Theatrical Performance and Drama

Theatrical Performance and Drama opportunities abound at TJ, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

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TJ’s Vibrant Theatrical Performance and Drama Program

At Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, we believe the performing arts are crucial to your child’s overall liberal arts education. That is why we offer abundant opportunities for your child to be active in Theatrical Performance and Drama throughout their years at TJ.

From increasing confidence to helping your child to think creatively, participating in Theatrical Performance and Drama improves your child’s academic performance. At every grade level, children participate in several concerts each year. Lower School students produce a summer musical, and Middle and Upper School students produce spring and fall musicals. Middle School students also have the opportunity to participate in dramatic performance as an elective class. Our high-quality productions are a source of entertainment for our community as well as family and friends of our TJ students. Please visit our Concert Calendar for upcoming events.

See the tabs below to learn more about Theatrical Performance and Drama at your child’s specific grade level.

Music

TJ’s Music program starts in Pre-Kindergarten and continues through your child’s senior year.


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Fine Arts

TJ helps students cultivate an appreciation for The Arts by including music and performing arts in the regular program.  Students also receive formal education in fine arts, beginning in Pre-Kindergarten with lessons on the elements of art, and working up to Advanced Placement Art in the Upper School years.

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Students in grades 9 through 12 participate in fall, winter, spring, and several other concerts. Our Upper School students also produce a spring musical. Students in instrumental and vocal ensembles have opportunities to perform several times throughout the school year.

Watch a clip from the 2018 Upper School Musical:

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Students in grades 6 through 8 participate in fall, winter, spring, and Grandparents Day concerts. Middle School students also produce a spring musical and have additional performance opportunities through the Drama elective course. Students in instrumental and vocal ensembles have opportunities to perform several times throughout the school year.

Watch a clip from the 2019 Middle School Musical:

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Students in grades 1 through 5 participate in our Thanksgiving, fall, winter, spring, and Grandparents Day concerts. Lower School students also produce a summer musical as part of the two-week Summer Discovery Academy.

Watch a couple of short clips from the 2019 Musical:

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Students in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten participate in our Thanksgiving, fall, winter, spring, and Grandparents Day concerts. They also put on a mini musical each year.

Watch a clip from a recent performance:

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TJ students who participate in the production of the Middle School musical

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TJ Upper School students who perform in orchestra and/or vocal ensemble

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Musicals performed in public by TJ students each year

“The ability to take AP Music Theory and AP Spanish my senior year was crucial to my preparation for attending college for my respective majors. My time-management and organizational skills were well developed due to my education at TJ. The opportunity to perform in the annual spring musical gave me excellent experience for the performing career that I have chosen to pursue.”

Kayleen, TJ Class of 2009

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