Art

Art 2D &3D 

This class focuses on the process of art making, 2D and 3D art media including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture. Students will create artwork based on their own ideas through brainstorming, planning and research. No prior art experience is necessary.

Ceramics 

This course is offered to students wishing to work exclusively in clay. Students may take this course up to 4 times at DSMS. Students will gain skills and experience creating pottery and sculpture from clay. Students will learn the basics and progress towards complex forms.

Advanced Ceramics 

Students will continue to develop their skills working with clay to create pottery and sculpture. Students will learn more complex forms of working, such as throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students must have completed semester 1 of ceramics.


Band

Band 

This beginning band course is offered to students who have little or no experience playing a band instrument (woodwind, brass or percussion.) Students will perform a minimum of two evening concerts.

Concert Band 

Students must have a minimum of 1-year study on percussion, woodwind or brass instruments and teacher approval. Class emphasis will be on developing music reading proficiency and developing technical skill. Students will perform a minimum of 2 evening concerts during the year.

Symphonic Band 

This course is an intermediate to advanced level ensemble for students who have at least 2 years of playing experience in a school music program or private music instruction. Teacher approval is required. Students will perform a minimum of two evening concerts during the year. Please contact the DSMS Band Director Julianne Layton at jlayton@pvschools.net for additional information.

Guitar 

Students learn to play guitar and make music together in an ensemble setting. Using a class guitar method book and additional song materials, students will learn to read and interpret traditional music notation, guitar tablature notation and chord diagrams. DSMS will provide acoustic guitars for all students to use at school. Having a guitar at home for practice would be ideal, but not required.

Orchestra 

This course is offered to students who have a minimum of 1-year study on the violin, viola, cello or double base. Teacher approval is required. Class emphasis is on developing music reading proficiency and technical skill. Students will perform a minimum of 2 evening concerts during the year.

Percussion Ensemble 

Students will learn to play snare drum, mallet percussion, auxiliary percussion instruments and more. Students will focus on learning to read and to count music notation, drum rudiments and making music together as a percussion ensemble. Students will perform a minimum of 2 evening concerts per year. Students will need their own drum practice pads, practice pad stands, drumsticks and mallets.


Drama

Drama 

This course is designed to inspire the student who wishes to develop a love and appreciation of the theatre. This class is structured to provide the students with a basis in theatre skills, to offer a creative outlet and produce well-rounded performers. There will be at least 1 performance opportunity during the year outside of school for students to demonstrate what they have learned and to experience the exhilaration of the interaction between actors and audience.

Advanced Drama 

Students will expand on the foundation built in drama. Students will explore developing characters, play analysis, audition techniques, inner monologue and more.  Students will enjoy a unit on musical theatre and historical aspects of theatre. Students must have completed drama as a prerequisite.


Chorus

Mixed Choir 

This class is for 8th grade boys and girls interested in singing. The class include training in choral singing, music theory, sight singing, ear training and show choir staging. There will be 1 performance required outside of class. For questions, please contact our Chorus Director Ms. Kahn