We know that performing helps kids build confidence and skills, so we do a lot of it in Lower School.
Each grade has an opportunity to practice and engage with public speaking, age-appropriate plays, and/or public performances of units explored in class. Some projects in the past few years have included, presentations on The Rainforest, Spanish play of Los Mariachis, La Sombrilla, a poetry slam, living history museums, Aesops’s fables, and many others.
In Lower School, we believe that all children are innately musical and experience music in different ways. Primary Circle engages in musical play and explores simple musical descriptors for tempo and dynamics. First and second grade focus on creative movement, rhythmic pattern recognition, and the movement application of familiar patterns. Third through fifth grade engage in active music making on the recorder, small percussion ensembles, and the ukulele. Fourth and fifth grade may participate in the instrumental program by taking weekly group lessons and playing in an ensemble.
Students in Lower School engage in creativity, improvisation, singing, moving, and playing at all stages of their development. We possess a wide array of Orff, percussion, and classroom instruments. Although our program emphasizes process, it is important to share our work with our community, Students have opportunities to perform in small, familiar settings for their peers, and first through fifth graders perform in a culminating Lower School concert for a larger audience each spring.