Music & Art
In addition to regular music and art classes, all students in grades 3-8 participate in music and art elective classes each week. They collaborate in musical performance groups and enhance their experience in the visual arts. Recent music offerings have included orchestra, singing, recorder, guitar, and percussion ensembles. Art offerings have included cartooning, animation, video, photography, and mixed media. Music electives culminate in daytime and evening performances. Art electives culminate in school-wide exhibitions.
Students in grades 1-8 may take instrumental lessons after school. The lessons are taught in small groups by professional musicians. Instruction is available at no cost to families in woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, and violin. (Piano lessons are not offered as part of this program, but are available privately through Axillary Programs.) Lessons are 30-60 minutes depending on the age and number of students participating. Instrumental lessons culminate in daytime and evening performances.
Students in grades 3-8 may participate in the musical each spring. Participants in grades 6-8 may participate as part of the cast, crew or orchestra, with lead roles generally reserved for eighth graders. Participants in grades 3-5 comprise a chorus that performs a featured song and during large group numbers. Auditions are held during music classes, but rehearsals are held after school. All students who wish to participate are assigned a role. The musical has daytime and evening performances coinciding with Grandparents and Special Friends Day and a reception for recent alumni. Recent musicals have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, Aladdin, Annie, and Willy Wonka.