Middle School

Electives

Whitefield Academy seeks to enable students to discover and develop their own God-given gifts. In addition to opportunities for this process to occur in the areas of academics, athletics, and service, Whitefield provides opportunities through a full-bodied fine arts program in the Middle School. In this way, students learn to delight in the arts as a gift from the Creator and glorify Him through the arts. Every effort will be made to place students in the music class of most interest to them, but some exceptions may have to be made in order to maintain optimal class sizes.

 

Exploration Rotation- All 5th and 6th grade students will enroll in each of the following exploration courses:

  • Digital Stewardship
  • Visual Art
  • Spanish
  • Organizational/Study Skills

Music Elective- All 5th and 6th grade students will select one of the following music electives: 

 

  • 5th and 6th Grade Band: This semester-long course introduces brass, woodwind, and percussion skills, technique, and performance. Students begin by mastering basic rhythm, meter, note recognition, and finger placement on their desired instrument through daily exercise and songs from a method book. Playing and written tests measure improvement. Performances include solos, small ensembles, and large group experiences—all of which incorporate varied styles of beginner band literature.
  • 5th and 6th Grade Chorus: This course introduces a wide range of topics within vocal music. Students will study music theory, music literature, music technology and the basics of vocal performance. Performances will occur once per semester with the opportunity for solos and small vocal ensembles. This course is for students at any level who have an interest in vocal music.     
  • 5th and 6th Grade Orchestra: This is a beginner level string class for grades 5th and 6th. Students will choose to learn the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. They will begin to study note recognition, rhythm, meter, key signatures, ear training and bowing techniques. Students will learn basic music theory and be exposed to many styles of musical repertoire. They will play in a variety of ensembles as they perform in several concerts and participate in community performances through the year.

Exploration Rotation- All 5th and 6th grade students will enroll in each of the following exploration courses:

  • Digital Stewardship
  • Visual Art
  • Spanish
  • Organizational/Study Skills

Music Elective- All 5th and 6th grade students will select one of the following music electives: 

 

  • 5th and 6th Grade Band: This semester-long course introduces brass, woodwind, and percussion skills, technique, and performance. Students begin by mastering basic rhythm, meter, note recognition, and finger placement on their desired instrument through daily exercise and songs from a method book. Playing and written tests measure improvement. Performances include solos, small ensembles, and large group experiences—all of which incorporate varied styles of beginner band literature.
  • 5th and 6th Grade Chorus: This course introduces a wide range of topics within vocal music. Students will study music theory, music literature, music technology and the basics of vocal performance. Performances will occur once per semester with the opportunity of solos and small vocal ensembles. This course is for students at any level that have an interest in vocal music.  ·      
  • 5th and 6th Grade Orchestra: This is a beginner level string class for grades 5th and 6th. Students will choose to learn the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. They will begin to study note recognition, rhythm, meter, key signatures, ear training and bowing techniques. Students will learn basic music theory and be exposed to many styles of musical repertoire. They will play in a variety of ensembles as they perform in several concerts and participate in community performances through the year.

Foreign Language

Students in 7th grade will select a semester-long, introductory foreign language course. Students must re-enroll in the same language as 8th grade students, and they are encouraged to continue with that same language in Upper School. Foreign language options for 7th grade students include:

  • Introduction to French
  • Introduction to Latin
  • Introduction to Spanish


Fine Arts

Students in 7th grade will participate in a full-year course of their choice in fine arts. Below are the options for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Band 1: This year-long course provides instruction in brass, woodwind, and percussion performance and technique. Students develop skills in  rhythm, meter, note recognition, finger placement, ensemble and musicality through daily exercises, songs from method books and band literature. Performances include solos, small ensembles, and large group experiences.
    • 7th and 8th grade students may enroll in Marching and Concert Band with director recommendation.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Chorus: In this course, students learn the basic skills of singing. It is the gateway to every other chorus at Whitefield. The fundamentals of singing; breath support, diction, proper vowel formation, ear training, reading music, and performance expectations are reinforced daily. Students perform in three concerts per school year with the potential of outside performances and competitions. There will also be an opportunity for small group singing with an audition requirement.  This course is open to all students with an interest in vocal music.
  • Orchestra 1: This is a beginning to intermediate level string class for grades 7 - 12. Students will learn to play violin, viola, cello, harp, and bass instruments incorporating note recognition, rhythm, meter, key signatures, ear training and bowing techniques. Students will learn basic music theory and be exposed to many styles of musical repertoire. They will be required to perform in a variety of ensemble settings including several school performances and may play for community events also.
    • 7th and 8th grade students may enroll in Orchestra 2 with director recommendation.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Theater: 7th and 8th grade theater covers the basics of acting technique, technical theater, and application through an in-class play project. As the middle school years can be a time of extreme change and self-discovery, one of the goals of this class is to help students find and develop the talents that God has given them. This class produces and performs the spring Middle School musical, and attendance at outside rehearsals is expected.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Visual Art: Students create two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects from every basic medium. Projects include critical analysis and discussions on aesthetic value and function. The students will discover how art can affect culture and the environment. Emphasis is on the elements of art and the principles of design, and their relationship to the planning of each project, adding focus on creative thought and processes. The classroom is set up like a working art studio where each student will have the freedom to pursue projects of their interest.

Foreign Language

Students in 8th grade will enroll in a year-long foreign language course that continue their chosen foreign language from 7th grade. Successful completion of 8th grade foreign language courses will prepare students to begin the Upper School foreign language at level 2 and will earn academic credit towards graduation. Foreign language options for 8th grade students include:

  • French 1B
  • Latin 1B
  • Spanish 1B


Fine Arts

Students in 8th grade will participate in a full-year course of their choice in fine arts. Below are the options for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Band 1: This year-long course provides instruction in brass, woodwind, and percussion performance and technique. Students develop skills in  rhythm, meter, note recognition, finger placement, ensemble and musicality through daily exercises, songs from method books and band literature. Performances include solos, small ensembles, and large group experiences.
    • 7th and 8th grade students may enroll in Marching and Concert Band with director recommendation.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Chorus: In this course, students learn the basic skills of singing. It is the gateway to every other chorus at Whitefield. The fundamentals of singing; breath support, diction, proper vowel formation, ear training, reading music, and performance expectations are reinforced daily. Students perform in three concerts per school year with the potential of outside performances and competitions. There will also be an opportunity for small group singing with an audition requirement.  This course is open to all students with an interest in vocal music.
  • Orchestra 1: This is a beginning to intermediate level string class for grades 7 - 12. Students will learn to play violin, viola, cello, harp, and bass instruments incorporating note recognition, rhythm, meter, key signatures, ear training and bowing techniques. Students will learn basic music theory and be exposed to many styles of musical repertoire. They will be required to perform in a variety of ensemble settings including several school performances and may play for community events also.
    • 7th and 8th grade students may enroll in Orchestra 2 with director recommendation.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Theater: 7th and 8th grade theater covers the basics of acting technique, technical theater, and application through an in-class play project. As the middle school years can be a time of extreme change and self-discovery, one of the goals of this class is to help students find and develop the talents that God has given them. This class produces and performs the spring Middle School musical, and attendance at outside rehearsals is expected.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Visual Art: Students create two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects from every basic medium. Projects include critical analysis and discussions on aesthetic value and function. The students will discover how art can affect culture and the environment. Emphasis is on the elements of art and the principles of design, and their relationship to the planning of each project, adding focus on creative thought and processes. The classroom is set up like a working art studio where each student will have the freedom to pursue projects of their interest.