More information about arts departments and courses can be found under the Departments link at the top of the page or click on the links below.
SPA offers pre-conservatory style training in 5 Arts Majors: Dance, Instrumental Music, Production and Design, Theatre and Vocal Music. SPA arts classes are led by highly skilled and passionate Teaching Artists and are deeply rooted in the idea that all students can thrive and succeed with proper training and opportunity. At SPA, we strive to create highly skilled artists who are creative, passionate and contributing members to their craft and the world in which they live.
Theatre – Students majoring in Theatre will be exposed to the foundations of the Theatre, inclusive of its past and influences and relativeness to our world today. Students choose from one of three tracks: Acting, Musical Theatre and Playwriting/Directing. Theatre majors will take intensive core classes based on specific topics within their chosen track. Before students graduate with a Theatre major, students will be able to generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work, develop and refine artistic work for presentation, interpret intent and meaning in artistic work and relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.
Dance – Students majoring in Dance will realize a classical approach to training, with Ballet serving as the foundation of this highly disciplined and structured major. In addition, students will be exposed to several Dance styles including: modern, contemporary, jazz, world dance and dance for Musical Theatre. Dance students will also learn about the history of Dance and its influence on culture and arts throughout history. Before students graduate from the Dance major, students will refine and complete artistic work, convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work, synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art, and understand and evaluate how dance conveys meaning.
Vocal Music – Student Vocal Music majors will develop skill as both independent artists and as members of the choral ensemble. Students are exposed to a myriad of music influences and styles from a global perspective. Before students graduate from the Vocal major, they will be able to demonstrate an ability to sight-read, hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, and texture and express themselves artistically over a cross-section of the repertory they have learned throughout their conservatory experience.
Instrumental Music – Students in The Instrumental Music major will be able to work collaboratively and as leaders in musical interpretation, demonstrating an understanding of compositional processes, aesthetic properties of music, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces. Before students graduate from the Instrumental major, they will be able to demonstrate an ability to sight-read, hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, and texture and express themselves artistically over a cross-section of the repertory they have learned throughout their conservatory experience.
Production & Design – Student Production and Design majors will experience a program of study intended to prepare them for production and design or theatre business management majors in college in addition to pre-professional training for a career in design, technology, or management in the entertainment industry. SPA’s Production and Design majors will graduate critically engaged and technologically sophisticated students in the fields of scenery, costumes, stage and theatre business management, lighting, and sound.