At the grammar school level, students go to music class two days per week. The first half of the year's learning culminates in the Christmas Concert. The second half teaches movement, rhythm, reading music, and more. Students attend art class one day per week.
Additional fine arts opportunities are available as after-school co-curricular opportunities, which are optional.
More information on Grammar School classes is available on our Grammar School Academics page found here.
Seventh and eighth graders spend one semester in theater and one semester in music as part of the "elective wheel" which also includes art and computers, as well as orchestra and yearbook, which are by invitation/application.
Music - students learn about the beauty of music and discuss the thoughts and philosophies behind it. The class covers the development of music throughout all of the historical periods as well as how the arts relate to the cultures of the times and to each other. Students learn the basics of music theory, and great emphasis is given to music listening and appreciation. Not only is the study of music part of a well-rounded and Classical education, but it is a gift of God that we get to enjoy even as we learn.
Theater - students participate in a semester of drama. The drama curriculum at Trinity focuses on the history and performance practices of the theatrical arts from Ancient Greece to modern day. Through this curriculum, students learn basic acting and staging techniques. In addition, students study classic works by playwrights such as William Shakespeare and present plays based on books by Christian authors such as C. S. Lewis. The culminating work of the drama curriculum is the presentation of a final theater performance, which allows students to make classical literature come to life on stage. It is a joy to see how students are able to give God glory through the study and performance of classical theater at Trinity.
Performing arts for the 9th-12th graders come in the form of electives. This is an excellent opportunity for students to pursue areas of interest and artistic endeavors where they can appreciate and create beauty.
The choices for Performing Arts electives are Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Bells, Film and Theater. Students receive their fine arts credit that is required for graduation.
Through the course of Rhetoric School, students become familiar with countless works in classic literature, through reading, writing and discussion. Rhetoric Theatre allows students to explore these classic characters and storylines from a different perspective with the aim of bringing them to life on stage. Students begin to see literature, not just as words on a page, but living characters each with their own story to tell. As actors, students are challenged to step out of their comfort zones and into the shoes of another to explore the personalities, traits, styles and stories of others, in order to form real characters from scripts. They learn the concepts of stage presence, physical movement, voice control, character development, rehearsal techniques (including improvisation), self-discipline, teamwork/collaboration and have the opportunity to build their confidence.
This course also explores the background and off-stage elements of theatre productions with opportunities for students to participate in set design, costume design, lighting/sound and stage management. Rhetoric students collaborate to put together two fully-staged theatrical productions each school year, with the goal of mirroring the standard of excellence Trinity upholds in all areas of our school.
Symphony Orchestra is an audition group that allows students to learn music, theory, and symphonic literature by playing instruments in a group setting. This class is designed to increase overall musicianship, both academically through training in music theory, sight-reading, and musical application and through performance opportunities. Students will grow in understanding as they learn to demonstrate the following: tone, balance, blend, intonation, articulations, and proficiency in their knowledge of the music. The Symphony Orchestra will perform at several concerts a year and participate in a minimum of one “rated” festival, other community outreach events and participate in one field trip. Students will learn to grow as musicians, as leaders and use their gifts for the glory of God.
Storytelling is the main focus in our Film Class. Each student learns how to craft a story by using techniques used in Hollywood. As part of their grade, they learn all of the jobs that are on a professional movie set at the beginning of the semester. Then, each student learns how to tell story with different camera angles and editing techniques. By the end of a semester, a student has more than the basic knowledge of filmmaking, and they are able to make their own short film.
Students in the Crimson Handbell Elective have the opportunity to grow in individual and team musicality as they practice together and perform throughout the year. Through this class, students will develop a deeper mastery of rhythm, sight reading, coordination, presentation, and various techniques that will allow them to put skills to use on a very unique instrument. Handbells is where students at all levels (beginning to advanced) will be able to grow in their abilities and pursue excellence while enjoying playing together as a team.
Jazz Ensemble is an audition group that allows students to learn music, theory, and symphonic literature by playing instruments in a group setting. This class is designed to increase overall musicianship, both academically through training in sight-reading and musical application, and through performance opportunities. Along with technical aspects of growth, students will study basic jazz theory, the practice and history behind the standard jazz ensemble literature, and their composers. The Jazz Ensemble will perform at least four concerts a year and participate in a minimum of one “rated” festival, other community outreach events and participate in one field trip.