The Related Arts Programs at Woodland
The following related arts are offered at Woodland. Most of these classes last for one quarter and students may complete a varied rotation of these classes in each grade.
The WMS Art Program exposes students to various mediums and allows individual expression with hands-on activities which are linked with curriculum requirements in each grade level. Some of the topics and mediums explored are art history, sketching, pastels, clay, watercolors, cartooning, painting, pottery and more.
WMS offers an extensive Instrumental Music program including a band at every grade level as well as a jazz ensemble.
The sixth grade band is a Beginning Level class with emphasis on proper playing technique and music reading.
The seventh grade band is an intermediate level class. This class also emphasizes proper playing technique and music reading, as well as scales and grade Level Two musical literature.
The eighth grade band is an advanced level class in which the students continue to develop their playing skill. Technique, music reading, and music theory are the focus as this group explores grade Level Three music.
Percussion ensemble is a class where all of the students will learn basic rudiments, scales, sticking technique, mallet technique, timpani technique as well as ensemble work. This class is offered only to 7th and 8th grade students.
The WMS Chorus is available for all three grade levels.
The 6th and 7th grade performance chorus is an extra-curricular activity, and meets in the mornings before school. Students are taught the proper technique for singing, learn to sing a varied repertoire of choral music, and have several opportunities to perform throughout the year.
The 8th grade performance chorus is a year-long class, where students quickly advance to three and four-part music, successfully achieving high school level material. Music reading, sight-singing, ear-training, and blended choral singing are all emphasized in this advanced level class. The 8th grade chorus competes in a music festival in the spring, and performs at the 8th Grade Recognition Day Ceremony.
All three grade level choirs, 6th, 7th, and 8th participate in the many performances during the year, including Veterans Day, the Winter Concert, the Talent Show, and Broadway Night.
Emphasis is placed on the importance of improving students’ keyboarding speed and accuracy in all grades. Williamson County, in conjunction with the State of Tennessee Department of Education has established a minimum competency of 30 net words per minute for 8th graders (25 NWAM for 7th graders; 20 NWAM for 6th graders) on 3’ timed writings. During these timed writings, the keyboards are covered. Instructional software is used to instruct, improve and evaluate touch keyboarding skills.
The WMS computer lab is state of the art. Microsoft Office and Google’s G Suite for Education are used on the PCs in the lab, giving students in all grades varying degrees of exposure to word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database and web page creation. All computers in the lab have network and Internet access. Digital cameras and web cams are also available for use in the lab and students use digital editing software to prepare pictures for documents and/or web pages.
“The arts must be at the heart of every child’s learning experience if… they are to have a chance to dream and to create, to have beliefs, to carry a sense of cultural identity.” – James D. Wolfensohn, former chairman of The Kennedy Center
The overall goal of the Speech and Drama program is to: Develop oral communication skills. Enhance confidence in front of groups. Develop a student’s creative and critical thinking abilities.
At the sixth grade level students are exposed to appropriate theatre etiquette, project work involving theatre heritage, elements of storytelling, solo and group pantomime work, beginning improvisation elements, group interaction through drama games, history of media and its effects on society.
At the seventh grade level the students will participate in public speaking including both a group broadcasting unit and solo persuasive and demonstrative speeches; storytelling through a puppetry unit; historical media study; pantomime work and improvisation.
At the eighth grade level the students participate in a focused creative communication class. In this class students will learn techniques of acting as well as stagecraft skills including a lighting unit and prop/set creation. Students will participate in producing parts of a children’s play. Students will also compare media and stage productions and careers in theatre/film.
The music curriculum at WMS is more of an appreciation course than a performance course.
The 6th and 7th grade curriculum includes singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composing and arranging, reading and notating music, listening to, analyzing, and describing music, evaluating music and musical performances, and understanding the relationships between music and history, culture, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. Students are led through a varied array of musical experiences throughout the nine-week course.
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 (Honors Orchestra). (Full Year)
8th 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. Students will have the opportunity to work in small chamber groups and perform at school events. 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 (Honors Orchestra). (Full Year)
The Physical Education/Wellness curriculum offers students many team and individual sports as well as other fun activities and games.
The 6th and 7th grade students have two quarters of physical education each year, rotating through the enrichment period and 8th graders may choose enrichment classes; however, at least one quarter of P.E. must be taken.
Some of the sports and activities offered are: volleyball, basketball, flag football, softball, badminton, hockey, team handball, indoor soccer, lacrosse, pickleball, kickball, and Frisbee golf.
All students are participating in the FitnessGram physical fitness testing program that gives each student an analysis of his/her physical fitness level and gives helpful advice as to how a student may increase his/her physical fitness level. The testing is performed in the gymnasium. Each student receives a printout indicating raw score on each test, comparison of each person’s score to national norms, and suggestions on how to increase the fitness level in areas that perhaps were not as strong as others. The physical education curriculum not only includes fitness but each class will also be taught the rules and procedures to several sports and exercise activities.
There is a yearly P.E. fee of $21.00 that includes the required uniform and locker rental.