The Art of Expression at Fairview Middle

The Related Arts program at Fairview Middle is very diverse. Students have the opportunity to work with knowledgeable faculty to engage in quality pieces of art, high quality musical performances, captivating theater productions, exploring technology, 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.

Sponsor: Michelle Vinci       Phone: 629-214-3273

6th Grade–Exploration
During the 9 week art rotation, students will work with several art media. We begin with still-life drawing to build confidence and observational skills. Color theory and painting follow with a project that connects to art history. A favorite of all 6th graders is the clay project related to one of their social studies units to help them make deeper connections in content (interdisciplinary connections.) Students follow up their works with written reflections.

7th Grade–Methods & Techniques
As students grow older they have a greater desire to learn how to make something look “real” in art. Students walk away from this 9 weeks rotation with a greater understanding of these skills with value & shading in drawing, 1 point perspective, as well as the major color concept that nothing is ever one color but rather made up of many colors. Students put individual expression to their work as they paint, sculpt with clay and incorporate several art concepts in team stop-motion animation projects using iPads. Students follow up their works with written reflections.

8th Grade–Personal Style
Students begin to understand what it means to develop a style as they spend a Semester in this art rotation. Skilled drawing is explored with a thoughtful connection to self, pen & ink methods are developed, Pop Art is experienced through sculpting, and realistic drawing skills are developed with portraits. A mixed-media art piece is created with an interdisciplinary connection to English/ language arts and history. Students experiment with pottery wheel techniques and learn several printmaking methods. Students follow up their works with written reflections, artist statements and participate in art critiques.

Sponsor: Katie Wilcox       Phone: 629-214-3275

6th Grade Band
Students who are interested in learning a band instrument should join this class their sixth grade year. It is a year-long course that begins with choosing one instrument (with the help of the instructor) to focus on through their band career. Students will learn how to read treble and bass clef, as well as basic rhythms and musical notations. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results. The 6th grade band will perform three times throughout the course of the year.

7th Grade Band
This course if offered to 7th grade students who were in 6th grade band the previous year or transferred from another band. Students will learn more advanced rhythms, notes, and musical concepts. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results. 7th grade band will perform at sporting events, at three concerts throughout the year, and in the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association’s Concert Performance Assessment in the spring.

8th Grade Band
This course is offered to 8th grade students who have two previous years of band instruction. Students will learn the most advanced rhythms, notes, and musical concepts for the middle school level. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results. Students will also learn the fundamentals of marching in preparation for high school band. 8th grade band will perform at sporting events, at three concerts throughout the year, and in the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association’s Concert Performance Assessment in the spring.

***Any student wishing to join band without the requirements listed must get permission from the instructor before signing up for the course. If a student wishes to change instruments, that must be recommended from the instructor.***

Sponsor: Jeff Boyet       Phone: 629-214-3268

Theatre I
The goal of 6th Grade Theatre I is to prepare students for the next level of theatre and help them gain confidence for 7th grade Theatre II and 8th Grade Advanced Acting. The skills students will have an opportunity to learn include: building confidence through performance, memorization, collaboration, reading comprehension and written expression. This semester long class will focus on the following specific areas:

  • Develop character through games, performances and activities.
  • Describe the relationship between theatre and society within a given time period.
  • Creating character by replicating dialogue, movements and facial expressions of another person/object.
  • Improvisation
  • Develop memorization skills and further extend their reading comprehension.
  • Write original scripts for in-class puppet performances.
  • Creating hand props/puppets.
  • Perform memorized monologues for in-class performances.
  • Demonstrate proper audience etiquette.

Theatre II
The goal of 7th Grade Theatre II is to prepare students for the next level of theatre and help them gain confidence for 8th grade Advanced Acting and beyond. The skills students will have an opportunity to learn include: building confidence through performance, memorization, collaboration, reading comprehension and written expression. This semester long class will focus on the following specific areas:

  • Develop character through games, performances and activities.
  • Describe ways in which a selected art form is used in theatre.
  • Demonstrate improvisation skills.
  • Develop memorization skills and further extend their reading comprehension.
  • Showing a characters emotion through the use of facial expressions.
  • Demonstrate proper audience etiquette.

Advanced Acting
The goal of 8th Grade Advanced Acting is to prepare students for the next level of theatre and help them gain confidence for high school courses and beyond. The skills students will have an opportunity to learn include: building confidence through performance, memorization, collaboration, reading comprehension and written expression. This semester long class will focus on the following specific areas:

  • Develop character through games, performances and activities.
  • Write original scripts for in-class performances.
  • Determine the needs and design the technical elements of scene.
  • Collaborate with others to create a scripted scene.
  • Develop memorization skills and further extend their reading comprehension.
  • Learn the importance of set, make-up and costume design.
  • Examine various art forms used in theatre (dance, music, stage combat)
  • Demonstrate proper audience etiquette.

Sponsor: Kristy Westover       Phone: 629-214-3274

General Music 6
General Music is a quarter-long class for 6th graders. In this class, students will gain a basic understanding of musical notes and rhythms, musical styles and time periods, singing, and playing instruments. Students will sing every day, as well as analyze, evaluate, and create music. Students will learn to play West African drums during this quarter and learn about the study of multicultural music. Students will study a specific historical music era and learn about the cultural significance of Opera music. Students will also create “found music” with everyday objects, in the style of STOMP. Students should expect to participate fully each day in order to improve musical skills.

General Music 7
General Music is a quarter-long class for 7th graders. In this class, students will improve their understanding of musical notes and rhythms, musical styles and time periods, singing, and playing instruments. Students will sing or play instruments every day, as well as analyze, evaluate, and create music. Students will learn about identification of musical pitches and use of solfege for sight reading music. Students will learn to play acoustic guitars during this quarter, focusing on strumming chords. Students will study a specific historical music era and learn about the cultural significance of Broadway musicals. Students should expect to participate fully each day in order to improve musical skills.

Guitar and Songwriting 8
Guitar and Songwriting is a semester-long course offered to 8th grade students. In this class, students will learn to play the acoustic guitar, both with chords and with individual notes, and learn to create their own unique songs. Students will begin with basic understanding of how to play the acoustic guitar, but will quickly begin working on their own replication assignments, based on their own musical interests. Students will do an individual chord accompaniment project and a guitar solo project. Students will also learn about songwriting by analyzing other artists’ work, then create their own individual songwriting projects with lyrics, a unique melody line, and guitar chords that the student can perform. This class relies heavily on project-based learning. Students will primarily be working at their own pace, learning to create and reach challenging goals for themselves, based on their own musical interests. Students do not need to own a guitar to take this class: students will be borrowing guitars for use during class time.

7th and 8th Grade Choir
Choir is a year-long course offered to 7th and 8th graders. Taking this course in both 7th and 8th grade years is encouraged, but not required. Students will sing every day in class, as well as to participate in class activities and assignments. Students will learn about rhythmic and melodic notation, tempo, dynamics, and vocal production. Students should expect to participate fully each day to improve musical skills and to complete the ensemble sound. There will be several concerts during the year, at which student attendance is expected. There may be field trips during the year, and students may also choose to audition for Honor Choir opportunities.

Teacher: Jaylene Scott       Phone: 629-214-1759

Sixth Grade Orchestra
Students who are interested in learning an orchestra instrument should join this class their sixth grade year. It is a year-long course that begins with choosing one instrument (with the help of the instructor) to focus on through their orchestra career. Students will learn how to read treble, alto, and bass clefs, as well as basic rhythms and musical notations. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results. The 6th grade orchestra will perform several times throughout the course of the year.

Seventh Grade Orchestra
This course if offered to 7th grade students who were in 6th grade orchestra the previous year, have had private instruction, or transferred from another orchestra. Students will learn more advanced rhythms, notes, and musical concepts. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results. 7th grade orchestra will perform several times throughout the course of the year.  Students in 7th grade also have the opportunity to audition for state and regional ensembles.

Eighth Grade Orchestra
This course is offered to 8th grade students who have two previous years of orchestra instruction. Students will learn the most advanced rhythms, notes, and musical concepts for the middle school level. Students will play instruments every day in class, and are expected to take instruments home to practice for best results. 8th grade orchestra will perform several times throughout the course of the year.  Students in 8th grade also have the opportunity to audition for state and regional ensembles.

***Any student wishing to join orchestra without the requirements listed must get permission from the instructor before signing up for the course. If a student wishes to change instruments, that must be recommended from the instructor.***

Sponsor: Lynette Hayes       Phone: 629-214-3270
Sponsor: Preston Brooks       Phone: 629-214-3269

Physical Education
In Physical Education class students will participate in individual and team sports and lifetime wellness activities such as tiger ball, flag football, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, pickle ball, and others. Students will learn team and individual strategies/skills for these sports.

Students will also participate in daily fitness activities designed to prepare them for success on the state mandated Fitnessgram pacer test as well as other components of the Fitnessgram fitness test.

Sponsor: Natasha Shirley       Phone: 629-214-1758

Exploratory Spanish
Exploratory Spanish is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture.  Students will explore geography, customs, and traditions of the 21 countries where Spanish is the national language.  They will also learn some of the basic Spanish language by focusing on listening, reading, writing and speaking. There will be multiple opportunities to speak Spanish in class with an emphasis on using the language outside of the classroom.

Spanish 1
Spanish 1 is a high school honors course and is an introduction to the study of the Spanish language and its culture. Students perform the most basic functions of the language and become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting when possible.

A general introduction to the culture, its products (e.g., literature, laws, foods, games) perspectives (e.g., attitudes, values, beliefs,) and practices (patterns of social interaction) is integrated throughout the course. Students acquire some insight into how languages and cultures work by comparing the Spanish language and culture(s) to their own.

Sponsor: Sara Reynolds       Phone: 629-214-3272

6th Grade
In Exploring Technology, students develop an understanding of the progression and scope of technology through exploratory experiences. In group and individual activities, students experience ways in which technological knowledge and processes contribute to effective designs and solutions to technological problems. Students participate in design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, and refining designs provide firsthand opportunities for students to understand the uses and impacts of innovations. Students develop skills in communicating design information and reporting results.

In this course it is expected that students participate in all activities and gain new experiences. It is critical that students bridge their knowledge in mathematics and science so as to enhance their comprehension of technology. This course is a cornerstone for a middle school technology engineering education program.

7th Grade
In the Inventions & Innovations course, students learn all about invention and innovation. They will have opportunities to study the history of inventions and innovations, including their impacts on society. They will learn about the core concepts of technology and about the various approaches to solving problems, including engineering design and experimentation.

Students will apply their creativity in the invention and innovation of new products, processes, or systems. Finally, students learn about how various inventions and innovations impact their lives. Students participate in engineering-design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Students are involved in activities and experiences where they learn about brainstorming, visualizing, sketching, modeling, constructing, testing, experimenting, and refining designs. Students also develop skills in researching for information, communicating design information, completing engineering portfolios, developing a cost analysis, working with time studies and reporting their results.

8th Grade
Principles of Manufacturing is a yearlong, high school level class and is designed to provide students with exposure to various occupations and pathways in the Advanced Manufacturing career cluster.  It is the first course in the Fairview High School  Mechatronics program of study. In order to gain a holistic view of the advanced manufacturing industry, students will complete all core standards, as well as standards in two focus areas. Throughout the course, they will develop an understanding of the general steps involved in the manufacturing process and master the essential skills to be an effective team member in a manufacturing production setting. Course content covers basic quality principles and processes, blueprints and schematics, and systems. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will advance from this course with a nuanced understanding of how manufacturing combines design and engineering, materials science, process technology, and quality.