Corbett Prep’s Fine Arts Program: Committed to Creativity
“Creativity is not some exotic, optional extra. It’s a strategic issue,” says Sir Ken Robinson, international advisor on education in the arts and respected speaker on TED Talks.
Jan. 7, 2013 (TAMPA,FL) – Corbett Preparatory School of IDS understands that a robust visual and performing arts program is an integral part of the comprehensive curriculum necessary to prepare students for their future in this 21st century.
During the first half of this 2012-2013 school year, Corbett Prep students and their families have already experienced and enjoyed extraordinary performances and accomplishments that span all grade levels. All-school Grandparents/Grandfriends Day as well as the Winter Fine Arts Night showcased all students in packed-house performances in music, dance, art, musical theatre, band, chorus, and drama.
This year, the theme for music classes in PreK3 through fifth grade is Composer Carnival: Ticket to Creativity. This is an inquiry as to how family, culture and historical time periods impacted great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. Music classes incorporate singing and appreciation for all types of music, while integrating hands on experience with keyboards, recorders, and drums.
Recent studies indicate that early musical training may lead to changes in the brain that improve attention and memory skills and provide benefits that may follow children well into adulthood. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, concluded that all of the participants in a study who qualified as having absolute, or perfect, pitch had musical training in early childhood.
Corbett Prep’s Middle School Junior Thespian Troupe #88622 enjoyed an outstanding showing at a District 5 Individual Event Festival. Twenty-five students competed in twenty-three events, including musical theatre, acting, and improvisation. The students received superior ratings across the board and positive comments from the judges.
One judge remarked, “WOW! What a group of ‘triple-threats’! I loved the dancing and choreography!”
Other dramatic performances in Corbett Prep’s Farish Center this year included the 8th grade class in their original “Scenes and Sonnets by William Shakespeare,” which met with rave reviews. To top off the first trimester, two remarkable fifth grade performances of the play A Christmas Carol entertained audiences as every student shined on stage!
From primary through middle school, drama classes build self- confidence, poise, and presence. Band classes offer budding musicians the opportunity to play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. And the Spirit of IDS and Warriors’ Pride choruses provide additional options for third, fourth, and fifth graders to sing or participate in a full-scale musical production. A musical theatre elective at the middle school level offers a similar opportunity for sixth through eighth graders.
The Fine Arts teachers at Corbett Prep hope these experiences offer “transferrable skills of self-discipline, teamwork, mutual respect, communication, presence, self-assurance, and risk-taking that will grow and endure in them throughout their lives.”