Music and the Arts
Kristin Allen-Farmer teaches weekly music classes to all students, preschool through sixth grade. Classes follow a progressive development of musical skills through singing, movement, percussion, and instruments.
Music instruction for younger children 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. Older students tackle more challenging rounds, harmonies, rhythms, and instruments.
Ms. Allen-Farmer works with classroom teachers to coordinate themes, cultural studies, and seasonal selections with classroom curriculum. The program is supported by Pacific Schools’ Parents’ Club. Formal concerts and fun recitals are given for parents and peers each year.
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 Parents' Club 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.