Arts

Photography students with teacher at Res

Music

Music

Our Middle School music classes normally introduce students to sight singing, rhythms, vocal production, ensemble performance, music theory, and history. Students learn key signatures, time signatures, and an in depth musical vocabulary. Sixth graders learn to sing in two part harmony. By the 8th grade three-part harmonies and change bells are introduced. Emphasis is placed on exposing the student to a variety of music and encouraging an appreciation of all styles of music. In light of concerns regarding COVID-19 and singing in music classrooms, the fall 2020 semester will focus on general music topics including rhythm, melody,  form in music, instruments and instrument families,  musical eras and musical styles, and world music (ethnomusicology) projects. Sixth graders will also learn beginning guitar. Seventh and eighth graders will play handbells.

Theatre Arts

Middle School theatre introduces students to the exciting world of the stage. By using improvisation, collaboration, theatre games, and other fun activities, students learn to perform and to support others while they are performing. 

Visual Arts

Learning self-expression through the visual arts is an important part of the curriculum at SAS. The middle school art courses allow students to experiment with a variety of media including drawing, painting, printing, photography, digital design, architecture, sculpture, and clay. Teachers emphasize the correlation between the creative process and the student’s final art piece. In 6th grade, students explore our campus as studio and place-based art. In 7th grade, students enter into a dialogue about their art, the art of others, and the role of design in our contemporary culture and in history. In 8th grade, students further their understanding of the relationship between form and design through two distinct semester-long courses: 2-D design and Clay. Most middle school art courses incorporate a service component which provides students experiences that connect their art with the wider community.

Theater Arts

Visual Arts

Facilities

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Recording Studio (14)

Our recording studio is located in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts and is used in conjunction with our Songwriting, Music Production, and Recording courses and Afternoon Program.

Theater with students moving

Built in 1929 as a gymnasium, the building was transformed in 1981 to provide a spacious classroom and rehearsal studio.

Student working at pottery wheel

Located in the Simmonds Building, our art facilities include three studios.

Arts Faculty

Rachel Malde

Rachel Malde

Titles: Middle School Coordinator, Arts Department Chair, Photography, IDE8, Service Coordinator, Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Co-Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., The University of the South
Email:
J.R. Ankney

J.R. Ankney

Titles: Music & Music Production, Musical Director, Chapel Music Director, Lead House Parent (Warner), Music Lessons Coordinator
Degrees: B.M.Ed., Berklee College of Music
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3209
Kinion Asmus

Kinion Asmus

Titles: Humanities 8, English, 8th Grade Class Coordinator, Textile Arts, Art History, Mind*Body* Exercise, Literary Magazine
Degrees: B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1017
Julie Jones

Julie Jones

Titles: Librarian, Visual Arts
Degrees: B.A., Indiana University
M.A., University of Iowa
M.F.A., University of Iowa
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3143
Chelsea Padro

Chelsea Padro

Titles: Theater, Filmmaking, McCrory Hall Coordinator, Creative Expression, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A., Theatre Arts, Nazareth College of Rochester
M.A., Theatre Education, The Catholic University of America
Email:
Thomas Simerville

Thomas Simerville

Class of 2016
Titles: Father Flye Fellow, History, Art, Adventure Education, Humanities
Degrees: B.A., History, The University of the South
Email:
Margaret Wilson

Margaret Wilson

Class of 2016
Titles: Farm Educator, Functional Pottery, Art, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A., Psychology, Warren Wilson College

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