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Performing Arts

Welcome to Performance Arts and Music Education at Notre Dame Academy!

All of the courses offered in this genre will focus on performance as a means of personal expression within a supportive community. At ND Academy, students in EYC to Lower School attend music class once a week. In Middle School and Upper School, a variety of courses are offered to these students including Band, Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Dance to which they select as electives.


  • Fall Theatre Production
  • Christmas Concert (Band/Choir/Dance)
  • Christmas Theatre Production
  • Advent Cantata
  • Spring Theatre Production (Middle School /Upper School)
  • Spring Band Concert
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day Lower School Concert
  • Parent Celebrations as part of the Primary Years Programme
  • 5th Grade USO Show

Performing Arts Curriculum

Middle School Theatre

Theatre is a performance-based class with students preparing a play one semester and a musical the other semester. Cast members study acting, set design, costuming, and stage tech as they prepare for their final performance, in addition to the historical and social perspectives found in the selection.

Upper School Theatre

Theatre is performance-based class. Easy year, students participate in several genres of drama including stage plays, radio shows, musical theatre, and television. Cast members study acting, improvisation, singing, dancing, set design, costuming, and stage tech as they prepare for their performances.


Students primarily study ballet and contemporary dance forms. Students further develop their skills through dance technique, dance vocabulary, physical conditioning, and performance. The course provides students with the opportunities to choreograph dance phrases and perform.


Concert band is comprised of energetic and talented students from grades seven through twelve under the direction of Dr. Tia Roper. Band performances include sporting events and pep rallies as well as concerts in the winter and spring. Additional opportunities include the Diocesan Honors Festival and the GISA Honors Festival.

Pep Band and Drum Line are components of Symphonic Band that perform for athletic events and pep rallies throughout the year. These two components are extracurricular activities. Drum Line is open to all interested Notre Dame Academy students.

Lower School Performing Arts

Music classes are taught using a fluency based Orff Approach. Students learn music using the following activities:

  • singing and playing instruments
  • movement
  • composition and improvisation
  • looking at music through both a cultural and historical lens

We use folk songs and dances, children's literature, and a variety of rhythm activities in the music class room. The curriculum used is Game Plan.

In 4th and 5th grade, the curriculum is supported through learning recorders. Students being with simple three-note music in 4th grade and expand to a fairly complex music by the end of the 5th grade. Each month, students are required to present their accomplishments through "belt" tests, graded solo performances of prepared songs.

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