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From fine arts theory to theatre to fusion rock band and chorus, students at The Davis Academy shine through our nationally recognized fine arts program. Developed as an exciting and diverse program for students in every grade, our faculty teaches fine arts theory, history and technique and encourage the development of talent and creativity. In addition to the core curriculum, the Davis Academy also offers comprehensive course electives in advanced theatre, film, video production, art and digital art studio.
Imagine a class reaching Fourth-Eighth graders on a daily basis where students form vocally confident and empowered identities, develop an awareness of the world around them; and learn to work collaboratively. At The Davis Academy, Theatre is connected into every other class content area from Jewish Studies to Science. Over 65% of the students at The Davis Academy are involved in the Theatre Program whether in the annual musical, the exploratory, electives, or after-school programming. Students are introduced to the building blocks of Theatre Arts skills and knowledge through applying basic theatre terminology, stage directions, physical skills, kinesthetic movement, emotional recall, playwriting, collaborative design and group performance projects. The Davis Academy is leading the way nationally in comprehensive, integrated Theatre Arts Education.
It is just as important for students to experience the process of learning about art as it is for them to actually create art itself. Throughout the year, students are taught art history and appreciation by learning about different artists, art criticism by comparing and contrasting works of art, and art production by creating their own personalized artworks. Some of the artists that our students are exposed to include Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Warhol, Monet, Klimt, Mondrian, Pollock, and many more.
Students explore a variety of media including, but not limited to, watercolors, tempera and acrylic paint, chalk and oil pastels, markers, graphite, printmaking, and sculptural materials. The students have access to kilns, canvases, digital art programs and high-end art materials at both of our campuses in order to explore and create their works of art in a real studio atmosphere.
Students also learn about the various elements and principles of design required to make a dynamic piece of artwork. Our goal is for students to develop an appreciation for art and become visually literate problem-solvers who can creatively express themselves with confidence and pride.
The Davis Academy music curriculum, based on the National Standards of Music, is designed to instill music appreciation through a dynamic program that fosters the growth of the well-rounded child. Our younger students participate in creative movement and expression, singing and playing rhythm instruments, as well as exploring famous musicians and composers throughout music history. Students learn proper music reading fundamentals and develop keen listening skills. Classes are geared to expose students to music from different historical time periods and cultures.
Third grade students at The Davis Academy participate in an instrument unit called Recorder Karate. In addition to learning to read the music staff, students also learn to play the recorder and “pass off” for belts at his/her individual level. Fourth grade students learn to play an electronic keyboard during the “Go for the Gold” Keyboard unit. Each student works at his/her own pace, progressing at an individual rate. When they reach Fifth grade, students will learn to play the ukulele using a program called “Rainbow Ukulele!” These students will learn proper technique when playing the ukulele, how to pluck and strum strings, how to play simple chords, and accompany themselves while singing.
The Davis Academy Middle School music program is an exciting program offering students guitar and percussion classes and the opportunity to play with performance bands. Special guest artists such as Liberty DeVitto (former Billy Joel drummer) and other world class musicians conduct workshops with Davis students.
The Magical Melodies:
The Magical Melodies are comprised of fourth and fifth grade students at The Davis Academy Lower School. Students that participate in this group have a wonderful opportunity to express themselves, to learn a varied repertoire of music, to develop their singing voices as lifelong musical instruments, and to experience the satisfaction of performing well and working with a group. Performances include, but are not limited to, school concerts, nursing homes, Holocaust memorials, Atlanta Braves games, Atlanta Hawks games, and more.
The Davis Decibelles:
The Davis Decibelles are a Middle School singing ensemble and Davis Academy’s very own accomplished Glee group. The Decibelles perform a blend of contemporary and Jewish songs and sing at a variety of events from concerts to Jewish holiday celebrations. In addition to their outstanding performances, the group focuses on team work, leadership, public speaking, and the broad range of skills that have earned them the reputation as Atlanta’s premier adolescent Jewish choir.
Fusion Band is a year-long learning experience that provides students with expanded performance opportunities in a contemporary, ensemble environment. Students explore a wide variety of musical genres, including: Rock, Blues, Top-40, Jazz, Pop and other genres. Our curriculum is highly energetic and abides by following the nine national standards set by the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Students spend the year working on their individual skills, and rehearsing their songs leading up to two “rock show” performances showcasing their talents!
Rock 101 is a 13-week “exploratory” musical learning experience offering students the opportunity to learn how to play guitar, bass, piano and drums. Students learn the fundamentals of each of the instruments, then, they begin putting it all together with their bands! Students will learn songs and rehearse with their band in class! In addition, they learn how to play each instrument in their group!