Programs - Specialty Classes
Instrumental music begins in 1st grade with wooden pentatonic flutes. The students observe and follow the teacher’s lead, learning breath control, finger dexterity and confidence as they play simple tunes. In 2nd and 3rd grade, they move on to soprano recorders and more complex songs. At the end of 3rd grade, students are encouraged to begin taking lessons on a stringed instrument. Collaboration among students for individual musical endeavors, especially in the older grades is actively encouraged.
A class play highlighting part of the curriculum is the norm every school year for every class. Occasionally a larger production is undertaken by the middle school classes, such as a musical or Shakespeare play.
Drawing is part of the daily classroom experience. Watercolor painting happens every week, and as with music, begins with the most basic experience, allowing simple joy in working with color, gradually building in complexity and form as the students gain confidence and skill.
Fine Art Techniques
Beginning in 5th grade, students are exposed to and instructed in more artistic media, such as graphite pencils, charcoal, pastels, and oil crayons. Shadowing, contrast, perspective drawing and portraiture round out the student’s experience through 8th grade. more >