Course: Middle School Choir/Ladies Ensemble (Boys and Girls)
Grade Level: 6-8
Day/Time: Wednesday 2:15 – 3:45pm Combined Choirs/ 3:45 – 4:15 Ladies Ensemble
Instructor: Tina Holcombe
Cost: $44 per month + $45 application fee
Book: All music will be bought by the teacher and provided for students at no additional charge
Description: Middle School Choir provides an opportunity for Middle School Students to participate in a choir.  This format is excellent for the developing young voices at an important time of vocal development.  Our performances and classes are educational, unifying and fun. Students improve musical and vocal skills (becoming comfortable and secure in part singing), while cultivating close friendships among their fellow singers.  We are excited to offer this class in a combination format.  The group will meet together until 3:45, while the girls will continue for an additional 30 minutes for Ladies Ensemble. We will be learning additional women’s repertoire during this time.  No prior musical experience is required.  Music theory, sight-singing, and rhythm drills will be regular components of the class.  Students will participate in concerts at the end of each semester.  Additional opportunities may be available through the East Tennessee Vocal Association for choral festivals and honor choirs if the students are interested.  “Music classes offer many benefits which make them very indispensable. Performance programs enhance a student’s sense of self-esteem as well as their social skills. Students become a part of a positive group and organization. Not only do students profit socially from music programs, but they also gain academically.” (Resource: The College Board)

Course: Middle Grades Art
Grade Level: 5-8*
Day/Time: Monday 10:25 – 11:40am OR 1:30 – 2:45pm OR 2:55 – 4:10pm
Instructor: Emily Ann Simpson
Cost: $50 per month + $50 application fee
Books: Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures, by Heather Alexander, ISBN# 978-1579129569; A Line is a Dot that went for a Walk: An Inspirational Drawing Book, by Sterling Children’s Books, ISBN# 978-1454920830. Order NEW on-line at Amazon or other book websites.
Description: This course will be an exciting hands-on journey through Art History!  We will work through the major art movements of the Western World, as well as important artwork in Asia. We will begin our studies at the tail end of the Renaissance and carry on our journey through movements such as Romanticism, Impressionism, Pointillism, and Fauvism. We will study specific artists and their techniques.  Homework and projects will give each student a chance to explore, more thoroughly, what we have touched on in class as well as sometimes preparing students for what is coming up in class. Homework will be given weekly. We will use all sorts of media such as acrylic paint, sumi-e ink, clay, chalk pastel, and mixed-media!  This fun survey course will guide your student through art history, while giving your child the perspective that our Creator is evident in what man creates through time and around the world.  Students will also learn how to use their creative abilities as a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others! Of note, a 2-year rotation of books is incorporated, so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, etc.
*If your child is in 8th grade, you can choose between this and our High School Art class.

Course: Elementary & Middle School Drama
Grade Level: 5-8
Day/Time: Wednesday 12:35 – 2:05pm
Instructor: Kim Tisdale
Cost: $50 per month + $50 application fee
Book: Script to be announced and provided for students
Description: Come explore the exciting world of theater!  In this course, we will help students use their bodies, minds, and emotions to delve into the dramatic arts.  In the fall semester we implement fun and creative workshops to develop and build on the fundamentals of acting, such as vocal technique, expression, creating character, movement and more.  In the spring, students will become familiar with what goes into a successful production as they prepare for and present a play at the end of the school year.  Play and production dates in April or early May 2021 TBA.  Please note:  extra rehearsals outside of class time will be REQUIRED, 6-8 sessions on select Fridays in the spring semester (Jan – April).  Please plan ahead to accommodate these important rehearsals.  Of further note:  A production fee of $50-75 (charged in October) will be required of all students in order to help pay some of our production costs.  We will have a couple of small fund raisers; specifically bake sales, to help offset the production fees.  Maximum student enrollment in this class is 25 participants.    

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