The purpose of the Middle School band program is to engage all students of varying performance levels in a performance group best suited for their needs. Students begin instrumental studies in the fifth grade in a beginning band ensemble. In this class, students learn the basics of tone production and basic music theory.
The primary purpose of the choral program is to actively engage students in the study and performance of choral music. Students will study various composers and styles of music. Students develop their ability to read, comprehend, and articulate abstract concepts within the choral music studied. Students will learn the skills that will enable them to be versatile, competent, and confident in performing a wide spectrum of vocal music.
Fifth graders are introduced to dance in a two-week exploratory that touches on fundamental technique and performance skills. Students explore rhythm, timing, spacing, and precision through daily technique practice and choreography. The students also work on increasing flexibility and stamina through a daily student-lead stretch program and technique based progressions.
The Cannon Middle School theater program is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of theatrical performance. In this course, students will study a variety of theatrical styles and will have a number of performance opportunities. Students will focus on the utilization of improvisational exercises in order to develop the skills necessary for confident performances. The theater curriculum stresses teamwork as the group works together to prepare for a variety of in-class performances as well as a production for a fall middle school assembly and a larger staged production in the spring, which is open to the public.
The Middle School art program builds the foundation for self-expression and art appreciation through the use and understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums in the context of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.