Performing Arts

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The Performing Arts offer students an exciting way to experiment and grow in the Worcester Public Schools. Our Arts Magnet Programs at Worcester Arts Magnet School (pre-K-6), Burncoat Middle School (7-8) and Burncoat High School (9-12) provide students the opportunity to specialize in music, dance or theatre. All elementary students receive music instruction once weekly and most elementary schools also offer weekly instrumental lessons for students in grades 3-6. At the middle school level, students may participate in general music classes or concert band where available. Each high school offers its’ own music electives, including Advanced Placement (AP) music theory, music theory, chorus, piano, band, orchestra and many other ensembles. In addition, our vibrant after-school ensemble program keeps the learning going into beyond school hours.

Our curriculum is based upon the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks and is informed by the National Common Core in the Arts Study Group.

Our 50 member staff is committed to developing the whole child, the whole learner, the whole artist. Have questions or concerns? Please contact Lisa Leach at LeachL@worc.k12.ma.us

Grade K Music

Students will explore the concepts of beat, movement within the beat, tuneful singing and artistic expression through movement and singing. Students will engage in singing alone and with others and movement games, play un-pitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.) and identify basic musical elements

Grade 1 Music

Students will expand their understanding of the concepts of beat, movement within the beat, tuneful singing and artistic expression through movement and singing. Students will engage in singing and movement games, play un-pitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.) Students will decode songs using known sol-fa syllables. Students will read, write and decode using known rhythmic symbols.

Grade 2 Music

Students will begin to explore the concepts of improvisation and composition, continue to develop their understanding of melody and rhythm as building blocks to music and learn to identify and perform music with attention to dynamics (volume) and tempo.(speed). Students will engage in singing and movement games, play un-pitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.)

Grade 3 Music

Students will begin to synthesize their understanding of musical concepts to perform and critique their own work. Students will continue the practice of using traditional notation to perform vocal and instrumental works and continue learning their melodic instrument. Students will explore part work through simple two part songs, rounds and canons.

Grade 4 Music

Students will continue to synthesize their understanding of musical concepts on order to perform and critique their own work. Students will engage in singing and movement games, play parties and dances, improvisation and composition exercises, play un-pitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.) Students will continue to use and expand their understanding of standard musical notation. In addition; students will begin to formally critique and reflect upon the artistic process.

Grade 5 Music

Students will continue to synthesize their understanding of musical concepts on order to perform and critique their own work. Students will engage in singing and movement games, play parties and dances, improvisation and composition exercises, play un-pitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.) Students will begin formal study of American folk music genres, blues, jazz, gospel, folk, roots music etc.

Grade 6 Music

Students will continue to synthesize their understanding of musical concepts on order to perform and critique their own work. Students will engage in singing and movement games, play parties and dances, improvisation and composition exercises, play un-pitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.) Students will begin formal study of World Music and Classical music.

Grade 6 Middle School Music

Middle School Music

In Middle School, the focus is on students creating, composing, arranging and orchestrating. Students play instruments and use compositional software to reinforce the skills and knowledge they learned in elementary school and expand their abilities to communicate effectively through music.

This course is offered for one quarter in grades 7 or 8.

Grade 7 Concert Band

Grade 7 Dance

Grade 7 Theater Magnet

Grade 8 Theater Magnet

Chorus/Vocal Training I

Chorus/Vocal Training II

Chorus/Vocal Training III

Chorus/Vocal Training IV

Band/Orchestra I

Students study standard high school repertoire and develop technique, intonation, tone production, balanced ensemble skills, music reading and musical terminology. Students are required to perform in several evening concerts. Daily practice is expected and private instruction is recommended.

Band/Orchestra II

In this course, students will develop instrumental technique; intonation; balanced ensemble and musical literacy skills. Student will participate in multiple out of school time performances. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.

Band/Orchestra III

In this course, students will develop instrumental technique; intonation; solo and small skills; and music literacy skills. Students will participate in multiple out of school time performances. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments

Band/Orchestra IV

In this course, students will develop conducting skills; instrumental technique; intonation; and music analysis. Students will participate in multiple out of school time performances. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.

Dance I

This course is for students who have a basic foundation in dance. The curriculum consists of Beginner/Intermediate level classes in classical ballet and modern jazz. These areas will be intensively explored and applied in conjunction with introductory studies in improvisation and choreographic skills. Requirements include solo and ensemble performances, independent choreography and research projects.

Dance II

The curriculum continues study in classical ballet, introduction to modern jazz and dance history. Requirements include solo and ensemble performances, Dance Ensemble performances and independent choreography and research projects.

Dance III

This course is for students who have a serious commitment to dance study. The curriculum consists of advanced level classes in classical ballet and modern jazz, intermediate level classes in modern dance and continued study in dance history. Requirements include solo and ensemble performances, independent choreography and research projects. Daily practice is expected and private instruction is strongly encouraged.

Dance IV

This course is for students who have a serious commitment to dance study. The curriculum continues instruction of advanced level classes in classical ballet and modern jazz, intermediate level classes in modern dance and continued study in dance history. Requirements include solo and ensemble performances, independent choreography and research projects. Daily practice is expected and private instruction is strongly encouraged.

Introduction to Theater (.5 units)

Introduction to Theater introduces students to the Basics of Acting, Playwriting and Design.

Jazz Ensemble (.25)

Students explore many styles of Jazz music with an emphasis on improvisation. Students must commit to several performances annually. Daily practice is expected and private instruction is encouraged.

Jazz Ensemble

Students explore many styles of Jazz music with an emphasis on improvisation. Students must commit to several performances annually. Daily practice is expected and private instruction is encouraged.

Music Theory I

The focus of this course is the development of basic musicianship skills in sight singing, reading and writing musical notation, intervals, scales, triads, rhythm, harmony, keyboard skills, and dictation as well as an introduction to music history and appreciation. Concert attendance and critique required quarterly.

Piano I (1 unit)

Students study standard repertoire from Mozart to Shostakovich. Each student will be assigned repertoire designed to stretch their musical skills and artistic expression. Recital performance is required.

Songwriting (.5 units)

Students will study the art of songwriting by analyzing standard song forms, styles, and lyric structures. Material will cover Schubert, Gershwin, the Blues, Tin Pan Alley, Woody Guthrie, Pop, Rock, and Hip Hop. The course will culminate with students recording their own original compositions.

String Orchestra (.25)

Students study the standard String Orchestra Literature at NYSSMA level 6 standards. Students are expected to be thoroughly prepared for rehearsals and commit to several evening and school performances annually.

Theater I Magnet

The focus of this course is the to further development of acting skills through scene study, improvisation with special emphasis on character development, introduction to text analysis and beginning audition techniques. Students will also study technical theater, stage management, set, lighting and stage design, costuming and make-up and theatre history from Greece through the fall of Rome. Students are expected to participate in workshop productions and attend and review professional theatrical productions.

Wind Chamber (.25 units)

Students are coached weekly in preparation for multiple performances annually. The focus of the course is developing chamber performance skills through the study of traditional wind chamber repertoire.