class descriptions

JUNIOR

Elementary Music

The Elementary Music Class is an introductory music class. Based on the Orff method, students will learn basics music principles including pitch, rhythm, and notation. They will experience making music using pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, body percussion and movement, as well as language both spoken and sung.

Actor’s Playground

This class is designed for your adventurous thespian as we journey together through the magic of theatre in structured play. Songs, pantomime, skits, and theatre fun will build self-confidence and cooperation. Movement and improvisation with favorite fairy tales will build imagination while increasing body sense and awareness. “Impromptu” games with costumes, masks, and props will develop writing and literacy skills as students learn the elements of a story while “play writing” their own. Action-packed short plays will strengthen verbal and comprehension skills in fun ways as we put our skills together in showcase performances for family and friends to enjoy!

Dance Kaleidoscope

Young dancers will be introduced to the fun and energetic world of jazz! This class will teach your child to coordinate movement with the rhythm, tempo, and melody of lively age-appropriate music.


INTERMEDIATE

Intermediate Music

Based on the Orff method, students will learn basic music principles including pitch, rhythm, and notation.  They will experience making music using pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, body percussion and movement, as well as language both spoken and sung.

Actor’s Toolbox

Children will explore the “building box” of acting and their amazing potential to communicate with their whole body through voice, movement, and sense exercises. We will develop imagination and improvisation skills with games designed to teach playwriting structure. We will learn the actor’s “5 W’s” in order to build full characters while exploring emotions, physicality, and sense memory. Through engaging scene study we will learn a little theatre history with the great styles of acting: Shakespearean, Commedia dell’Arte, musical theatre and more. We will test our skills in showcase performances for family and friends.

Dance Kaleidoscope

This class will inspire students to be the next contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance”! It is a highly energetic exploration of jazz. The school year is divided into 3 trimesters, during which students learn the fundamentals of jazz. Students will learn to step touch, chasses step, and pirouette to jazz’s most favorite tunes. This class will teach your child to coordinate movement with the rhythm, tempo, and melody of lively age-appropriate music.


SENIOR

Senior Music

Based on the Orff method, students will explore music principles at an advanced level including pitch, rhythm, and notation.  They will experience making music using pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, body percussion and movement, as well as language both spoken and sung.

Actor’s Workshop

This is a fast-paced intensive for new and experienced thespians. Skills will be honed as students are challenged to learn techniques that dig deep into what makes a strong performer. We will study voice techniques to improve diction and projection. Stage combat, movement, and mask work will help the students become aware of posture and the use of their entire bodies. Exercises on improvisation and sense memory will help students learn to delve into analysis of language, character, plot, setting, theme, and symbolism through scene study with great writers. Confidence will be gained in performing our work in showcases for family and friends!

Dance Kaleidoscope

This class will inspire students to be the next contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance”! It is a highly energetic exploration of jazz. The school year is divided into 3 trimesters, during which students learn the fundamentals of jazz. Students will learn to step touch, chasses step, and pirouette to jazz’s most favorite tunes. This class will teach your child to coordinate movement with the rhythm, tempo, and melody of lively age-appropriate music.

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Call: 703.339.0444 / Fax: 703-373-2700

E-mail: homeschool[at]metropolitanarts.org

Visit: 5775 Barclay Drive, Suite 4 – Alexandria, VA 22315