MUSIC AND THE ARTS

Music and the arts are central components of a Waldorf education. Every student across all four high school grades is expected to sing with the High School chorus, play in an instrumental ensemble, participate in class plays, and work with a wide variety of media in both Fine and Practical Arts including painting, drawing, woodwork, fiber arts, printmaking and more. Studio and Performing arts are both integrated into Main Lessons and offered as stand-alone courses and electives in the high school years.

The reason we teach music, however, goes much deeper than simply accessing the performing arts. The music curriculum in a Waldorf School is in harmony with Rudolf Steiner’s view of child development. Through music we refine the capacity to connect. To harmonize. To resolve dissonance. To heal. To think. To feel. To mature. To make sound judgement. To vibrate. To tune. To move about the world with wholeness.

The art disciplines begins as early as pre-school, continues in various creative forms throughout their lower school years, and is energetically pursued in the upper school. Students at Steiner are familiar with drawing as an art form in many of their classes, from careful, descriptive work in their main lesson books, to form drawing, a unique curriculum feature of Waldorf education.

Drama figures prominently in our english, arts and music curriculum. In the drama program, we introduce basic acting, the history of drama and plays from the great classical and modern playwrights. Each senior class presents a play before graduation. The arts are, first and foremost, a path for knowledge.

COURSE CATALOG

Chorus (9, 10, 11, 12)

Guitar and Fretted Instruments Elective (9,10)

Jazz Band Elective (9, 10, 11, 12)

Orchestra Elective (9, 10, 11, 12)


History Through Music Main Lesson (11)
History Through Art Main Lesson (9)

Black and White Drawing (9)

Watercolor Painting (10)

Perspective Drawing (10)

Graphic Design Elective (10)

Digital Photography Elective (10, 11)

Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting (11)

Art History Main Lesson (12)

Linoleum Printing (12)

Oil Painting (12)
Woodworking (9, 11, 12)

Sculpture (9, 10, 11, 12)

Bookbinding (11)

Weaving (11)
History Through Drama Main Lesson (9)

Classical Drama Main Lesson (10)

Class Play (10)

Shakespearian Drama Main Lesson (11)

The Senior Play Production (12)
COURSE OFFERING MAY VARY SLIGHTLY FROM YEAR TO YEAR.
YEAR-LONG COURSES APPEAR IN BOLD.