Feynman School is proud to partner with the Levine School of Music to bring our students a top-notch musical education throughout their elementary years. Our elementary students participate in Levine’s Building Musical Bridges program in which they develop and perform in multiple disciplines including singing, playing Orff instruments, basic percussion, and movement/dance. The program also focuses on student composition and performance.
Building Musical Bridges activities and benefits include:
- Creation of musical forms through movement activities and playing Orff instruments.
- Reading and writing musical notation, including melodic and rhythmic concepts in treble and bass clefs.
- Increased awareness of ensemble.
- Development of rhythmic accuracy.
- Strengthened pitch matching and independent singing abilities.
- Expression of musical ideas.
- Improvisation within the pentatonic and diatonic scales.
- Demonstration of musical creativity through composition.
- Developed understanding of major and minor tonalities.
Feynman School’s visual art program is provided by Abrakadoodle. The Abrakadoodle philosophy centers on the theories of Jean Piaget and active learning. Each and every child has the ability to be creative.
Abrakadoodle’s comprehensive Art in Our World program provides students with experiences with a wide variety of materials, techniques, styles and more. Students use specialty materials (such as bamboo brushes and embossing materials), learn about contemporary and master artists, explore art from around the world, work in 2 and 3 dimensions and much more. A team of experienced artists and educators design the Abrakadoodle curriculum. They focus upon providing a balanced program that sequentially builds both skills and knowledge and simultaneously develops educational and artistic skills. The Abrakadoodle program provides children with learning experiences that develop knowledge, skills and an individual sense of creativity while having FUN!
Feynman School’s Drama program is provided by the renowned Imagination Stage. In these classes, a professional theatre artist works to engage students in theatre arts, while simultaneously enhancing children’s critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. Through the use of music, movement and dramatic play, these classes ignite children’s imagination while flexing his or her problem-solving, language, and physical skills. Students use storytelling, books, and songs as springboards to explore characters through structured, creative, and fun activities culminating in short scenes or skits created by the students.
As Feynman’s Kindergarten to Grade 2 students grow from dramatic play, our teaching artist begins to incorporate more advanced, specialized training into their classes. Drama, music and movement are explored to promote confidence, self-esteem, and creative expression, while working on skills such as active listening and sharing. Our teaching artist uses themed-based units, storytelling, books, and songs as a means to explore characters through structured, creative, and fun activities.
Feynman’s 3rd-5th graders begin to make the full transition from Creative Drama to Acting Technique: the actor’s process of creating three-dimensional characters and truthful actions for the stage. Classes utilize theatre games, improvisation activities, and scene work to develop characterization and script analysis. Students end the year with a play writing unit, where students devise and perform their own work for their families and peers.