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The Arts

Musical Theatre: Our program is led by Mr. Immiti, and is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and movement.  The story and emotional content are communicated through the words, music, movement, and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Children will learn about musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, and singing to create and perform musical masterpieces throughout the school year.  As the students progress through the program, a Fourth Grade Musical Theatre Production which is an original piece developed for the students will be performed.  Students will find their specialties as performers as they act, sing, dance, design sets and props, and work theater tech. Following the production, from fourth to the middle of fifth grade, students will learn how to perform with band instruments.  All of these experiences help children develop basic physical skills in self-control and provide an understanding of the relationship between their body and the space around them, and appropriate and imaginative use of voices.

Visual Arts: Our program is led by Ms. Rizzo, our resident visual artist. Art making is a way in which we form a visual communication for our thoughts, feelings, and imagination. Art provides challenges, choices, and the opportunity for children to express themselves and think outside of the box. The visual arts program at PS 9 will include an exploration of various art materials and techniques that are developmentally appropriate, standards-based, and integrated with musical theatre, dance, and the academic curriculum.

Dance: Our program is led by Ms. Molinari, our certified dance teacher. Dance is a kinesthetic art that uses set movement,  improvised steps, and/or gestures rhythmically and to music to create sequences and choreography.  PS 9 is excited to offer a dance program to all students. Our program focuses on learning the Elements of Dance, body, action, space, time, and energy, to compose and perform the movement. As young children are inquisitive and active learners, movement is integral to their learning process. Dance provides an avenue to engage in physical explorations and express their feelings. Structured dance experiences, as part of a process-based curriculum,  will help the children to develop physically, socially/affectively, cognitively, aesthetically, and meta-cognitively