Explore the Related Arts Programs

The Related Arts program at Brentwood Middle is very diverse. Students have the opportunity to work with knowledgeable faculty to create quality pieces of art, high quality musical performances, captivating theater productions, and entertaining and informative video productions. Students also have the chance to expand their academic capabilities and improve and maintain their physical fitness. Many of the students involved in these programs have had their work recognized and honored with state and local awards. Students are encouraged to explore their interest in the many areas shown below.

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Art

6th Grade: The Building Blocks of Art (Art)

Make art, talk art, learn art and show your art. Emphasis is on skill building and the creative process, using drawing, print-making, painting, sculpting and a limited introduction to I-pad apps for visual arts. (9 weeks)

7th Grade: Pencil to Painting

You’ll learn drawing and painting techniques to help you create still life, landscape and surrealistic paintings, all using water-based painting media. (9 weeks)

7th Grade: Creative Pages

Use sculptural techniques to create accordion, pamphlet-stitched, Japanese stab-bound, flag and Coptic-bound books. (9 weeks)

7th Grade: Design Universe

Learn some of the building blocks of architectural, fashion and graphic design. (9 weeks)

7th Grade: Looking through the Lens

Learn how to manipulate our iPad cameras and their apps to create more focused photography. (9 weeks)

8th Grade: Basics for 8th Art

This class is for the student who enjoys creative expression and wants to learn more about various media. Students may draw, paint, explore print-making and sculpting. (Semester)

8th Grade: Studio8Art

This class builds skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpting. Students will learn by doing as they host art shows and participate in several art competitions. This intensive art class is for students who want to better express their creative vision while learning advanced studio techniques. (Year)

Band
6th Grade:  Band

The band program offers instrumental instruction to all interested sixth grade students. The students begin to learn music notation, ear training, dictation, as well as the basics of their instrument(s). These objectives are strengthened as students continue through the band program. Many opportunities exist for these young musicians including private lessons, mid-state honor bands, travel to national concert band competitions, and pep band. (Year)

7th and 8th Grades:  Band

Open to all seventh grade students with at least one year prior instrumental experience on the instrument chosen to play in band. (Special permission must be granted by the director if a student wishes to join the ensemble with no previous experience on the chosen band instrument.) This class will concentrate on developing tone production, rhythmic proficiency, individual and ensemble intonation and technical accuracy, as well as preparation and performance of intermediate band literature. This ensemble will perform at least four performances: one in December, two in April, and one at the annual
M.T.S.B.O.A.*
Adjudicated Concert Festival held in March. During our annual band trip, this ensemble will also perform at the Festival site for adjudication. There will be a minimum of four extracurricular afternoon rehearsals in preparation for festival performances. (Year)

Choir/Music

6th Grade:  Fundamentals of Music (Music)

Students will be introduced to the building blocks of music. Throughout the nine weeks, students will grow their knowledge of music theory and analysis through composition and performance. (9 weeks)

 6th Grade:  Chorus

Students will learn proper vocal production techniques, music literacy, and methods of expression that will further their individual musicianship. While students are developing their own vocal abilities, they will be practicing the art of unified music-making in creating balance and blend. We will explore choral literature from varied time periods, styles, and cultures. Performance opportunities include mass chorus concerts, honors choir and festivals. (Semester)

7th Grade:  Introduction to Songwriting and Guitar (Songwriting)

This class is an introduction to the art of arranging and composition. Students with an interest in creating music must take this class as a prerequisite to Advanced Songwriting and Guitar. Students will listen to and analyze music to influence existing creativity, collaborate to create original works, and perform. We will learn the fundamentals of guitar to use as a tool to support songwriting. (Semester)

7th Grade:  Chorus

Students will learn proper vocal production techniques, music literacy, and methods of expression that will further their individual musicianship. While students are developing their own vocal abilities, they will be practicing the art of unified music-making in creating balance and blend. We will explore choral literature from varied time periods, styles, and cultures. Performance opportunities include mass chorus concerts, honors choir, and festivals. (Semester)

8th Grade:  Chorus

Students will learn proper vocal production techniques, music literacy, and methods of expression that will further their individual musicianship. While students are developing their own vocal abilities, they will be practicing the art of unified music-making in creating balance and blend. We will explore choral literature from varied time periods, styles, and cultures. Performance opportunities include mass chorus concerts, honors choir and festivals. (Year)

Drama

6th Grade:  Theater Beginnings (Drama)

Sixth grade Drama is an introductory course designed to build confidence in speaking and performing in front of peers. This class is focused primarily on theater terminology, basic performance techniques, scriptwriting, and the origins of drama. (9 weeks)

7th Grade:  The Art of Acting (Drama)

Seventh grade drama is a course exploring theater from the perspective of an actor. Throughout the class, students will focus on crafting a character, play analysis, the rehearsal process, scriptwriting, and improvisation. Students will also study theater as a historical and cultural influence throughout the world. (9 Weeks)

7th Grade:  The Art of Scriptwriting (Scriptwriting)

In this class, students will explore acting, theater history, and technical theater through the lens of the playwright. Students will learn how to properly write a script through character study, classroom exercises, and the study of published works. The final project will be a completed one act script from each student. This class is designed for students wanting to pursue 8th Grade Advanced Theater (The Actor’s Studio). (Semester)

8th Grade:  Drama

8th Grade Semester Drama is designed to build upon the foundational theater skills established in 6th and 7th grade which include building confidence through performance, memorization, collaboration, reading comprehension and written expression. Through games and activities, we will study character development, published works, and technical theater. We will also study various moments throughout theatre history including Commedia dell’arte and Elizabethan Theater. (Semester)

8th Grade:  The Actor’s Studio (Advanced Drama)

The Advanced Drama class is a year-long class that is focused on the mastery of character analysis, play analysis, theater as a cultural influence, and technical theater. Students will learn proper voice, diction, and movement techniques while learning how to produce a show from beginning to end. The semester will conclude with a performance from a written work. Students will be responsible for performing, directing, producing and running all technical aspects for the production. (Year)

Media/Video/Coding

6th Grade:  Introduction to Media Concepts and Google Apps (Media)

As part of this class, students will study the history of communication and media and create a presentation highlighting one of many topics. Photography and video creation will be covered as students create a biographical digital story of their favorite things. Each week students will work to improve their keyboarding techniques and to increase their keying speed and accuracy. Students will participate in a multi-week collaborative learning unit that focuses on planning a vacation. As part of this unit students will research and organize information, create various documents, spreadsheets and visual presentations using Google Apps. (9 weeks)

 6th Grade:  Keyboarding and Document Creation

Students will review the proper keyboarding techniques and develop speed and accuracy while completing a variety of touch typing exercises including the number and symbol keys. In addition, students will learn the correct formatting methods for reports, letters, outlines, and tables. An introduction to basic desktop publishing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will also be included as they complete a thematic unit. (9 weeks)

6th Grade:  Computer Coding I (HTML and CSS)

Students begin by studying the origins of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Students will work on developing a primary understanding of two key website programming and design languages: HTML and CSS. They will also become familiar with some of the tools and technologies needed to develop web pages and other programming projects. Toward the end of the nine weeks, the class will be introduced to JavaScript as well. Students enrolling in coding need to be detailed-oriented and be ready for higher-level thinking challenges. (9 weeks)

7th Grade:  Media Creations and Desktop Publishing (Media)

In Media, students begin by exploring the importance of intellectual property including copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Students will research and report on topics such as plagiarism, copyright infringement, netiquette, online safety, hacking, and fair use. Students will have weekly opportunities to improve their keyboarding techniques and to increase their keyboarding speed and accuracy. Cooperative learning groups will study the history of media advertising, develop marketing plans, and create product promotions. Desktop publishing activities, the creation of graphics, and basic web design concepts will be the focus of print mediums. Students will modify and create audio clips and use video cameras and video editing software to create the broadcast mediums. (9 weeks)

7th Grade: Computer Coding II (Javascript)

Pre-requisite: 6th Grade computer coding or working knowledge of HTML and CSS
The class will begin with a review of HTML and CSS. Students will then learn the basic components associated with Javascript including variables, input, output, If statements, loops, and other key concepts. The concepts will be presented through a variety of methods. Students enrolled in this class should be detail-oriented and enjoy problem-solving. (9 weeks)

7th and 8th Grades:  Introduction to Video Production (Intro to Video)

Students taking this class will learn about the various careers associated with the movie and television industry. Basic video terminology will be explored, and students will learn how to plan, create, record and edit video projects. Throughout this semester class, students will complete 6-8 video projects. This class is a pre-requisite for students wanting to take Advanced Video Design and Production in the 8th Grade. Class enrollment is limited to two classes of 35 students each. (Semester)

8th Grade:  Advanced Video Design and Production  (Adv. Video )

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Video
This class is available to students who took Introduction to Video Production in 7th grade or 8th grade. They will continue their study of video production techniques. The history of movie-making will be studied in conjunction with a website design unit. Students will review camera angles, shots and movements and how to use the cameras to get their desired effect. As the class progresses, students will develop storyboards and are responsible for writing, producing, directing, recording and editing many projects including public service announcements, news broadcasts, interviews, silent movies and music videos. This is an accelerated class that focuses heavily on working independently and collaboratively to complete projects at a fast pace. Students taking this class will have many of the skills necessary to continue in the Media program at Brentwood High School. (Semester)

8th Grade:  Advanced Media Creations and Web Design (Media)

In this class, students will spend the semester studying the role that media plays in our daily lives. Students will also learn the basics of web design by completing 2 projects: one will focus on using a web editing software; the other will focus on creating a website using HTML and CSS coding. Students will also work collaboratively to complete a unit which incorporates desktop publishing, spreadsheet usage, database queries, and document creation. (Semester)

8th Grade:  Video Game Design

In this class, students will learn to think like programmers as they create a wide variety of computer games. They will learn technical skills like programming, graphic design, and animation. They will also learn to test and debug the programs they are creating. Students enrolling in this class need to be detail-oriented, organized, and enjoy challenges designed to stimulate high-level thinking skills. (Semester)

Orchestra
6th Grade:  Orchestra

The 6th Grade Orchestra class is open to students with or without prior experience. Students will learn the fundamentals of music and string instrument-playing, including basic technique, music notation, and ear-training skills. Students have the opportunity to learn the violin, viola, cello, or double bass and will experience performing in large and small ensembles. (Students with prior experience may choose to learn a secondary instrument.) This class is a pre-requisite for future participation in the Brentwood Middle orchestra program. The 6th grade Orchestra has at least two large concerts each year, participates in the Williamson County String Fling, and takes an annual field trip to the Nashville Symphony. (Year)

7th and 8th Grades:  Orchestra

This class is only open to students with prior experience on an orchestral string instrument. Second year students will continue to refine fundamental skills and begin to develop more advanced knowledge of music theory and playing techniques. This class concentrates on rhythmic and technical accuracy as well as preparation and performance of Grade 2 string orchestra literature. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Williamson County Honor Orchestra Clinic, M.T.S.B.O.A.* Concert Performance Assessment, and are eligible for the M.T.S.B.O.A.* Mid-State Orchestra. The 7th Grade Orchestra has at least four large concerts each year and may participate in a variety of other festivals and performances, including a Spring Trip. (Year)

Physical Education
6th and 7th Grades:  Life Long Wellness and Physical Education 

This nine week class will include participation in games such as volleyball, basketball, kickball, ping pong, team handball, soccer, flag football, spike ball, ultimate Frisbee, and Frisbee golf. Students will also take the fitness test. Health and wellness, mental and emotional problems, and conflict resolution will also be studied. Students will use technology to create a poster board presentation on the negative effects of using tobacco. (9 weeks)

6th, 7th and 8th Grades:  Life Long Wellness and Physical Education II

This semester course will include participation in games such as volleyball, basketball, kickball, ping pong, team handball, soccer, flag football, spike ball, ultimate Frisbee, and Frisbee golf. Fitness testing and re-testing will be completed to evaluate student progress. Health and wellness, mental and emotional problems and conflict resolution will also be studied. (Semester)

8th Grade:  Life Long Wellness and Physical Education III 

This year long class will include participation in games such as volleyball, kickball, ping pong, soccer, flag football, basketball, capture the volleyball, circuit training, ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee golf, and spike ball. Fitness testing and re-testing will be completed to evaluate student progress. In the health portion of the class, students will study drug misuse and abuse, personal care, decision making, and CPR. Students will use technology to create a presentation about a different sport or sports figure. (Year)

Robotics

6th, 7th and 8th Grade:  Robotics 1

This course introduces students to Robotics. Students work in pairs to program Vex IQ robots using RobotC software. This course uses the Engineering Design Process to develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as develop their ability to communicate and work with other students. Throughout the course, students program their robots to complete a variety of tasks, using simple commands and input from the robot’s sensors. No Robotics experience is necessary (9 weeks)

Spanish Exploratory

6th Grade: Spanish Exploratory

Students will explore cultures and traditions of 21 countries that have Spanish as their official language. They will explore geography, history, holidays, and other parts of each country while also taking time to compare some of those traditions with ones here in the United States. There will be several in-class research/presentation projects to follow along with our class discussions including a group project on a chosen country, a famous Hispanic person, and a holiday from the Spanish-speaking world. Students will also be exposed to limited vocabulary that will aid in cultural discussions. This class is intended to prepare students for Spanish 1 in either 7th or 8th grade, but is NOT a prerequisite to those courses. (9 weeks)

Study Skills

6th  Grade:  Study Skills

The study skills course focuses on improving and empowering students in many areas. Students will learn organizational techniques, study skills, various life skills, problem-solving, and business and personal finance and budgeting. The text that is provided for this course is The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Teens. (9 weeks)

7th Grade: Study Skills

The study skills course focuses on improving and empowering students in many areas. Students will learn organizational techniques, study skills, various life skills, problem-solving, and business and personal finance and budgeting. The text that is provided for this course is The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Teens. (9 weeks)

8th Grade:  Study Skills/Physical Education

Students enrolled in this course will have study skills for 1 nine weeks and Physical Education for 1 nine weeks. The study skills course focuses on improving and empowering students in many areas. Students will learn organizational techniques, study skills, various life skills, problem-solving, and business and personal finance and budgeting. The text that is provided for this course is The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Teens. The Physical Education class will include participation in games such as volleyball, basketball, kickball, ping pong, team handball, soccer, flag football, spike ball, ultimate frisbee, and Frisbee golf. Students will also take the fitness test. Health and wellness, mental and emotional problems and conflict resolution will also be studied. (Semester)