Music and Performing Arts at Bi-Cultural
Music is “in the air” at Bi-Cultural Day School, and for students of all ages, music is a source of great joy and learning!
The Pre-K and K music program introduces students to music through voice, body rhythm and movement. Children learn to sing songs relating to holidays, Shabbat and Israel, singing in both English and in Hebrew. American secular music and world music are intergral to the program too. Students prepare for various performances throughout he year. Through songs and stories, students also learn music terms, basic theory and music history.
Progressing through the primary grades, a more advanced age-appropriate program builds on the school’s Jewish and secular song curriculum. Third grade music focuses on learning to play the recorder, treble clef note reading and rhythm. Students get to show off their talents to their classmates through in-class recitals once a month.
The school’s Performance Choir elective in grades 6, 7 and 8, teaches and prepares members for a wide variety of performances and programs throughout the year. The BCDS Choir has performed for many school and community-wide programs including Chanukah at Stamford Town Center, Yom Hashoah and Yom HaZikaron observances, and “Celebrate Israel Night” at CitiField.
Bi-Cultural’s Video Program for grades 6,7 and 8, is a progressive course in which students learn basic and intermediate video technique using state-of-the-art equipment and software. Students are taught editing, story boarding, green screen, among many technical aspects. They also create original commercials, public service announcements and short films. Students have the opportunity to explore and nurture their strengths in on-screen acting, directing, editing and script writing while gaining technical skills and having a great time in the process!
In our after school Musical Theater Program, students are guided by theater/performance professionals among our staff and parents in creating a full-length musical production. All students interested in building on their strengths and gaining experience in theater performance (and “tech” behind the scenes aspects of theater production) spend two afternoons per week in rehearsals. Intense training in singing, character development, dance and acting culminates in an always-outstanding performance presented to the entire BCDS community. Opportunities also exist for students who want to explore the “tech” side of theater. These students participate in jobs behind the scenes such as lighting, sound, and stage management, as well as props, costumes and set design.Past shows include “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Seussical,” “Annie,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “School House Rock Live!,” “High School Musical,” “Peter Pan,” and the 2015-2016 performance of “Wizard Of Oz.”