Why First Immanuel?
Art and music are part of our curriculum at every grade level. In art classes, our elementary school children experiment with a broad range of media, from watercolors to pottery to textiles. In 4th and 5th grades, students explore folk art from around the world. In middle school, art classes include the study and appreciation of significant historic and contemporary artists. In additional to regular assignments, each middle school student completes a self-directed quarterly project based on the work of an artist of their choosing. Students work in our well-supplied art studio, which includes large work tables and a kiln.
In music classes, our curriculum is based on the Orff Schulwerk approach, which helps children discover and appreciate music through singing, chanting, clapping, dancing and drumming. Older children begin learning the recorder and rhythm instruments, and explore world music, the Western European Masters, and American Jazz and Blues.
Beginning in 5th grade, our students have an opportunity to participate in individual and group band instrument lessons. Other musical extracurricular activities include the Handbells or Handchimes and the Wildcat Music Ensemble. Students also have the opportunity to sing in church, for community organizations, and in local vocal competitions.
Every three years, we hold an all-school Fine Arts Festival. On another three-year cycle, our 4th-8th graders participate in a musical theater production.