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.
*Please note that all dates on the district event calendar are tentative and subject to change. Please confirm details with the various school locations.
The Visual Arts program in Greenwich Public Schools strive to support the artistic needs and exploration for every child.
The Music Program for Greenwich Public Schools is organized into three specific areas, Core Music Choral Music and Instrumental Music.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.