Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Performing Arts at Shorecrest

The Performing Arts are an integral part of a Shorecrest education. As early as 3-years-old, Shorecrest students gain experience performing onstage for an audience; hearing, playing and singing different types of music; and experiencing various types of Performing Arts.

Throughout Experiential, Lower, and Middle School, the Performing Arts - specifically Music - are a core part of the required curriculum. By the time students reach Upper School, they have robust opportunities for Performing Arts electives in Musical Theatre, Acting,  Instrumental Music, Stagecraft and more. 

The entire school community comes together once each year to Celebrate the Arts, a Shorecrest tradition that invites community artists of all kinds to share their expertise with students in memorable, hands-on experiences and performances, throughout one special Arts-themed week. The week culminates with an Upper School spring musical.

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  • Experiential School

    Each day in The Experiential School starts with music playing as children enter the building to begin their school day. Music instruction is integrated into The Experiential School curriculum through lively and engaging experiences. Music classes offer students the opportunity to express themselves creatively, melodically and rhythmically. A dedicated arts teacher (Atelierista), along with the classroom teachers, focuses on giving students a variety of opportunities to develop their creative skills as they understand music as a language of expression, one that connects us to each other and to the world around us. The Experiential School students learn about different genres and artists and explore the role of music within culture and society. Students engage in a variety of songs, movement games, and instrument play as they discover different ways to use their voices and bodies.

    In Alpha and JK, students celebrate diversity through music exploration using a variety of instruments and are also provided with opportunities to perform.
  • Lower School

    Music class at Shorecrest is a joyful celebration of humanity and our love of rhythm and song. Kindergarteners and first graders have music twice a week, while second through fourth graders have longer classes once a week. Students are enthusiastic participants in music class, integrating music and movement, listening for musical clues, and using their bodies as percussion instruments. They learn to love music from a wide variety of genres; James Brown, The Beatles, Elton John, John Denver, Selena, Los Lobos, and Yo Yo Ma are just a few. Lower School students experiment with a wide variety of non-pitched percussion instruments starting in Kindergarten, and they look forward to learning the basics of the ukulele in third and fourth grade. Come to any town meeting, and you’ll hear children singing their favorites - "One Day," "We Are the World," "You Are My Sunshine," and more.

    Each grade level puts on a production every year, in addition to multiple opportunities to sing onstage for families and friends. 

    Extracurricular activities, including band, acting, dance and musical theatre are available for Lower School through after school Auxiliary Programs. 
  • Middle School

    Students in grades 5-6 experience Performing Arts courses one trimester at a time via required electives. Rotating through Visual Art, Music, and Public Speaking/Drama, students gain growing experience in each subject area each year.

    In grades 7-8, students have more choice to pursue their individual interests through robust performing arts electives including Acting Studio, Music Production & Songwriting, Vocal Music, and more. 

    Starting in fifth grade with Music and Dance, students learn vocal techniques, projection, presence, vocabulary and more as they learn to read, understand and perform music. Rotating through the required elective course series, students learn theatre and performance terminology, improvisation, public speaking, theatre history and more. As students progress through the required courses and into their choices of electives, the performing arts are connected to the rest of the 5th-8th grade Middle School curriculum through interdisciplinary projects. 

    Students have additional opportunities to engage in the Performing Arts through clubs such as Jr. Thespians - Troupe 88197, and events like the annual Middle School Musical and the Variety Show. 
  • Upper School

    Students in the 9th-12th grade Upper School have robust opportunities to study the Performing Arts in depth, with a wide variety of electives in Instrumental Music, Acting, Musical Theatre, Stagecraft and more. The Performing Arts courses and faculty support students at all levels of performance, from the interested novice to the experienced performer who intends to continue studying Performing Arts in college.

    Extracurricular activities like the International Thespian Society - Troupe 3140, Theatre Club, Fall Showcase, Winter Play, Spring Musical, Treblecrest a Cappella Ensemble, and Band give students the opportunity to perform for different types of audiences in all kinds of venues. 

Arts Facilities

Lower School Music Room
Middle School Music Room
Middle School Drama Room 
Janet Root Theatre with scene shop & dressing rooms
Black Box Theatre 
Band Classroom and Recording Studio 
Outdoor Performances - Weiss Family Pavilion 

Arts Events

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Shorecrest Preparatory School

5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191
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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.