Each year, every child participates in public performances including parish and/or ecumenical religious services, nursing home visits, seasonal programs, community concerts, and special-request television and/or public performances. The children create a variety of art media to use in their music, dance, and theater work.
We have designed our school’s art and music curriculum to ensure high levels of achievement for all of our students.
The Music and Drama program is based on the Orff-Schulwerk methodology, in which students explore and guide the learning process using aspects of singing, movement, and rhythmic speech. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade engage in hands-on, experiential learning, using a variety of instructional mediums.
In our large, well-equipped music classroom, our students are exposed to a variety of musical instruments, styles of music, and components of music and composition. Additionally, our students not only learn to sing, but they also learn the technical aspects of singing.
Our music program director has been at the school for 30 years and has a high standard of excellence that helps the students set their goals high. Each year, every child participates in public performances including parish and/or ecumenical religious services, nursing home visits, seasonal programs, community concerts and special-request television and/or public performances.
Within the visual arts, we expose our students to a wide variety of media. We stress exploration as well as technical aspects of the materials. Students learn art history using appropriate developmental references, and many students conduct research on various artists as well as write reflections or artist statements of their art work. Students write biographies and responses to famous artists' work, which can in turn influence each child's personal style of artistic expression.
Teachers are eager to work together to help the students obtain an expansive view of each content area. The specific content typically spans over at least two areas of the curriculum. Art is often combined with other disciplines: history, music, literature, and even science.