The skills and knowledge taught in the Stuart-Hobson drama program enrich our students’ lives on and off the stage, overlapping and reinforcing skills taught in all academic curricula. Students gain multiple benefits in the area of social, communication, and interpersonal skills, and build self-confidence as they explore ways of accessing their imaginations. Stuart-Hobson’s drama program teaches students how to conceive, decipher, discern, choose, and then apply visual, aural, physical, emotional, and psychological choices to tell a story that may educate, enlighten, and/or entertain others. Students also study: problem-solving, story structure and sequencing, identifying and creating details, critical thinking, physicalizing thought, taking turns, cooperative learning, timing, balance, positive focus for emotional and physical energy, and listening skills.
Stuart-Hobson provides a comprehensive musical experience to our students.
The Band program at Stuart-Hobson features beginning and intermediate to advanced ensembles. The program started with an after school group of 12 students and has grown to three Band classes and a membership of 54.
All Band members are a part of the Capitol Jazz Project, which brings area Professional Musicians in to work with members as they learn to play Jazz Standards, and Improvisation. Funded by the Washington Performing Arts Society, this program provides unique performance opportunities and offers a free week-long Jazz Camp at the start of each summer.
No prior experience is required for membership in the Chorus. Students focus on developing good vocal and choral technique as they prepare for performances, which include our Winter and Spring Concerts along with others as opportunities arise.
Special Guests and Opportunities
Our relationships with the Washington Performing Arts Society and The Washington Chorus have provided many unique opportunities for our students.
The Stuart-Hobson Music Program is lead by James Edwards. Mr. Edwards is a highly experienced Musician and Music Educator who has also served in the Principalship. His Music Programs have consistently grown and won numerous awards over his 28 year in Education.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Edwards is an active musician. With a performance background that ranges from Classical to Jazz, from Southern Gospel to Rock, Mr. Edwards continues to work in a variety of styles. He currently sings as a member of the Grammy winning Washington Chorus, plays trumpet with area Orchestras, keyboards with his Church worship team and records with local musicians on trumpet, piano, keyboards and voice.
In the Stuart-Hobson art classes students develop skills through projects and activities that will enhance student problem solving abilities, promote individual and collaborative work habits, and develop creativity and expression through making, writing, and talking about art. Students develop techniques for art-making through studio work; practice analyzing art and talking about art concepts to develop their own opinions about works of art; practice planning, revising, and refining self-designed works of art; and synthesize and apply personal experiences to works of art.