Herbert Hoover Middle School
An Academic, Performing, Visual, and Technical Arts School
1635 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126
The Performing Arts Department at Hoover Middle School is dedicated to creating excellence in all students. With over twenty-five course offerings in dance, instrumental music, vocal music and theatre arts, students of all ability levels learn to reach for the highest level of achievement possible. Our faculty of six instructors is responsible for the daily instruction of over three hundred students. Every consideration is given to the development of skilled performers who will be able to use their talents in high school and beyond.
The Hoover Choral Program is a growing program of 6-8 grade students who participate in two different choirs. Music reading and healthy singing technique are emphasized along with music theory, music’s relation to world culture, and teamwork skills. Hoover students now work closely with Lincoln High School students and faculty in preparation for participation in vocal music at SJUSD’s performing arts high school. The chamber choir, Hoover’s advanced ensemble, travels annually to various destinations in California. They also participate in the CMEA choral festival annually.
The strings program encompasses two levels of string orchestra training. In the Beginning class, students learn to read music, basic technique on a stringed instrument and have two major performances throughout the year. In the Advanced class, students learn the fundamental of music theory, to sight read, compose and develop higher listening skills, as stated in the National Orchestra Standards. The students also acquire overall higher musical technique while enjoying making music. As an advanced student, we perform for a variety of events such as Christmas in the Park, Trace Holiday Fair, CMEA Orchestra festival, CMEA Solo Ensemble and Magic Music Days at Disneyland.
The Hoover Band program is comprised of two performing ensembles; Beginning Band and Advanced Band. Students can learn any of the standard band instruments including flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba and percussion. Through participation in these classes, students work towards mastery of local and national standards for music education. Students learn the basics of reading musical notation, instrument performance and group performance skills. Students also learn about music history and various aspects of cultural music. During their time in these ensembles, students gain skills and abilities that will prepare them for high school music ensembles. Students in each ensemble will perform in one evening performance each semester. Advanced Band students may perform at other school activities, as well.
Hoover’s Dance Department is a jazz based program that includes study in tap, hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, and character dance. Our exploratory wheel/Conservatory class for 6th graders is an exciting new project, giving students their first taste of dance and then the opportunity to specialize in dance their second semester if they so chose. Along with Beginning and Intermediate dance classes, the Dance Department also boasts the award-winning Dance Evolution, an advanced performance group that competes against other schools in the area as well as performs in many extra curricular events including Magic Music Days at Disneyland. All level classes and the second semester Conservatory classes perform in two dance concerts held in the Historic Hoover Theatre. Look for these events in January and May. They are not to be missed!
Students at Hoover are fortunate enough to have two year-long drama classes as well as a Stage Tech class offered to them! Drama students learn self-confidence and self-control along with valuable acting and critiquing skill. The year-long Drama 1 class introduces students to theatre in the first semester. Important skills focused on throughout the year include improvisation, skits, scenes, monologues, one-acts, creating a character, and pantomime. Successful completion of the Drama 1 course or a placement audition is followed by admission to the Advanced Drama class.
In Advanced Drama, students continue learning and improving their technique and skills in theatre. The Advanced Drama class works in conjunction with the Stage Tech class to produce two full productions per year for public performance.
is a yearlong course working on producing our stage shows. Stage, sound, lighting, costume, make-up, props, publicity and house crews work together to create the “magic” behind the scenes. Additionally, Stage Tech and Advanced Drama may work on touring productions and one-acts throughout the year. The Drama Department is a busy and exciting place for our students to be involved!
The Hoover Performing Arts Booster Club is a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers and community members supporting the performing arts at Hoover Middle School in San Jose, California, through fund-raising, promotion and community building to ensure the longevity and excellence of the performing arts programs.
Vice President - Monika Saiz
Co- Secretaries - Danielle White, Jennifer Duret Khaleghi
Treasurer - Marie Castaneda
VP of Communications - Thera Gonis
VP of Hospitality - Aleksandra Ceprnic
President Ex Officio - Kat Andrews
Principal - Don McCloskey
Membership/Volunteer Chair - [Open]
Sandra Asplund, Vice President
Danielle White, Jennifer Duret Khaleghi, Co- Secretaries
Gina Rayer, Treasurer
Kari Somerville, VP of Communications
Monika Saiz, VP of Hospitality
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