Grades 5-9
The Experience
Middle School: Grades 5-6

Arts: Grades 5-6

Middle School boys are nothing if not imaginative—so in these grades, our talented teachers (respected artists and musicians in their own right) help boys direct their energy and creativity into an expanded world of visual and performing arts.

Our faculty members are driven by the thrill of seeing a boy take the stage, paint a canvas, or play an instrument with results he never thought possible. We nurture their creative side and find that the single-sex environment helps boys shed their inhibitions around artistic expression. Our boys are encouraged to explore a variety of artistic pursuits before honing and focusing their talents when they reach the Upper School.

Visual Arts Courses: Grades 5-6

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  • Photography

    Students learn the basics of photography by using Fessenden as their canvas. They compete in monthly photo contests, and their work is published in the yearbook, school publications, and photo exhibits.
     
  • Studio Art

    Art fundamentals (elements and principles) are reinforced throughout the art-making process. Students explore a variety of media and techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture projects.
  • Woodworking

    Students learn to use many tools safely and effectively. They work with woods of different density and, depending upon their skills, build a variety of projects ranging from simple to elaborate.

Performing Arts Courses: Grades 5-6

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  • Music and Media

    Students create and explore new ways of creating and using music in various mediums. Through the use of technologies such as GarageBand, iMovie, and iPhoto, students compose, create, and manipulate digital sounds and images to create long-term projects with real-world applications.
  • Choral

    Members of “The B#s” learn the fundamentals of choral singing and perform at the Holiday, Spring, and Grandparents Day concerts.
  • Intermediate Band

    Band is open to instrumentalists with at least one year of musical study. The band plays entry-level arrangements of classical, pop, and jazz standards and performs at many school events throughout the year.
  • Middle School World Percussion

    Small group instruction exposes students to various percussion styles from different countries. Basic hand drumming techniques and functional and technical aspects of several genres are taught.
  • Orchestra

    This ensemble primarily consists of strings and woodwinds for students who have at least two years of experience reading music. Boys are exposed to simple arrangements of light classical pieces and pop tunes with a focus on balance, intonation, dynamics, following the conductor, and live performances.
  • Instrument Lessons

    Private lessons are available for the following instruments: clarinet, guitar/bass, piano, drums, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and others upon request.
  • Musical Theatre

    This full-year course is designed to give Middle School boys a hands-on experience in all aspects of producing a musical, including: music, acting, scenery, costumes, makeup, and publicity.

Meet the Visual Arts Team

List of 4 members.

Meet the Performing Arts Team

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