Mission Statement

MAS 6-12@Zelda Glazer is one of the newest and most exciting Magnet Programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addition to an excellent academic environment, the Studio Program offers talented students with a passion for the arts a high standard curiculum of intensive theory and practice in the strand of their choice.

The goals of this program are:

  • To produce career-minded students
  • To develop their artistic and technical skills
  • To further their audition possibilities and advanced placement at the college and university levels

PROGRAM BROCHURE


MAGNET PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Fully equipped art, music, dance and technical production studios
  • G.A.P. Guest Artist Program - Professional visiting artists and teachers
  • Intensive arts training and enhanced performance skills
  • An in-house Black Box theatre
  • State of the art computer lab running both Windows and Apple platforms
  • Gifted program and advanced classes
  • After-school care and tutorial programs
  • ESOL and ESE classes
  • Involved parent booster group
  • Field trips throughout the United States
  • Partnership with Florida International University

SELECTION PROCESS

Students are selected to the Miami Arts Studio 6-12 through an application and audition process. The audition process is based on talent, interview, potential and maturity.

APPLY EARLY!

Admission to Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer is determined by an application and performance audition, a portfolio/interview review, or random selection. Students may apply and/or audition/interview for ONLY one studio. The audition process is based on talent, potential, and maturity. Please check the audition criteria/requirements for the studio of your choice. Applicants and their families are encouraged to carefully consider researching the available studios before making a final selection, since students are unable to change studios once they are admitted.

Follow these steps for a successful admission experience:

1. Review the student’s eligibility. Eligibility is determined by academics, conduct, effort, interest, and attendance. Conditions for application eligibility include:

• Minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average in core academic subject areas (e.g. language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) and in conduct.
• All effort grades in core academic classes must be a “2” or higher.
• No more than 10 unexcused absences will be allowed for previous year.
• Placement is based on audition/interview and/or random selection results.

2. All applicants must submit a completed application online, or mail the completed application to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) School Choice & Parental Options’ office from October 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018. Applicants will also select their preferred audition date on the M-DCPS School Choice & Parental Options website. You may access the magnet application through www.yourchoicemiami.org.

• Students applying for Band, Broadcasting, Dance, Orchestra, Musical Theatre, Theatre Arts, Theatre Design & Production, and Vocal must reserve an audition date prior to submitting the online application. Your audition date will be confirmed via email. Please note: applicants who fail to show up to their audition date will not be granted a second audition. For audition criteria/requirements, please visit Miami Arts Studio’s website at mas.dadeschools.net.
• Students applying for Technical Production or Entertainment Law do not need to reserve an audition date. These applicants will be accepted through a random selection process.
• All applicants will receive notification via email on March 15, 2018 from MDCPS School Choice & Parental Option.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, please call the MAS Magnet Office at 305.485.2323, or contact Nick Garcia, Magnet Lead Teacher at ngarcia2@dadeschools.net.


Magnet Strands Overview

BAND AND ORCHESTRA OVERVIEW

Students are trained to perform individually and as members of ensembles. All music students participate as musicians in the Jazz, Concert Bands or the Orchestra. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of instrumental technique, rhythm, sight-reading, improvisation, and performance. Within the curriculum these fundamentals, along with music theory, history, and literacy, provide students with a strong musical foundation.

Participation in district and state music education organizations further the students’ knowledge of music and confidence in their musical ability.

ORCHESTRA

The primary focus of the Instrumental Music department at MAS is to assist students in understanding that Music is a vital part of the human experience that helps us understand world cultures, past and present. Music students are able to choose from among a variety of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in the band strand and string instruments in the orchestra strand.

MUSIC AUDITION CRITERIA

BAND – GRADE 6-8

  • Beginning Wind/Percussion - No experience with Wind/Percussion instruments is necessary to audition or to be accepted into the program.
  • Concert Band - The student should prepare a musical selection, and be able to play the Bb and Eb Major Scales one octave with arpeggio from memory.

BAND – GRADE 9-12

  • Applicants will prepare for performance without accompaniment two excerpts (two minutes each) in contrasting styles of Grade Two or higher from the Florida Bandmaster Association list.

John Bixby, Band Director | jbixby@dadeschools.net

ORCHESTRA/STRINGS – GRADE 6-8

  • Beginning Strings – No experience with string instruments is necessary to audition or to be accepted into the program.
  • String Orchestra – The student should prepare a musical selection, and be able to play the C, G, and D Major scales one octave from memory.

ORCHESTRA/STRINGS – GRADE 9-12

  • Applicants will prepare for performance without accompaniment two excerpts (two minutes each) in contrasting styles of Grade Two or higher from the Florida Orchestra Association list, and/or comparable material from Suzuki, Wohlfahrt, Schroeder, Strum-Zimmerman, Kruetzer, and Kayser.
  • Applicants will be asked to perform four major scales (not to exceed four flats/sharps) two octaves with arpeggio from memory.

Vivian Gonzalez, Orchestra Director | adejesus@dadeschools.net

BROADCASTING OVERVIEW

In the Broadcasting program, within the Technical Production strand, MAS students will learn public speaking and broadcast writing skills, as well as producing, writing, filming, and editing video productions. In a state-of-the-art studio, teams produce the morning announcements on CCTV. Broadcasting students also produce other multimedia productions, such as news packages, music videos, commercials, public service announcements, short films, documentaries, and social media production.

BROADCASTING AUDITION CRITERIA

  • A treatment (written description) of an original movie or short film idea that the student has thought up and is passionate about making.
  • A YouTube link (marked as “public” or “unlisted”) of a compilation of different videos the student has created either in class or on their own time. It can include, but is not limited to news story/package, short films, commercials, Public Service Announcements, documentaries, etc. Students may be featured on-screen in the video. The maximum time on the compilation is three minutes. Any video longer than that will not be permissible. As proof of authenticity, each video must include its own credits, not who was involved in the production of each video. Student will need to be prepared to pull up the YouTube link during the interview (students can either email the YouTube link to themselves or have their YouTube credentials on hand so they can log in and pull up the video during auditions).
  • A personal interview to help determine the student's level of discipline, interest, and suitability for the program.

Rebecca DeArmas, Broadcasting Teacher | rmdearmas@dadeschools.net

Alex Rodriguez, Broadcasting Teacher | a_rodriguez@dadeschools.net

DANCE OVERVIEW

Providing a nurturing and stimulating educational environment, the Dance program at MAS offers a wide range of dance disciplines and methodologies. The dance curriculum is designed to offer students a strong technical base, to expand their knowledge of dance as an art form and to inspire passionate creativity in our students. Emphasis is placed on technique, dance history, health/nutrition, choreography and performance. Students participate in ballet, modern, jazz and ethnic dance classes. Dance composition and improvisation make up the balance of our well-rounded dance curriculum.

DANCE AUDITION CRITERIA

  • Participate in a ballet barre and center floor exercises.
  • Perform a short solo dance not to exceed 1 ½ minutes long. The solo may be performed in any dance style. Music must be provided on a CD or I-Pod.
  • Wear appropriate dance attire and shoes for audition. Sweats and jewelry are not acceptable.
  • A personal interview to help determine the student's level of discipline, interest and suitability for the program.

Monica Barrios, Dance Teacher | villarmonica@dadeschools.net

Dana Scotti, Dance Teacher | DScotti@dadeschools.net

ENTERTAINMENT LAW OVERVIEW

The Entertainment Law studio introduces students to the American legal system, and specifically to law that covers the broad scope of entertainment. Students will learn that entertainment lawyers provide services to the entertainment industry, including film, music, television, theater, publishing, visual arts, and multimedia. They also represent sports stars and other celebrities. Entertainment lawyers negotiate and write contracts, deal with intellectual property issues, and practice employment and labor law. Entertainment law students will learn the fundamentals of American law and its origins. They will also gain understanding of the justice system as it pertains to the entertainment industry. Students will develop by improving their speaking, debating and conflict resolution skills, as well as learning research techniques and protocols.

ENTERTAINMENT LAW INTERVIEW CRITERIA

  • Students applying to enter the program will be randomly selected using the lottery process, so please make sure all applications are turned in by the deadline.

Leinad Coya, Ent. Law Teacher | Lcoya1@dadeschools.net

Marta Salazar, Ent. Law Instructor | mvsalazar@dadeschools.net

TECH PRODUCTION OVERVIEW

Students in the MAS Theatrical Technical Production strand will be introduced to exciting career preparation in Technical Design. This Technical Production strand will offer students a creative environment in which to learn the different aspects of theatrical design and production. The stand establishes a hands-on approach to directing, stage management, theatre management, publicity, costume, theatrical makeup, sound, lighting and scenic design, including application and construction techniques. Students in the MAS Digital Technical Production will have the opportunity to learn industry leading graphic software (Adobe Creative Suite and Office 2016) and digital design techniques and applications that are used to create and edit photographs, sound, video, animation, and publications. Students learn a vast array of content through project based learning and will begin their trek towards industry certifications. All students entering the program will remain in the program for a 7 year progression.

DIGITAL TECH PRODUCTION

  • Students applying to enter the program will be randomly selected using the lottery process, so please make sure all applications are turned in by the deadline.

Matthew Pate, Tech. Teacher | mpate@dadeschools.net

Ralph Proenza, Tech. Teacher | rproenza@dadeschools.net

THEATRE OVERVIEW

The goal of the Theatre Arts program at MAS is to develop a quality product through an emphasis on the artistic process. Students will learn through a course of study that furthers the disciplines of the theatre arts, including movement, voice, and the structural elements of theatre. The process includes developing skills in self-awareness, concentration, listening, observation, problem solving, critical thinking, and performance. The curriculum, also, provides students with the techniques they need to freely express their creativity. The study of theatre history, literature, and the production of theatre create a well-rounded and prepared theatre arts student. Students are expected to be involved in extra-curricular theatre activities, including district and state theatre education organizations. These opportunities give students the ability to perform, participate in productions and share their talent with other students and the community.

THEATRE AUDITION CRITERIA - GRADE 6-8

  • Perform a memorized monologue from a published theatre work. This monologue must not exceed 1½ minutes and should be reflective of the applicant’s age group. Judges will be looking for naturalness, honesty, vocal projection and focus.
  • Participate in a practical session including theatre games and improvisations. Students are advised to use creativity, imagination and concentration.
  • Demonstrate acceptable proficiency on a theatre terminology survey.
  • Sing a short verse (16 bars) from a Broadway Musical (optional). You must bring an instrumental CD for accompaniment or sing a Capella.
  • Dress in comfortable attire. NO skirts or dresses. Wear dance shoes, sneakers or closed flat shoes.
  • A personal interview to help determine the student's level of discipline, interest and suitability for the program.

THEATRE AUDITION CRITERIA - GRADE 9-12

  • Student must present a one minute (1) monologue.
  • Material must be drawn from published plays written for the theatre. Poetry, fiction, screenplays, and lyrics will not be allowed.
  • All material should be presented as if within the context of a full production.
  • Participate in a practical session including theatre games and improvisations. Students are advised to use creativity, imagination and concentration.
  • Demonstrate acceptable proficiency on a theatre terminology survey.
  • Sing a short verse (16 bars) from a Broadway Musical – optional for Theatre Arts, but a requirement for Musical Theatre auditions. You must bring an instrumental CD for accompaniment or sing a Capella.
  • Demonstrate acceptable proficiency on a theatre terminology survey.
  • Sing a short verse (16 bars) from a Broadway Musical (optional). You must bring an instrumental CD for accompaniment or sing a Capella.
  • Dress in comfortable attire. NO skirts or dresses. Wear dance shoes, sneakers or closed flat shoes.
  • A personal interview to help determine the student's level of discipline, interest and suitability for the program.

THEATRE TECH PRODUCTION (HIGH SCHOOL ONLY) INTERVIEW CRITERIA

  • A personal interview to help determine the student’s level of interest, discipline, and suitability for the program.
  • An original portfolio with no fewer than 10 examples of the student’s best work is required at the time of interview. Examples of work the portfolio might contain are:
    • Drawings or paintings from arts classes (not necessarily related to theatrical design)
    • Photographs of three-dimensional work, models, sculpture
    • Renderings and sketches (fashion, costumes, set designs)
    • Visual examples showing the applicant’s highest level of achievement, graphic abilities and artistic vision
    • Examples of woodworking skills, furniture projects, masks, puppets or craft projects
    • Sketchbooks, preliminary sketches (showing your range of artistic expression)

Reinaldo Bode, Musical Theatre Teacher | ReyBode@dadeschools.net

Alina Garcia, Middle School Theatre Arts Teacher | afleitas-garcia@dadeschools.net

Yamarys Salomon, High School Theatre Arts Teacher | yamaryssalomon@dadeschools.net

Nicole Quintana, Middle/High School Theatre Arts Teacher | Nquintana@dadeschools.net

VOCAL OVERVIEW

The Chorus/Vocal program at MAS provides vocal development training. From basic technique to performance mastery, the program strives to uphold a high standard of self-discipline and personal growth. While learning the fundamentals of singing in both solo and choral settings, students learn basic musicianship and the principles of vocal music education, such as: diction, interpretation, breath management, musical terminology, sight-reading and music history are included in the course of study. Using group learning in addition to individual work, students are led through a basic repertoire of age-appropriate literature and progress toward a better understanding of good vocal habits and universal expectations for musicians. Participation in district and state music education organizations further the students’ knowledge of music and confidence in their musical ability.

CHORUS/VOCAL – GRADE 6-8

  • Vocalists should prepare a solo in their natural voice. A simple hymn, patriotic song, folk song or ballad will suffice. An accompanist is neither provided nor required. Solo can be done a Capella. Pop, Rock or Rap music is not acceptable for the audition.
  • Applicants will be asked to sing tonal patterns, sight read, and complete a brief theory placement test. The theory and sight reading will be used for selecting the correct class level and not for admission to the program.

CHORUS/VOCAL – GRADE 9-12

  • Applicants will prepare for performance, with or without accompaniment, one memorized song either from traditional classical repertoire (i.e. any piece from the 24 Italian Arias book) or the American songbook sung in a jazz style. Pop, Rock or Rap music is not acceptable for the audition. The performance should demonstrate healthy vocal technique and great stage presence. If performing with accompaniment you must provide a CD or USB recording which contains only the musical accompaniment for the solo. A CD/USB player will be provided.
  • Applicants will be asked to sing tonal patterns, sight read, and complete a brief theory placement test.

Cindy Ellis, Vocal Teacher | cindyellis@dadeschools.net

Ryan Ellis, Vocal Teacher | banddirector@dadeschools.net

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