Students in all grades may elect to take Art as a semester-long class.
Our instructor, Mrs. Hightower teaches elements of art for drawing, water-color, graphic design, and pottery. Some students in 8th grade may take a more advanced art class if they wish. In 2011, several students were chosen to display their artwork at the Greenville County Middle School Art Show.
Mrs. Gill and Mr. Shaw teach beginner level students about basic performance skills for most band instruments, including brass, percussion, and woodwinds. Sixth grade students can take band having no previous music experience. Some instruments are available for student use, but others may be rented or purchased by individual families. Seventh and eighth grade band students are expected to have basic skills before entering the class. Band class is a year-long elective class. Many of Mrs. Gill's and Mr. Shaw's band students have been selected for All-Region Band, All-County Band, and All-State band, and they continue in their music education at the high-school level. In 2016 the eight grade band received Superior Ratings with Distinction at the SCBDA State Assessment. This is the highest score possible at this event.
Music performance, under the leadership of Mr. Shaw, continues to excel whether with a band instrument or when the only instrument used are the voices of the students. Mr. Shaw guides students who have little or no singing experience and provides them with the knowledge and skill needed to progress. In the past, students have participated in the University of South Carolina Middle School Honor Choir, Spring Sing, and other local performances, including annual Christmas and Spring Concerts at the school.
Mrs. Lowe is also the instructor and conductor of our BRMS strings program. Her classes enable students with little or no musical experience to learn and develop skills and knowledge. Violins, violas, cellos, and the bass are instruments that students learn first-hand. In 2011, students have participated in the Greenville County Youth Orchestra and the Greenville County Chamber Orchestra. Click on the links below to see examples of past performances