The Middle School band program teaches students the basics of technique and music theory while providing fun and energetic performance opportunities. Fifth- and sixth-grade students are required to choose a band or string instrument and in seventh and eighth grade opportunities expand and become more advanced.
Drama in the Middle School at LJCDS teaches students to express themselves with confidence. Classes focus on voice and body exercise, improvisation and scene work, which give students the tools they need to confidently play any character on the stage. Through interpreting characters, students learn to interpret the world.
The Middle School strings program teaches students the basics of technique and music theory, and provide students the experience of playing in a large music ensemble. Fifth- and sixth-grade students are required to choose a band or string instrument. Students continuing a string instrument from the Lower School will continue to develop their skills as musicians, while new musicians will start from the beginning. In seventh and eighth grades, performance opportunities expand and the music becomes more advanced.
Middle School theater tech is a place to get the basics. Students gain hands-on skills in areas essential to theater: carpentry, craft building, sculpture, basic wiring, sewing, drawing and painting. The classes provide the opportunity for students to explore some new areas of creativity with their peers.
The Middle School Glee Club offers young performers the opportunity to study appropriate vocal technique, basic choreography and stage performance through popular music. The Middle School show choir prepares a fully staged and costumed showcase performance each year. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a performance trip to Disneyland.