Innovation Montessori Ocoee Department of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of highly successful programs that are known for their rich history, high quality and their exciting innovation.

The arts are a universal language and a fundamental form of expressive communication. Here at Innovation Montessori Ocoee, we believe that every student should have the opportunity to develop their own innate creativity and learn to respect the creative expressions of others. IMO Arts students are provided quality instruction in Instrumental Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts to develop in them the 21st Century Skills necessary for jobs of the future.

After school programs include: Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Fall Play, Spring Musical, and Winterguard

Theatre

IMO offers Drama as part of enrichment for all elementary students. Middle and High School students may select Musical Theatre as an elective.

Innovation Montessori in the Arts produces a variety of productions and concerts throughout the year. Our 2019 productions were The Enchanted Bookshop and Aladdin, JR.

We are excited to announce our 2019 – 2020 season A Wrinkle in Time December 6th and 7th 2019 and Shrek the Musical March 27th and 28th, 2020.

To learn more about our Theatre Program, please visit HERE

Instrumental Music

Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble are offered as after school programs. Students perform in various concerts throughout the year.

To learn more about our Instrumental Music Program, please visit HERE

Visual Arts

IMO offers Art as part of enrichment for all elementary students. Middle and High School students may also select Art as an elective. In addition, Art Club meets after school.

To learn more about our after school Art Program, please visit HERE

Winterguard

Winter guard is the sport of indoor color guard – much like your traditional color guard that performs with marching bands – we just take the performance indoors and perform to recorded music. IMO Winterguard is entering its third year and comprised of students in upper elementary, middle, and high school. The group learns movement and a variety of equipment including flags and sabers. Winter guards can be found in middle schools, high schools, universities and independent organizations.

To learn more about IMO Winterguard, please visit HERE

Our yearly fundraiser is IMO FESTIVAL of the ARTS held each Spring. It is a festival of music, food, and artistic exploration and learning. Please mark Saturday, March 7, 2020 on your calendar.

Want to volunteer or be a sponsor or vendor for this awesome event? Please contact imita@innovationmontessori.com for information.

Here is Innovation Montessori in The Arts master calendar with our programs:

 

Contacts
Program Coordinator michael@innovationmontessori.com
Performing Arts, Theatre angela.bruun@innovationmontessori.com
Performing Arts, Instrumental michael@innovationmontessori.com
Visual Arts christie.lucas@innovationmontessori.com
Arts Festival arteco@innovationmontessori.com
Winterguard winterguard@innovationmontessori.com
Summer Stage summerstage@innovationmontessori.com
Instrumental Music Department band@innovationmontessori.com
Theatre Department theatre@innovationmontessori.com
In the Arts (general info) imita@innovationmontessori.com
Mission Statement

To educate all students in a supportive, nurturing and challenging environment by providing them with the skills, knowledge and opportunities for expression in instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, and visual arts that enable them to participate actively as consumers and makers of the arts in a diverse global community.

Department Learning Goals
  • Creating: Students will learn to use the symbolic languages, structures, materials and techniques of the four arts disciplines (music, visual art, drama and dance) to create works of art.
  • Performing: Students will apply skills in singing, reading music, playing instruments, acting, directing, dancing and exhibition (visual art) to interpret and share artwork that already exists, including their own.
  • Perceiving and Responding: Students will demonstrate their ability to critically respond with understanding when they describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate their own artwork and the artwork or others.
  • Connections: Students will demonstrate understanding of their artistic heritage through investigation of the historical and cultural contexts of the arts, will demonstrate knowledge of the arts in their community, and apply knowledge of the arts in the study of other disciplines.
Guiding Beliefs
  • An effective and challenging arts curriculum provides students with opportunities to perform and create in art, music, drama and dance; perceive and respond to each of the arts disciplines; understand the role of the arts in our heritage and cultures past and present, near and far; understand the nature of the arts, and make connections between the arts and other disciplines.
  • Through education in the arts, students learn modes of personal expression; they imaginatively communicate and share ideas, approach the challenges of artistic expression with ingenuity, develop intellectual curiosity, and perceive the world around them in ways that are unique to the arts.
  • All students can learn in and through the arts and are entitled to challenging and sequential curricula in grades K – 10, taught during the regular school day and after-school by highly qualified faculty in each of those disciplines. The arts curricula include general art and music in grades 1 – 6, instrumental and choral music in grades 4 – 10, and non-performance based electives in grades 7 – 10.
  • All students are entitled to opportunities during the school day to develop proficiency in at least two of the arts disciplines in grades 1 – 10.
  • An effective program in the arts is supported by adequate resources, instructional time and a highly qualified faculty.
  • The arts are most worthy of study for their intrinsic value, yet at the same time can enhance learning in other disciplines.
  • Through education in the arts all students are provided with unique opportunities for personal growth and social development, and can engage with confidence and skill in the life of the broader school community.
Fair Share

There are special financial needs involved with participation in any organization or activity which are not provided for by OCPS. The financial obligation that falls to the student and parent is called Fair Share Assessment. This assessment is common in a majority of schools around the nation and prevalent in OCPS for a wide-range of activities, including all programs in the arts.

As educators, we believe in providing your student with the highest quality music education possible. To this end, it is necessary for us to assess each student to cover costs inherent in providing a positive, life-changing experience.

All Students participating in programs within Innovation Montessori in The Arts! are expected to meet the payment schedule provided by the program director. Failure to meet the due dates OR contact the director in advance can result in student’s removal from participation. However, no student will be denied participation due to a family’s inability to pay. We incur many costs in advance on students’ behalf. For this reason, there can be no refunds due to ineligibility or change of schedule, as expenses are pre-paid. Plan well in advance. Parents of any student with financial difficulty must contact the director by email in advance of any due date affected for an extension – communication is key!