MCA firmly believes that the arts are a valuable element of the well educated mind. The academy introduces students in kindergarten to great works of music and art and continues this instruction through high school. MCA has an instructional art classroom, two art galleries, and a dedicated music room.
In visual arts, students learn about the elements of art, sculpture, portraits, still lifes, landscapes, photography, architecture, expression and abstraction, works of art from long ago, the Renaissance, Impressionism, Post Impressionism, and 20th century sculpture. They are exposed to Islamic art and architecture, African art, Chinese Art, Japanese Art, and American artwork (Art of a New Nation, Nineteenth century American art, modern American painting).
In music, students are exposed to a wide array of music from jazz to orchestral music as well as vocal music that includes spirituals and songs from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. They learn about composers and their music, the elements of music, and vocal ranges.
In grades 6-8 of Upper School, students choose electives, some of which are music or art based. We offer such classes as 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Photography, Fine Arts I and II, Drawing, Animation, Beginning Music, Advanced Music, Music Theory, and Music Composition. In grades 9-12 of Upper School, students may participate in special Arts After Hours classes, tuition free, which offer various visual art programs and performing art programs such as chorus, music, and theater. Each Arts After Hours session is six weeks long, and students are awarded 0.5 credit hours for each three sessions completed.
Through the After School Academy, MCA also offers tuition-based classes geared toward those who love the fine arts. There are two sessions, fall/winter and winter/spring. Occasionally, there are summer classes offered, as well.