Programming of the Performing Arts Academy
Grade schools contract with the Performing Arts Academy to hire and staff instrumental music teachers in their K-8 schools. The PAA provides the scoped and sequenced instrumental music curriculum that is delivered to students by certified and licensed music educators.
Currently, more than 160 students receive instrumental lesson instruction in band and orchestra in nine grade schools. Students receive a lesson and an ensemble rehearsal once a week on their campus. They perform for their school concerts and liturgies.
In addition, all PAA students come together twice a year to perform in “All-Academy” Concerts held at the Father Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center on the Pius XI Catholic High School campus.
Enhancement opportunities are provided, such as honors recitals, a Tri-M music festival, and even a performance at the “Ballpark Day of Faith.”
The PAA offers vocal music enhancement programs, such as “Christmas at the Cathedral” where PAA vocal students come together to work with a guest director and perform at the Pius XI Catholic High School Christmas Concert.
Voice Class – small group voice lesson instruction – and the Tri-M music festival for singers round out the enhancement programs.
All PAA faculty members meet quarterly to discuss lesson planning, share ideas and coordinate programs. All teaching faculty are regularly observed and coached by the PAA Executive Director of the Academy.
Theater and Dance
Since 2008, many grade schools have taken advantage of our PAA programs in theater and dance.
Delivered largely in a workshop format, the PAA has provided activities such as: acting and improvisational classes, after school dance classes, playwriting workshops, and musical theater show productions in the schools.
The PAA also hosts a “Dance Infusion” workshop for young dancers in local studios, and produces children matinee shows that feature combined casting of PAA and Pius XI Catholic High School students.