From The Middle School’s Middle Earth Players to the annual Spring Musical, theater and the dramatic arts play an important role at ASM. Drama allows students to take on new roles, gain new perspectives, collaborate, and problem solve. In Middle School, the Middle Earth Players are a longstanding tradition putting on two performances a year as part of an elective class and after school activity. The Upper School students have the opportunity to participate in two performances each year. Not every student will take a leading role in the Spring Musical but every student grows in confidence and character by participating in the dramatic arts.
ASM Music Program
The ASM Music Department believes that every person is born with the ability to be artistic, creative, and musical and that instilling healthy musical habits is vital for continued music-making throughout one’s life.
From Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12, ASM’s Music Teachers seek to nurture musicians who are skilled, expressive, confident, and comfortable performers and who experience various types of performance settings (alone and with others, instrumental and choral, formal and informal). ASM seeks to develop musicians who are musically literate lovers and consumers of music who appreciate music from all time periods and world cultures.
The music curriculum provides a balanced and sequential program of vocal and instrumental instruction in a developmentally and age-appropriate manner. All Lower School students take music classes as part of their regular schedule. From 6th grade through 12th grade, music classes can be chosen as electives including Band, Orchestra, and Choir. Additionally, Band students in Grades 9-12 may audition for the ASM Jazz Ensemble. Classes in IB Music are offered in Grades 11 and 12.
In collaboration with the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon, students from the ASM Upper School Choir and Orchestra ensembles participated in a virtual music video since the live festival couldn't happen this year. Grade 8-12 orchestra students prepared a lively Latin-inspired piece called "Corozal Nights" written by Doug Spata, and the Upper School Choir students prepared "The Bones," by Marin Morris.
Students were involved in several online rehearsals with students from other MAIS schools and also worked with London-based conductor David Lawrence to prepare the song "Revolution" by Pinkzebra. This video took the place of the live festival. Students also explored revolution songs and learned about the history behind these songs. This festival also involved teacher sessions with music curriculum coordinator Nyssa Brown.