General Music Classes are offered to K-4th Grade students, where students learn rhythm, basic music reading, instrument recognition, listening skills, and basic singing technique. Older elementary grades tackle specific instruments in class.
Offered to interested students grades 3-6. The Elementary Choir is a long standing tradition at First Baptist School. Boys and Girls rehearse and perform together, but occasionally split to perform Boys' and Girls' Choir numbers. Elementary Choir meets Friday afternoons from 1:30 - 2:30 in the music room. The choir sings throughout the year at various school and off campus events. One of the choir's favorite things to do is sing the National Anthem for INS Naturalization Ceremonies at the nearby Federal Courthouse in Charleston.
First Baptist School's Upper School Choirs (middle and high school) sing a variety of sacred and secular choral literature for school and community events. The Upper School Choirs also participate in competitions and clinics sponsored by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). The choir was ranked as "Superior" at the 2015 SCISA Music Festival. Choir rehearsals take place almost exclusively during school, and Choir class completes the Fine Arts graduation requirement.
On the 2017-2018 school year, we started focusing on rebuilding a band program, which, just a few months later, already has 45 beginning band members! We have welcomed guest artists from the Charleston Symphony and Brevard College to our campus to perform for and with our music students.
Open to students of various ages, depending upon instrument choice/ability level.
The Fine Arts Department offers a stand alone drama class for grades 9-12 students which will fulfill the Fine Arts graduation requirement.
A new tradition our department has decided to implement this year is the production of a 1st-12th grade play. Students ranging in age from 6 years old to 18 years old took the stage together on March 2nd to present The Lion King, Jr. at the Athletic and Performing Arts Complex on James Island, under the leadership of our cooperative team of lower and upper school teachers. While drama productions have traditionally been presented independently as separate “lower school,” or “upper school,” events, we felt convicted to use the arts as a unifying force during these years of transition to establish a new tradition.
While we are soon to be operating on two campuses, we are still one school, and the Fine Arts Department is excited to rise to the challenge of illustrating each spring with a unit school drama production.
The First Baptist Dance Company program is available as an extra-curricular activity to all students (grades K2-12). Students are given instruction in various disciplines of dance and are provided performance opportunities at school events, private recitals and community service events.
Our dance program, established in 2010, averages 130 dancers on stage at each spring concert, when students perform pieces in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and pointe. Students have represented FBS at Project Dance Atlanta, Project Dance Greenville, and this year will be our second year of taking senior dancers to take master classes on Broadway and perform in Times Square as part of Project Dance NYC. As one of the first private schools in SCISA to establish a dance program, we’ve strived to pursue excellence in the dance arts with integrity.
The FBS Dance Program will be moving into a brand new state of the art dance studio at our James Island campus in 2018. Besides being a more conducive dance space for our students, this new facility will allow our school to host master classes and welcome artists from all over to our campus.