The highly qualified instructors in the Fine Arts value and treasure the artistic abilities of each student. We are honored and privileged to educate, instruct, and guide our students to realize their fullest artistic potential.
MAC offers four fine arts components: Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Dance, and Music. Learn more about each discipline below:
In the theatre department, we strive to train and support young actors. Our goal is to combine professional, advanced technique work and a strong foundation in theatre education to create authentic yet knowledgeable artists. Our students have access to our newly installed stage, two LED lighting systems, top of the line stage makeup and much more. With these tools, our curriculum combines professional theatre training with SC State Theatre Standards. Our students will be introduced to techniques such as: Meisner, Laban Movement, Suzuki Movement, Alexander Movement, Stanislavski Method, I.P.A (International Phonetic Alphabet) and many more usable acting techniques. In the future, we hope to have a highly technical performance space to continue the education of our students.
In visual arts, our goal is to help each student gain a basic understanding of art and design, relating concepts and technical skills to real-life aspirations that our students have. We meet our students where they are and help them get to the place they want to be artistically and individually. We recognize not all students aspire to be painters, in the same way not all students desire to become graphic designers. For example, one teacher uses his passion in digital arts and design, while another uses her passion in traditional art and technical drawing to teach different groups of students who have different interests.
The MAC dance program is structured to help each student develop his/her individual potential and nurture their growth in pursuit of their own unique artistic voices. Throughout the entire course structure, students study classical ballet, character dance, jazz, modern and contemporary dance. Students have daily technique classes, as well as courses in Pilates, stretching and conditioning. With an emphasis on placement and understanding one’s own body/instrument, the dance program at MAC is a well-rounded program providing opportunities for students to explore various techniques and genres. It also provides them with an introduction to dance history, reflective writing, performance critiques, choreography and performance. Students engage further through master classes and opportunities to work with invited guest artists from our vibrant arts community in Columbia and South Carolina.
MAC’s music program offers students the opportunity to learn to play a string instrument (violin, viola, and cello) in solo, chamber music and chamber orchestra settings. Students also take piano, theory, music history and chorus to help them develop a deep appreciation and understanding of music. The daily schedule includes one hour of technique classes on their instrument, one hour of chamber music/chamber orchestra, and one hour of piano, theory and/or chorus.
The technique classes are instrument-specific (e.g. violin/viola classes, cello class), based on the Suzuki method. The mission of the MAC Chamber Ensemble class is to equip students with the necessary skills to perform chamber music competently and passionately, to develop musical independence, and to gain an appreciation of varied styles and genres of music.
The piano program at MAC is intended to enhance the existing strings program and give a music option to secondary-area students. Students benefit from learning a harmony instrument and applying those harmonic skills to theory and music history. The goal of the piano program is to surpass level three in the first year of the beginning piano program. Students will also gain performance skills through participation in two recitals per year, performing alone and in a duet.
In the music theory classes, students will become proficient in reading both treble and bass clefs, learning all key signatures (major/all minor scales), understanding time signatures and rhythms, learning intervals and scale degrees, and dictating rhythms and pitches correctly by ear. In choir, they will explore the basic techniques of proper singing and the procedures of singing in a choir, and they will perform at least twice throughout the year. In the secondary classes students will gain an appreciation of Western Classical Music through learning about some of the great composers throughout history. They will also learn about singing technique, as well as basic piano skills (eventually discussing basic songwriting in the 7th/8th grade class).