The art department incorporates the liturgical seasons, recycling, current events, and community as its backdrop for inspiration. We also seek to validate classroom teaching by picking up where another subject leaves off. Art projects involve problem solving and the use of planning as basis for the end result. Both elementary and middle school will sometimes work on the same project with the result that the whole school is talking about a certain subject. All grades are very hands on in that they will learn how to work with tool that are geared to their age. We have showcased our artwork at Barnes and Noble, Whole Foods, and area restaurants. Our children are very creative.
All music instruction is provided in the following four key components:
A portion of each class is spent providing background in the form of listening and discussion. Students are exposed to the wealth of repertoire composed throughout our history and become acquainted with each successive era and the music that shaped it.
Students are consistently shown the inherent structure of sound and the logic by which the human ear distinguishes tones. In doing so they are given the ability to understand what they are hearing and become as familiar with sound as with the spoken word.
The voice is the primary instrument by which a we give expression to these tones and has always been held as the standard to manmade instruments. All students are trained to know their voice and constructively put it to proper use; expressing pure tones and achieving sonority in groups.
Each year students advance in their ability to sing and hear written music. The use of Solfége is employed and students are made to learn all their music by sight-reading.