Walk the halls and you will see and hear how the arts are infused in everyday life at the Lower School. Drama, music, and visual arts teachers work alongside classroom teachers, showing how the arts can express knowledge about the world and encouraging students to make personal connections to their academic studies. Through the arts, students learn about their individual identity, explore new forms of expression, and find value in shared experiences and their community.
In pre-kindergarten through first grade, music is team-taught and integrated with creative movement and Spanish. In first and second grade, Kodaly-based vocal technique is introduced, and in third grade, recorder instruction begins. In fourth grade, children have the choice of full-year violin or cello, or general music, which concentrates on vocal technique and exposure to wind instruments. Fifth-grade students choose one of three ensembles: band, chorus, or strings.
In art, students explore a range of mediums and techniques and learn close observation and personal expression.
A three-person drama team coaches students to write, stage, and perform plays that reflect ideas that arise from their study of history and literature.