Explorer Middle School offers a broad spectrum of fine arts classes. Visual and performing arts classes including band, choir, guitar, musical theater, piano, drama, and art appreciation.
As beginning students of visual arts, students will have the opportunity to develop their observational skills as they learn to examine the objects and events of their lives. Included in this course will be opportunities to create their own art using various tools and media to express their ideas visually. Activities will include lessons on helping students to understand artists of the past and present, study artwork the way experts do, and observe how other subjects or life themes can relate to visual art study.
Whether students plan on becoming artists or not, they can be shown how to look for beauty, design, and communication of ideas in everyday life through visual art study. Effort is expected in daily assignments, written quizzes, completing assignments within the time period given, periodic notebook checks, and appropriate behavior during art critiquing activities.
7th Grade Cadet Band (Year)
This course is the study of basic fundamental technical development and large ensemble performance. The major topics covered in this class are: music theory, basic music history, and traditional and contemporary band music. Participation in this course includes at least four evening concerts and a possible day performance. Activities are scheduled to encourage and assist students transitioning into high school band programs.
No prior experience in band is required.
8th Grade Concert Band (Year)
This course is the study of advanced fundamental technical development and large ensemble performance. The major topics covered in this class will be: music theory, basic music history, and traditional and contemporary band music. Participation in this course includes at least four evening concerts and a possible day performance. Activities are scheduled to encourage and assist students transitioning into high school band programs.
Prior experience isn't mandatory, but it is encouraged.
Drama (SEM) students are able to experience what it takes to perform at the level of Broadway and Hollywood shows. Students will look not only at acting but also at a variety of fields in the theatrical world. Students will begin with the basics and an introduction to theatre and move to more advanced theatre. Topics will include acting, playwriting, theatre history, technical theatre, and the appreciation of theatre as a collaborative art that takes teamwork and dedication.
This course is for students who have had a minimum of one year's experience playing violin, viola, cello or bass, and who have a commitment to expand their musical experiences. Emphasis will be placed on the development of advanced performance skills such as proper tone production, intonation, technique, articulation, interpretation, bow control, and proper posture. Music learned in class will be performed in concerts throughout the school year. Students will also study music theory to support their performance skills.
Concert attendance is a requirement of this class.
Piano and Guitar
This is a beginning-level course only for students with little to no guitar experience. You will need to provide your own acoustic guitar and method book for this course.
Piano Keyboarding (Semester)
This is a course for students with beginning, intermediate, or advanced level skills. Students will learn the basics of music notation, rhythm, melody and harmony through daily use of electronic pianos. Students progress through instruction utilizing a variety of piano books and supplementary materials. Access to a piano/keyboard outside the class is helpful but not necessary.