Arts

Performing Arts and Theatre

Performing Arts

Lower School

Whether in the classroom or on stage, students discover that we can all learn to make music in many different ways. The Lower School music curriculum draws from the Orff Schulwerk and the Kodály methods primarily. These approaches teach music through the medium children know best – play! An emphasis on folk song and movement creates a natural and joyful classroom environment for fostering musical awareness and sensitivity, cultivating music literacy, and developing performance skills. From Early Kindergarten to Grade 5, students create, perform, respond, and make connections with the foundational elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, form, timbre, listening and appreciation, history, and instruments (pitched and non-pitched). Performance experiences include in class, Chapel, Christmas and Spring concerts.

Middle School

The Middle School Choral Program encourages music appreciation by teaching students the skills necessary for individual and ensemble performances, including proper posture, breathing techniques, scales, music theory, singing as a group, and, when opportunities allow, singing as a soloist.

Upper School

Upper School students study theatre, western instrumental music, and body percussion. Students engage with each discipline through individual and collaborative coursework on analyzing, composing, acting, writing, and performing.    

Upper School Choir expands upon the skills established in Middle School Choir. This ensemble continues to emphasize healthy singing habits but also strives to develop individual musicianship through study of repertoire of greater complexity and transparency.

Theatre

Each year The Master's School production company puts on an annual play, announced in November. Students in eighth grade and above, no matter their level of prior experience, are eligible to try out for roles in December; those selected for the production begin rehearsing before Christmas break. Through the next three months, students are guided by the director to develop into their roles, before performing the show in early March.
The Master’s School is an independent, college-preparatory, non-denominational Christian day school enrolling children in preschool through post-graduate in West Simsbury, CT.

The Master's School opens its doors to all qualified students regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious affiliation. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs.