Students in the Middle School take both music and art, innovation and design classes as part of their course work. Students will take one year-long music course, and up to three other art, innovation, or design courses.
ARTS, INNOVATION AND DESIGN
The visual arts offerings in middle school include inspiring courses such as 2D Art, Woodworking, Ceramics, Digital Photography, Robotics and more. Students are challenged creatively while they explore new artistic mediums and develop critical thinking skills as they work independently and collaboratively on projects in Parker's state-of-the-art studio facilities.
Exhibits of student sculpture, paintings, photos, video, and drawings are presented on campus in the James Alan Rose Art Gallery. Curated shows by local artists, alumni and faculty are also hosted from time to time.
PERFORMING ARTSAt Parker, Middle School students have the choice to take part in band, chorus, guitar, and strings. In addition, many small groups also form during the year to rehearse and perform music for special occasions. Some of our groups perform off campus in local and regional festivals and have consistently been rated in the two highest categories.
Students involved in the Middle School Drama Program work on skills including problem-solving, intellectual as well as physical flexibility, body awareness, vocal development, active listening, improvisation, memorization and play analysis.
In the drama elective, students learn theater terminology, perform monologs and scenes, and perform in drama presentations at the end of the trimester. Grade 8 students learn about playwriting, directing, technical theater, and different acting techniques as well as perform in either a one-act play or an original piece at the end of each trimester. Students can take drama for one trimester or more.
The Musical Theater elective develops performing skills and proper singing techniques. Students will understand that analyzing the music, lyrics structure and style of a musical theater song guides performers to make more effective choices. With instructor and peer feedback, students are able to build their audition and performance skills while learning about varying styles and eras of musical theater.
The Dance Program encourages self-expression, creativity, and stage presence through three annual dance performances: "Parker Dances," (winter), Spring Dance Concert (spring), and "Final Leap" (end of school year). In these productions, dance students perform pieces choreographed by the teacher, as well as their own original dance compositions on the stage in J. Crivello Hall.