Grassland Middle Related Arts

Grassland is proud to offer a variety of related arts classes for all grades. These courses encourage students to explore interests outside of the core curriculum and ultimately help students become more well rounded individuals and better learners.

Art

Contact: Alli Taylor

General Art (6th, 7th) Length: 9 weeks.

Courses cover a variety of techniques, media and critical thinking skills. Students will explore art through the ages, connect to units in social studies, science, and language arts.  Students will learn about artists and why they create in their unique styles.

Instruction is given in many traditional art styles utilizing subjects including real life, still life, landscapes, abstracts and imagination. Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively while practicing newly learned techniques.

Art – 2-D and 3-D Media (8th) Length: 9 weeks

Instruction in Art 8 is given in many traditional art styles utilizing subjects including real life, still life, landscapes, abstracts and imagination. Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively while practicing newly learned techniques.

Eighth grade students can expect the 1st and 3rd quarters to focus on 2-D media such as pencil, charcoal, ink, various painting media including watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, and oil stick. The 2nd and 4th quarters will focus on 3-D media such as clay, cardboard, Styrofoam, wire, Printmaking, etc.,  with some projects based on American History, Science, and Language Arts.

Google Classroom and technology are used at all levels in art, and lessons are found on Skyward.  Presentations are required at all levels to encourage public speaking and self reflection. Copyright Laws and Graphic Design are also covered.

Band

Contact: Jan Dossey

Grassland Music Department Survey

2018-2019 Performance Calendar
GMS Band Handbook

Band Supply Lists by Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade

Beginning Band (6th) Length: 1 year

Membership is open to any sixth grade student who wishes to learn the fundamentals of playing a typical school band instrument. These instruments include flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, baritone, French horn, and percussion.

Students will learn the foundations that will ensure their success as future band members such as learning to read music, producing a good tone, assimilating music history and theory; and playing and performing individually and as a group.

The Beginning Band traditionally performs a winter and spring concert, as well as a concert for incoming fifth graders. Students who are achieving at a high level are also encouraged to participate in the MTSBOA Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment. Students are expected to practice individually in preparation for class and to attend all performances.

Concert Band (7th) Length: 1 year

Placement: Concert Band is open to seventh grade students who have at least one year experience playing their instrument. The course is a continuation of the technical training started in the sixth grade.

Students will expand their playing ability, improve their range, tone, and technique, enhance their ensemble skills, continue to assimilate music history and theory, and perform individually and as a group. Students will perform in the winter and spring concerts, a minimum of one football game as a pep band, and school pep rallies.

Students achieving at a high level will be encouraged to audition for the MTSBOA Mid State Clinic Bands and also the MTSBOA Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment. Students will attend the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Concert and Sight Reading Performance Assessment in the spring.

Students will also learn the fundamentals of marching and playing in parade formation. This band performs with the eighth grade band for the annual Franklin Rodeo parade at the end of the year. Students will be expected to practice individually in preparation for class and to attend all performances.

Symphonic Band (8th) Length: 1 year

Placement: Symphonic Band is open to eighth grade students who have at least two years of experience on their instrument. Students will continue to expand their playing ability, improve their range, tone and technique, refine their ensemble skills, apply music history and theory skills, and perform individually and as a group.

Students will perform in the winter and spring concerts, all school assemblies for special occasions, a minimum of one football game as a pep band, and school pep rallies.

Students achieving at a high level will be encouraged to audition for the MTSBOA Mid State Clinic Bands and also the MTSBOA Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment. Students will attend the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Concert and Sight Reading Performance Assessment in the spring. 

An overnight trip to an out of state concert band competition is usually the culmination of the year for this group.

This band is also typically invited to perform for several school and community functions throughout the year such as special assemblies. A popular community performance is the annual Franklin Rodeo Parade at the end of the school year.

Students will be expected to practice individually in preparation for class and to attend all performances.

Creative Dramatics

Contact: Jennifer Keith

Creative Dramatics (6th ) Length: 9 weeks; Level 1 Course in basic Stage Terminology, Elements of Theatre, Theatre Terms, and experience in Pantomime, Puppetry, and Improvisation. Both onstage and offstage techniques are introduced.

Creative Dramatics (7th ) Length: 9 weeks; Level 2 Course expands on what students learned in the basics class. Students will continue their exploration of Improvisation, going more in depth on the topic. More theatre concepts will be discussed including Storytelling, the History of Theatre, and general stage practices like Projection and Movement.

Students will also complete a unit on Warped Fairy Tales that includes Scene Writing, Directing, Costuming, Set Design, and Performance.

Creative Dramatics (8th ) Length: 9 weeks

Level 3 Course is designed to be taken after levels 1 and 2 have been completed, but that is not mandatory. Students will continue work on Improvisation. They will research Celebrities and the impact of Media and Society. They will also be exposed to more classical theatre including a brief unit on Shakespeare.

The students will conclude the nine weeks by learning the basics of Silent Film and Comedy and create a project combining elements of Soundtracks and Silent Film with their classmates.

This class focuses on collaboration and ensemble work. There is a chance for a few 8th graders to be involved with the Year Round Drama class. They must apply at the end of 7th grade for this honor.

Orchestra

Contact: Susan Abell

Registration for Rising 6th Grader Orchestra Students

6th Grade String Orchestra Class:

The String Orchestra Program is open to students of all levels who are interested in playing, or already play, the violin, viola, cello or (upright/string) bass. The class will focus on introducing students to the instruments, as well as providing differentiated instruction for students with previous experience.

The students will learn the basics of their instrument, music notation, ear training, music history, basic musicianship, as well as teamwork. These are areas that will continue to be developed as a student continues through the strings program.

Performances may range up to four per year – one in December, one or two in March or April, and one in May. Students with previous experience are encouraged to register for this course to be eligible for additional performance opportunities. (Full Year)

7th Grade String Orchestra Class:

The String Orchestra class is open to students with at least one year prior instrumental experience playing the violin, viola, cello or (string/upright) bass. (Special permission must be granted by the director if a student wishes to join the ensemble with no previous experience on the chosen string instrument.)

The class will focus on refining intonation, developing characteristic tone, rhythmic accuracy, note-reading literacy, ensemble development and additional musicianship skills. Performances may range up to four per year – one in December, one or two in March or April, and one in May.

Students in this ensemble will also perform for adjudication at the MTSBOA Concert Festival, have the opportunity to audition for the MTSBOA 7&8 Mid-State Orchestra and participate in the Williamson County String Orchestra Clinic. (Full Year)

Exploratory Strings (Grades 6-8)

9 week rotation

Grassland Middle Orchestra

Grassland Middle Orchestra

Robotics

Contact: Tina Finley

Robotics 1- (6th, 7th, 8th)- A 9 week course which 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.  At the end of the course, students will complete a final project which encompasses all the material covered.

No Robotics experience is necessary.

Robotics 2- (7th, 8th)- Prerequisite- Robotics 1.  A 9 week course which continues the study of Robotics.

Students use the Engineering Design Process to develop robots and robot programming to solve real world problems and scenarios.  This classes uses and expands upon the principles taught in Robotics 1, and allows the students to use what they have learned in new ways. At the end of the course, students will complete a final project which encompasses all the material covered in Robotics 1 & 2.

Robotics 3-(8th)- Prerequisite- Robotics 1 & 2. A 9 week course which continues the study of robotics.

Students have the opportunity to expand upon previous programming knowledge, as well as use other technology forms. 3D printing and unmanned (drone) flying are programming are taught in conjunction with programming and robot design.

Robotics 3-(8th)- Prerequisite- Robotics 1 & 2. A year long course which includes membership in the GMS Robotics team.

This course gives students the opportunity to use their previously acquired programming and robotics skills to design and program robots for competition based tournaments. Students will travel to various tournaments in Tennessee, and can possibly advance to the state and/or world competition.

The Grassland Robotics Team pose with their award

The Grassland Robotics Team poses with their award

Vocal Music and Production

Contact: Jonathan Haeger

Vocal Music and Production

Length: 1 Year.  This class uses project based learning, equipping students to grow as a vocal musician in individual and ensemble settings, while also empowering the student to grow in the areas of music production and songwriting.  This class will produce several live and recorded productions over the course of the year.

This class is open to any student in the 6th through 8th grade.

Vocal instruction will be differentiated based on the students’ prior music experience.