Chapin School: The Arts
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The Arts





The arts curriculum provides a full spectrum of well-rounded activities that encourage students to think, to analyze, to respect, and to experience art in its many forms.  All students participate in classes dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of the visual arts. Through drawing, painting, sculpting and application of other media, students develop fine motor skills while gaining a deeper understanding of and appreciation for aesthetic elements within their world.

Students in prekindergarten to grade eight participate in music instruction. Students learn techniques related to rhythm, pitch, and instrumentation, and they develop skills in singing and song performance.  Students in prekindergarten to grade four demonstrate their musical achievements through participation in seasonal concerts.  Students in grades five to eight enjoy additional opportunities to develop musical skills through small group and one-on-one instrumental instruction. In many cases, these students join instrumental ensembles and perform seasonal concerts. 

Students in grades six through eight participate in drama class during one trimester, while drama is incorporated at the lower levels through dramatic exploration within their studies of language arts and/or social studies.

Why is a Great Arts and Music Curriculum Important?

The Chapin School Arts Curriculum includes detailed instruction in music, visual arts and drama. Children can benefit from being exposed to the arts early in life.

Arts Curriculum

Teaching children the arts offers them untold opportunities as they grow into adulthood. It also instills in them a sense of creativity that allows them to be more productive in other areas of their lives. Having a well-rounded arts curriculum is one of the best ways to expose young children to music, art, dramatic acting and other types of creative expression.

Early Instruction

The earlier children are exposed to the arts, the quicker they will pick up particular skills. This allows them to hone their talents and apply what they learn to other aspects of their life. From prekindergarten on, children can participate in seasonal programs, while older children begin to play instruments alone or in small groups. This early instruction gives them a head start and builds the groundwork for future advancement.

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