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Art & Music

Evidence shows that arts education provides students with the skills needed to think creatively and to become tenacious learners, who can solve complex problems. Furthermore, students who receive a quality arts education are likely to have fewer behavior problems and greater academic achievements.

With that in mind, art and music are woven into the fabric of school life at SAR. Students are exposed to different styles and elements of the arts, and they’re encouraged to explore their own talents and interests as well.

Learning to Look (Grades K - 5)

Learning to Look
(Grades K - 5)

Our “Learning to Look” program teaches students how to look at art so that it can be more exciting and accessible to them. Each grade focuses on a theme including Impressionism, 18th century, Modern art, European art, and art of the 50's and 60's. During lessons, students discuss famous pieces of art and the work in historical context, and then create their own work reflecting the historical period they are studying. Fourth and fifth graders have the discussion portion of Learning To Look followed by a drawing intensive. 

Learning to Look is staffed by trained parent and grandparent volunteers, who attend lectures and are given a detailed curriculum to follow. Previous art history or teaching experience is not required -- just a love of art and children.

ART (Grades 1-3)

ART
(Grades 1-3)

In Visual Art, there are challenges in varied media, developed sequentially with technical and interpretive skills increasing at each level. Students develop artistically and advance art execution skill through understanding Qualities of Excellence, dissecting masterworks, using our critiquing protocol, and working toward excellence. Our defined art courses are led by practicing artists in their individual disciplines, each in an art studio of their own including a painting studio, sculpture and natural materials studio, a Ceramics Studio, and a studio that matches art experiences to each grade's Singapore math goals. The additional Art History component of “Learning To Look” is incorporated in 1st through 3rd grade art classes and have designated time slots in 4th and 5th grades. Our Art Department’s core curriculum includes:  

~Deep exploration of the seven elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, form, value, and space through project-based learning 

~Literacy in the Visual Arts 

~Visual Arts terminology 

~Knowledge of color theory 

~Principles of design: balance, symmetry, unity, contrast, emphasis, pattern, repetition, and rhythm 

~Work with perspective and foreground, middleground, and background 

~Analysis of art across cultures and history 

~Development of individual and collaborative artworks 

~Participation in and curating of exhibitions  

In the art room, students experiment with various media including drawing, painting, collage, clay, and three-dimensional materials. During their weekly art class, students also learn about the elements, techniques and the unique styles of different artists.

Numerous art projects are integrated with General Studies and Judaic Studies curricula. For example, first and second graders design their respective Siddur and Chumash covers; third graders create three-dimensional animals from recycled materials for their rain forest unit; fourth graders paint landscapes while learning history; and fifth graders use acrylic on canvas to illustrate family artifacts for Intergenerational Day.

MUSIC AT SAR

Formal music class is offered at SAR for Nursery through 6th grade. Over the years students are exposed to our Music Department’s core curriculum, which includes: 

~Developing listening skills and deriving meaning from sound 

~Understanding musical elements: rhythm, duration, pitch, form, expression, tempo, dynamics 

~Identifying musical masterworks and various genres 

~Basic music theory and music vocabulary 

~Reading simple music 

~Instrument study 

~Beginning composition skills 

~Participating in musical performance 

Students also have the option of joining choir led by Mr. David Glazer and Morah Adiella Shem Tov, providing our children with opportunity to sing with their peers and represent SAR at numerous performance outlets.

In addition, music will is infused informally throughout SAR with live music in the atrium upon arrival to school, zemirot and classical music played during Friday lunchtimes in class areas, and a Shabbat song broadcast over our speaker system accompanying students as they depart on Friday afternoons.  

GRADES 1-2 Shira L'Tefila

In Music, our 1st and 2nd graders participate in the successful Shira L’Tefila program developed by our Music Chair David Glazer, designed to create excitement for tefilot through song. Students deepen understanding and joy for Birkat HaMazon and many of the prayers encountered in tefila at school and on Shabbat and chagim. Specifically, in first grade students explore traditional songs based on the words of Tanach and tefila. Second graders focus on the meaning of our daily tefillot. In third grade students learn the melodies of Hallel, selected Shabbat tefillot and zemirot. Shira L'Tefila includes music appreciation as well as exposure to the work of music masters and incorporates formal musical literacy training. We believe Shira L'Tefila helps our students develop a more meaningful davening experience, and as a result they become more actively engaged in shul and strengthen their own connection to Hashem. Tefila tunes are also recorded and shared electronically with our families deepening the bond between school and home. 

GRADE 3 Carnegie Hall's LINK-UP

In 3rd grade students are immersed in the study of reading music as well as either learning recorder, voice performance, violin or Shira L'Tefila as a major and voice or Shira L'Tefila as a minor. Students studying recorder, voice, or violin as their major use Carnegie Hall's Link-Up program and will perform in May at Carnegie Hall along with a symphony orchestra and other schools. Our Shira L'Tefila students as well as choir students will perform in the spring at Lincoln Center Plaza. Choir is led by Mr. David Glazer and Morah Adiella Shem Tov, providing our children with numerous performance outlets. Our Music Department’s core curriculum includes: 

~Developing listening skills and deriving meaning from sound 

~Understanding musical elements: rhythm, duration, pitch, form, expression, tempo, dynamics 

~Identifying musical masterworks and various genres 

~Basic music theory and music vocabulary 

~Reading simple music 

~Instrument study 

~Beginning composition skills 

~Participating in musical performance 

In addition, music will be infused informally throughout SAR with live music in the atrium upon arrival to school, zemirot and classical music played during Friday lunchtimes in class areas, and a Shabbat song broadcast over our speaker system accompanying students as they depart on Friday afternoons.  

Voice & Choice - Grades 4 - 6

In his work, “Toward Ahavat Hashem: Art and Religious Experience,” Rabbi Brovender asks if there is a place for the serious study of the arts in Jewish education. He answers his own question by writing, “In fact, the study of art(s) may be valuable in developing the religious personality and enabling the student to enter into a dialogue with Heaven. Rambam knew that to develop a sense of wonder and to be able to see G-d’s concern in the world, an opening is needed--some way of creating more direct access to a feeling of relationship. Art, and its expression is an avenue to achieving ahavat Hashem in Torah education.” After being introduced to art and music in the lower grades, older elementary school students are ready to go beyond the basics and build on their talents. Our program offers 4th through 6th graders a wide range of offerings for their twice weekly sessions, one period for art and one for music. During this program students are encouraged to use the freedom to explore and develop life-long skills and passions.

In Voice & Choice and within each discipline, children will pursue areas of interest and strength within a small group, creating substantial opportunity for enjoyment, engagement, and enrichment. The offerings include: 

~Drawing Workshop 

~Painting Workshop 

~Printmaking and Mixed Media Studio 

~Animation Studio

~Ceramics Workshop

~Math Artist STEAM Workshop 

~Drumming and Percussion Ensemble 

~Movie & Media Soundtrack Engineering   

~Blues, Rock, Pop Music History 

~Musical Theater and Voice Performance 

~Ta’Amei HaMikra 

~Keyboard Konnect 

~Music To Canvas   

In the spring, all students participate in an ARTS Festival to celebrate all they have learned.

 By the time sixth graders complete Voice & Choice, they have developed a love of the arts that is integral to their understanding of themselves and the broader world.