionally incorporated in middle school musicals.
By sixth grade, musical theater, spoken word, improvisation, and character and scenestudy classes will be offered. Students choosing Theater as their concentration canchoose two different acting classes meeting twice weekly. In the acting classes at the middle school level, emphasis is on the exploration of acting techniques, participation in improvisational work, and the creation of original character pieces and scripts. There is also analysis of texts-cultural, classical and contemporary-as the process of fine-tuning the actor’s instruments-the body, voice, and imagination-continues. All theater students in the Middle School are encouraged to perform in workshops and class projects where they can put their class work to use. Students’ works will be focused on identity, self-awareness, and how they navigate the world.
Beginning in sixth grade courses in technical theater/audio visual and the study, design, and production of costumes will join the options for middle school students. These classes involve students learning scenery design, stage painting, construction, lighting, sound design, costume design, and building for school productions and individual projects.
The Media Arts Program offers innovative technology-based courses empowering students to become competent and creative users of digital media. Courses are designed to break down barriers to entry, allowing students classroom space and time to understand how to make their visions a reality through Filmmaking and Video. All
coursework begins with building a foundation of technical skills—from camera controls to editing software to understanding lighting. In the Media Arts Program students are encouraged to engage in unique and exploratory ideas that lead to creative solutions. Sixth graders may choose classes from this program including filmmaking, video and the study of media that involves writing, directing, performing, and video making, which
culminates in a screening of the students’ work.
Classes at Roses encourage the development of artistic sensibilities through a number of different mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Theory is introduced to further elaborate upon ideas about color, perspective, and design. Teachers discuss artists, artwork, and provide technique demonstrations to develop the four strands of art education: art appreciation, art history, art production, and art criticism; as well as problem-solving and critical thinking skills.