Lower School Arts
Students in Grades K-4 can expect a broad and well-rounded education in music class. From dance and improvisation to singing and instrument playing, each grade will explore core musical elements like rhythm, melody, timbre, musical expression, form, and harmony. Students in all grades can expect to learn non-pitched percussion instruments, choral technique, Orff xylophone, boomwhackers, and tubano drumming. 3rd & 4th Graders will further develop their musical skills and note-reading through recorder and ukulele instruction. All students in Lower School are featured in numerous musical performances throughout the school year, including our most anticipated performance, the annual Lower School Musical.
Lower School art classes kick off with dynamic discussions that preface student art projects based on the elements of design: line, color, shape, form, and texture. Students then roll up their sleeves and explore those elements in hands-on projects involving the use of clay, paints, beads, plaster, linoleum blocks, charcoal, and computers (to name just a few of our media).
Also, in true independent school fashion, we reach for more. Students are introduced to a number of significant artists, learning about the artists' childhoods, lives, and their innovative art. Students then try out some of those innovative techniques in their own art.
Lower School Musical
Unique to The Pine School, all students K-4 participate in an annual Lower School Musical. This spring production prioritizes full-divisional involvement (that's over 90 students on stage for an entire show!) and features each grade throughout the musical. 4th Graders have the privilege of auditioning to receive lead roles, participate in after-school rehearsals, learn choreography and stage blocking, and become the leaders of our production. K-3 students sing and dance in the ensemble and also have an instrument or movement feature that reflects what they are learning in the music classroom. As a part of the in-class music curriculum, students look forward each year to preparing for this massive production. This yearly show-stopper is one you won't want to miss!