Our award-winning talent program is the result of our uniquely talented and experienced teaching artists creating fabulous program over the past 15 yeas. Our talent selection includes: Vocal Music, Drama, Instrumental Music, Dance, Photography and Fine Arts. Students are immersed in their talent four periods per week over three years and many talents require additional time commitments for rehearsal, travel and performances. Once admitted to MS 51, students audition for their talent of choice. Performances and art exhibitions happen throughout the year. Our talented students audition for and are accepted to the most competitive, top performing, arts high schools in NYC.
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6th grade curriculum includes Ballet and Modern dance technique, as well as composition and improvisation
7th grade curriculum includes West African and Caribbean Folk forms, Jazz, and Dance History
8th grade curriculum includes Ballet and Contemporary, Musical Theater Jazz and Hip-Hop
Additional Dance Company programs offered for advanced students
6th Graders: study clowning, process drama, and have their first full length play.
7th Graders: write 20 page plays, perform their second play, and perform scenes from Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, and August Wilson.
8th Graders: study monologue intensives, Shakespeare, and create their own final performances.
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Brass and Woodwinds
No prior music knowledge needed go from basic to mastery by grade 8
Jazz band - Best middle school jazz band in NYC
Breath projection and enunciation for performances
Not just singing but movement and dance
All students have the opportunity to audition for solos
William Alexander Middle School 51
350 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215