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. Students will also gain exposure to technology in the Computer Lab. Unlike the other courses in 6th through 8th grades that last the entire school year, these courses are shorter so that students can explore more than one area. Students begin the Middle School Fine Arts and Technology programs by experiencing a visual art class, a technology class, and a music class. 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.

Art
Whitefield’s fifth grade program includes a unit on art in which students experiment with drawing portraits, creating sculptures, involving elements from nature in art, and much more.

Music
In Fifth Grade, students transition from a general music class and each chooses a performing ensemble to join - band, orchestra, or choir. Band is a wind ensemble comprised of the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and baritone. Orchestra students choose the violin, viola, or cello. Choir is a vocal ensemble of students who learn effective use of their voice, proper breathing technique, and tone production. All ensembles rehearse during the school day.
Required 9-Week Courses:
Digital Citizenship: In this 9-week course, students will develop Internet awareness skills and hone their computer etiquette. Basic keyboarding skills will be reviewed. Students will be introduced to research applications using the Internet as well as databases available through the Whitefield Library.

Art: In this 9-week course, students begin to develop an understanding of art through the study of the basic principles of drawing and color, develop confidence and ability to express creativity through different two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects, and develop an "artist's eye" that extends into their viewing and appreciating God’s world around them.

Music
Students will choose one of the following semester courses in music for 6th grade:
  • Band: This course provides an introduction to brass, woodwind, and percussion performance and technique. 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.
  • Chorus: Middle School Chorus is designed to help students navigate their singing voices through the voice change. Instruction is provided in the basics of good tone, singing technique, and vocal sight-reading. This course is designed for both beginners and polished singers.
  • Orchestra: This is a beginning to intermediate level string class for grades 6-12. 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 perform in a variety of ensemble settings including several school performances and may play for community events as well.
7th Grade Foreign Language In addition to required full-year courses, students will be assigned automatically to one semester of Bible (Life of Christ). During the remaining semester, students in 7th grade have a choice of one of three half-year foreign language courses: French, Latin, or Spanish. The language chosen must be taken again in 8th grade and will be beneficial to take in Upper School. Each student who successfully completes the 7th and 8th grade foreign language courses for a particular language will receive credit for one year of that foreign language in the Upper School and can start with the 2nd course in that language in Upper School.

7th Grade 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 2015-2016 school year.
Art 7
Band 1
Marching Band/Concert Band (band instructor approval required)
Theater
Chorus
Orchestra I
Orchestra II
In eighth grade, students will continue to study the foreign language chosen at the start of the seventh grade year. Additionally, students participate in a full-year course of their choosing in Fine Arts. Below are the choices for the school year.
Art 8
Band I
Marching Band/Concert Band (band instructor approval required)
Theater
Chorus
Orchestra I
Orchestra II