It is also essential in helping our boys develop confidence and encourages them to challenge themselves and one another through practices and performances in front of their peers.
By exposing every student to multiple and varied areas of the performing arts, and encouraging them to stay engaged and disciplined when they find an instrument or genre that sparks their interest, we seek to instill an appreciation for the arts in every boy and nurture talent in those who want to explore a career in the field.
Starting in the lower school, our students explore music, media and art from around the world to encourage an appreciation of different cultures and to nurture their own interests and preferences. Families are welcome to take in the culmination of our students' impressive portfolios and advancements at the lower school's annual art and music show.
Our faculty frequently integrate creative, musically-based classroom activities with other core subject areas, singing, movement, performing instruments, reading, writing and composing or improvising music, as well as exploring music of various styles and cultures. Students play a role in performance-based assessment, of which there are three components: self-assessment, team assessment and individual assessment.
The study of music stresses the interrelationship of the basic components of music: pitch, duration, timbre, form, melody, harmony, rhythm and style, with a very hands-on approach to learning. Students have multiple opportunities to perform at concerts, assemblies and at mini-concerts held during recess.
Our theater arts program is dedicated to educating, supporting and inspiring each student about live theater. We encourage our students to learn how to express themselves while learning in the classroom, working in the rehearsal process, acting on the stage and managing the backstage areas.