Freshman and sophomore students who articulate their desire to pursue the Conservatory program in their discipline of study will be considered as having pre-Conservatory status. It is during these two years (Grades 9 and 10) that the faculty will mentor and guide students in building their capabilities within the curriculum. Prior to entering the student’s junior year (Grade 11), a meeting will be scheduled with parents, the student and respective faculty to assess the pre-conservatory experience, evaluate the pros and cons of the Conservatory program, and, if applicable, chart a course of study for the junior and senior years.
Faculty in each curricular area (art, music, theatre) will develop a recommended course of study for students with pre-Conservatory status. During this period, it is recommended that students explore a variety of courses in their respective arts discipline, as well as, fully engaging in the academic curriculum so that all DCDS graduation requirements are met and a well-rounded education is at the core of the four-year DCDS experience.
The Conservatory Program is designed to customize a course of study depending on each individual’s goals. In each art discipline, however, there will be core curricular experiences that will be required. Even though each student will have a major focus in their work, additional art experiences will be encouraged. As an example, a theatre student should be encouraged to join the choir and/or take a class in music theory. A vocal music student should seriously consider a theatre course in anticipation and preparation for performance opportunities. A visual art student who has a passion for sculpture would benefit from understanding life drawing or another medium, such as metals.