Beyond the Classroom
The Arts Are Truly Alive and Well Here at Banner!
The performing arts are an integral element of a Banner Education, as we believe strongly that familiarity with and participation in the arts are necessary to be a well educated and cultured citizen. Through participation in the performing arts, students also develop self-confidence, poise, and comfort in front of an audience. Beginning in Preschool, all of our students have performing arts classes every year. Whereas early education classes focus on sounds, rhythms and movement, singing, and an introduction to musical instruments, Primary and Middle School students learn music history and theory, keyboarding, and electronic composition. Throughout the grades, students have a wide assortment of opportunities to perform. Classes sing Spanish and French songs that they learn in class at our weekly All-School Assemblies. Every student from kindergarten through fifth grade participates in an annual grade-level musical production, generally with a historical theme so that students learn about U.S. and world history concurrently. The Primary School Chorus is open to all students in grades 1-4 and performs both in school concerts and at community events, such as Frederick's In the Street celebration. In fifth grade every student is introduced to a band instrument and plays in the Middle School Band. In addition, there is an annual spring musical theater production in the Middle School, excerpts from which have also been performed at off-campus venues, including at an event benefiting the Arc of Frederick and at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, with recent performances including Mulan, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast.