Performing Arts

The Performing Arts program at St. Andrew's helps all students:

  • Develop their various skills and skill levels through course offerings and curricular content in each of our respective areas of specialization: dance, drama, technical theatre, instrumental music, vocal music and music production (audio engineering).
  • Describe and reflect on their artistic intent and form by utilizing multi-modal instructional techniques to enhance perception and learning.
  • Take ownership of collaborative productions by providing creative input to inform artistic decisions in rehearsal, production and performance.
  • Grow their leadership potential by empowering them with production responsibilities and ensemble titles.
  • Celebrate their artistry with performance venues and competitions both within and outside of our community.

Our Performing Arts Program

Our pre-K through 12th grade performing arts program offers nurturing yet rigorous rehearsal environments and instructional approaches that support a diverse range of student interests, aptitudes and learning styles. The performing arts curriculum is structured to affirm and develop the artistry within every student performer by:

  • Guiding creative self-expression and artistic potential;
  • Experiencing a variety of artistic styles and cultural traditions in both historical and contemporary contexts;
  • Growing as collaborators and leaders through performance and design.
  • Recognizing the power of art as a source of deep personal fulfillment and as a tool for social change.
The performing arts program emphasizes the importance of authentic self-expression, the development of personal voice and an appreciation for the variety and richness of human expression through the performing arts. Our courses address age-appropriate learning goals in each division and are designed to support and celebrate every kind of learner. Each year St. Andrew's students engage in stimulating new performing arts experiences and modes of expression. They develop both the skills and metacognition required for measurable growth and mastery in the performing arts and are encouraged to take informed risks in their learning processes and objectives.

Through guided rehearsal, design, critical inquiry, assessments and performance, students develop abilities for authentic personal expression, greater depth in aesthetic interpretation, and attain a deeper appreciation for the diverse range and power of human creativity in performance.

Explore New Course Offerings

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  • AP Music Theory

    AP Music Theory is an exciting new advanced offering available to our instrumental and vocal music students beginning in SY2019-2020.  This course is the equivalent to a first-year college course in music theory, emphasizing aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, composition, history and style.  Students hone musicianship skills such as sight-reading, sight-singing, aural transcription and keyboard harmony. This offering is open to 9th-12th grade students, but requires instructor permission by Mr. Yonce.  Permission is contingent on a student’s ability to read and write musical notation, aural skills and performance skills in voice or on an instrument.
  • Advanced Lighting Design

    Advanced Lighting Design is a new Fall trimester technical theatre offering that investigates the historical and modern roles of lighting designers and apply creative concepts in a selected script.
  • Lighting & Sound Design and Set-Building & Design Fundamentals

    Lighting & Sound Design and Set-Building & Design Fundamentals are this year’s survey-level technical theatre offerings, which are part of a three year rotation with Sceneographics & Property Design.
  • Middle School Piano

    Middle School Piano is a new offering in the Spring Trimester, providing students the opportunity to develop their technical, theoretical, sight-reading and performance abilities as beginner to intermediate level pianists. This survey-level course also provides a good foundation for students wishing to participate in MS Band with limited instrumental experience.
  • Middle School Dance

    Middle School Dance has been reintroduced as a Fall Trimester elective course.  Dancers explore various dance styles, techniques and composition, culminating in two performances at Middle School Chapel and the Fall Performing Arts Assembly.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.