Performing Arts – Middle School

Performing Arts at Cedar Hill Prep School

VISION
Performing Arts in the state of New Jersey is at a crossroads. Many schools and educational institutions are cutting arts in order to keep up with lower budgets and the rising demand of academics in the state. However, the schools that find themselves at the top of their class are those that are providing every possible experience for their students, families and communities.

Our vision for the Performing Arts Program at Cedar Hill Prep School is all about the students. Through a Band, Chorus, Theater, and General Music program, we want to watch the kids grow from curious young people, holding an instrument, acting, or singing for the first time, into a talented musician who is creating art in front of our very eyes. We want to take these students and give them the tools to compete at the region, state, and national level. We want our kids to display the confidence needed to audition for regional and state band or chorus, or compete in solo competitions across the great state of New Jersey. Performing Arts in the state of New Jersey is at a crossroads, and Cedar Hill Prep School is looking to move forward, and take charge.

Goals for the 2016-2017 School Year – Our goals for the upcoming school year are rooted in our new beginnings. With the implementation of brand new Band and Theater Programs, as well as a retooling of the existing Chorus program, we are looking to change the way that students at Cedar Hill Prep School perform.

This year we hope to get instruments in the hands of as many students as possible, with music selected for the students, by the students themselves. We will be playing and singing arrangements of Band and Chorus songs that will be custom made for our school, which means that no other school in the world will be performing exactly what we are performing. It will seem like a long road at first, but by the end of the first school year, we will see exactly how dedicated and talented our students are, as they create beautiful music together.

Choirs (for Primary and Middle School students)

We are very excited to add two new ensembles to Cedar Hill Prep School this year. The Cedar Hill Prep School Chorus will include all students, with rehearsals during daily music class. However, we will also be adding a Show Choir, and A Capella ensemble for students that would like to sing more. All three choirs will perform for the school and community several times throughout the year. Sight-reading, basic musicianship and vocal technique will be stressed during rehearsals. Cedar Hill Prep School Chorus will include all students, CHP Show Choir is open to students in grades 4 through 8, and our A Capella ensemble is by audition only. Students may also consider taking private or semi-private voice lessons.

Teacher/Conductor: Mr. William Condit wcondit@cedarhillprep.com

Cedar Hill Prep School Chorus (All Students) – During their daily music class, students will learn correct vocal technique, musical vocabulary, sight-reading, and basic musicianship. Students will learn ensemble singing and perform choral repertoire spanning multiple genres and styles. Membership is a yearlong commitment and participation will include all students.

CHP Show Choir (Grades 4 through 8) – Students will learn advanced musicianship, complex sight-reading and vocal technique for the developing adolescent voice. Students will learn popular choral repertoire spanning over 100 years and several genres. Some pieces will be commissioned and arranged specifically for Cedar Hill Prep students. Private instruction is not required but HIGHLY recommended. Membership is a yearlong commitment.

A Capella Ensemble (Grades 6 through 8) – Students will learn advanced musicianship, complex sight-reading and vocal technique for the developing adolescent voice. Students will learn to arrange popular and classical vocal selections that will not be accompanied by instruments. Students will master harmony and may even learn to beatbox. This will be an advanced choral ensemble, and auditions are required. Membership is a yearlong commitment.

Private Lessons (All Grades) – Voice lessons are available for any student weekly, or bi- weekly by appointment. More frequent lessons can also be arranged. Email Mr. Condit for details.

Small Ensembles and Solo Performance Opportunities:

Over the course of the school year, we will be offering multiple performing opportunities for private or semi-private students, and students studying voice or instruments in other programs or with other private teachers. Stay tuned for more information on Cabarets, Talent Shows, and Recitals as September approaches.

Please email Mr. Condit with questions, comments, or if your child is interested in joining one of our exciting ensembles. Email ID – wcondit@cedarhillprep.com

Performances(Please check back often for more information on upcoming performances)

• November 18 – 19: Fall Musical
• December 15: Holiday Sing
• May 5 – 6: Spring Musical
• June 9: Spring Concert

Highlights/Important Dates(Interested students and families will be updated)

• Band Meet and Greet: September 12th.
• Show Choir Meet and Greet: September 13th.
• A Capella Ensemble Audition: September 16th.
• First Primary and Intermediate Band Rehearsals: September 19th.
• Jazz Band Auditions: September 21st.
• First A Capella Rehearsal: September 23rd.
• First Jazz Band Rehearsal: September 28th.

Large Ensembles Offered at Cedar Hill Prep: Bands (for Primary and Middle School students)

Band instruction at CHP begins in grade 4. Beginning level students are offered instruction in the fundamentals and techniques for each instrument. All band students study a variety of literature in several genres, styles and time periods. CHP Jazz Band membership is by audition only, based on ability and experience. All instrumental students from grade 4 and higher should consider taking private or semi-private lessons. We currently accept ALL instruments into our ensembles.

Teacher/Conductor: Mr. William Condit wcondit@cedarhillprep.com

Beginning Band (Grades 4 and 5) – Students will learn the fundamentals of their instruments and ensemble playing. Private instruction is not required but HIGHLY recommended. Membership is a yearlong commitment.

Intermediate Symphonic Band (Grades 6 through 8) – Students will learn advanced ensemble music and competition repertoire. Some pieces will be commissioned and arranged specifically for Cedar Hill Prep students. Private instruction is not required but HIGHLY recommended. Membership is a yearlong commitment.

Intermediate Jazz Band (Grades 6 through 8, Audition Required) – Students will learn the basics of jazz, complex meter, and improvisation. Auditions are required for entry into Jazz Band. Private instruction is not required but HIGHLY recommended. Membership is a yearlong commitment.

Private Lessons (All Grades) – Instrumental lessons are available for any student weekly, or bi-weekly by appointment. More frequent lessons can also be arranged. Email Mr. Condit for details.

Theater Arts – Grade 5-8

The goal of the Theatre Arts curriculum is to balance the academic curriculum with a free-spirited expression of creativity, oral expression and artistic talent. The basics of theatre, the history of theatre, and the art of stage performance, as well as the behind-the-scenes aspects of a play or musical are taught. By course end, the students will have learned about the history of theatre, the different genres of theatre through hands-on experience, the arts of stage make-up and costuming, and how to create a set design for a production, as well as basic dramatic and musical performance. They will learn about dramatic performance through acting, improvisation, pantomime, performing monologues and directing brief one-act plays They will learn about musical theatre performance and the history of musical theatre, as well as how to “act through a song” and how to prepare for an audition. They will learn about the human voice and how it is used in performance as a “stage voice”, and how it can be used to enhance their personal presentation. The students will create a personal theatre journal which will include handouts and personal reflections, as well as class notes.

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