Art & Music
The art studios are exciting and rewarding environments where students are encouraged to share their ideas and discoveries as they are exposed to diverse cultures, media, styles and means of expression.
The art curriculum is a collaboration of skill building and creative expression. Classes are offered in studio settings where children create works through the introduction and exposure to art history and contemporary art.
Interdisciplinary projects throughout the year add another dimension to the art program that reinforces academic learning. Knowledge of basic principles, acquired skills and creative application promote synthesis and innovation as well as an appreciation for art
Our music program is a rich and varied one, offering a combination of movement, dance and drama, as well as singing and active listening. We incorporate music into dramatic productions, assemblies, concerts and classroom learning.
Joy in Making Music
Music activities foster joy in making and listening to music as well as serve to develop a working knowledge of aspects of music theory. The Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly methods of instruction utilize children’s intuitive sense of rhythm and melody to facilitate an appreciation for the more subtle aspects of music including harmony, timbre, and dynamics. Children are introduced to musical notation and instrumentation through these methods which allow children to experience music in the most natural way possible.
In third grade, the curriculum expands to include a greater variety of instrumental and vocal experiences. This includes vocal training and direction as well as instrumental instruction on an instrument-by-instrument basis to facilitate participation in school orchestral and choral programs.