The Performing Arts program at The IDEAL School strengthens every student's potential by involving and engaging the whole child, and encouraging independent and collaborative growth within an ensemble. The performing arts are designed to accommodate students' diverse learning abilities through the exploration of multicultural themes, improvisation and the creation of original composition and performances.
The Music Program in the Middle School builds upon the development of music reading, listening, and singing skills in the Lower School. Students transition from general music to music performance ensembles and larger groups.
Sixth grade students study proper vocalization, incorporating proper breathing, vocal warm-ups, singing in tune, and pitch matching through the Kodály Method, sight reading music with emphasis on musical literacy, and beginner Music Theory.
Students in seventh and eighth grades and in High School can choose from an array of Music elective offerings, including more advanced Vocal Techniques, Chorus, Piano/Keyboard, and Music Recording.
Performance opportunities such as assemblies, Peace & Light Ceremony, and the Moving Up Ceremony allow IDEAL musicians to share their achievements. IDEAL’s partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program broadens students’ musical exposure and links to our core social justice curriculum by teaching students how music can serve as a tool of social change.
The Dance Program at The IDEAL School builds community and provides students a space to explore the joy of movement. In addition to being a performing art, dancing enhances daily life and learning. The study of dance stimulates and aids in the integration of all the senses. Along with the dance program's commitment to developing each child's self-expression and self-confidence, students learn group choreographies and work collaboratively on projects. These exercises carry into their academic studies and aid them in their social and emotional interactions through the practice of dancing together and negotiating a shared space.
Students in sixth grade take a year-long Dance Foundations course. In seventh and eighth grades, a Dance Elective Program provides students a choice of dance offerings that includes Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Yoga, Composition, Bollywood, and Video Dance. The Dance Department also supports the Theater Program in the production of their Upper School Spring Musical.
The Upper School Theater Program introduces students to theater from various contexts, allowing them to discover their own interests and passions.
The focus for sixth grade is building an ensemble and developing the foundational skills for acting, directing, comprehending, and designing the many facets of theatre, ranging from Ancient Greece to Modern Drama and World Theater. Students collaborate to devise original scenes to share at their end of the course festival.
In seventh and eighth grades, students continue creating, performing, and developing an understanding, and responding to theater with room for more individualized areas of study as well as cross-curricular projects. Theater electives include Theater for Social Change, Playmaking, and Musical Theater. Students will also experience the incredible theater resources that New York City has to offer, including live performances, research facilities, and career opportunities.
Eighth grade students collaborate to create an original musical in the spring that they write, direct, choreograph, and produce. All Upper School Students have the option of participating in the Spring Musical.