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Music & Drama

Music


Our music program aims to develop within each student a lifelong enjoyment of music. Our hands-on program is based on the Orff-Shulwerk method, which begins with things children already have expertise in: talking, playing, moving, and singing. From Kindergarten on, students explore pitch and pulse using special “Orff” instruments: xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels as well as a wide variety of other pitched and non-pitched instruments found in our beautiful Music Studio. Students who study music outside of school are heartily encouraged to bring those talents with them. By co-creating ensemble pieces, children learn to share ideas and problem-solve. The process equips them with some of the most important skills they will need to become more fully engaged citizens in the world they share. Students sing, dance, and play their way up to sixth grade, where they spend the year selecting, arranging, and performing musical pieces for the school community. In addition, in collaboration with each classroom, students listen to and analyze music and learn folk dances from all over the world. Finally, every Friday, our entire Oaks School family—students, teachers, staff, and parents—sings together as we gather for our weekly assembly.

Drama


Our drama program allows students to to dig deeper into stories and character. As children imagine what a character might be thinking or feeling, they are empowered to build empathy, harness their imagination and creativity, and acquire greater facility with language and meaning. Starting with exploratory movement, voice, and improv exercises, Kindergartners and Multi-Agers advance to developing characters, using dialogue and creating entire scenes. By the time Oaks students are in fifth and sixth grade, they amplify individual and group creative expression. They explore classical and contemporary comedy and drama, while working to understand multiple perspectives, difference, and themes of social justice. Alongside the creation of original works, students explore the social impact of theater on communities and are motivated to understand the function of drama.

Music & Drama Highlights

  • Weekly Assemblies
  • Winter Sing
  • Play Production
  • 6th Grade Graduation
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