Performing Arts at Cedar Hill Prep School
The Cedar Hill Performing Arts program gives children the tools to read music, and perform, but also to connect art to their lives, and see the beauty in the world. Art imitates life, and children are the greatest artists of all.
Our vision for the Performing Arts Program at Cedar Hill Prep School is all about the students. Through an Instrumental, Choral, General Music program, we want to watch the kids grow from curious young people, holding an instrument, acting, or singing for the first time, into a talented musician who is creating art in front of our very eyes. We want to take these students and give them the tools to compete at the region, state, and national level. We want our kids to display the confidence needed to audition for regional and state band or chorus, or compete in solo competitions across the great state of New Jersey. Performing Arts in the state of New Jersey is at a crossroads, and Cedar Hill Prep School is looking to move forward, and take charge.
General Music Program
Music is an integral part of humankind. No known culture is without some aspect of artistic experience. Music is an important key to understanding our own cultural history and provides an understanding of other cultures. It is an indispensable tool to one who seeks an understanding of the past, the present, and the future. Music can provide the universal communication to overcome the barriers of language, politics, and geography. (Adopted from the NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ARTS EDUCATION)
General Music begins in Kindergarten and ends in fifth grade, and beginning in 5th grade, choral singing becomes the primary, but not the only tool, by which music is taught and experienced by our students. (Adopted from the K-12 National Standards and the Music Educators National Conference)
General Music Grades 1 and 2
The production aspect of the general music class is centered around singing, movement and playing simple rhythmic instruments. Through the use of these three venues, the students will learn to use a good singing voice, match pitch, maintain steady beat and clap and use syllables to perform a rhythmic pattern on sight, understand basic music concepts, distinguish upward and downward melodic motion. They will also perform for audiences and will participate in at least one musical theatre experience each year. They will sing and play from various cultures, style and genres, and will have opportunities to do so both as a group or individually if they choose.
General Music Grades 3 and 4
Once the students have a firm grasp of the foundations of music, they can accomplish more difficult music challenges, such as improvising, expanding vocal ranges, breath control and other important features of quality vocal musicianship, performing a rhythmic and simple melodic pattern on sight, and many more. In production, they will learn to expressively sing and/or play independently, improvise on instruments when given a steady beat and a range of pitches, demonstrate proper dynamics ad tempos. They will be able to sing in 2 parts, rounds and as a soloist.
Choral/General Music Grades 5 through 8
In the fifth through eighth grades, the primary focus is on the choral aspect of music, although instruments will continue to be used, and aspects of general music class will be incorporated every day. The students will achieve a beautiful head voice with a pure tone, and when boys voices change, a richer, stronger voice. Singing in tune will be emphasized, as well as the use of all good singing techniques. They will be exposed to a great amount of music of all different genres, styles and ability levels.
Cedar Hill Prep Students Advanced to the National Finals in Chicago! Cedar Hill Prep School congratulates its twenty-three students who flew to Chicago from June 7th – 10th, to participate in the National Finals of the International Academic Competitions in the History Bee, Science Bee, Academic Bee, Geography Bee, Geography Olympiad, and History Bowl. Having advanced from the Regional Competitions to the National Finals, these CHP students were thrilled to have an opportunity to join approximately 1600 students at this next level of competition.
The Multiple Advantages of a Multilingual CurriculumThere have been a number of studies in recent years that suggest people who speak more than one language are in fact more intelligent. An article written by the New York Times highlights that learning multiple languages could improve cognitive skills beyond those related to language, which is a considerably different viewpoint than previously thought.