Fine and Performing Arts

 

The Key School recognizes the value of arts education and believes that the development of each student is dependent on intellectual endeavors in the visual and performing arts. As students become literate in music and competent in performance and creative expression, they gain confidence and enhance their overall intellectual abilities.

Key School's nationally recognized Orff Schulwerk music program begins in First School and continues through the Middle School. Named for the composer Carl Orff, and developed at Key School by one of his protégés in 1970, this unique approach to music education involves all students in a daily study of speech, rhythm, instruments, singing, creative movement and dance, drama, and improvisation. The children play xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones, soprano recorder, and unpitched percussion instruments. They also learn to read music and understand basic theoretical concepts. Key’s Orff Schulwerk program continues through the Middle School where, with an increasing emphasis on music theory and composition, students are introduced to modes, triads and asymmetrical meters. The study of recorder progresses during the Middle School years to include alto, tenor, sopranino, and bass. Epitomizing the ideals of Carl Orff, Key's ensemble approach to music education engages children in the joys of a collaborative experience and provides a profound understanding of music as an academic discipline.

Epitomizing the ideals of Carl Orff, Key's ensemble approach to music education engages children in the joys of a collaborative experience and provides a profound understanding of music as an academic discipline.

In addition to Orff Schulwerk, Middle School students may play in the Middle School Instrumental Ensemble, in the Middle School String Ensemble, and in the Middle School Wind Ensemble, sing in the Middle School Chorus, and participate in the Middle School Dance and Theater Activities.

The study of music, theater and dance in the Upper School involves students in a number of academic classes as well as a variety of activities. Upper School students may choose courses in Music Theory, Chamber Choir, Dance, Acting, Theater Production Seminar, and Playwriting. These students can also participate in activities such as the Upper School Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Classical Ensemble, the Renaissance Consort, and Key Theater. Students who participate in Key Theater stage numerous productions throughout the year, including the annual musical. In addition to fulfilling graduation requirements in the arts, most Upper School students participate in one or more of the arts activities and have the opportunity to act in several productions each year.

Key School also offers Lower, Middle and Upper School students private lessons in voice, string and wind instruments, and guitar.

Visual art classes — taught to all students through grade eight — foster creativity, encourage imagination and develop individual style through work in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture, masks, and ceramics. In the Upper School, all students take Art I — a year-long course combining studio art and art history. In addition, Upper School students may continue to develop their artistic and creative talents in the visual arts through elective courses such as Sculpture, Ceramics, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing and Painting, Advanced Placement Drawing, Digital Photography, Digital Video, Printmaking, and Art History.

 

Visit the Arts Events and Galleries page for upcoming events, the full Arts calendar, and more photos and videos from recent shows.

Visit the Media Gallery to watch more fine and performing arts videos.