Music and the Arts
Instrumental Music Program
The fourth through sixth grade students have the opportunity to study marimba with Kristin Allen-Farmer, cello with Renatta Bratt, or viola or violin with Astrid Huala. Students study music on Wednesdays in small groups organized by instrument and skill. Advanced players participate in orchestra after school on Wednesdays from 12:45-1:30 p.m. The program is supported by Pacific Schools’ Parents’ Club; lessons and instrument rental are free for all students, although parents are responsible for repair or replacement of damaged instruments. Two formal concerts and several fun recitals are given for parents and peers each year. All instrumental music students are asked to practice 120 minutes per week, or 15-20 minutes per day.
Orff Music Program
Kristin Allen-Farmer teaches weekly Orff Music to preschool through third grade students. Orff Music is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand. The Orff approach uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances and songs may be accompanied by clapping and stamping or by drums, sticks, and bells. The special Orff melody instruments include wooden xylophones and metal glockenspiels that offer good sound immediately. Played together as in a small orchestra, their use helps children become sensitive listeners and considerate participants.
After School Chorus
Pacific School offers chorus after school for interested students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. For more information, Click Here.
In 2016-17, instructors from Tandy Beal & Company will provide professional dance instruction to 3rd and 4th graders during a 13-week residency program. Aside from the obvious connections to physical education, the dance program will be integrated into the class' curriculum through art and writing. In addition, teachers incorporate art into their classes throughout the year.
The school sponsors a school play every other year. For more information, Click Here.