Head-Royce provides all students a well balanced curriculum including a strong arts program focusing on the four disciplines of dance, theatre, music and visual arts. The arts play a key role in developing the whole child and provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the larger world around them. From arts integration in the classroom to formal instruction, Head-Royce delivers a diversified and professional art program to every student.
The lower school music program is based in the Orff-Schulwerk approach of music and movement education. Students experience concepts and ideas through whole body activities and have many opportunities to create in a cooperative setting. Along with singing and dancing, instrumental work includes various percussion and Orff instruments, recorders, ukuleles, and African marimbas.
Music is a strong component of the middle school arts program. The curriculum focuses on developing group performance skills and individual expression and students can choose to be in choir, concert band, jazz band, or songwriting.
The upper school music curriculum offers students a variety of opportunities from introductory to advanced vocal and instrumental classes, including AP music theory. Our award winning choral and jazz ensembles, Colla Voce and Caravan, have an active performance schedule throughout the year at community events and music festivals.
Each year the theatre department presents two plays in the fall and spring with upper school students performing on stage and working behind the scenes. Middle and upper school students also have the opportunity to take drama classes as a part of our elective course offerings and each grade in the lower school produces and performs an original play each year.
Starting in the Lower School, students begin developing artist Studio Habits of Mind through exposure to a variety of media and artists that help them discover their artistic behaviors with open-ended explorations and self-directed work. Students are offered an opportunity to deepen their understanding of what it means to develop an artistic practice in our Middle School Program. Upper school artists build a disciplined studio process through a more focused exploration of studio art, sculpture, photography, and film making. Each year Head-Royce artists present their work in an All-School Art Exhibit showcasing their talent and creativity.
Dance at Head-Royce is offered throughout the K-12 curriculum. Students explore space, time, and energy while practicing how to see, hear, and express themselves through movement. In the Upper School, dance is offered as an elective from the beginning to advanced levels. Students practice contemporary technique and study the craft of choreography through guided creative process. Dance at Head-Royce is open to all students and taught as an expressive art, with a focus on personal growth and instilling a sense of community and artistic values. Performance opportunities exist for each age and level of dancer.