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Fine & Performing Arts

The Arts are an integral part of a Montgomery School education. We consider The Arts an important part of the development of the "Whole Child." Students participate in visual art and music throughout the year, and performances are included in the academic schedule. Each year we have artists-in-residence and visiting performers come to our campus and share their love of art with our students. In addition, The Arts are interwoven into academic subjects and interdisciplinary connections are made wherever possible. Visual art, music, and performance enhance every aspect of a student's academic and personal life. Learning to express oneself using song or clay, teaches self confidence, imaginative thinking, creative problem solving, and respect for others.

At Montgomery School we believe that teaching creative expression in children develops skills needed for life in the 21st century and promotes a lasting appreciation of The Arts.

PREKINDERGARTEN ART

The PreK through 3rd grade visual arts curriculum at Montgomery School is based on an ascending spiral of learning. As students move from grade to grade they build on artistic skills and concepts mastered in past years. All children explore and experiment with all media. For example, Kindergarten will not have to wait until 2nd grade to experience printmaking and every grade will make a project from clay. Art promotes many aspects of a child’s growth, such as, creative problem solving, keen observation, gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. As art educators we recognize that not all children will create art in the same way, nor do we want them to. We celebrate our uniqueness and respect each child as an individual. In addition, each child can easily work to his/her own ability level in the art classroom. Not only do we cultivate expressive thought, but also appreciation of oneself and others. We are fortunate to live in an area rich in artistic resources. Each year we take an art field trip that ties in with the art curriculum and, when possible, also the classroom curriculum. We have visited places such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum, the Fabric Workshop, and Shofuso, the Japanese Tea House in Fairmont Park. Montgomery School also puts aside one week each year to focus on the arts. This is referred to as “Cultural Arts Week.” We have the opportunity to invite distinguished, practicing artists to our campus to work with our students duringregular art class time. It is in this creative environment that we are fortunate to teach children to realize the importance of their own voice and to foster their learning and growth in all areas of academic development.

PREKINDERGARTEN MUSIC

Pre-Kindergarten meets for two thirty-minute music classes during a six-day cycle. The focus of music at this level is involvement through singing, moving, listening, playing instruments, creating and performing. The Montgomery School music curriculum is based on the Kodály method which can be summed up as the practice and belief in musicianship development through singing. Special emphasis is placed on spatial and body awareness (as it relates to music). Additionally, lessons incorporate Orff instruments: xylophones, glockenspiels, bells, and the world drums. Whenever possible, class activities and lessons integrate grade-appropriate technology and what the students are working on in their classrooms (letters, numbers, colors, reading, etc.).

KINDERGARTEN ART

The PreK through 3rd grade visual arts curriculum at Montgomery School is based on an ascending spiral of learning. As students move from grade to grade they build on artistic skills and concepts mastered in past years. All children explore and experiment with all media. For example, Kindergarten will not have to wait until 2nd grade to experience printmaking and every grade will make a project from clay. Art promotes many aspects of a child’s growth, such as, creative problem solving, keen observation, gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. As art educators we recognize that not all children will create art in the same way, nor do we want them to. We celebrate our uniqueness and respect each child as an individual. In addition, each child can easily work to his/her own ability level in the art classroom. Not only do we cultivate expressive thought, but also appreciation of oneself and others. We are fortunate to live in an area rich in artistic resources. Each year we take an art field trip that ties in with the art curriculum and, when possible, also the classroom curriculum. We have visited places such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum, the Fabric Workshop, and Shofuso, the Japanese Tea House in Fairmont Park. Montgomery School also puts aside one week each year to focus on the arts. This is referred to as “Cultural Arts Week.” We have the opportunity to invite distinguished, practicing artists to our campus to work with our students duringregular art class time. It is in this creative environment that we are fortunate to teach children to realize the importance of their own voice and to foster their learning and growth in all areas of academic development.

KINDERGARTEN MUSIC

Kindergarten meets for two thirty-minute music classes during a six-day cycle. The focus of music at this level is involvement through singing, moving, listening, playing instruments, creating and performing. The Montgomery School music curriculum is based on the Kodály method which can be summed up as the practice and belief in musicianship development through singing. Special emphasis is placed on spatial and body awareness (as it relates to music). Additionally, lessons incorporate Orff instruments: xylophones, glockenspiels, bells, and the world drums. Students sing and play traditional folk songs, singing games, and art music as basis of their musical study. Students learn the melodic and rhythmic elements, musical form, performance, and apply music reading and writing directly from their song material. Whenever possible, class activities and lessons integrate grade-appropriate technology and what the students are working on in their classrooms.

1ST GRADE ART

The PreK through 3rd grade visual arts curriculum at Montgomery School is based on an ascending spiral of learning. As students move from grade to grade they build on artistic skills and concepts mastered in past years. All children explore and experiment with all media. For example, Kindergarten will not have to wait until 2nd grade to experience printmaking and every grade will make a project from clay. Art promotes many aspects of a child’s growth, such as, creative problem solving, keen observation, gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. As art educators we recognize that not all children will create art in the same way, nor do we want them to. We celebrate our uniqueness and respect each child as an individual. In addition, each child can easily work to his/her own ability level in the art classroom. Not only do we cultivate expressive thought, but also appreciation of oneself and others. We are fortunate to live in an area rich in artistic resources. Each year we take an art field trip that ties in with the art curriculum and, when possible, also the classroom curriculum. We have visited places such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum, the Fabric Workshop, and Shofuso, the Japanese Tea House in Fairmont Park. Montgomery School also puts aside one week each year to focus on the arts. This is referred to as “Cultural Arts Week.” We have the opportunity to invite distinguished, practicing artists to our campus to work with our students duringregular art class time. It is in this creative environment that we are fortunate to teach children to realize the importance of their own voice and to foster their learning and growth in all areas of academic development.

1ST GRADE MUSIC

Students in 1st grade meet for two thirty-minute music classes, during a six-day cycle. The focus of music at this level is active involvement through singing, moving, listening, playing instruments, creating and performing. The Montgomery School music curriculum is based on the Kodály method which can be summed up as the practice and belief in musicianship development through singing. Special emphasis is placed on spatial and body awareness (as it relates to music). Additionally, lessons incorporate Orff instruments: xylophones, glockenspiels, bells, and the world drums. Students sing and play traditional folk songs, singing games, and art music as basis of their musical study. Students learn the melodic and rhythmic elements, musical form, performance, and apply music reading and writing directly from their song material. Whenever possible, class activities and lessons integrate grade-appropriate technology and what the students are learning in their classrooms.

2ND GRADE ART

The PreK through 3rd grade visual arts curriculum at Montgomery School is based on an ascending spiral of learning. As students move from grade to grade they build on artistic skills and concepts mastered in past years. All children explore and experiment with all media. For example, Kindergarten will not have to wait until 2nd grade to experience printmaking and every grade will make a project from clay. Art promotes many aspects of a child’s growth, such as, creative problem solving, keen observation, gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. As art educators we recognize that not all children will create art in the same way, nor do we want them to. We celebrate our uniqueness and respect each child as an individual. In addition, each child can easily work to his/her own ability level in the art classroom. Not only do we cultivate expressive thought, but also appreciation of oneself and others. We are fortunate to live in an area rich in artistic resources. Each year we take an art field trip that ties in with the art curriculum and, when possible, also the classroom curriculum. We have visited places such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum, the Fabric Workshop, and Shofuso, the Japanese Tea House in Fairmont Park. Montgomery School also puts aside one week each year to focus on the arts. This is referred to as “Cultural Arts Week.” We have the opportunity to invite distinguished, practicing artists to our campus to work with our students duringregular art class time. It is in this creative environment that we are fortunate to teach children to realize the importance of their own voice and to foster their learning and growth in all areas of academic development.

2ND GRADE MUSIC

Students in 2nd grade meet for two thirty-minute music classes during a six-day cycle. The focus of music at this level is active involvement through singing, moving, listening, playing instruments, creating and performing. The Montgomery School music curriculum is based on the Kodály method which can be summed up as the practice and belief in musicianship development through singing. Special emphasis is placed on spatial and body awareness (as it relates to music). Additionally, lessons incorporate Orff instruments: xylophones, glockenspiels, bells, and the world drums. Students sing and play traditional folk songs, singing games, and art music as basis of their musical study. Students learn the melodic and rhythmic elements, musical form, performance, and apply music reading and writing directly from their song material. Whenever possible, class activities and lessons integrate grade-appropriate technology and what the students are working on in their classrooms. Students will perform and take the stage in various chapels throughout the year.

3RD GRADE ART

The PreK through 3rd grade visual arts curriculum at Montgomery School is based on an ascending spiral of learning. As students move from grade to grade they build on artistic skills and concepts mastered in past years. All children explore and experiment with all media. For example, Kindergarten will not have to wait until 2nd grade to experience printmaking and every grade will make a project from clay. Art promotes many aspects of a child’s growth, such as, creative problem solving, keen observation, gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. As art educators we recognize that not all children will create art in the same way, nor do we want them to. We celebrate our uniqueness and respect each child as an individual. In addition, each child can easily work to his/her own ability level in the art classroom. Not only do we cultivate expressive thought, but also appreciation of oneself and others. We are fortunate to live in an area rich in artistic resources. Each year we take an art field trip that ties in with the art curriculum and, when possible, also the classroom curriculum. We have visited places such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum, the Fabric Workshop, and Shofuso, the Japanese Tea House in Fairmont Park. Montgomery School also puts aside one week each year to focus on the arts. This is referred to as “Cultural Arts Week.” We have the opportunity to invite distinguished, practicing artists to our campus to work with our students duringregular art class time. It is in this creative environment that we are fortunate to teach children to realize the importance of their own voice and to foster their learning and growth in all areas of academic development.

3RD GRADE MUSIC

Students in 3rd grade meet for two thirty-minute music classes, during a six-day cycle. The focus of music at this level is active involvement through singing, moving, listening, playing instruments, creating and performing. This is achieved through the Kodály method, the Montgomery School music curriculum,which can be summed up as the practice and belief in musicianship development through singing. Special emphasis is placed on spatial and body awareness (as it relates to music). Additionally, lessons incorporate Orff instruments: xylophones, glockenspiels, bells, and the world drums. Students sing and play traditional folk songs, singing games, and art music as basis of their musical study. Students learn the melodic and rhythmic elements, musical form, performance, and apply music reading and writing directly from their song material. Whenever possible, class activities and lessons integrate grade-appropriate technology and what the students are learning in their classrooms. Students will perform in chapels and at two school concerts throughout the year.

4TH GRADE ART

Art is a form of visual communication equally important as verbal communication. There is a universal understanding of an image, color or form that transcends language. Some students are able to communicate better visually than verbally, and this strength is acknowledged through art. Art teaches creative problem solving -- a skill that is valuable throughout life. The art program provides imaginative, thought-provoking, positive experiences to foster progressive development of skills and techniques. Working within the framework of structured problems, a variety of materials and open-ended solutions, students develop mastery of elementary media and techniques, as well as an appreciation of all manifestations of the arts. Students are continually challenged to be their most expressive. Self-evaluation, reference to art history, and on-going exhibition of their artwork helps to maximize the student's art experience. Projects include working in the fine arts, crafts, and multi-media art. In addition, occasionally throughout the year use graphics and color computer programs are used to: exercise fine motor skills, develop creative expression without inhibition (on the computer "mistakes" can easily be erased, allowing for safer risk-taking); teach elements such as line, balance, symmetry, perspective, color and negative space. Finally, the wealth of outstanding art museums and area art shows is explored through field trips for each grade. Artists and periods studied in class become real when viewed in actuality. Studying art history furthers the connection each student has with humankind and history.

4TH GRADE MUSIC

Students in 4th grade meet for two thirty-minute music classes, during a six-day cycle. The focus of music at this level is active involvement through singing, moving, listening, playing instruments, creating and performing. This is achieved through the Kodály method, the Montgomery School music curriculum,which can be summed up as the practice and belief in musicianship development through singing. Special emphasis is placed on spatial and body awareness (as it relates to music). Additionally, lessons incorporate Orff instruments: xylophones, glockenspiels, bells, and the world drums. Students sing and play traditional folk songs, singing games, and art music as basis of their musical study. Students learn the melodic and rhythmic elements, musical form, performance, and apply music reading and writing directly from their song material. Whenever possible, class activities and lessons integrate grade-appropriate technology and what the students are learning in their classrooms. Students will perform in chapels and at two school concerts throughout the year.

5TH GRADE ART

Art is a form of visual communication equally important as verbal communication. There is a universal understanding of an image, color or form that transcends language. Some students are able to communicate better visually than verbally, and this strength is acknowledged through art. Art teaches creative problem solving -- a skill that is valuable throughout life. The art program provides imaginative, thought-provoking, positive experiences to foster progressive development of skills and techniques. Working within the framework of structured problems, a variety of materials and open-ended solutions, students develop mastery of elementary media and techniques, as well as an appreciation of all manifestations of the arts. Students are continually challenged to be their most expressive. Self-evaluation, reference to art history, and on-going exhibition of their artwork helps to maximize the student's art experience. Projects include working in the fine arts, crafts, and multi-media art. In addition, occasionally throughout the year use graphics and color computer programs are used to: exercise fine motor skills, develop creative expression without inhibition (on the computer "mistakes" can easily be erased, allowing for safer risk-taking); teach elements such as line, balance, symmetry, perspective, color and negative space. Finally, the wealth of outstanding art museums and area art shows is explored through field trips for each grade. Artists and periods studied in class become real when viewed in actuality. Studying art history furthers the connection each student has with humankind and history.

5TH GRADE MUSIC

Students in 5th grade meet for two thirty-minute music classes, during a six-day cycle. The focus of music at this level is active involvement through singing, moving, listening, playing instruments, creating and performing. This is achieved through the Kodály method, the Montgomery School music curriculum,which can be summed up as the practice and belief in musicianship development through singing. Special emphasis is placed on spatial and body awareness (as it relates to music). Additionally, lessons incorporate Orff instruments: xylophones, glockenspiels, bells, and the world drums. Students sing and play traditional folk songs, singing games, and art music as basis of their musical study. Students learn the melodic and rhythmic elements, musical form, performance, and apply music reading and writing directly from their song material. Whenever possible, class activities and lessons integrate grade-appropriate and what the students are learning in their classrooms. Students will perform in chapels and at two school concerts throughout the year.

6TH GRADE ART

The enduring idea of "Organization," underlies many of the art projects presented to the students in 6thgrade. A focus on composition, with a more in-depth study of the elements and principles of design help familiarize the students with terms such as balance, contrast, and focal point. The foundations of art-making are reviewed and practiced with assignments in color mixing, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. Students learn first-hand how drawing is a skill that can be learned and improved upon with practice.

6TH GRADE MUSIC

The focus of music in the Middle School is involvement through singing, playing instruments, listening, creating, and reading and writing musical notation. Involvement is infused with the study of music by utilizing, defining, investigating, discriminating, analyzing, evaluating, organizing, and associating musical ideas. The goal of the music curriculum is to understand musical concepts which are presented by the successful combination of involvement and study. The objectives are to develop good listening, reading, writing and performing skills. The classes emphasize music appreciation, which involves the understanding and awareness of the place music has in society, multicultural music, the correlation of music and other cultural arts, and awareness of opportunities in the creative arts in one's own community. Enrichment is provided for students through Middle School Concert Choir, field trips, Visiting Artist Week, creating music in the Music Mac lab, and working in impromptu instrumental groups. Performance is another source of enrichment for Middle School students. Opportunities for informal presentations are available during music classes with students performing on the piano or other instruments, singing solo or with others, and being involved with creative improvisation. Formal presentations include Chapels, school concerts and the Middle School Musical. Students in grade 6 meet three times in each six-day cycle for the entire school year.

7TH GRADE ART

The enduring idea of "Communication," inspires many of the projects that we do in 7th grade art. Art is a form of visual communication that is both universal and timeless. Students are encouraged to come up with original solutions to open-ended assignments, and creative thinking skills and problem solving skills are emphasized. Students focus on art projects that require more independent thinking, experimentation, and personal commitment.

7TH GRADE MUSIC

The focus of music in the Middle School is involvement through singing, playing instruments, listening, creating, and reading and writing musical notation. Involvement is infused with the study of music by utilizing, defining, investigating, discriminating, analyzing, evaluating, organizing, and associating musical ideas. The goal of the music curriculum is to understand musical concepts which are presented by the successful combination of involvement and study. The objectives are to develop good listening, reading, writing and performing skills. The classes emphasize music appreciation, which involves the understanding and awareness of the place music has in society, multicultural music, the correlation of music and other cultural arts, and awareness of opportunities in the creative arts in one's own community. Students in grade 7 learn to play the guitar throughout the year. Enrichment is provided for students through Middle School Concert Choir, field trips, Visiting Artist Week, and creating music in the Music Mac lab. Performance is another source of enrichment for Middle School students. Opportunities for informal presentations are available during music classes with students performing on the piano or other instruments, singing solo or with others, and being involved with creative improvisation. Formal presentations include Chapels, school concerts and the Middle School Musical. Students in grade 7 meet three times in each six-day cycle for the entire school year.

8TH GRADE ART

The enduring idea of "Identity" helps 8th graders look toward themselves for inspiration in their artwork. Personal truths, ideas, and interests motivate projects and encourage students to think conceptually. Current trends in art are discussed as well as traditional art works. The art program provides imaginative, thought provoking, positive experiences to foster progressive development of skills and techniques. We continually challenge students to be their most expressive.

8TH GRADE MUSIC

The focus of music in the Middle School is involvement through singing, playing instruments, listening, creating, and reading and writing musical notation. Involvement is infused with the study of music by utilizing, defining, investigating, discriminating, analyzing, evaluating, organizing, and associating musical ideas. The goal of the music curriculum is to understand musical concepts which are presented by the successful combination of involvement and study. The objectives are to develop good listening, reading, writing and performing skills. The classes emphasize music appreciation, which involves the understanding and awareness of the place music has in society, multicultural music, the correlation of music and other cultural arts, and awareness of opportunities in the creative arts in one's own community. Students in the grade 8 continue to play the guitar and use the skills for performances throughout the school year. Enrichment is provided for students through Middle School Concert Choir, field trips, Visiting Artist Week, and creating music in the Music lab. Performance is another source of enrichment for Middle School students. Opportunities for informal presentations are available during music classes with students performing on the piano or other instruments, singing solo or with others, and being involved with creative improvisation. Formal presentations include chapels, school concerts and the Middle School Musical. Students in grade 8 meet three times in each six-day cycle for the entire school year.

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