JLPAA Student Survey
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Please look at the description below and select one music elective that interests you.
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Please look at the description below and select one dance/movement elective that interests you.
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Arts Electives
Band is a class designed for middle school students that want to pursue learning music with an instrument.  We will learn to read music notation, study music theory, and explore a variety of musical genres.  Band students will have performance opportunities throughout the year and must rent instruments for the entire school year.  Instruments can be rented from Pete’s Music for a reasonable fee and includes insurance, so you can easily have your instrument repaired or replaced for no additional fee.  Any family that would like to apply for instrument payment scholarship should reach out to Mr. Blatt using ablatt@jlpaaschool.org 

Middle School Choir will be a performance based group that will use a variety of classical, popular, and folk music to teach notation, sight singing, and music theory.  Middle School Choir will be focused on singing and performing throughout the year.  

Drum Circle
Drum circle is a collaborative group that uses a variety of non-pitched percussion instruments like djembe, tubano, gankogui, claves, and maracas.  We will explore music from a variety of continents like Africa, South America, and North America.  Drum circles are often used to accompany different groups of folk and tribal dancers.  This class is designed for students that want to have an extensive understanding of percussion technique and a multicultural experience.

Orff Ensemble
Orff Ensemble is a group that will combine singing and moving with extensive recorder and mallet playing.  This ensemble will highlight new percussion instruments like xylophone, metallophone, and glockenspiel as well as familiar instruments like the recorder and singing groups.  


Drama/Musical Theater
In an Introduction to Drama and Musical Theater, students will explore the world around them, gain strong speaking skills and begin to understand others through character study, performance, and acting skills. The drama and musical theater class in middle school will expand the skills already taught and challenged the students to take new risks, using their imaginations to devise new pieces of theatre through scene studies and playwriting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about auditioning, improve their stage skills through improvisation games, scene work and character study, and audition for shows. In addition, students will learn costuming skills, set design and have several opportunities for performance.  We will work collaboratively with peers to complete creative projects. Grades will be based on the students understanding of the standards and the effort they make in the class. Performance participation is required.  

Essential Dance
COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn the beginning skills of dance while improving their techniques, poise, self-confidence, and creative ability. A variety of dance styles such as modern, lyrical, jazz, musical theater, tap dance, and ballet will be taught. The students will have the opportunity to choreograph their own work based in each genre.
Through their own dance compositions, and expressions students explore the creative process, translating ideas, thoughts, and feelings into original pieces of choreography and then performing their work for others.  The vocabulary of dance includes the basic elements of time, space, and force or energy. Students grow in understanding dance and its elements through direct experience.

Hip hop dance classes start with a thorough warm up, then shifts to strengthening the core muscles necessary for body control and proper technique. The warm up is designed to get your heart pumping for the purpose of exercise, health, and fitness which requires hard work, focus, and determination.
The hip hop program not only teaches the basics of hip hop movement, but also is designed to help students develop the life skills that are embedded in the dance making process. Students will have opportunities to work together with a partner, in small groups and come together as a community to learn, create choreography, and perform.
Hip Hop dance has become one of the most well-known and recognized dance forms in the world. It is a critical element of the Hip Hop culture and evolved from three underground street styles: breakdancing, popping and locking. Hip Hop dance incorporates rhythms, gestures, musicality, individual expressions, innovation, free-styling, isolations, cyphers, battling, heritage, social issues and personal experiences.
Arts education offers students the opportunity to envision, set goals, determine a method to reach a goal and try it out, identify alternatives, evaluate, revise, solve problems, imagine, work collaboratively, and apply self-discipline.
Students will apply his or her skills and perceptions, demonstrate proficiency in creative expression, and reflect on knowledge of the work of other dancers and work with a partner or small group in creating a dance sequence.

Hip Hop dance is part of a complex culture with rich social and historical roots.

1. History and Evolution of Hip Hop Dance
2. Hip Hop Dance Terminology
3. Lessons on Musicality and Rhythm in Hip Hop Dance
4. Fundamental Hip Hop Dance Movement
5. Introduction to the Art of Freestyle and Expression
6. Opportunities for Dance Performance
7. What is Hip Hop and What is Not
8. Hip Hop's influence on world culture, and specifically in the dance field

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