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Drama Class Reminder

Your drama projects are due May 8th, next Tuesday. You have already told me what you have chosen just don't put it off until the last minute.

posted on: May 03, 2007

Drama Class 8-2 Gen. Music

All drama students have been given a major drama project assignment. They have until May 8th to present. Please look over your project sheet and be able to tell Mrs. Smith which project you have chosen. Remember, the shadowboxes cannot be just from movies. It has to be a scene from a broadway show or play.

The reports must be typed 14 font and double spaced. If your printer is not working than you must turn in a hand written neat copy the day it is due. You have 3 weeks to get this done so do not procrastinate.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: April 18, 2007

Drama 8th grade General Music Classes

Drama class has been studying the art of Pantomime. What very creative students I have in class this 9 weeks. They have pantomimed the following scenes in class:
King and Queen
Team Sports
Imaginary Box Escape
Their project are due Friday, February 16th. They will present them that day in class.
Our next unit will be the art of Improvisation.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: February 15, 2007

Drama Projects 8th grade general music class

Today the drama class (general music) was given a project sheet with many choices in which to choose. The due date is Feb.16th.
You may create a shadow box of a musical scene or a play scene
You may collect articles on current broadway or theatrical events from the newspaper, magazines etc. and write summaries on them to share.
You may watch a musical other than The Music Man, Oliver or Westside Story and write a complete summary of the characters, plot, conflicts/resolutions, and whether or not you would recommend it to others.
You may research an actor or actress and write about their early childhood, teen years, adult years and accomplishments in the acting field.
The reports must be typed and have a cover page and a bibliography with it.
This counts as a major project grade so do your best work. Do not procrastinate!!!
Mrs. Smith

posted on: February 03, 2007

Welcome all new general music students!

Each of you has received a syllabus and the class expectations.
Please make sure that you have a notebook/folder with 10-12 sheets of paper, your syllabus signed and a pen/pencil each day in class. Some of you are still lacking these items. Please have them in class no later than Thursday, Jan. 11.
Drama is starting off with stage terms
6th & 7th grade General music classes are beginning with a unit on the Human Voice.
New Chorus students need to have their concert attire for the next concert:
Girls: Solid 3/4 sleeved top (no tummies showing)
Long (ankle length) solid black dress slacks or same length skirt.
Solid black shoes and hose (open toe is okay)
Boys: Solid long black dress slacks
Black shoes and socks
White long sleeved dress shirt (buttoned with collar)
I will provide vests and bow ties.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: January 10, 2007


The drama projects were due today, December 15th. If you did not turn yours in today make sure that you have it here by Monday, December 18th. I need time to grade it and get it on this report card period. They look really good and I have enjoyed seeing you share them with the class.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: December 15, 2006

Drama Projects

All drama (8th gr. Gen. Music) students need to bring in their drama projects to school on Friday, Dec. 15th. This counts as a major project grade.
You have the choice of:
1. A shadowbox depicting a scene from a play or a musical. (Not a movie)Label your parts of the stage.
2. An indepth report on an actor or actress of your choice. 2 pages typed. I need a bibliography of your sources (Min. 2)
3. A collection of newspaper or magazine articles with individual written summaries of each article on actors or broadway theatrical productions. This must be bound and have a title page and a bibliography.
4. Watch a musical other than The Music Man, Oliver or Westside Story and write a summary (2 pages) of the characters, plot, conflicts and resolutions and your opinion of the musical.
Don't procrastinate!
Mrs. Smith

posted on: December 06, 2006

General Music Classes

All of my general music classes were given a syllabus to take home and get signed by a parent today. Each student needs to have a notebook (duo-tang folder) with 10-12 sheets of lined paper and a pencil in class for tomorrow. Please help them to get these items for the start of the 9 week period.

Our first unit of study will be the voice for 6th & 7th grade classes and stage parts and terms for 8th grade drama. We're off to a good start.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: October 11, 2006

All General Music Classes

We are studying our final unit for the 9 weeks on Musicals.
The 6th grade is studying "The Music Man"; 7th grade is studying "Oliver" and the 8th grade is studying "Westside Story". We have been comparing the musical to a novel or book in similarities and differences. This includes the character descriptions, plot, conflicts/resolutions and inferences. I will be sorry to see these students move on to their next connection class as they have all been a joy to teach.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: October 06, 2006

8th grade General Music/Drama Class

I gave out project sheets yesterday to all students. These projects (choose one of those listed below) will be due on Monday, October 2nd. Do not procrastinate as I have given you 3 weeks to get this completed. No excuses! I am really looking forward to seeing your creativity and hearing about your research.
1. Design a shadowbox depicting a scene from a broadway musical or play. (Not a movie) Lable all parts of the stage and be prepared to explain the scene from the musical you chose.
2. Research a writer of a musical, opera or play such as Lerner and Lowe, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondhiem, Richard Wagner. (2 pages double spaced and 14 font)
3. Collect articles and write a summary for each about things happening in theater or on broadway today. (Newspapers, magazines, and internet resources.) 10 articles will give you a low A.
4. Research a famous actor or actress of your choice reporting on his/her family background, childhood, acting career and awards. (2 pages, double spaced and 14 font)
5. Watch a musical other than Oliver, The Music Man or Westside Story and write a full report on the main characters, plot, storyline, conflicts/resolutions and whether or not you would recommend this musical as a must to see. (2 pages, double spaced 14 font)
This is a major project grade!

posted on: September 12, 2006

General Music Classes

My general music classees are off to a great start.
In 8th grade Drama/Musical Theater we have learned the parts of the stage and 20 vocabulary words concerning the stage and stage directions. Our first quiz was last week and our vocabulary test is this Friday, August 25th. Make sure that you study.

In 7th grade we are discovering how to sing and speak correctly, use our diaphragm and make sure that we have good posture. Today we learned about good breath support and what it does for our voice. We will have a pop quiz at the end of the week to check on our progress. You should have your notebook, paper and pencil in class every day for note taking. We are also doing some singing and they really sound great. If you are a parent you may remember the song "Hang on Sloopy" and "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". We're having fun learning them. Keep up the good work.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: August 22, 2006

Drama Projects

The drama projects are due Monday, May 1st, today. If you forgot yours make sure that you bring it in on Tuesday, May 2nd as this is a major project grade. We will be sharing them in class on Monday and Tuesday. The shadowboxes look great.

posted on: May 01, 2006

8-2 General Music/Drama Class

You have all been given a drama project sheet with 3 choices of projects. This major project is due on Monday, May 1st. No excuses!
I will be asking you what you have chosen to work on by this Friday. You have 3 weeks to prepare this project so budget your time with all of the other activities in which you are involved. Do not procrastinate! This is a major grade for the 9 weeks.

posted on: April 12, 2006

Drama Projects Due Feb. 9th

Your drama projects are due this Thursday, February 9th. No excuses. You have had 3 weeks to work on this project.

posted on: February 06, 2006

Drama Projects

Make sure that you have a least started your drama projects. You have the project sheet in your folders and the due is fast approaching. You have had 3 weeks to work on this project. It should be high quality work or reports on the due date of Thursday, February 9th.
Do not procrastinate!!!

posted on: January 30, 2006

8th gr. General Music Test

There will be a stage parts labelling test this Friday, January 20th. Study your notes.

posted on: January 18, 2006

8th Grade Music Class (Drama) 9 week content

Irene Smith

Unit 1: Drama Terms
Stage Terminology and Stage Parts
(Class notes, quiz & unit test)
Unit 2: Pantomime
Learn the components of pantomime
(Class notes, quizzes and perform scenes)
Unit 3: Improvisation
Learn the components of improvisation
(Take notes, quizzes/tests and act out scenes)
Unit 4: Radio Plays/Plays/Skits
Learn about radio shows, plays and skits and then, in small groups, perform one.
(Performance counts as a major test grade, include props from home)
Unit 5: Commercials
Students create a brand new product and a commercial for this product.
This is done in a small group. The project includes a finished written copy & performance for the class.
Unit 6: History of the Musical
Study musicals of the past through the present
(Filmstrip, worksheet/quiz and written test on this unit)
Unit 7: Study of the Musical
An in-depth study of the storyline to the musical, Westside Story
(Worksheets/test) Signing this syllabus gives your child permission to view it.

posted on: August 09, 2005

8th Grade General Music

We do not have an 8th grade General Music Class or Drama Class this year.

posted on: January 24, 2005

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