Momentum Fitness Program
Our Momentum Fitness Program – available at our Casa Grande, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, North Chandler, Queen Creek and Surprise campuses – is designed to provide students with a high quality physical education curriculum model combined with sports performance training taught by highly effective and motivated physical education instructors. Our unique program is designed to increase sport-specific skills and overall physical fitness. This is accomplished through speed, agility, coordination, and strength development.
Students build skills, strategies, and teamwork necessary to participate in several sports. Throughout the course students improve sportsmanship, as well as learn the rules and health benefits of playing sports. Students also develop the five essential core fitness components: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular strength, and body composition. Other areas of emphasis include nutrition, proper exercise technique, various lifetime fitness activities, and creating personalized physical activity plans. The intent of our Momentum program is to make athletic achievement attainable to all of our students by developing their individual athleticism and giving them the confidence to compete at various levels of their chosen sport or activity.
Mozart Performing Arts Program
The Mozart Performing Arts Program – available at the Casa Grande, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, North Chandler, Queen Creek and Surprise campuses – looks to instill in students a lifelong love of music – whether as performers, educators, or patrons. Beginning in 3rd grade, Mozart students take four unique classes each week designed to develop the fundamentals of musicianship and performance:
- Piano class takes place in the Mozart Performing Arts piano lab, where students learn basic keyboarding skills on a state-of-the-art Yamaha keyboard. The student keyboards are full-size with weighted keys that simulate the feel of an acoustic instrument. A headset for each student allows the teacher to provide feedback from the teacher station, and enables the students to work independently.
- Instrumental music is offered during the school day for Mozart Performing Arts students. Students in third grade begin on the soprano recorder, the study of which prepares students for band or orchestra the following year. Beginning in fourth grade students learn the basics of their chosen instrument in band or orchestra, as well as concert literature and music literacy, culminating in evening performances throughout the year.
- General music class is taught in part by utilizing the Kodaly method, a music education model with the child in mind. This step-by-step, highly structured approach encourages students to become musically literate through vocal performance, movement, and sight-singing. Through use of “Making Music”, an excellent Silver-Burdett resource, students will explore music from other cultures and all genres and eras of Western music, learning how to analyze what they hear and ultimately create their own music.
Mozart Performing Arts students also create and prepare programs for evening performances utilizing their voice as their instrument. Performing in public has many inherent benefits to students, including the ability to focus under pressure, overcoming performance anxiety, and the ability to receive praise and celebrate accomplishment.