Music and Art

Music: Fostering Growth Through Group Ensembles

In our music department, our focus is on group ensemble instruction. While studying music encourages excellence in note reading, rhythm, and technique, performing regularly in an ensemble offers unique advantages that studying alone cannot provide. Students learn life skills that go beyond the classroom, including teamwork, cooperation, non-verbal communication, and group dynamics. There are also socio-emotional benefits, such as developing a sense of belonging as they work together towards a common goal. Self-confidence is another primary benefit, as students gain confidence from successful rehearsals and performances surrounded by supportive peers.

Our music department provides many opportunities for your child to benefit from these advantages. In Kindergarten and 1st grade, students sing, dance, and play classroom instruments together. From 2nd through 5th grade, students learn to play string instruments in an orchestra (violin, viola, cello).

In the Upper School, in addition to the orchestra, our course offerings expand to include three ability-based wind ensembles, where students can learn to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion instruments. We also offer two levels of choral ensembles to help students develop their singing voices. In addition, we provide group piano lessons, class guitar, and a new “rock band” course.

Many of our students are able to combine their passions and use their music skills in our numerous theater performances.

Fine Arts: Fostering Growth Through Creative Collaboration

In elementary school through high school, students explore materials, techniques, and the artistic process to create visual art. In higher grades, they delve deeper into the principles and elements of art through 2D and 3D forms. They use various drawing media and learn about color theory and basic painting techniques. Additionally, they have the opportunity to learn about digital art, including photo manipulation, graphic design, and typography. Our school is one of the few IB schools that offer a Film Arts program in 11th and 12th grades. In this course, students study film concepts, theories, practices, and ideas from a global perspective, challenging their own viewpoints and biases in order to understand and value those of others.