The Following Classes at DMA are Taught in the Performing Arts Department
This course will focus on the aspects of reading music, music theory, music notation, and learning how to play the piano at the beginner level. This course is for cadets who are interested in learning how to read music and apply that knowledge to the keyboard. During this course, Ms. Kelman will teach the cadets different musical notations, such as note durations, the staff, major and minor scales, key signatures, etc. Ms. Kelman will work with cadets in group lessons, as well as individual lessons during class time. Cadets will work at their own pace using the provided piano lesson and theory books. By the end of this course, each cadet will be able to look at a musical score and be able to play it on the piano, as well as have the tools needed to be able to transfer learned musical knowledge to other instruments, choirs, etc. This course will provide each cadet with their own keyboard, stand, bench, and set of headphones (in-class use only). None of this musical equipment will leave Ms. Kelman’s room at any time.
Introduction to Theater Arts
This course will focus on the aspects of theater from a beginner’s standpoint. Cadets will use improvisation, stage direction, dialogue, memorization, and various acting skills to learn hands-on what it is like to be an actor on stage, as well as behind the scenes. This course will touch on the production side of theater, such as directing, casting, producing, stage-managing, and the art of publicizing. Cadets will dissect the aspects of a musical and a play and will watch and critique during the course in class. This course is not audition based; anyone is welcome! Cadets will leave this class with the confidence to perform and/or public speak in front of a large group of people, as well as original scenes and skits created during class. This course will allow cadets to step out of their comfort zone and experiment with acting and improvisational techniques. This is a performance-based course.