Early Middle School Arts

EMS Band

Intentionality in Music, Art, and Drama

As creatures made in the image of God, we all inherit the blessing of creativity. Early Middle School students are creating, performing, and learning how to interpret their world through a sequential arts curriculum taught during the regular school day.


All grade 5 students participate in both band and choir, which meet once each week. Normally, grade 6 students may choose either band or choir and attend twice each week, however, in 2021 – 2022, grade 6 will also participate in both disciplines since grade 5 students were unable to participate in our regular music curricula during the 2020 – 2021 school year.

The band instrument students choose and how they learn to use their voices could begin a journey that takes them all the way through high school and beyond. 

In 2015, Columbia University’s School of Physicians and Surgeons reported that over a third of the incoming class were musicians! Many of the skills that students learn in band and choir are skills that are incredibly valuable in a highly competitive workplace. Problem-solving skills, teamwork, accountability, intrinsic motivation, precision, professionalism, attention to detail, and a growth mindset are all qualities developed in ensemble music and highly valued by colleges and universities. 

The Bear Creek School believes that music education is an integral part of a liberal arts education and imperative in developing the whole child. It helps us communicate more effectively, appreciate culture more deeply, and love more empathetically. Music is one of the things that connects us most with our creator. God made us in His image to be creators, and Early Middle School is where students begin to hone those creative skills in an ensemble setting as they work to become the individual God intends. Watch this interview with Band Director Kelsey Thompson to learn more.

Studio Art

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.


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.