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The Arts continue to drive our identity during current times. It allows people to connect more deeply and open their eyes to new sights around them. Through Arts education, students are exposed to various forms of expression and strategies to communicate through a variety of culturally-influenced mediums. Participation in the Arts, especially during the early years of life, have proven to support developing culturally-responsive, compassionate, and creative contributing members of society. The Arts challenge us to rethink perspectives and demand a newer, better world.

Greenwich Public Schools offers a top-notch approach in supporting the artistic nature of each student. Students are offered opportunities to perform, present, create and respond in the music, art and theater disciplines. The support and collaboration of all the schools and community members, define a tradition of arts excellence which is highly recognized and respected within the town and state. The highly talented and professionally decorated staff provide quality, personalized instruction for each student dedicated to the program. Teaching and learning are personalized so each student is able to design, monitor and create their own experiences. All these components reinforce the development of the creative thinkers of tomorrow.

Arts Curriculum Presentation

Arts District Event Calendar

*Please note that all dates on the district event calendar are tentative and subject to change. Please confirm details with the various school locations.

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Program Coordinator

Laura White

Program Coordinator - Art & Music
Central Office
The Arts, District Administration

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program in Greenwich Public Schools strive to support the artistic needs and exploration for every child.

Elementary Instruction

Elementary students are provided with art instruction for 60 minutes once per week. Curriculum is structured to exposed students to a variety of techniques and mediums in order to continue their visual art education in more focused selected areas of study.

Secondary Instruction

In our secondary buildings, visual arts classes are provided as an elective area where students can focus on a specific area such as ceramics, photography, painting, etc.

Music

The Music Program for Greenwich Public Schools is organized into three specific areas, Core Music Choral Music and Instrumental Music.

Elementary Instruction

Core Music is offered to all students in the elementary schools for 30 minutes, twice per week. Here students will explore the fundamentals of producing sound, movement, rhythm and beat and artistic choice. These necessary skills support the vision that all students are tuneful, beatful and artful.

Secondary Instruction

In our middle and high school programs, students can elect to take various musical selections where the concepts and skills outlined in core music is applied to an instrument (guitar, drums, etc.) The focus of these courses explore how students express personal ideas, create, and make meaningful connections through performance. Greenwich High School has an additional offering of Electronic Music where students research and create using various audio engineering techniques. Students interpret, engage and study how music can be created through technology.

Choral and Instrumental Music

Choir

The voice is our very first instrument! GPS cultivates the voice within the Core Music classes in the elementary school. At the secondary level, students can elect to participate in the various choir offerings at each location. These offerings provide not only opportunities to sing within a large group, but also the opportunity to develop skills as a soloist!

Band

Students can choose to play a band instrument in Grade 4 in our elementary schools.
Students are provided with a 30 minute, small group lesson to help reinforce the skills necessary to be successful on an instrument. Once their skills have reached a certain point, students will begin participating in an ensemble, which will challenge their independent musicianship and reinforce skills that are essential to performing with a team.

Orchestra

Students can choose to play a stringed instrument in most of our elementary schools in Grade 3. Hamilton Avenue School also offered a Suzuki Program for younger students to begin a stringed instrument in earlier years.

Similar to a band instrument, students can elect to participate in a string performing ensemble in our secondary schools.

Theater Arts

Theater Arts in Greenwich Public Schools is found in Greenwich High School. Students are able to select this area as an elective. The Theater Arts Programs puts on several plays which include Black Box works as well as full-staged productions. All students in the high school are afforded the opportunity to participate in the study of theater.


Curriculum Overview

Click each grade to view the Curriculum Unit Map for each grade for the school year

Elementary School

Middle School

Visual Arts Curriculum

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Choral Music Curriculum

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

High School

Please review the Greenwich High School Course of Study guide to review the Visual Arts, Music and Theater Arts courses offered