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"Some of the most important work done by Middle School faculty is to use the curriculum as a means to teach the skills necessary for life-long academic success."

– John Gifford, Assistant Head of School & Head of Middle School

Performing Arts

Middle School recital hall, performing arts

The Performing Arts inspire students to develop abstract thinking and become more culturally literate, while building self-esteem and communication skills. The department has developed a progressive program that provides students of all skill levels and interests with opportunities for individual and group expression through Music, Theatre and Dance.

Nobles believes that each student should develop a certain level of artistic literacy. Every Class VI student is required to take Arts offerings from among Drama, Music and Visual Arts in a quarterly rotation with a computer class. In addition Class VI students may elect to take Wind Ensemble, Class VI Dance Ensemble, Middle School Chamber Ensemble, Middle School Chorus or Applied Study in Music. Class V students are required to take at least two courses from the following: Drama, Visual Arts, Music, Wind Ensemble, Middle School Chorus or Middle School String Ensemble.

Class VI Dance Ensemble | Fall Only
Half Credit
Open to: Class VI only

In this class students learn a variety of dance styles (modern, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop) and create dances. Students will perform an original group dance in the Fall Dance Concert. This class is open to all students interested in exploring movement through a variety of styles and becoming stronger performers. No prior dance experience required. 

Middle School Drama | Fall or Spring
Open to: V,VI
Required For: Class VI

Drama is taken as part of the quarterly rotation with Visual Arts, Music and Computers in Class VI and as a semester course in Class V. The Class VI course focuses on acting, improvisation, movement, voice, and puppetry. The Class V course stresses playwriting, monologue and scene work, and theatre appreciation.
 

Middle School Music | Fall or Spring
Open to: V, VI
Required For: Class VI

Music is taken as part of the quarterly rotation with Visual Arts, Drama and Computers in Class VI and as a semester course in Class V. The project-based course is an introduction to the craft of music composition, through a study of rhythm, melody, harmony and form. Students compose many short original works as well as a final project. Students will be introduced to Sibelius (traditional music notation software) and GarageBand (sequencing/production software).

 

 

 

 

Middle School Wind Ensemble | Fall and Spring
Open to: V, VI
Prerequisites: By audition or permission of the director

The Wind Ensemble rehearses twice a week and plays a variety of music, with a focus on various styles of concert band literature. Repertoire is chosen with regard to the size, instrumentation and skill level of the ensemble. The band performs occasionally in assembly and in the Winter and Spring Concerts. There is a strong emphasis on reading and rehearsal technique. Musicians in this group are strongly encouraged to study privately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Chorus | Fall and Spring
Open to: V, VI
Prerequisites: None

The Middle School Chorus is open to all in Classes V and VI regardless of previous singing experience. The group rehearses twice a week and sings a varied repertoire from classical choral material to Broadway and popular music. The Chorus performs in all main stage concerts. Emphasis is placed upon proper choral singing, good rehearsal habits, music reading, and aural skills. Qualified students are encouraged to audition for the Eastern Massachusetts District Music Festival.

Middle School String Ensemble | Fall and Spring
Open to: V, VI
Prerequisites: By audition or permission of the director

The Middle School String Ensemble is elective and open to students with the consent of the conductor. Membership in our instrumental program presupposes that the student has acquired a reasonable amount of experience on his or her instrument. The String Ensemble rehearses twice a week and plays a variety of music, with a focus on various styles of string literature. Musicians in this group are strongly encouraged to take private lessons.

Middle School Jam Band | Full Year
Non Credit
Open to: V, VI
Prerequisites: By audition or permission of the director

Jam Band is an introduction to performing music with groove or swing. The group meets one afternoon/evening a week after Afternoon Program to develop a varied repertoire incorporating student input. In the process students learn about ensemble playing in a variety of styles including Jazz, Latin, and many styles of popular music, and may experiment with simple improvisation in a safe setting if they so choose. The band performs in two concerts during the year and occasionally in assembly. Musicians in this group are strongly encouraged to study privately.

 

Middle School A Cappella (Half-Notes) | Full Year
Non Credit
Open to: V, VI
Prerequisites: Audition

Nobles' Middle School co-ed a cappella group. Students audition for this ensemble at the beginning of the Fall semester. Repertoire is contemporary a cappella, with a strong emphasis in multi-part singing. Rehearsals are held after school. Members of the Half-Notes are strongly encouraged to participate in Middle School Chorus.

Applied Study in Music
Non Credit
Open to: All Students

Nobles offers private music instruction at all levels on virtually any instrument or voice.  Students arrange lessons with the Applied Study Coordinator who will match them with an appropriate teacher.  The Applied Music faculty is comprised of professional musicians in the Boston area.  Students who participate in musical groups are strongly encouraged to study privately as a means of developing the skills required to perform the material encountered in their respective groups.  Lessons are also available to students who do not participate in school sponsored musical groups.  Lessons occur once per week during the academic day, during a free period or a study hall.  The cost for Applied Study lessons is not covered by tuition and is billed separately.  Financial aid students are automatically eligible for a corresponding level of assistance.  There are approximately 30 lessons per year.

 


 

Imani - Full Year | Full Year
Non Credit
Open to: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, faculty
Prerequisites: None

Nobles' co-ed Gospel and Multi-cultural ensemble open to all students and faculty regardless of prior singing experience. The group rehearses on Sunday evenings. Imani performs in two major concerts each year, morning assembly, and other outside of school events.

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