Talent Departments

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.


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 begin movement, have a circus performance and one act plays

7th graders write, perform and direct their own 20 page play

8th graders monologues and Shakespeare

Visit Drama site ms51dramawordpress.com


Fine Art

From watercolors to sculpting

each year build on prior years skill set

preparation of portfolios for acceptance into top Art High Schools

Visit Fine Art Website ms51art.com


Instrumental Music

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



Digital photography and darkroom

Create pin cameras and portfolios

Create and develop photos

work to edit collections

Visit photography site ms51photo.com


Vocal Music

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

(718) 369-7603

Fax (718)499-4948