An important component in education is the engagement of Fine Arts. There's a broad spectrum of benefits that come from studying Fine Arts, such as improving fine motor skills, emotional balance, and encouraging creativity. Loyola offers a variety of opportunities to expose students to the Fine Arts:
Speech helps students become better communicators, which is a valuable skill as they pursue their dream careers. Students may choose one of 13 categories to compete in based on their interests. Whether you like issues, drama, current events, writing, humor, persuasion, literature or creative expression, there is a category to spark your interest! Students compete both individually and as a team. They fine-tune their performances in practice and compete at invitational tournaments and can advance to the subsection, section and state tournament. In addition to being part of a great team with a winning tradition, speech is always beneficial on college applications and resumes. It builds many useful life skills such as critical thinking, confidence, writing, research, creativity, collaboration and leadership. Speech is open to students in grades 6-12.
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Loyola’s theater department provides opportunities for every student involved to participate as an actor, a stage or sound technician, or both. We produce a variety of productions in a dynamic and creative environment where students learn to take risks and explore the world of performance.
At Loyola, students can participate in band in grades 5-12. Band begins in 5th grade, and students have four instrument choices for this level - flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone, and learn the basics of how to play an instrument and read music. We learn how to play together in an ensemble and perform in two concerts during the year. In 6th grade, students continue to build upon the skills they learned while focusing more on preparing to play concert band music with 3-4 different parts. We expand our band to include instruments such as tuba, saxophone, percussion, bass clarinet, french horn, and baritone. 6th graders also perform in two concerts during the year. In 7th and 8th grade, band students play together in one larger group, where we continue to build our skills and learn to play more complex music. 7th and 8th grades perform in three concerts throughout the year and have some extra opportunities like honor bands they can participate in. Concert Band consists of students in grades 9-12. They perform in three formal concerts throughout the year and also get additional opportunities such as Large Group Contest, Solo & Ensemble, honor bands, and pep band for sporting events. All band students receive lessons individually or in small groups throughout the year.
The purpose of choir at Loyola is to prepare students to be better singers, to expose them to a high level of choral music, and to work heavily on proper vocal technique. Students can participate in choir in grades 7 - 12. 7th and 8th grades perform in three concerts throughout the year and have some extra opportunities like honor choirs they can participate in. Concert choir consists of students in grades 9-12. They perform in three formal concerts throughout the year and also have additional opportunities such as Large Group Contest, Solo & Ensemble, honor choirs and carolling. Singers in each ensemble learn basic skills like sight-reading, score reading, basic music theory, small group singing and the joy music brings to the soul. Musical and cultural history will be integrated into rehearsals, particularly as it applies to the literature rehearsed. All choir students receive lessons individually or in a small group throughout the year.