Find Your Voice Here.
The Performing Arts at Maclay embraces each student’s individual skills and gifts, while simultaneously building community and ensemble.
Students discover their own voice and encourage one another to let their voices be heard as they grow in empathy and perspective.
Our mission is to create opportunities that provide students with a meaningful and positive experience across an array of performance disciplines including, theatre, instrumental music, vocal music and dance, all in an atmosphere where talents are nurtured. The arts at Maclay give students the opportunity to develop techniques for creative expression, and to thrive as creative learners and thinkers in all areas of life.
US Theatre Classes
US Musical Theatre Class
US Theatre Company / International Thespian Society (9-12)
MS Theatre Classes (6-8)
MS Musical Theatre Classes (6-8)
MS Theatre Company/ International Jr. Thespian Society (6-8)
LS Theatre Classes (2-5)
LS Creative Arts Classes (Pre-K – 1st)
US Strings & Concert Orchestra
US Concert Band & Jazz Ensemble
US AP Music Theory
US Popular Music Class
US Vocal Ensemble Class
US Music Club
US Audio Engineer Club
US Songwriting & Music Production Class
Pep Band (6-12)
MS String Orchestra
MS Modern Music Production Classes
MS Music Appreciation Classes
LS General Music Classes (K-5) Lower School String Orchestra (3-5)
LS Chorus (3-5) afterschool
LS Marauder Steel Band (3-5) afterschool
US Dance Technique Class & Company
MS Dance Technique Class
Maclay Dance Team
Mini Marauder Dance Company
Our vibrant music program is accessible to all students, regardless of experience, ability level, and interests. Our curriculum provides numerous ways for students to create, perform and experience music through a wide array of opportunities. Students get to play all varieties of musical instruments from around the world such as djembe drums, ukuleles, and steel pans. Starting in 4th grade, we also begin to delve into the world of digital music and music production. Our Music curriculum begins in the Lower Division, where all students are exposed to weekly instruction.
Students will have the opportunity to join the Lower School Chorus and the Marauder Steel (steel drum) ensemble. (Grades 3-5) These groups meet after school once a week, with performances throughout the year.
Learning to play a bowed stringed instrument provides an exceptional avenue for challenge and growth. We believe there are clear connections between music education and classroom performance, improved social skills and greater emotional well-being.
Orchestra is offered in all three divisions: Lower School Beginning and Intermediate Strings (grades 3-5) Middle School Introduction to Strings, Middle School Concert Orchestra, Upper School Concert Orchestra. All rehearsals are held during the school day.
Vocal Ensemble/Glee is offered as an elective in the Middle and Upper School. Students are given the opportunity to touch on voice production fundamentals: A variety of popular musical styles, including pop, jazz and musical theater, will be studied and performed.
Students in middle and upper school will have the opportunity to study the basic elements of dance technique and performance, obtaining and expanding upon, the fundamental skills necessary to perform a variety of dance techniques, including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical. We offer dance in all three divisions. (K-12) Students can join the Marauder Dance Team, which is a hybrid program with the Athletics Dept. that meets after-school.
Maclay Band students learn playing fundamentals and basic musicianship. As they continue their studies, they refine their individual and ensemble playing skills, and further explore the expressive qualities of musical performance. Students are exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. Band offerings at Maclay include an Introduction to Band class, Middle School Band, and a combined MS & US Concert Band. Students may also opt to play in the Maclay Jazz Ensemble and the Pep Band.
In the Upper School, students have the opportunity to take a range of courses including Band, String Orchestra, Popular Music, AP Music Theory, Songwriting and Music Production. as well as perform at events like “Music on the Plaza” and Celebration of the Arts or other community events.
Our vibrant music program is accessible to all students, regardless of experience, ability level, and interests. Our curriculum provides numerous ways for students to create, perform and experience music through a wide array of opportunities, including the Upper School Music Club or the Upper School Audio Engineer Club.
Our Lower School Theatre program provides students with a dynamic and fun introduction to the world of theatre. Our curriculum is designed to encourage self-expression and cooperation with others, to develop speaking and performance skills, and to build confidence and critical thinking skills. Theatre gives students ways to process and communicate their emotions, personal situations, and questions about our world. Our program consists of weekly Creative Arts Class in Pre-k – 1st grade and Drama class in 2nd – 5th grade.
All students in grades 3-5 perform in a full-scale Musical Theatre production presented at the end of each year for the entire school community.
Theatre and Music Theatre is offered as an elective in the Middle and Upper School. Students are given the opportunity to shine through individual projects, school events and school productions. Students engage in project-based work designed to enlighten the creative process all while experiencing self-discovery, expression, communication, confidence, problem solving and empathy. Students may join “Company” and become a member of the International Thespian Society, a student honorary organization that presents quality stage works and competes annually at the Florida State Thespian Festivals.