Beginning in fourth grade and throughout Middle and Upper School, Pine Crest students have an opportunity to play a variety of band instruments, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, or percussion. We offer Lower School band, Middle School band, and jazz band, and Upper School band, pep band, and jazz honors ensemble. Members perform in concerts, at school functions, and consistently receive high ratings at events sponsored by the Florida Bandmasters Association. Private and group lessons are available.
Pine Crest offers chorus in grades two through twelve. Students learn vocal technique, music reading, tone production, breath control, and artistic production in a variety of languages. Ensembles perform in concerts, at school functions and consistently receive high ratings at events sponsored by the Florida Vocal Association and at national competitions. Private and group lessons are available.
Orchestra instruments includeviolin, viola, cello, and bass. We offer a pre-primary group class, Lower School orchestra, Middle School orchestra, and Upper School orchestra and honors strings ensemble. Ensembles perform in concerts, at school functions and consistently receive high ratings at events sponsored by the Florida Orchestra Association. Private and group lessons are available.
Dance is offered to students in pre-kindergarten through twelve. A movement class is part of the pre-kindergarten through grade two curriculum. Students wishing to continue dance will study ballet as the fundamental style in grades three through eight. Upper School dancers may choose from advanced ballet, contemporary, and introduction to dance. After-school offerings include ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary styles. Dancers may perform in division performances and may audition for performance company and competition teams. Private and group lessons are available.
Students in Middle and Upper School may build their communication skills through participation in the debate and forensics program. Middle School students take a public speaking wheel class focusing on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking. Upper School students may elect to take debate and forensics, studying policy debate, argumentation, current events, and logic. The Pine Crest debate team hosts the annual Crestian Policy Classic Debate Tournament and regularly receives high ratings in the many national speech and debate competitions they attend each year.
Theater classes are available to students in grades four through twelve. Theater develops students’ creative process and promotes self-expression and self-discovery. We offer a Middle School International Thespian Troupe, Upper School Thespian Troupe, Upper School acting classes and drama club. Pine Crest thespians consistently receive high ratings at district and state Thespian Festivals sponsored by the Florida Thespians. All students are encouraged to participate in the annual division plays and musicals, either on stage or as part of the backstage production. Private and group lessons are available.
Visual art classes are offered from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Lower School students attend art classes as part of their weekly schedules. Using a variety of media and themes, students explore shape, building, portraiture, and art history. Middle School students take an art appreciation wheel class as part of their required curriculum and may elect to take additional studio art classes. Upper School students have the opportunity to advance their skills through digital arts, drawing and painting, sculpture and ceramics, and a variety of 2D and 3D studio design courses. Upper School students who qualify may take art classes at the Advanced Placement (AP) and post-AP levels. Private and group lessons are available.