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. Seventh- and eighth-grade students participate in an advanced performing group. Students learn advanced performance techniques and 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.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students broaden their horizons as they learn basic dance concepts and techniques through a multi-disciplinary dance program. The curriculum allows students to increase flexibility, build muscular strength, and explore several different genres of dance. In addition, students are introduced to the fundamental techniques in various genres and the basics of stage presence and performing. Students explore the health benefits of dance and explore ways to use dance as a fitness tool. They also have the opportunity to explore their own creativity through improvisation and group choreography. The overall course is designed to give students an overall appreciation of the art of dance. This year-long arts elective provides multiple performance opportunities throughout the year and culminates with a departmental showcase in the spring.
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.