Primary Program

Benefits of Arts Education
Source: Americans for the Arts, 2002

  • Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills.
  • Has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries.
  • Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
  • Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • Teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.
  • Nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.

 

PRIMARY GRADES
N101     Nursery Program
P101     Preschool Program
P201     Kindergarten Program
P301     1st–3rd Grade Program

 

Students may choose a full or part-day program with children of their grade level, attending both Fine Arts and Enrichment classes. They move through the day as a class and are supervised at all times. Content or class size will require some classes to be multi-grade level (ex. Children’s Chorus, Gym).

 

Class Descriptions

Musicianship (Preschool–grade 3) - A solid and essential foundation for musical growth is developed by moving to music, singing, and playing rhythm instruments and musical games in a joyful, creative setting. Steady beat, reading and performing melody and rhythm, singing on pitch, playing in an ensemble, and analyzing and creating musical forms are some of the skills taught and systematically built upon year by year.

Early Elementary Art ( grades K-3rd) -  An introduction to Fine Art using a variety of mediums such as watercolors, tempera paint, pastels, markers, printmaking materials and pencil/charcoal. Students will learn to draw using the 'alphabet of art', as well as learn basic painting techniques, in an accepting environment. Emphasis will be on developing a cooperative classroom while encouraging individual growth and enhancing small motor skills. Famous artists/paintings will be discussed.

A wide variety of age-appropriate, enjoyable music will be rehearsed in preparation for two concerts per year.  Participation is dependent on teacher recommendation.  Selected artwork is displayed in the Art Show alongside of the concert.  Additional performance and display opportunities may be available during the year.

 

Course Offerings

N101 Nursery Program (no charge, included with membership) / birth to age 3

Nursery care is provided by volunteer parents as part of their co-op commitment. Children remain in the same room all day. As always, nursing mothers welcome.  Parents can visit at any time and use the room with their infants.  Of course, children may be signed out of the room with their parent as well.  Tagalongs in classrooms are at the discretion of the lead teacher.  Infants and toddlers are accepted only with older siblings (K-12) enrolled in the program.

P101 Preschool Program / ages 3 & 4, Tuition:  $128 per Fine Arts Class

Preschool students may attend a partial or full day program with Musicianship and Primary Art as their Fine Arts component.   Beginner dance may be opened to prek students space permitting and with recommendation of teacher.   Enrichment classes such as arts & crafts, gym/tumble time and early learning skills will round out the remainder of their day. They maintain the same routine week to week, providing variety within a familiar daily structure.  Pre-K students are accepted only with older siblings (K-12) enrolled in the program

P201 Kindergarten Program/ ages 5 & 6, Tuition: $128 per fine arts class

Kindergarten students may attend a partial or full day program with Musicianship and Primary Art as their Fine Arts component. Enrichment classes such as arts & crafts, gym and early learning skills will round out the remainder of their day. They maintain the same routine week to week, providing variety within a familiar daily structure. They maintain the same routine week to week, providing variety within a familiar daily structure.

P301 1st to 3rd Grade Program,  Tuition: $128 per fine arts class

1st to 3rd grade students will have option to  attend a partial or full-day program with Musicianship and  Early Elementary Art as their fine arts components.  Families may elect to broaden their art education through Dance, Strings and Beginning Piano components. They will complete their day with gym, lunch, and age appropriate enrichments.

Please note:  Group and Private Lessons are charged at a higher rate than the tuition for Large Group Classes.  Lessons have limited available placements.  Please refer to class registration grid for the calendar year to determine your total costs and tuition.