Scholars at Alma del Mar have art, music and physical education each several times per week.
General Music: The general music curriculum at Alma del Mar focuses on scholars’ ability to read, understand and express themselves through music. Scholars sing individually and in a group, move expressively to music, and learn to play various percussion instruments, including drums and xylophones. Third and fourth grade scholars also learn to play the recorder. All scholars learn to compose original melodies and perform music from written notation. Over time, scholars develop the vocabulary used to discuss music, study musical genres and styles from various cultures and time periods, and read and write musical notation.
Instrumental Music: Beginning in third grade, scholars have the opportunity to learn to play the viola, violin or cello. Scholars participating in the instrumental music program build on the skills and knowledge they have acquired in earlier general music classes in order to play their chosen instrument. Scholars learn to play their instrument individually and as a group in the Alma del Mar Orchestra. The instrumental music program is new to Alma del Mar this year.
“My daughter getting to play the violin is absolutely a huge blessing. She wants so badly to go to Brown University and become a medical research doctor. Her violin lessons will be one more thing that will help her get into that school. Thank you for that!”
Visual Art: The visual art curriculum at Alma del Mar focuses on scholars’ ability to discuss and create visual art. Scholars learn the vocabulary with which to describe and critique art. They also study art and artists from various cultures, time periods, mediums and styles. Scholars are able to try their hand at creating art in a range of mediums and styles, including drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture (clay and paper mache). For example, after studying Seurat, scholars use Q-tips to create their own pointillist paintings. Throughout the year, scholars reflect upon and assess their own work and that of others. The visual arts program works in concert with the broader curriculum. For example, after studying various species of whales, scholars create scientific drawings of the different species.
Physical Education: The physical education curriculum at Alma del Mar teaches scholars the fundamentals of sports and helps them develop lifelong habits of physical fitness. Scholars are able to learn about and practice soccer, football, dance, cooperative games, multicultural games, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, track and field, hockey and yoga. Scholars practice the fundamentals of each sport and then have the opportunity to participate in games. As scholars move into the older grades, they have the opportunity to participate in competitive sports.