Beyond dedicated weekly instruction, the musical and visual arts are a fully integrated part of every school day.
At MSR, students discover the connection between imaginative works of art and intellectual curiosity. They begin with sensory experiences. In music, they experiment with different instruments, make music with their own voices, experience songs from other cultures. In art, they learn to wield chalk, paint, yarn, paper, glue, clay, sponges, and brushes to hold, apply, manipulate, stick, and mold. As they progress, students learn to render their observations using artistic materials; turn math equations into sculptural, textile, or musical patterns; interpret cultural or historic symbols in their own original compositions—in both music and visual arts. They also come to understand the arts as a form of personal and cultural expression that they’re not only able to create but to analyze and appreciate.
As skills strengthen and students gain experience with a wide variety of art forms and materials, their natural talents emerge. They learn what it means to be an artist, to grasp the relationship between concepts and materials, to draw connections and express their ideas.
Learn more about how the arts are integrated into our curriculum within level-by-level Areas of Study:
- TODDLER Areas of Study
- CHILDREN'S HOUSE Areas of Study
- LOWER ELEMENTARY Areas of Study
- UPPER ELEMENTARY Areas of Study
- MIDDLE SCHOOL Course of Study
- UPPER SCHOOL Course of Study
Your child enjoys dedicated weekly music instruction as well as integrated lessons in the course of every school day. She learns and sings the Hello song every morning and the Goodbye song in the afternoon. She experiences music that makes her want to dance and move, music that helps her focus, music that comes from other cultures, music she can make with her own voice and sounds she can make with different kinds of instruments.
Using chalk, paint, yarn, paper, glue, clay, sponges, brushes, your child learns to hold, apply, manipulate, stick, and mold. During 30 minutes of dedicated art class each week and as part of every school day, he develops his personal aesthetic, the fine motor skills he’ll use later for writing, a feel for working with different materials, and the responsibility for cleaning up after a creative work session.
Using sensory materials like the Montessori Bells, your child receives a remarkably sophisticated introduction to musical theory and practice. He plays up and down the bells to make sure they’re in the right order and familiarize his ear with the diatonic scale. He learns to identify different pitches—high, higher, highest and low, lower, lowest—and name them by note—c, d, e, f, g, a, b, c. He begins making not merely sounds but music with rhythm instruments. He also learns how to express musical ideas through movement—connecting physical expression to sound—and to give musical performances.
Your child continues to develop mastery of art materials and tools, receiving lessons now in lines and shapes, color, watercolor, printmaking, weaving, sculpture, and other art forms. Beyond making unselfconscious works of art, she practices purposeful self-expression and creativity. Extended Day students receive an additional 60 minutes of art per week.
MUSIC, THEATRE AND ART
Beyond dedicated weekly arts instruction (e.g., music lessons on rhythm, scale patterns, or pitch; art experimentation in drawing, painting, or collage), the arts are an integrated part of every school day. Your child discovers the connection between imaginative works of art and intellectual curiosity. She renders her observations of animal, plant, and earth forms using artistic materials, turns a math equation into a knitting pattern, or incorporates Mayan symbols on a clay vessel. She also comes to understand the arts as a form of personal and cultural expression that she’s not only able to create but to analyze and appreciate. She will participate in group lessons and team building activities to learn cooperation. And she will use role-play to place herself in other context while developing empathy. She will create theatre based on themes from other academic subject areas and recognize the role of theatre, film, television and other media in daily life.
MUSIC, THEATRE AND ART
In Upper Elementary, students are ready to apply artistic techniques and principles to create more complex and original compositions—in both music and visual arts. Through regular and increasingly sophisticated musical performance and artistic exhibitions, he gains confidence and composure and learns to show proper etiquette and technique. He also learns to recognize different art styles and periods, to analyze and interpret pieces of art, and to form, express, and intelligently defend his own opinions. In our theater program, he will learn to express himself through a broad range of human emotions while developing body awareness and spatial perception. He will use his creativity to collaborate with his peers to produce dramatic works and learn new techniques for performing improvisational skits.