The Arts

Kindergarten

Theatre Games

This course is an introductory course for theatre. Students are engaged in a process of expression through artistic form. Students are encouraged to stretch imaginations and have cooperative fun. Students act out short stories and activities which encourage physical and vocal expressiveness.Ms. Johnson
johnsonac@myips.org
317-226-4992

Kindergarten Creative Movement

The Kindergarten Creative Movement class is based on modern dance principles.  We focus on concepts based on body awareness, the elements of space,  actions, time, and energy.  Students will participate in various activities working alone, with a partner, and in whole group instruction.  Students should wear appropriate clothing and shoes on their creative movement day.  Miss Amber price
PriceAD@myIPS.org
317-226-4992

Kindergarten Music

Kindergarten is a year of exploration and imitation in Music Class.   The Edison School of the Arts Kindergarten General Music curriculum is based on being Tuneful, Artful, and Beatful.  Students will participate in a variety of vocal activities, including singing alone and with others.  Students will participate in movement activities, to build steady beat and rhythmic skills, as well as, build listening and music appreciation skills.  Students will also play a variety of percussion instruments, and learn folk dances from around the world. 

1st Grade

Piano

This course is an introductory course designed to begin students in piano studies. Students will learn the basics of piano, becoming familiar with the layout of the keys, hand differentiation, and appropriate finger numbers. They will be playing melodic patterns using simple rhythms in the Faber & Faber Primer Level book. Students will also learn more about the music alphabet. This class is incorporated into their weekly schedule and will meet once per week.Ms. Johnson
johnsonac@myips.org
317-226-4992

Edison Visual and Performing arts theater classes, grades 1 thru 4

are designed to explore the art of stage performance. Student actors explore stories, create characters and play constructive acting games designed to build their acting skills and gain performance confidence.Ms. Stephanie Butler
Butlers@myips.org
317-226-4992

General Music

The Edison School of the Arts Primary  Music curriculum is based on the Orff Schulwerk approach, which combines music, speech and movement.  This approach will build a foundation of rhythm and melody skills.  Students will participate in a variety of vocal activities, including singing alone and with others.  Students will participate in movement activities, to build steady beat and rhythmic skills, as well as, build listening and music appreciation skills.  Students will also play a variety of instruments, and learn folk dances from around the world.Miss Amber Price
PriceAD@myIPS.org
317-226-4992

2nd Grade

Piano

2nd

This course is an introductory course designed to begin students in piano studies. Students will learn the basics of piano, becoming familiar with the layout of the keys, hand differentiation, and appropriate finger numbers. They will be playing melodic patterns using simple rhythms in the Faber & Faber Primer Level book. Students will also learn more about the music alphabet. This class is incorporated into their weekly schedule and will meet once per week.Ms. Johnson
johnsonac@myips.org
317-226-4992

Edison Visual and Performing arts theater classes, grades 1 thru 4

are designed to explore the art of stage performance. Student actors explore stories, create characters and play constructive acting games designed to build their acting skills and gain performance confidence.Ms. Stephanie Butler
Butlers@myips.org
317-226-4992

General Music

The Edison School of the Arts Primary  Music curriculum is based on the Orff Schulwerk approach, which combines music, speech and movement.  This approach will build a foundation of rhythm and melody skills.  Students will participate in a variety of vocal activities, including singing alone and with others.  Students will participate in movement activities, to build steady beat and rhythmic skills, as well as, build listening and music appreciation skills.  Students will also play a variety of instruments, and learn folk dances from around the world.Miss Amber Price
PriceAD@myIPS.org
317-226-4992

3rd Grade

Guitar class is for 1 semester for all 4th grade students.  Students in guitar will learn basics such as: notes on the 6 strings, chords, picking techniques, and strumming techniques. They will learn to use chords to accompany simple songs.

3rd Grade Piano

This course is an introductory course designed to begin students in piano studies. Students will be learning group pieces, mostly from the Bastien Primer Level Piano book. Students will also be learning basic music theory to develop their musicianship and prepare them to further their abilities in piano. This class is incorporated into their weekly schedule and will meet once per week.Ms. Johnson
johnsonac@myips.org
317-226-4992

Grades 3-4: Upper Elementary General Music

The Edison School of the Arts Upper Elementary Music curriculum continues to build the student’s rhythm and melody skills. Students will participate in a variety of vocal activities, play instruments, and continue to build listening skills. Music appreciation is a big focus at this level, as extra emphasis is placed on learning the historical and cultural significance of pieces that are studied.Miss Quandt
quandte@myips.org
317-226-4992

3rd Grade Violin

All Edison 3rd grade students take violin for one semester.  Students learn fundamental skills that will enable them to perform simple songs.   Skills learned include correct playing posture, finger placement, bowing technique and the basic notes of 2 strings.  Additionally, students learn how to handle and respect an instrument as well as the procedures necessary for respectful learning in an instrumental music class.Ms. Ramsey
ramseyK@myips.org
317-226-4992

Theater classes, grades 1 thru 4

are designed to explore the art of stage performance. Student actors explore stories, create characters and play constructive acting games designed to build their acting skills and gain performance confidence.Ms. Stephanie Butler
butlers@myips.org
317-226-4992

Visual Arts

In the fourth, visual art courses continue to provide a wide variety of methods in art making, while developing the understanding and proficient use of the “language of art”- the Elements and Principles of Art. Students will study artists and artistic movements from the past and present, and from various backgrounds and cultures. Students will experience 2D and 3D materials as they strive to become reflective, knowledgeable and courageous visual artists. Artworks will be displayed at Edison School of the Arts throughout the year and returned at the end of the spring.Mr. Tom Weidenbach
WeidenbachC@myIPS.org
317-226-4992

4th Grade

4th Grade Guitar Class

Guitar class is for 1 semester for all 4th grade students.  Students in guitar will learn basics such as: notes on the 6 strings, chords, picking techniques, and strumming techniques. They will learn to use chords to accompany simple songs.

3rd Grade Piano

This course is an introductory course designed to begin students in piano studies. Students will be learning group pieces, mostly from the Bastien Primer Level Piano book. Students will also be learning basic music theory to develop their musicianship and prepare them to further their abilities in piano. This class is incorporated into their weekly schedule and will meet once per week.Ms. Johnson
johnsonac@myips.org
317-226-4992

Grades 3-4: Upper Elementary General Music

The Edison School of the Arts Upper Elementary Music curriculum continues to build the student’s rhythm and melody skills. Students will participate in a variety of vocal activities, play instruments, and continue to build listening skills. Music appreciation is a big focus at this level, as extra emphasis is placed on learning the historical and cultural significance of pieces that are studied.Miss Quandt
quandte@myips.org
317-226-4992

Theater classes, grades 1 thru 4

are designed to explore the art of stage performance. Student actors explore stories, create characters and play constructive acting games designed to build their acting skills and gain performance confidence.Ms. Stephanie Butler
butlers@myips.org
317-226-4992

In the fourth, visual art courses continue to provide a wide variety of methods in art making, while developing the understanding and proficient use of the “language of art”- the Elements and Principles of Art. Students will study artists and artistic movements from the past and present, and from various backgrounds and cultures. Students will experience 2D and 3D materials as they strive to become reflective, knowledgeable and courageous visual artists. Artworks will be displayed at Edison School of the Arts throughout the year and returned at the end of the spring.Mr. Tom Weidenbach
WeidenbachC@myIPS.org
317-226-4992

Elementary Pull-Outs

Elementary Choir is an auditioned pull-out group for grades 1-4 that continues to develop vocal music skills. This group will work on developing age-appropriate vocal technique and a variety of musical genres. Performances in and out of school will be required each semester. Performances during the fall semester will focus on “holiday” themes. Spring performances will take place throughout the semester. Students involved in this pull-out are required to have the appropriate performance attire. Students will be held accountable for daily behavior at school, rehearsal behavior and attendance as well as performance attendance and clothing.

Elementary Orchestra Pullout

Instruction on violin, viola, cello and string bass is available to students grades 1 – 4 during Elementary pullout time. Students learn fundamental skills that will enable them to perform simple songs. Skills learned include correct playing posture, finger placement, bowing technique and the basic notes of 2 strings. Additionally, students learn how to handle and respect an instrument as well as the procedures necessary for respectful learning in an instrumental music class.

D.R.U.M. Ensemble stands for Discipline, Respect and Unity through Music 

The Edison School of the Arts Drum Ensemble is a music and movement based ensemble that is built on the Orff Schulwerk approach, created by German composer, Carl Orff.  Carl Orff believed there is a triangular connection between, music, movement and literature.  All D.R.U.M. Ensemble performances will be built on this approach, and will focus on the development of self discipline, respect and unity.  The purpose of this group is to help students develop life skills, as well as, music skills by playing various percussion instruments.  Students in grades 1 – 5 will be eligible to audition for this group, and will perform at various concerts throughout the school year. Miss Amber Price
PriceAD@myIPS.org
317-226-4993

5th & 6th grade electives

5th/6th

This course is a continuing course designed to advance students in piano studies. Students will be learning group pieces as well as solo pieces. Students will also be learning basic music theory to develop their musicianship and prepare them to further their abilities in piano. These classes are an elective course and meet two times per week. Students who excel in piano will be given opportunities to perform at the Edison Art Show as well as other school performances throughout the year.Ms Johnson
johnsonac@myips.org
317-226-4992

Grades 5-6: Orff Percussion Elective

In Orff Percussion, students learn many pieces on “Orff” instruments such as xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels. In this class, students will work as an ensemble to perform written songs, and will be encouraged to compose their own pieces.Miss Quandt
quandte@myips.org
317-226-4992

Orchestra

The Edison School of the Arts offers, as an elective, 5th/6th Grade and 7th/8th Grade Strings with beginning to advanced students in each. 2 teachers for each class. Teachers divide students into beginning and those who already play an instrument.

Students will learn standard fundamentals of chosen instrument. They will then progress to more advanced techniques and musical literature. The purpose of these groups is to develop life skills as well as musical skills. It is hoped that all students will go on to pursue performing on an instrument.

Students will be accountable for instrument, music, practice at home, rehearsals, playing tests/quizzes, and concerts. There is a required dress code for concerts.Ms. Ramsey
RamseyK@mtips.org
317-226-4992

Stage Management  (grades 5- 8)

Students will learn to manage rehearsals, actors, props and liaise with front-of-house staff and the director. These students need to have a good understanding of both the technical and artistic elements of a performance so you can ensure it is delivered according to requirements. may also take specialty classes with a focus on set design, development  and history. Classes are developed in-line with the Indiana State Theater Standards.Ms Stephanie Butler
Butlers@myips.org
317-226-4992

Middle school students  (grades 5-8), students will use various creative drama techniques to build ensemble, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play with an emphasis in believability. Students will use concentration skills to direct the focus, intent and motivation to create and sustain a character. Students will address plot, setting and character in monologues. Students will learn and use drama and theater vocabulary in class discussions. They will learn the skills to portray more compelling characters and complex scenes. Students will focus on realistic acting, gaining audience attention and developing a stage presence.Ms. Stephanie Butler
butlers@myips.org
317-226-4992

Band

The Edison School of the Arts offers, as an elective, 5th/6th Grade and 7th/8th Grade Band with beginning to advanced students in each.  2 teachers for each class.  Teachers divide students into beginning and those who already play an instrument.

Students will learn standard fundamentals of chosen instrument.  They will then progress to more advanced techniques and musical literature.  The purpose of these groups are to develop life skills as well as musical skills.  It is hoped that all students will go on to pursue performing on an instrument.

Students will be accountable for instrument, music, practice at home, rehearsals, playing tests/quizzes, and concerts.  There is a required dress code for concerts.Mrs. Michele Pickard
PickardM@myips.org
317-226-4992

7th & 8th grade electives

7th/8th

This course is broken into two groups, an introductory level for the new students and a continuing level for the returning students. Students will be using the Alfred Adult Piano Level 1 book for learning group pieces as well as piano technique and other music concepts. Students will also be given solos and duets. Students will also be learning basic music theory to develop their musicianship and prepare them to further their abilities in piano. These classes are an elective course and will meet two times per week. Students who excel in piano will be given opportunities to perform at the Edison Art Show as well as other school performances throughout the year.

MS. Johnson
johnsonac@myips.org
317-226-4992

Grades 7-8: World Music Elective

In World Music, students explore traditional and modern music, dance, and instruments from various countries. Students will not only listen and observe traditional music, but have the chance to perform pieces as well. Special emphasis is placed on learning facts about each country to correspond with the art being studied and to make students more globally aware of cultures outside of the United States.Miss Quandt
quandte@myips.org
317-226-4992

Stage Management  (grades 5- 8)

Students will learn to manage rehearsals, actors, props and liaise with front-of-house staff and the director. These students need to have a good understanding of both the technical and artistic elements of a performance so you can ensure it is delivered according to requirements. may also take specialty classes with a focus on set design, development  and history. Classes are developed in-line with the Indiana State Theater Standards.Ms. Stephanir Butler
Butlers@myips.org
317-226-4992

Middle school students  (grades 5-8), students will use various creative drama techniques to build ensemble, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play with an emphasis in believability. Students will use concentration skills to direct the focus, intent and motivation to create and sustain a character. Students will address plot, setting and character in monologues. Students will learn and use drama and theater vocabulary in class discussions. They will learn the skills to portray more compelling characters and complex scenes. Students will focus on realistic acting, gaining audience attention and developing a stage presence.Ms. Stepahie Butler
butlers@myips.org
317-226-4992

The Edison School of the Arts offers, as an elective, 5th/6th Grade and 7th/8th Grade Band with beginning to advanced students in each.  2 teachers for each class.  Teachers divide students into beginning and those who already play an instrument.

Students will learn standard fundamentals of chosen instrument.  They will then progress to more advanced techniques and musical literature.  The purpose of these groups are to develop life skills as well as musical skills.  It is hoped that all students will go on to pursue performing on an instrument.

Students will be accountable for instrument, music, practice at home, rehearsals, playing tests/quizzes, and concerts.  There is a required dress code for concerts.Mrs.Michele Pickard
PickardM@myips.org
317-226-4992

Arts Team WISH LIST

After School Activities

Drumline

Drumline is a very select after school group that meets for a limited time during the 3rd grading period. Students selected will create a marching drum cadence. Students must be a strong musician with excellent behavior. Students are selected at the sole discretion of the Band Director.

Physical Education

Overview of Physical Education

Edison School of the Arts

Skills are basic and should be taught to all students in a particular grade level. These skills are considered fundamental or “must learn” skills.

Many skills are introduced in Kindergarten. However, as the students moves up in the grade levels the skills become more refined to mastered.

All skills in each category are based on Indiana State Standards.

Our physical education program offers a wide variety of skills and activities.

Grade Level Outcomes: k-8th grade

Traveling/Locomotor/Nonlocomotor Movements

Throwing/Catching/Dribbling/Rolling

Volleying

Balance/Transferring Weight

Kicking

Striking with ImplementsMrs. Dine
dinev@myips.org
317-226-4992