Areas of Study
- Band Studies Program
- Choral and Piano Studies Program
- Dance Studies Program
- Guitar Studies Program
- Orchestra Studies Program
- Theatre/Arts Studies Program
- Visual/Art Studies Program
AHS Piano program offers students the opportunity to take group piano, but progress on an individual basis. With a maximum of 15 students in a class, each student may enter at his/her level and develop from that point. Each student will gain knowledge and proficiency in technical study, music reading skills, music vocabulary, scales, dynamics, tempos, quality literature, and performance. Performance opportunities include: concerts, Fine Arts Festivals, County, District, and State competitions.
AHS Choral program is comprised of the Acappella Singers (auditioned choir), Mixed Concert Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Jr. High Chorus, and 5th & 6th grade choirs. Our performance ensembles provide students with experience in quality vocal production techniques and part singing, as well as an emphasis on quality choral literature from a variety of periods and styles, and the development of fundamental and advanced skills in vocal tone production, choral performance techniques, musical literacy, and music appreciation. Our students are involved in Florida All-State Honor Choirs, ACDA Honor Choirs, University of Miami Honor Choirs, and Broward All-County Honor Choirs. The choirs all perform throughout our community as well as Carnegie Hall and Disney.
Orchestra is a musical ensemble of violins, violas, cellos, and string basses. The pre-requisite for the High School class is previous performance experience on at least one of these instruments. Advanced students can test into Honors credit. The Orchestra Program boasts a Symphony Orchestra, Junior High Orchestra and Elementary Orchestra (grades 3-6) as well as an after-school group that performs at community events.
The AHS Orchestra is one of the strongest and most successful string programs in South Florida having received Superior ratings throughout the past 14 years.
The theatre program at American Heritage School serves two purposes: to provide an arena for those students who wish to explore a creative outlet for themselves and/or to provide a professional education and experience for those who wish to pursue the theatre arts as a career. To that end we offer a wide variety of classes from performing to technical theatre within the best facilities in southern Florida and taught by a highly skilled staff of working professionals. The program has been honored with local, state; regional, national and international awards for its work.
The American Heritage School Fine Arts Department also offers a comprehensive technical theatre program featuring a full slate of academic courses as well as an endless array of extra-curricular opportunities for students in grades 7-12. Through courses, backstage crew work, and competition on the district, regional, and state levels, students are actively engaged in all aspects of technical theatre including Play Production, Scene Design, Stagecraft, Light Design, Sound Production, Theatre Business, Publicity, and Marketing.
The Visual Art department at American Heritage offers a wide range of courses beginning with our introduction survey course titled Visual Concepts thorough disciplines in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, glass, black and white photography, digital photography, architecture, graphic design, computer art and animation, portfolio and Advanced Placement Art History. All courses promote a hands-on, experiential approach that develops a sensitivity and familiarity with materials and methods. Students at American Heritage benefit form the support of faculty, administrators, peers, and the community. Our facilities house the latest technology along with multiple exhibition space for students to showcase their work.
Formal and conceptual training expand students’ visual literacy. In addition to studio practice students study the historical, cultural and philosophical approaches used by artists in the past and present. Class size is small in order to provide individual attention by professional artists and educators.
As a department, we are focused on providing students with every opportunity to succeed in their artistic endeavor. We encourage students to participate in local and national exhibitions, summer programs, and portfolio reviews. Students who wish to continue their studies in art leave with a portfolio of work that is commensurate with the requirements of undergraduate studio art programs.