Music and the Arts
Instrumental Music Program
The third through sixth grade students have the opportunity to study singing, percussion, movement, and marimba with Marla Lyons, or violin with Astrid Huala. The program is supported by Pacific Schools’ Parents’ Club. Classes 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.
Lower Grade Music Program
Marla Lyons teaches weekly music classes to preschool through second grade students. Music instruction is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand. The approach uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances and songs may be accompanied by clapping and stamping or by drums, sticks, and bells. 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.
Pacific School offers chorus after school for interested students in kindergarten through sixth grade. For more information, Click Here.
Teachers incorporate art into their classes throughout the year. In addition, the Pacific School Foundation has made funds available to teachers for the purchase of art supplies and curricula.
The school sponsors a school play every other year. For more information, Click Here.