Music, Drama, Art, and Film
Pacific School has a long history of commitment to the performing arts. Our arts program is supported by and only possible because of Pacific School's Parents' Club.
With the support of the Pacific School Foundation, Pacific School has a long history of promoting instrumental and vocal music education. In 2023-24, we are delighted to welcome back former music teacher Kristin Allen-Farmer, who will be offering music to weekly to grades 1-6.
Music Teacher Kristin Allen-Farmer
Kristin Allen-Farmer is a classically trained pianist, credentialed teacher, certified Orff-Schulwerk music instructor and an award-winning music producer, who loves to help awaken the musician within. Kristin looks forward to integrating her group music classes with the regular classroom curriculum. Her recent solo piano album is featured in Netflix's in-house music catalog, and she recently wrote an album of "sophisticated lounge music with alien vocals" for the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Adventure Hotel in Disney World. Her solo artist project (Dream Tonic) was recently nominated in three different categories for the 2023 Hollywood Independent Music Awards, and she won in the Holiday Category. She has served as a music specialist throughout the county, and is happy to be rejoining the Pacific School community.
Student Film Festival
Since 2017, Pacific School has hosted an annual student short film festival. Students are encouraged to create their own films and let their creativity shine. Documentary, stop action, fantasy, and other genres are all welcome. Films are shown to the community in a festive evening occasion. More information and films from previous years can be viewed here.
Thanks to the support of Parents' Club and a generous donation, teachers can access curriculum and supplies to support classroom instruction in the visual arts.
Each month a different classroom displays student are projects on the front wall of the school office.
While all teachers are encouraged to incorporate drama into their classrooms, theater is especially emphasized in the fourth and fifth grades.
In fourth grade, students are led by their teacher to put on a class play related to a topic (usually the Gold Rush) they have been studying. The play includes all students in various roles.
Building on the skills gained in fourth grade, the fifth grade class, with the support of WEST Performing Arts, produces a larger theatrical production each year. Shows are made possible by the work of students and volunteers, and often incorporate technology and fiber arts in set and costume design.
Arts in the Classrooms
In addition to the opportunities described above, each year some classes perform their own plays, sing and incorporate music into their lessons, study dance forms from around the world, create sculptures and dioramas, etc.