- Band Studies Program
- Dance Studies Program
- Guitar Studies Program
- Orchestra Studies Program
- Piano Studies Program
- Theatre/Arts Studies Program
- Visual/Arts Studies Program
- Vocal/Art Studies Program
The Band Department begins teaching students in the fourth grade with recorder. In the following years, students learn to play true band instruments and continue their musical development through to their senior year in High School. Band is a co-curricular class that involves participation in and outside of the classroom. Students are taught basic theory that is reinforced through various levels of compositions. Each student is provided with opportunities to perform as a soloist, in chamber groups, and a multitude of large ensembles, such as Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
Our Band competes each year in Florida Band Association event. At the All-State Competition, our students received individual awards. They perform yearly at the Music Performance Assessments and Solo and Ensemble where Superior ratings were received.
The American Heritage dance program consists of ongoing, sequential, skill-level courses that are designed to gain knowledge in the art of dance or simply to help build self-esteem, discipline and poise. The curriculum combines classroom learning with performance opportunities. Students will be exposed to different types of dance genres such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. Students will learn stretching techniques to improve flexibility as well as engage in cardio and full body exercises. Students will also gain knowledge on creating their own pieces of choreography by working in groups and incorporating the skills and techniques they have learned in class. Students will also have two performances where they will perform in front of a live audience in a beautiful show recital setting.
Our classes provide professional-level training all conducted on the American Heritage campus in one of our beautiful professional dance studios. Our dance instructors are high-caliber, former professional dancers, eager to share their passion and commitment to the art. The extreme discipline and focus that students learn to master in dance will translate into success in numerous other areas of study.
The ever growing dance program has two dance teams which give the opportunity to students who would like to be involved in afterschool dance. We have a performance dance team which performs at all of the varsity football games as the halftime show. Our team usually consists of 50-60 dancers and is open to anyone from 6th-12th grade. We also have our prestigious competition dance team which is selected through an audition process and competes locally and nationally. Our competitive team has won major awards such as Grand Champion, Grand sweepstakes (highest scoring school), received multiple choreography and teacher awards, high score awards, overall champion awards, and title winners.
The American Heritage Guitar program consists of 8 levels in high school, and beginners, intermediate, and advance in junior high. The curriculum combines classroom learning with performance opportunities, such as concerts and evaluations, both in and out of the classroom. Students are taught basic and jazz theory that is reinforced with improvisations and compositions.
The basis of our guitar curriculum is classical music, but students also gain proficiency in flamenco, jazz, blues, rock and funk. The guitar program is one of the strongest and most successful in South Florida having prepared students for acceptance in many colleges, conservatories and universities, some with scholarships. The guitar program has received Superior ratings at local evaluations for the past 7 years.
Our Guitar program competes annually in a Guitar Evaluation where students are judged on their levels of knowledge, theory and ability. At the 2012 Evaluation, we received 19 Superior ratings, including ensembles and 12 Excellent ratings.
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 Orchestra competes each year in the Florida Orchestra Association event. At the All-State Competition, our students received Individual awards. The Orchestra students perform yearly at the Music Performance Assessments and Solo and Ensemble events where Superior ratings were received.
The 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:
- Fine Arts Festivals
- State competitions
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 6-12. Through courses, backstage crew work, and competition on the district, regional, and state levels, students are actively engaged in all aspects of technical theatre.
Our Drama department competes within the International Thespian Society at both District and State levels. Awards consist of Critics Choice for the One Act Competition, and Critics Choice for the following Individual Events: Duet Acting, Solo Musical, Monologue and both categories of Duet Musical.
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, graphic design, computer art and animation and Portfolio. 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.
In the Visual Arts, our students have excelled in the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. We received 115 Awards at the regional competition level. 28 Gold Key Awards and 17 Silver Key Awards were received by our students within Digital Art, Fashion Design, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting.
Our Fine Arts Director was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award and Gold Medal.
AHS Choral program is comprised of the Acappella Singers (auditioned choir), Mixed Concert 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 Choira
- ACDA Honor Choirs
- University of Miami Honor Choirs
Our Choir has been invited annually to perform at the Disney Candlelight Processional. We have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in March 2012 and have received another invitation to perform in 2013. At the University of Miami Honors Choir event we received Superior ratings. The Show Choir and individual Pianists received Superior ratings at the Musical Performance Assessment event, as well as at Solo and Ensemble.