Performing Arts

Please note: not all classes are offered every session. WLR varies/rotates the schedule based on teacher availability and interests indicated by participating families.

Some classes can be categorized more than one way. For instance Renaissance Arts may be listed under both “Arts & Crafts” as well as “History / Humanities.”

Every effort is made to keep the Class Description pages up-to-date; if you don’t see something, please ask.

All the World’s a Stage: Scriptwriting and Drama
The gods and goddesses of Greek mythology, kings and warriors of the Roman Empire, artists and scientists of the Renaissance, and the movers and shakers of the Industrial Revolution will serve to inspire the students to be playwrights and actors in this class. History comes to life on the stage as the students learn how to format and write a stage script, and in various ensembles, perform their plays as a finale to the 12-week course.  The class play offers a fantastic conduit for the students to learn valuable artistic, dramatic, musical and language arts skills. “With an opportunity to write their own dialogue and scripts, and then to act in them – well, what a great way to learn history, to be creative, and to have fun!” – Dr. Tan

My First Instrument
Grades 4 – 8
Students will explore their musicality through their first external instrument: the
Choroi C-Flute. This instrument is used traditionally in Waldorf schools and is similar to a recorder, however, unlike the recorder, the breathing is more like singing. Playing any wind instrument strengthens the respiratory system for speech and singing, and increases finger dexterity. This class will be focused on free musical expression (improvisation), as opposed to reading music notation. C-flutes will be provided, therefore the class size is limited to 10 students. There is no homework provided, however arrangements can be made with the instructor to take C-flutes home in between classes.

Storytelling & Drama
Grades 1 – 3
In each class, we will create our own story: the characters, the obstacle, the crisis, the solution, the ending. It will be a process where we play/act our way through the plot. As a group we will  discover the narration, dialogue, movement, and possibly music, living into the group imagination in a playful and creative activity. No homework is required, as each story process will be contained within the class period.

Singing
Grades 1 – 3
Singing is an intrinsic human activity, creating space to breathe and restore balance.  The children will be guided to find their “group voice” through singing games and simple seasonal songs.  Movement and gesture will be the natural accompaniment for our melodies.  There will be no homework required, as the focus will be on the group experience itself.

Grades 4 – 8
Beginning with melodies, we will begin the journey to harmony through rounds and simple part singing; and open the door to rhythm through ostinato. This class will focus on developing musical capacity, along with the activity of creating beautiful music together. There will be no homework required, as the focus will be on co-creation.

Leave a Reply