Music flourishes at TGS with a diverse program and faculty.
All Grammar School students:
- sing in a chorus
- learn to play recorder starting in third grade
- read music
- enjoy dancing
- perform on stage
Music Composition is taught through membership in Music-COMP, Composers Online Mentoring Program, formerly the Vermont Midi Project. Fifth and sixth graders have the opportunity to participate in the annual Opus competitions.
During fall term, the 7th and 8th graders study an instrument of their choice in Studio. Small ensembles and bands are formed, and a Studio Concert is performed.
Theater is presented and enjoyed all year long through numerous class plays. The Mummers Play is a traditional 8th grade performance at their Winter Concert. The program culminates with the production of an annual 7th and 8th grade Spring Musical.
Dance is an integral part of the program, with a focus on creative movement and international folk dance.
As a school, we enjoy singing together at meetings, concerts, and special annual events, including a fall hike to Putney Mountain, and an assembly to honor Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Student musicians have an opportunity to perform at school-wide talent shows during the year and professional musicians from the community are often included in our assembly programs.
Music is an activity to be shared and enjoyed together. Many performances to which
the public is welcomed are scheduled throughout the year. These include:
- Medieval Faire – October
- K-4 Winter Holiday Concert – December
- 5-8 Winter Holiday Concert – December
- 7-8 Instrumental Studio Concert – December
- All School Talent Shows – TBA
- 7th-8th grade Spring Musical – May
- K-6 Spring Concert – May
- 8th Grade Graduation – June
Art is fundamental to our students’ intellectual, creative, physical, and emotional development. Our faculty strives to develop visually literate students and instill in students the joy of creating art. Through the art program, students become aware of and sensitive to art; they define, recognize, and use the elements and principals of visual design; they recognize and appreciate art and cultural influences of differing cultures and historical periods.
The art program encourages students to analyze, compare, and interpret art of self, other students, and other artists. A wide variety of media and techniques are used, allowing students to exhibit proficiency in using art terminology as well as developing skills in the safe and careful use of art supplies and tools.
The art curriculum is designed to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which students feel free to do their best creative work. Each student is challenged to fine tune manual skills according to their developmental ability. Criteria are set for each project and students are asked to satisfy the criteria within their work.