At Town School, music and the arts are vital parts of school life.
In the Lower School, boys are taught the fundamentals of music appreciation, theory, and basic rhythmic structure. They have the opportunity to sing together in Glee Club, and are featured in special performances for parents and other audiences throughout the school year. In Upper School, the music curriculum emphasizes the basics of music history, composition, terminology and theory, and fosters an appreciation for music. Music electives such as recorders, hand bell choirs, composition, and Orff ensemble are offered beginning in fourth grade.
Students work regularly in our fine arts studio, where they explore a variety of media—painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, sculpting, ceramics and collages. Our teachers introduce students to visual vocabulary, such as line, shape, texture, color and contrast. Student artwork is on display throughout the school, and artwork is also featured in our popular Town School artwork calendar. In the spring the school hosts a Festival of the Arts, which features artwork of every Town School art student. This event is one of the highlights of our school year.
Our drama program for third through eighth graders covers all aspects of theatrical productions—from on-stage performing to backstage assistance with lighting, sound and set design. Under the direction of our drama instructor, students put on several plays each year. Our drama classes emphasize the students' own creative ideas. Students often help create the scripts, and then the class is able to focus on basic stage techniques, including voice and diction, stage movement, and analysis of the play’s characters and actions. Parents are invited to attend the productions during the school year.