Art & Music

Art is offered from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Through age-appropriate activities, children learn how works of art are produced. Students learn the language of art through an understanding of the sensory elements, organizational principles and expressive qualities in art. Our students also learn the role of art in the past and present civilizations.

Our Music program is offered to students in preschool through fifth grade. Students learn age-appropriate vocal techniques, music notation, and pitched and unpitched musical instruments through a variety of experiences including singing in groups; performing using instruments like hand drums, rhythm sticks and shakers; and improvising short melodies combining percussion and movement. Some of the highlights parents enjoy from our Music program include the development of a class cheer/song for our Spirit Day celebration and the preschool through fifth grade Christmas program.



Primary Grades

(1st - 3rd)

Intermediate Grades

(4th - 5th)

Middle School 

(6th - 8th)


  • Exploration and imaginative play with materials
  • Collaborate in creative art making 
  • Experiment to build skills in various media and approaches to artmaking
  • Identify safe practice in the use of materials, tools, and equipment
  • Create art that represents natural and constructed environments


  • Identify primary and secondary colors and discuss how color relates to feelings and moods
  • Describe various types of line.
  • Understand proportion and anatomy when creating art
  • Find basic geometric shapes and forms in their world - plants, animals, figures, etc.
  • Develop manual dexterity using scissors and other artmarking tools


  • Use basic geometric shapes and forms to develop works of art
  • Learn and Identify the Elements of Art
  • Demonstrate safe procedures for using and cleaning art tools, equipment, and studio spaces
  • Become familiar with the history of Art through an introduction to different artists and art styles
  • Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity


  • Identify three-dimensional forms such as cubes, spheres, and cones
  • Find examples of line repetition and pattern
  • Understand viewpoint, such as "bird's eye" (something depicted as if from a very high vantage point) and "worm's eye" (something depicted as if from a very low vantage point)
  • Explain basic perspective using foreground, middle ground, and background
  • Identify genres such as portrait, still life, and landscape; and media such as marble, paint, photography, wood, etc.


  • Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept
  • Analyze components in visual imagery that convey messages
  • Communicate feelings when engaging works of art and describe the subject matter, characteristics, and art-making approaches to discuss meanings of artwork
  • Create works of art that reflect community or cultural traditions
  • Collaborative creation of artwork that is meaningful and has purpose to the makers


  •  Identify and demonstrate diverse methods of artistic investigation to choose an approach for beginning a work of art
  • Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment
  • Create artist statements using art vocabulary to describe personal choices made in art making
  • Analyze the principles of design and how they impact design and facilitate artistic communication
  • Interpret art through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, and contextual information


  • Collaboratively interpret art and generate meanings through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, and contextual information
  • Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design
  • Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly
  • Analyze how art reflects changing times, traditions, resources, and cultural uses
  • Understand the use and application of color theory in art making, advertising and propaganda


  • Expand understanding of the elements and principles of design to include advanced and subtle concepts like form, balance, rhythm, etc.
  • Understand what a picture plane is and how it relates to the composition
  • Recognize and name certain artists by looking at the style of their work
  • Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas
  • Create works of art based on and inspired by the study of diverse cultures


  • Speculate on the historical and cultural context surrounding works of art
  • Look for symbolism or hidden meaning in works of art
  • Develop a deeper understanding of a specific artist and artwork through in-depth, arts-based research of artist’s life and work
  • Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations
  • Apply relevant criteria to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for a work of art or design in progress



  •  Identify fast and slow music
  • Recognize loud and soft music
  • Demonstrate differences between shouting and whispering
  • Perform appropriate music to augment a story


  • Identify tone color of voices and environmental sounds
  • Identify high and low sounds
  • Identify long and short sounds
  • Describe the theme or idea of a song
  • Demonstrate difference between singing and speaking


  • Echo steady beat
  • Distinguish between same and different phrases in simple song 
  • Identify classroom instruments visually
  • Connect sound characteristics to iconic notation
  • Imitate loud/soft and high/low sounds
  • Sing songs of various cultures in rhythm maintaining a steady tempo


  • Identify the sensory elements that create a mood, emotion or idea in music
  • Identify classroom instruments by sound
  • Use correct technique when playing classroom instruments
  • Interpret basic rhythmic notation symbols
  • Sing accurately using solfege symbols


  • Replicate beat in music
  • Identify simple music forms when presented aurally
  • Classify voice by range
  • Identify orchestra/band instruments visually
  • Echo, read and/or write rhythmic patterns with whole, half, and quarter,  notes/rests


  • Describe the tempo/dynamics in a simple musical example
  • Replicate the rhythmic pattern in a simple musical example
  • Define harmony and melody
  • Identify orchestra/band instruments from aural examples
  • Notate simple rhythmic and melodic patterns
  • Sing or play simple rhythmic patterns and melodic patterns from written score


  • Describe tempo/dynamics of complex musical example
  • Distinguish major and minor tonalities
  • Distinguish melody with harmony
  • Justify sensory elements to express a particular mood, emotion or idea in composition
  • Write melodies accurately with rhythm patterns whole, half quarter, eighth and dotted rhythms
  • Sing or play accurately simple rhythmic and melodic patterns from written score