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Middle School Performing Arts

Middle School performing arts courses expose students to new opportunities and also take their skill to the next level.

Students in 7th and 8th grade choose at least two semesters of the arts, one visual and one performing, and at least one oratory course. Advanced, audition-based ensembles in theater, music, and dance, as well as after-school musicals allow students to grow in skill and responsibility.

6th Grade Program

All 6th graders take Music 101, a yearlong course designed to give students the opportunity to grow their cognitive abilities through learning an ensemble instrument — either the violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone, or trumpet. This student-centered environment allows both beginners and experienced players to thrive. Classes rotate between music theory exercises and instrument lessons culminating in an end-of-year performance.

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Read all about it... the Middle School musical, Newsies, opened on December 1, 2023 to a sold-out audience. 

View photos of the show

7th and 8th Grade Movement and Dance


Students curious about dance can take a moment class, which explores an eclectic mix of dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and break dancing. More advanced dancers have the opportunity to audition for a dance company in 7th and 8th grade.


7th and 8th Grade Music


Music courses in the Middle School include opportunities to explore and develop musicianship on orchestral instruments as well as guitar, drums, or bass. An audition-based ensemble called The Music Collective offers students opportunities to explore various musical styles and perform at student events throughout the year, or they can join the Jazz Band, Pops Orchestra, or Chamber group to advance their stills. For those who prefer to write or mix music, a songwriting and music production class explores effective musical arrangement and how to produce their own songs.

7th and 8th Grade Theater


Middle School students can explore theater both on-stage and behind-the-scenes with drama class, technical theater crew, and an audition-based theater company. 

Brentwood Students Dance with Little Amal

Brentwood Students Dance with Little Amal
by Meredith Storrs, Assistant Director of Communications

Fifteen Brentwood Middle and Upper School dancers joined a community performance directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen and produced by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to bring awareness to the hundreds of thousands of global refugees and displaced peoples — half of whom are children — who need a safe home.

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