Performing Arts

Nissitissit Middle School offers the following performing arts opportunities:

Band Program

The Nissitissit Middle School Band Program provides students with a highly developed, research-based, academic curriculum dedicated to the study, performance and enjoyment of instrumental music. Students engaged in the NMS Band Program benefit from knowledge, skills, a learning process and experiences unobtainable from any other subject. Music Learning Theory drives the Instrumental Music Performing Arts curriculum. Utilizing an apprenticeship teaching model, students sequentially learn the concepts and skills necessary to audiate, read, write, comprehend and perform music in solo and in various ensembles.

Students learn to communicate both audiated and notated music as a language; consisting of multiple elements that intertwine to form a particular composition, style or expression. Students continually experience and increasingly analyze a wide range of aural material intended to build extensive tonal and rhythmic vocabularies. The resulting musical vocabularies form a foundation of knowledge necessary for a lifetime of music literacy.

Precise, detailed, and constant attention is given to an individual’s technical development enabling the student to skillfully utilize his/her instrument as a means of self-expression and creativity. “Hands-on,” sequential and reinforced learning through the Band Program engages students in the creative process and the characteristics of music.

Through instrumental music study and performance, students develop increased self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline, motivation, independence, teamwork skills, critical, analytical and reflective thinking skills, a sense of commitment, a sense of belonging, pride and accomplishment. Moreover, contemporary brain research and numerous other scientific studies affirm that long-term Instrumental Music classroom experiences develop skilled learners and enhance learning in other subjects.

Working in the band program instills a respect for excellence and high-performance standards in students. Learning through the Band Program shows students the connections between a quality process and a quality product.

Naturally, the VBES-NMS Band Program, a five-year curriculum, is designed to develop comprehensive musicianship in students and to prepare them for success in the North Middlesex Regional High School Band Program and beyond.

Grade 5 Chorus

All students in grade 5 have the opportunity to participate in chorus. The Grade 5 Chorus is an all-inclusive, non-auditioned ensemble, which studies a wide variety of choral repertoire encompassing many musical genres from classical, ethnic, folk, pop to musical theater. Students are held to high performance standards through practice of basic vocal techniques while developing choral blend and musicality. The chorus works towards three important performances per year: Winter Concert, ChorusFest, and Spring Concert. Attendance is mandatory at all and concerts as the ensemble studies performance technique throughout the year.

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Concert Chorus

All students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to participate in concert chorus. The Concert Chorus is an all-inclusive, non-auditioned ensemble, which studies a wide variety of choral repertoire encompassing many musical genres from classical, ethnic, folk, pop, a capella to musical theater. This ensemble meets Wednesday mornings before school as well as Thursdays during band/chorus block. This ensemble performs for the Winter concert, ChorusFest, and Spring Concert. Attendance is required for all rehearsals and concerts.

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Select Chorus

Students in grades 6-8 also have the opportunity to audition for Select Chorus. This ensemble meets Thursday and Friday mornings before school and studies a wide variety of choral repertoire encompassing many musical genres from classical, ethnic, folk, pop, a capella to musical theater. The music is more difficult and these students are expected to perform with a higher level of musicianship than the concert chorus. This ensemble performs for the Winter concert, ChorusFest, and Spring Concert. Attendance is required for all rehearsals and concerts.

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Drama/Musical Program

The musical provides a unique opportunity for students to perform all types of art in one production. Students learn about time period, style, language, history, and the quality music that are included in the musical. All 6th – 8th grade students are eligible to participate in the school musical. This program runs from the end of January through the beginning of April. Rehearsals will be held after school four times a week. All students who audition will be placed in the musical cast. All members are required to attend rehearsals and performances.

 

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