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.

Watch video of all talent department works

House Party Verison 2.mp4


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



The Drama Program is a three-year sequential drama program that incorporates extensive use of the Process Drama work of Cecily O’Neill as well as playwriting, set building, acting, creative play, fight choreography, scene study, Shakespeare, costume design, clowning, and storytelling. Students will study plays from Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Samuel Beckett, as well as a new concentration on Asian American playwrights. Annually we produce the Seventh Grade Winter Playwriting Festival that presents over 45 twenty page plays written by seventh graders and performed by professional actors; The Continuum Project - a ten week residency with Nikkole Salters and African Ancestory.com where African American Students research personal family history and discover the location of their descents in Africa / Profiled on PBS Henry Louis Gates’ Finding Your Roots; The Eighth Grade Shakespeare Festival; Sixth Grade Circus; and the Seventh Grade Drama. This year the Drama Program was chosen by Theatre For Young Audiences USA / ReImagine Festival to host a three week residency of LatinX artists in a workshop production of original musical Jellybeans by Christine Eve Cato and Directed by Brisa Areli Muñoz.

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.

Fine Art Website

2020 Spring Art Showcase

Winter Visual Art Show.pptx

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


2020 Spring Photography Showcase


Vocal Music

Breath projection and enunciation for performances

Not just singing but movement and dance

All students have the opportunity to audition for solos

3) Jasmine Flower.mp4

William Alexander Middle School 51

350 Fifth Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 369-7603

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