Creation brims with color and sound. As ones created in God’s image, we are marked with the same creative impetus. Our Visual and Performing Arts program empowers students to discover the excitement and joy of creating, while building foundational skills and character traits that will allow them to pursue the arts in the future.
All K-8 students receive art instruction once a week. With each lesson and project, a basic element of art is emphasized to foster an understanding and foundation in the visual arts. These elements include line, color, value, texture, shape, space, form and perspective. Students are able to build on this foundation as they advance through school. A goal of this enrichment is to cultivate creativity, and help students create work that they can be proud of.
General music classes are offered to all K-5 grade students. During classes students engage in folk dancing, develop critical listening skills, sing and play games from various cultures. Students learn how to notate, compose, and arrange music – individually and collaboratively. They transfer these skills to pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. Students in 4-5 grade learn the soprano recorder. Musical skills are assessed according to the California Performing Arts standards and National Arts Standards. Our music classes participate in a Christmas musical and a spring concert. There are also opportunities to perform at our annual talent show.
Our after school ensembles prepare for 4-5 performances throughout the year. They will learn music theory, ensemble skills, perseverance, and dedication.
Chimes are metal tubes with attached clappers, played similarly to handbells. This ensemble is open to all 4th-5th graders.
Carl Orff was a German composer and teacher. He developed an approach to teach music through singing, speech, playing instruments, and creative movement. This group is named for him – the man who started it all! Instruments used will include: Recorder (Soprano and Alto), drums, xylophone, glockenspiels, metallophones, chimes, unpitched percussion, and our bodies! This ensemble is open to all 6th-8th graders.