St. Andrew’s recognizes that arts education is critical to fulfilling the School’s mission to “educate the mind, body, and spirit of children in a small, nurturing environment that values faith, reason, and diversity.”
Classes in music and visual art foster a challenging, creative, exciting educational environment of diversity and open inquiry that values both faith and reason. The arts promote moral and spiritual development and educate the whole child, including intellectual, personal, social, physical and aesthetic development. Every student at St. Andrew’s has music and art classes weekly.
In music classes, aesthetic appreciation of the compositions and musical instruments of all cultures is emphasized. An active, hands-on approach encourages students to experience music with personal meaning. Students play hand bells, chimes, and other instruments as well as participate in performances in which they can apply their musical knowledge.
In visual art classes, students are taught to appreciate artistic expressions and practices cross-culturally. In addition to art history, formal concepts of art are explored; elements of art and principles of design are stressed. Students draw, paint, and sculpt as a means of self-expression and communication. Respect and appreciation of one’s own work and work of others is continually encouraged.
Additionally, students in Grades 2–8 perform a major and a minor play each year. Students work with their classroom, art, and music teachers to develop scripts, produce musical selections, and to design and paint a set. Pre-Kindergarten through First Grades also present performances several times during the year. Performances are a beloved tradition of St. Andrew’s that embody the School’s commitment to educating the whole child.