Music and Performing Arts
The Music and Performing Arts Department is committed to the aesthetic development of each student at PCDS. Department goals are based on providing students with a wide variety of positive experiences designed to foster a lifetime of exploration and discovery in music and drama. Each course is comprehensive, including creation, analysis, and performance, as well as the study of historical and cultural context. Discipline, personal responsibility, and goal-setting are emphasized. Cooperation, commitment, and respect for others’ ways of thinking are strengthened through group performance experiences. Singing, playing instruments, presenting monologues, improvising, and composing help students learn a variety of ways to express themselves creatively. In order to help students recognize and pursue excellence in their performing arts activities, instruction is provided in analysis, evaluation, and active listening.
Each year, the Music and Performing Arts department hosts multiple events. Theatre productions include an Upper School Fall Drama Production, Middle School Plays, a combined Upper and Middle School musical, and One Act Plays, and more. Musical performances include Lower School concerts, and multiple Middle and Upper School performances by the Jazz Bands, Strings ensembles, and Choirs. Additionally, PCDS musicians and dramatists participate in annual festivals both in and beyond Arizona to further their artistic development.
Please consult the Arts Events calendar to see more of PCDS Arts in action!