Music & Performing Arts
Poised & Proficient Performers
Mt. Helix Academy students develop skills in and appreciation for both vocal and instrumental music in our excellent Music & Performing Arts program. Our student performers develop poise and self-confidence as they demonstrate their skills in exceptional music performances each school year.
Music class for all K-5 students
Through twice-weekly music classes, students are taught basic singing skills, as well as the fundamentals of music theory, leading them to proficiency in note and musical symbol identification, and musical terminology. Elementary students are taught to play the recorder and percussive instruments, which serve as tools for learning basic ensemble skills while having fun with sound in the process.
Optional music opportunities
Students are also encouraged to participate in optional instrumental music programs, including band, violin, and woodwind ensembles. Private piano and guitar lessons are also available from some of our talented staff members.
Mt. Helix Academy is also recognized for its excellent musical theater program. Our productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Sound of Music received rave reviews from the many people who attended performances at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Performing Arts Center each of the past three. Over 65 Mt. Helix Academy students participated in each of these plays. In prior years, productions were staged of Annie, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.
For 2016, Mt.Helix Academy will be presenting the Original Broadway version of “Peter Pan”, which will be produced by Bob Meehan and directed by Jean Isaac. This year will be Bob Meehan’s 11th year of involvement with Mt. Helix Academy’s spring musical productions. The 2015-16 school year will Jean’s first year with our performing arts program. Jean also is the executive director of Young Actors Theater (YAT), and comes in with 20+ years of experience directing youth theater. In 2015, she directed both “Hairspray” and “Fiddler on the Roof” with YAT.