Early Middle School Arts

EMS Band

Intentionality in Music, Art, and Drama

Through education in the arts, students develop personal expression, creative thinking, imaginative communication, and intellectual curiosity. We believe an effective and challenging arts curriculum provides students with opportunities to perform and create in art, music, and drama; perceive and respond to each of the arts disciplines; understand the role of the arts in our world; and make connections between the arts and other educational disciplines.

At The Bear Creek School, students are creating, performing, and learning how to interpret their world through a sequential arts curriculum taught during the regular school day. As creatures made in the image of God, we all inherit the blessing of creativity. Bear Creek students learn to express the nature of things, the reality of Truth, and the significance of beauty through the arts.


All grade 5 students participate in both band and choir, which meet once each week. Grade 6 students may choose from band or choir and attend twice each week.


Instruction in the elements and techniques of the various media allow every student creative expression as an artist. Art forms explored include painting, ceramics, pastels, drawing, and collage.

Art Docent/Art History

Parent volunteers teach this monthly, following a curriculum that enhances the classroom curriculum while introducing renowned artists and techniques to students.


Students increase vocabulary, develop literacy skills, and experience literature through drama. They also gain confidence and composure in front of an audience and learn to present themselves well. Our Shakespeare Immersion Program aims to cultivate in students an understanding of human virtue and frailty by examining the great works of William Shakespeare through stage performance and curricular parallels. In grade 6, students perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Early Middle School students attend the dress rehearsals for every drama production performed by students in grades 1, 2, 4, and 6.