Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts
Mission: Trinity Hall’s Arts Team fosters an environment where students embark on an adventure of intense exploration. The students get to choose how they want to broaden their artistic voice with several offerings in the Visual and Performing Arts. Trinity Hall strives to offer unique programs that embrace traditional arts selections and enhance the traditional with unique experiences in music, dance, drama and the digital arts. A student who participates in the Arts program at Trinity Hall will build artistic confidence that will serve her well in all of her future academic endeavors.
Core Beliefs: The Trinity Hall Arts Team adopts the following core beliefs:
- Art distinguishes us as human beings.
- Physical and emotional engagement in the arts enriches performance in everyday life.
- Creativity flows from a dynamic between rigor, intellect and intuition when participating in arts education.
- Experiencing the creative process as fostered by an arts education will allow creativity to flow readily in traditional subject areas.
- Cross-cultural understanding of artistic principles plays a central role in contemporary learning.
- The diversity of cultures, genres, periods, styles and viewpoints presented in the arts accentuates the global vision of the 21st-century student.
- Communication skills are best developed through the arts.
GRADE 9: Theater I
In this course the students will have an introduction to performance through improvisation. Our work will be based on the teachings of Viola Spolin, the founder of the improvisational movement in the U.S. Spolin developed acting exercises that unleash creativity, focused “play,” confidence, and self expression. Throughout the trimester we will explore different aspects of characterization and storytelling, and finally move into public speaking. Teaching students to “think on their feet” with confidence is an ability that will not only aid them in performance, but in most aspects of their educational career.
GRADE 10: Theater II
In this course students will build on the skills they developed in Theater I and then proceed to deepen their theatrical knowledge to include scene work. We will begin with writing scenes that are born out of improvisation and then move on to the written word of several playwrights. The students will explore characterization and use the methods of renowned acting teachers such as Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, and Michael Chekov to learn different ways to approach performance.
GRADES 11 and 12: Performing Arts Electives
A variety of Performing Arts elective courses is offered annually.
GRADE 9: Foundations of Drawing
Traditional Art studio encourages investigation of drawing media and techniques with expressive possibilities. This beginning drawing course develops students’ observation skills through experimentation with various media. Projects are based on the elements of art and principles of design. Students will acquire skills necessary for further upper-level art courses.
GRADE 10: Basic Graphic Design and Photography
Fine art and technology are blending. The computer is used as another extension of the artist’s hand. This course will engage the students in tearing apart and re-imagining some of the visual art principles housed under the digital art umbrella. Projects will enhance students’ confidence using some basic graphic computer applications in order to create digital imagery that will be used as a form of visual communication to express an idea or theme.
GRADES 11 and 12: Visual Arts Electives
There will be multiple Visual Arts elective course offerings in the years to come.
Music and Dance:
GRADE 9: Music I
Students will gain skills in performance and theory and develop their musicianship as they learn and study a wide variety of musical literature. Genres include musical theater, pop, liturgical, patriotic and a cappella. The following performance skills for ensemble/choral singing will be stressed: warm-up technique, proper breathing, vocal production, blend and balance, expansion of range, ear training and sight-reading. Theory skills will include note names, note and rest values, basic rhythm, dynamic markings and general musical vocabulary. Participation in various performance opportunities is a requirement of the class.
GRADE 10: Music II
Students will further explore topics in music theory and history, and gain an increased understanding of diverse musical styles. Building on fundamentals gained in Music I, theory units on intervals, basic counterpoint, harmony, and voice leading will prepare students for composition and songwriting activities. Music notation software is introduced to facilitate the compositional process. Relevant topics from music history supplement and provide examples for topics in music theory. Throughout the trimester, students will be encouraged to perform their compositions for the class or present them digitally.
GRADE 10: Dance
In this course the students will execute the studied basic steps of contemporary dance, in the style of Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, and Isadora Duncan, and display correct position alignment, both in static and dynamic movements. They will perform basic combinations of contemporary dance, executing movements and articulating terminology and basic principles used in the study of modern dance technique as well as some jazz-infused accents.