Fine Arts

The Fine Arts allow students to develop the creative skills -- through music, visual arts, and drama -- necessary for their full growth as engaged, imaginative participants in the 21st century. Through each of these arts disciplines, young people are challenged to view themselves and the world in new and innovative ways, which will help them navigate the ever-changing world they will enter as adults.

Marshall offers a variety of experiences for all students in the fine arts. Music education includes choral, band and orchestral opportunities. Middle and Upper School drama opportunities are available throughout the year. Visual arts offerings include drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and more.

Music

The exploration and experience of music at Marshall affirms the school’s goal to develop the education of the whole student in mind, body and spirit. Whether engaged in choral, orchestral or band activities, students learn through music to see themselves and their world in new ways.

Students are encouraged to develop strong independent practice habits, respect each other’s talents and abilities, and appreciate the value of music in daily life. The music program atMarshall offers individualized instruction at all levels as well as group performance opportunities. The program includes general music, strings, choir, chamber singers, chamber strings, music theory, band, jazz band and music listening contest.

Visual Arts

All of Marshall's studio art courses emphasize hands-on art making activities but also include slide presentation and discussion of cultural or historical art as context. Aesthetics and art criticism are studied and practiced as part of each art course. Upper School courses may be taken without regard to sequence.

One-half credit of visual arts must be completed (grades 9-12) before graduation. In the Middle School, visual arts meets every other day in the 5th and 6th grade, and may be taken as a daily elective in 7th and 8th grade.

Drama

The skills learned through making theatre reach further than the stage to enrich a student’s learning beyond middle and high school. Theatre activities foster imagination, encourage creativity and promote teamwork -- all of which enable young people to become stronger problem-solvers and community-builders.

Students have a number of opportunities in both middle and upper school years at Marshallto explore the theatre experience. Each year all Middle School students participate in a grade-level musical or play, while upper school students can choose to participate in two “main stage” productions as well as the annual One-Act Play competition.

The school’s Fregeau Auditorium is a sought-after performance space for drama and music. As a part of the 2007 “Our Second Century Campaign” it underwent a $ 1.3 million dollar renovation including the creation of the "Zeppa Stage", which re-equipped the space with state of the art lighting, sound controls and a new scene shop.

Topper Tunnels

One of our traditions is to send state bound students off to their competition with a "topper tunnel." where all students line the front hallway and cheer for their classmates. Some of the teams and activities honored recently include:

  • Math League
  • Dance
  • Robotics
  • All State Music
  • Tennis
  • CyberPatriots

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News

If you had the opportunity to raise your level of confidence, would you take it?

Marshall students Phoenix Braxton-Brown and Sahen Rai leaped at this opportunity when they discovered the many wonders of Marshall's speech team. Students benefit from a litany of skills they gain while on the team: critical thinking, time management, speaking with purpose and structure, thinking before talking, organization, an understanding of human psychology, and more, but they agree that confidence far exceeds everything else.

"Before this year, whenever I went up to speak, I was always shy and spoke as quietly as possible and with as few words as possible," Braxton-Brown said. "But once you get to that level, that's one of the things that you have to have—you have to have a lot of confidence in order to actually speak and be successful."

And be successful, they have. Marshall tied for second as a team at sectionals, and five individuals are now moving on to compete at the MSHSL State Tournament this Saturday, April 22 in Apple Valley. Joining Braxton-Brown and Rai at state is Jack Schenk, Kellyn McKee, and Zachary Kaplan.

Monday, March 13, our community unites to demonstrate this excellence via the Marshall Fine Arts Showcase. This annual show has been a tradition for many years, and students beautifully reveal the heart of Marshall through their pieces. Done in partnership with Zeitgeist Arts, the event is a celebration of Youth Art Month. "We try to pick work that really showcases what we've been learning," Burns said, "or maybe a student really pushed their own boundaries and we're really proud of them."

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