Sayre School students acquire increasingly sophisticated skills and concepts by incorporating creativity, aesthetics, and history into the study of visual and performing arts. The fine arts department employs a variety of teaching styles and assessments to measure student success. In every aspect of the arts, students are encouraged to develop confidence in expressing their own ideas, to demonstrate increasingly complex skills, to recognize the diversity of the aesthetic experience, and to become knowledgeable patrons of the arts.
In their preschool-12 visual art classes, students experiment with different media, develop a sense of personal aesthetic, and recognize the influence of art in different cultures from past and present.
Specific music pedagogy such as Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly are used in daily instruction in the Lower School. In the Middle and Upper Schools, emphasis shifts to improvisation, vocal development, movement, and composition. Performances by grade level music classes that reflect the curriculum include the Lower School Fall Fling and Spring Fling, the Middle School Recital, and the Grandparents and Special Person’s Day Program. Lower School Chorus, Middle School Chorus, Spartones, Sayre Singers, Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Middle School Band, and the Upper School Instrumental Ensemble learn and perform compositions for Sayre and the larger community.
Through classroom study and performance students recognize the diversity of theatrical genres and culture, and progressively learn to evaluate dramatic scripts and performances for quality. Students have the opportunity to audition for plays and musicals that are performed for the Sayre community and the public. Professional guest artists are brought in to enhance the performance experience and to share their expertise with students.
Middle School Play, Spring 2012, "The Short Tree and the Bird that could not Sing"