Fine Arts Department
The Fine Arts Department of North Metro Academy of Performing Arts offers theatre, dance, guitar and general music for grades K-5. Classes are taught by community professionals who are experts in their artistic field. Each discipline has a performance to measure the standards that are being taught. Our Fine Arts Series includes grade level performances K-2, that will showcase our NMAPA scholar’s ability to sing on pitch, dance in rhythm, memorize lines and develop characterization. In our music program, third grade scholars develop beginning instrumentation skills and sight reading on the recorders. At North Metro Academy, our Elementary scholars are given the elite opportunity to audition and participate in our “Majors” program, whereas they are specifically trained three days a week for a specific discipline in the arts and perform during the school year with a stellar aptitude of mastery in guitar, dance, art or theatre. Our creative Art Majors assist with set design and props for all productions. All fourth and fifth graders additionally receive a required music class that covers the building blocks of music theory, vocalization and instrumentation to better prepare them for a middle school music program.
As part of our programming for this year at NMAPA, we have selected twenty-two scholars to represent the school in community, television and public appearances. These scholars are known as the NMAPA players and they are triple threats in acting, dance and singing.
Productions at NMAPA
At NMAPA, since our inception, we have showcased our scholars through our yearly main stage performances. In our repertoire, three original productions have been written by our very own staff members (Class Act (Nyasa Sullivan), Broadway! A music revue (Shar-Reese Alfred) and Carousel (Herbert Bowens) and two Broadway Jr. MTI shows, Lion King Jr. and School House Rock Jr. performed at the Infinite Energy Center. As a result of our main stage performances our scholars been featured on CBS46 and in Atlanta Parent Magazine. This year fifty-three of our scholars will be performing “OZ” an adaptation based on the Wizard of Oz.
“OZ” May 18 and May 20th, 2018 at Barefoot Playhouse
The timeless “Wizard of Oz” tale has been adapted into a dazzling musical. A cyclone carries Dorothy and Toto to the magical Land of Oz. When Dorothy’s house squashes the Wicked Witch of the East, she is ecstatically thanked by the liberated Munchkins and given permission to wear the witch’s powerful silver slippers. From there, Baum’s lovable characters, rubber-legged Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Woodsman, join Dorothy on a journey to meet the great Oz. While on their trek, they battle the Wicked Witch of the West, who is determined to get revenge for the death of her sister. This bright musical is charged with a bundle of wonderful songs and thrill after thrill… like the escape from the Fighting Trees and encountering the enchanted poppies. Eventually, Glinda the Good Witch helps Dorothy defeat the evil witch and her winged monkeys. The great and powerful wizard grants Dorothy’s friends their wishes and of course, helps Dorothy return to Kansas.
Theatre at NMAPA
Instructed by Theatre Director Shar-Reese Alfred, the drama classes at NMAPA are designed to teach scholars K-5 the foundations of acting and improvisation through theatre games and reader’s theatre and scene development. In strict alignment with the Georgia Standards for Performing Arts, students are taught understand and create roles in theatre through playwriting and scene study. Additionally, all scholars learn method acting and on camera acting and audition technique to better prepare for industry opportunities. Fourth and Fifth grade scholars will be performing “The Fairytale Network”.
Fairytale Network, March 30th at The Barefoot Playhouse
The Fairy Tale Network is a television network that needs to improve its viewership ratings with exciting new programming. The three mice working as creative consultants for the studio each must come up with a story idea to pitch to their new chief, the Cat. And they need to pitch their ideas fast before they become a fancy feast! They retell the well-known tales of Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but now with new, unexpected twists.
Dance at NMAPA
The art form of Dance is instructed by Choreographer and Director, Nyasa Sullivan. In dance scholars are taught to use the art of choreography to explore different academic skills through movement, both structured and creative. In compliance with Georgia Standards, scholars are taught to look at dance as an art form and to begin developing an appreciation for different dance forms. In grades K-5, NMAPA scholars are introduced to dance based on movement activities that they have not had the opportunity to explore such as Waltz, Line Dance, Tap, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Theatrical Jazz, and Modern Dance forms. Fourth and Fifth grade scholars that have auditioned and an expressed interest in dance become dance majors and are taught more extensive skills that will allow them the opportunity to pursue further professional prospects that will enhance their personal development and appreciation of the art form.
Art at NMAPA
Visual arts, taught by Dorine Perry exposes the scholars at NMAPA to the artistic disciplines of drawing, painting and various arts forms integrating the academics of science, math, history and literature into various art projects. Students in K-5 are learning skills to conceptualize and organize their art. This year at NMAPA Fourth and Fifth graders are able to chose Art as a major in which they learn deeper concepts of designing props, set and costume for all theatrical productions. Previously, artistic work from our scholars has been on display at the Norcross Public Library and featured in the Norcross Art Splash.
NMAPA Music Mission Statement
“The mission of the music program is to provide students with an enriching musical experience; to facilitate students in developing a level of musical growth that will enhance their quality of life, and enable them to become lifelong advocates of music.”
Music has a unique place in the school curriculum. While it is an academic class, in the sense of having a definite curriculum and expected competencies, music carries itself into the world outside of a school day. Music is all around us and often we hear it on the radio, the television, and even in the modern world of the I-Pod. It is my job as a teacher to instill into each student an enriching eclectic musical experience. It would include Mozart, Beethoven, Benny Goodman, Motown, Taylor Swift, World Percussion, and the list can go on and on. It is the job of a music teacher to fill the minds of a student with the many different sounds that culminate into the universal language of music. The NMAPA of Arts Programs offers Music For Mozart for K-2, Recorders for 3rd and 4th Grade, and Piano Class for 4th and 5th Grade.
Guitar & Music Classes
Music and Guitar classes at NMAPA are a key component of the schools vision, mission, and uniqueness. The customized curriculum not only follows the Georgia State Standards, it surpasses it.
Starting in Kindergarten and with each passing year we build a culture of discipline, appreciation and proficiency. In our weekly classes students weave music lessons with their academics. The skills taught and used in music can be directly applied to all parts of their day.
Classes are kept fun, informative, and engaging. Learning music offers social interaction, creative expression, and an understanding of where we came from. Most importantly, the students are taught how to tackle a goal with purpose and structure to maximize results and achievement.
Many Guitar and Music students will have performance opportunities throughout the year. I look at live performances as not only a time to showcase what they have accomplished but as another learning opportunity that teaches teamwork, goal setting, and real world application.
It’s my absolute pleasure to guide students along their path at NMAPA and as a member of the Performing Arts team I get to see their creative side bloom. What a great way to spend every day!
This class provides opportunity for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding for music.
As we integrate academics with singing, we also teach them using the computer for music games .
Each student will learn how to develop skills and performance techniques by singing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music for enjoyment and appreciation.
Proper use of microphones, understanding live audio amplifications and recording techniques; how to store digital audio and video as it relates to music technology are included in our lesson plans; all of which are in compliance with Georgia Performance Standards For Fine Arts And Music Education
Reference: Georgia Performance Standards- Fine Arts-Music Education ( pg 31 & 32) (pg 92-94)
NMAPA is fortunate to have instructing this class Mr. Dennis Byrd, an accomplished musician, recording artist/producer, vocal coach, award-winning composer and audio/video forensic specialist.