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The Arts

Since the beginning of civilization, humans have displayed an inherent and fundamental need to create personal, social, cultural and aesthetic meaning through art. Not only do the arts bridge our understanding of our past and lead the way for our future, but we have discovered that an intrinsic and organic way to learn is developed through the arts. Typically, these embrace a wide range of expressive forms from a variety of cultural contexts in theater, dance, music, and visual art. Expression in the arts is characterized by forms of visual representation which reflect the cultures of differences in oneself, concepts, and societies.

Visual Art

The visual art program at Hillel provides hands-on creative opportunities for students to explore the visual world and develop the skills needed to express themselves creatively with confidence. Artistic expression ranges from traditional forms to the varied and dispersed practices associated with design, craft, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.

Our spiraling curriculum provides each grade level with developmentally appropriate challenges. We are proud to engage each student as an individual and develop their critical thinking skills as well as the language to evaluate their own and others’ art work.

In each grade, we look at the elements of art and the principles of design through the focus of problem solving skills, critical thinking, hands-on, confidence-building, cross-curricular projects, integrating art history and art appreciation skills throughout. Guided by the National Core Arts Standards we believe creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed by creating, presenting, responding, and connecting through the arts.

Music

The music curriculum encourages students to enjoy music through singing, playing instruments, and moving to music. Students are exposed to Jewish and American music, as well as music of other cultures. Students participate in special grade programs that incorporate music and learn to appreciate the art of performance.

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  • Kindergarten

    Kindergarten students learn Judaic and secular songs for holidays and experiment with sound, volume, melody, pitch and tempo. They are exposed to Drama through classroom activities.
  • First Grade

    In first grade music, students work on the fundamental building blocks of the language of music: tonal and rhythmic audiation, or the ability to comprehend music. They also begin reading iconic rhythmic notation, and melodic direction is introduced.
  • Second Grade

    In second grade music, concepts of musical expression, style, and form are introduced through playing and listening activities. Students transfer from iconic rhythmic notation to traditional notation, and melodic notation is introduced.
  • Third Grade

    In third grade music, melodic notation in the treble clef is studied in more detail and begins to combine with rhythmic notation. Students will apply these skills to singing and playing mallet instruments.
  • Fourth Grade

    In fourth grade music, students begin to apply their music reading skills through continued study of the mallet instrument and are introduced to wind instruments through studying the recorder. Outside of class, students are now able to join the Ruach Choir and World Drumming Club.
  • Fifth Grade

    Fifth grade students have the ability to participate in the spring musical production. Students learn theatre arts, music, and choreography and are also given the opportunity to work on set construction, stage crew, props, sound or lighting, for a complete production experience. Fifth grade students have the ability to participate in the drama production. The drama experience gives fifth graders an opportunity to learn about being in a musical. Students learn the applicable music and choreography and are also given the opportunity to work backstage or onstage for a complete production experience.
  • Sixth Grade

    In sixth grade, students may participate in several twice-weekly elective options in music, which meet in 3 rotations during the year. These options include beginning band, recorder ensemble, drumming, and digital music. Outside of class, students are able to participate in the choir and intermediate band. Sixth grade students have the ability to participate in the spring musical production. Students learn theatre arts, music, and choreography and are also given the opportunity to work on set construction, stage crew, props, sound or lighting, for a complete production experience.
  • Seventh Grade

    In seventh grade, students are given the opportunity to experience a taste of several STEAM options, including music, which may include musical theatre, world drumming, and digital audio workstations. Seventh grade students have the ability to participate in the spring musical production. Students learn theatre arts, music, and choreography and are also given the opportunity to work on set construction, stage crew, props, sound or lighting, for a complete production experience.
  • Eighth Grade

    In eighth grade, students are given the opportunity to experience a taste of several STEAM options, including music, which may include musical theatre, world drumming, and digital audio workstations. These skills may be the inspiration and/or incorporated into their capstone project. Eighth grade students have the ability to participate in the spring musical production. Students learn theatre arts, music, and choreography and are also given the opportunity to work on set construction, stage crew, props, sound or lighting, for a complete production experience.

Drama

The Hillel Day School Drama Production consists of students in grades 5 through 8. These students learn about the different aspects of theatre including music, choreography, set construction, backstage help, and acting. The musical, which typically takes place in March, is enjoyed by family, friends and the entire student body. Students participating in the drama production learn teamwork, communication skills, self- confidence, and the importance of taking pride in an artistic project.

The drama experience gives eighth graders an opportunity to learn about being in a musical. Students learn the applicable music and choreography and are also able to audition for lead parts, or to work backstage or onstage for a complete production experiences. All eighth grade musical participants with lead roles attend the musical mini classes.
“Hillel gave me the opportunity to take a music class at a very early age – learning basic music theory, reading sheet music, and keeping a beat. As a result I am currently in the process of performing in my second lead role in a musical, learning how to play all forms of music (both guitar and vocals) from classical to hard rock and even learning how to repair and create custom guitars. All of this began from a seed planted by the wonderful Arts Department of Hillel Day School.” - Jacob D. Brown, Alumnus
Critical Thinking חשיבה ביקורתית
Creativity יצירתיות
COLLABORATION שיתוף פעולה
COMMUNICATION תיקשורת
CHARACTER אישיות
COMMUNITY קהילה
CORE JEWISH VALUES ערכים יהודיים עיקריים
Welcome to Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, a vibrant community Jewish day school filled with joy, rooted in core Jewish values, committed to halakhah, and devoted to academic excellence. Our families are diverse in their beliefs, affiliations and observances; we work together to create a welcoming community based upon mutual respect and shared values.
Early Childhood Center, Ages 2-5 | Day School, Grades K-8 | 248-851-3220 | 32200 Middlebelt Rd. | Farmington Hills, MI 48334