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“The schools that produced the highest academic achievement in the United States today are spending 20% to 30% of the day on the arts, with special emphasis on music.” - IAEEA, 1988

Music

The music department offers students the opportunity to experience music through technology and traditional instruments. Our program includes the use of the MacIntosh G-5 computer with music programs that enable the beginner or advanced student the ability to create and record original music. Each program has a wide choice of instruments to select from (pop, rock, RnB, symphonic orchestra, and world instruments) giving the young composer freedom to paint with different musical sounds and textures while incorporating melody, rhythm and harmony.

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Applied Music

This course allows students to choose one instrument (from a variety) and have a private weekly lesson. They will learn to identify the various parts, demonstrate proper care, and handling techniques that culminate in individual and ensemble playing time.

Music Lab

This course involves students learning basic music theory and the ability to perform music in an ensemble setting.

Music History

Students will widen their knowledge base of various music styles and noted composers.

Logic 9

Logic 9 incorporates all aspects of music including writing, recording, editing, and mixing. Instantly it sets up track, edits, mixes, or master even a large-scale project. Logic 9 builds a song from scratch with tracks and a mixer channel. It uses a library of thousands of instruments and effect settings, Apple Loops, and even sounds the student-created themselves!

Garage Band

Plug a USB music keyboard into your Mac and over 100 realistic software instruments are at your fingertips. You’ll find pianos, strings, drums, guitars, and horns — everything from bass to woodwinds. Just create a new track, choose your instrument, and play.

Art

Benway’s Art Program incorporates multiple media to aid students in their development of fine motor skills and hone their creative talents. We offer group and individual lessons that incorporate state-of-the-art equipment including, but not limited to, a potter’s wheel, oils, and tempera paint, sculptures that utilize various media, pastels, pen and ink, and printmaking. Benway’s Art Program also uses Communication-Graphic Design for our advanced students who are pursuing a career in the area of Fine Arts.

The Van sneakers company had a contest and our school was chosen among thousands of schools across the nation to be able to participate. Students were able to submit artwork in the hopes to have their design chosen and placed on a sneaker.

The Art Department has been working on various projects over the last few weeks, including two large murals, which both the middle school and high school students have been progressing on quite nicely. The middle school students have also been very innovative in their approach with the assignment of blending Van Gogh and Warner Bros. and making creative designs while the high school students have been testing their creativity with the unique designs of plaster statues.

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Art Introduction

This is a basic survey course that introduces the student to the fundamentals of good design through the use of the elements and principles of design in two and three-dimensional art forms. Students develop an understanding of the critique process and study various artists and artistic movements in Western Art.

Advanced Art

This course is open to students who wish to develop a more extensive background in art and art history. Emphasis is on the development of individual styles in a variety of media.

Pottery

Using a state-of-the-art potter’s wheel, students will be able to create their own clay-based masterpieces.