Arts and Specials

Orff-Schulwerk Music Process

Cavaliers and Junior Kindergartners attend a weekly French/Music class for one-half hour in which the Orff-Schulwerk music process is used to teach the students rhythm, tempo, dynamics, music and language literacy and instrument play.

The process was developed by the German composer, Carl Orff, who believed that the music experience for children should involve movement, instrument play, and song. It should be based on the lyrics of children’s poems and folk songs which are ideal for teaching rhythm, movement, and percussion instruments. Cavaliers and Junior Kindergartners sing, dance, creatively move to stories or music, play diverse percussion instruments and learn how to accompany themselves on the classroom Orff instruments. Improvisation is encouraged as well as creativity and critical thinking. Performance opportunities are incorporated into special events.

Early Childhood Library

Students in Early Childhood attend a regularly scheduled Library class once a week in the Lower School Library. The program exposes them to various authors, different genres of literature, storytelling, language, and library procedures. The students are encouraged to predict outcomes, compare and contrast similar stories, authors or illustrators, and express their opinions of content, storyline and style.

Cavaliers and Junior Kindergartners check out books throughout the year while the Canterbury Kids participate in storytelling activities in library the second semester only. Once a month, Cavaliers and Junior Kindergartners join together in one Chapel Library class to learn and discuss a moral, religious or character-building lesson.