Wheel - Intro to Studio Art (Grade 6)
Studio Art (Grades 7, 8)
Advanced Art/Ceramics/Intro to Sculpture (Grade 8)
- Acting: Principals of improvisation and mime, visualizing space and creating floor plans, developing characterization, voice projection and developing voice flexibility, principals of blocking, running an effective rehearsal, and overall rehearsal etiquette.
- Design & Technical Theatre: Understanding the world of the play, set design, costume design, basic stagecraft (painting and building), running light and sound equipment, vocal music, choreography, and dance.
Classes in the drama program prepare different plays throughout the school year. Our production for the 2017-2018 school year was "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Lion King" the 2018-2019 school year.
Collaboration with other arts programs includes original music for the play “Archangels Don’t Play” written by music instructor Julie Larson. The Art department is helping to make the set for the play “The Diviners”. In addition, a team-taught class is being planned by the art and drama instructors which will teach students about set design and stagecraft. Students of the drama program will have opportunities to attend various field trips with students from the art and music programs to locations such as the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon.
Wood Middle School offers a comprehensive theatre experience for students of all skill levels. The scope of activities and quality of productions has distinguished Wood Middle School from other middle school drama programs for many years. The Drama department is committed to tapping into students’ talents and providing an outlet to express their creativity, physicality, imagination, and voice. Drama also provides many opportunities for students to practice their teamwork and presentation skills.
Drama teacher, Mr. Moreno, has been working with youth in theatre for 21 years. He has done graduate work in Theatre & Film at Boston University, advanced work at the University College of Wales, holds a BA in directing from U.C. Santa Barbara, and an MA in Theatre from San Francisco State University.
Wheel - Engineering (Grade 6)
Engineering (Grades 7, 8)
When he is not teaching, Mr. Nguyen can be seen jogging on Alameda beach, biking in the Oakland hills, swimming at the local pool, spending time with his wife and daughter, or walking around in geeky Star Wars outfits.
Harvard Project Zero and Agency By Design support our TAD curriculum.
Beginning Band (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Concert Band (Grades 7, 8)
Beginning Guitar (Grades 7, 8)
Jazz Club - Wednesdays After School
String Orchestra (Grades 6,7,8)
All music classes utilize a sequential method of teaching to develop and nurture a lifelong love of the subject, as well as make connections to other disciplines and life experiences.
Music instructor, Ms. Larson, uses a variety of genres to teach students their instruments and incorporates student choice when selecting arrangements for performances. This continually evolving curriculum is used to teach music at Wood Middle School. In addition, she teaches students to read music and identify rhythms, articulations, and dynamics. These skills prepare students to learn new and challenging pieces for the spring concert.
Several events and projects are planned in collaboration with the 6th Grade team and Science Department. Currently, Concert Band is preparing several Jazz tunes for Astronomy Night in late April. Projects include improvisation at all levels, and writing and performing original music for a springtime class performance. Students also have a chance to volunteer for Community Service hours every year.