Arts in the Upper School
The arts have a unique ability to communicate the ideas and emotions of the human spirit. Connecting us to our history, our traditions, and our heritage, the arts have a beauty and power unique in our culture. At the same time, a growing body of research indicates that education in the arts provides significant cognitive benefits and bolsters academic achievement.
In Upper School Art, students develop skills and work toward a personal voice through projects in a wide variety of media. Art history is included in every class as it relates to specific projects. After taking Foundations of Art, students may choose to take trimesters in studio (drawing, painting, and printmaking), in ceramics workshop, or in photography. These trimester courses are prerequisites for the year-long Advanced Studio, AP Studio and Honors Photography.
In the Upper School Music department, we provide opportunities for students to refine their music theory, music history, and performance skills to the highest echelon of their choosing. The Choirs perform challenging choral music from Baroque to Contemporary styles. Music theory and appreciation electives are offered at basic and intermediate levels, and AP Music Theory is a full-year course offered for students interested in college-level theory.
- The Tartantones
- Basic Music Theory
- Intermediate Music Theory
- Advanced Placement Music Theory
- Instrumental Ensemble
- Music Composition
The emphasis of this group is rehearsal and performance of high quality choral music. Each student will develop personal musicianship, vocal skills, and a sense for working together as an ensemble. The director will choose classic and modern music for this group that is appropriate to its size and ability while also taking repertoire suggestions from students. This choir provides opportunities to perform for peers, parents, faculty, and the general public. The Tartantones perform at Evensong, Spring Concert, Prize Day, Graduation, and other venues on and off campus. The culmination of the Tartantones school year will be a trip to a choir competition or performance. Past trips have included Carnegie Hall, Boston, Washington DC, and Disneyworld. Singers will also have the opportunity to audition for Vox Unum, Stuart's select extra-curricular choir.
Learn how to read music! This course covers the basics of rhythm, pitch, notation, expression markings, articulations, sight-singing, ear training, and keyboard skills. This course is ideal for students who are interested in an introduction to reading music at a beginner’s level. In this course we will also analyze and sing examples of music notation from the standard repertoire and write original melodies.
This course is intended for students who are experienced music readers and wish to deepen their music theory knowledge to include major and minor scales, intervals, counterpoint, and traditional melody and harmony. We will analyze these concepts via historical music examples and discuss their usage within the music history spectrum. This course will include composition, dictation, ear training, and sight singing.
Full year course of college-level music theory. We will cover advanced music theory concepts, including rhythm and meter, major and minor scales, modes, intervals, triads, counterpoint, four part harmony, figured bass notation, modulations, cadences, and form. Analysis of major works, composition, and dictation are integral components of this course as well as ear training and sight-singing. It is the expectation that students enrolled in this course will take the Advanced Placement Examination in Music Theory in May.
The emphasis of this group is the rehearsal and performance of classic and modern music that is appropriate to the group’s size and ability. The girls will learn about different ensemble arrangements, performance styles, and the history of instruments, composers, symphonies and music culture. Each student will develop personal musicianship and a sense for working together as an ensemble. They will also perform together in each class and depending on development may have opportunities to perform for the rest of the school. Each students must provide their own instrument. Private lessons can be provided onsite at Stuart. These lessons would take place during extra help study halls, or after school for an extra free.
This course is ideal for students who are interested in learning the basics of composition tailored to the instrument of their choice. We will begin by analyzing examples of famous melodies and pieces to decide what makes them ideal compositions. With our instruments as our primary resource, we will notate original pieces using Finale and Garage Band. We will hone our rhythm, pitch, and notation skills, and learn how to use expression markings and articulations in an effective way. We will also investigate sight-singing and ear training as helpful composing tools.
In this course we will investigate the power and depth of one of the most popular performing arts in history. We will study themes, music, libretti, plot, and historical importance of major operatic works. Guest artists will be invited to perform and discuss their craft with our class. Throughout the course, students will research and present their findings through presentations, reactions to performances, compare and contract assignments, group projects, and other means of expression.
TheaterAll The World’s A Stage
Upper School theater courses are in Acting, Directing, Musical Theater and Stagecraft. All Theater Classes include script analysis, character development, theater vocabulary, performance and critique. Theater History and techniques from Adler, Stanislavsky, Guthrie, are also discussed. A class in Public speaking is offered each trimester.
FilmNobody Puts Baby in the Corner
This unique art form incorporates Art and technology. Cinematography is analyzed for content as a visual language. An appreciation for directorial choices is explored in aesthetics and in several genres. Students create two short films using iMovie for editing.