KPA's grammar school music classes are taught utilizing the Kodaly Method as the foundation of classroom instruction. The Kodaly Method focuses on development of musical skills and concepts at a very young age utilizing folk songs, Curwen hand signs, rhythm symbols, and syllables. In the grammar school music classroom, enjoyable games and activities serve as the means of exposing students to musical terminology, as well as composer, music composition & instrument study.
Grammar school students participate in musical programs. These programs allow students to practice proper vocal technique, experience participation in live productions, and appreciate a varied repertoire of music. When in 4th grade, a KPA student will also acquire instrumental skills by learning to play a recorder.
KPA’s Grammar school art students learn how art has progressed throughout the centuries by exploring the styles and techniques of the world’s greatest artists. They are challenged to develop their fine motor skills, flex their risk-taking muscles, increase their art vocabulary, and creatively express themselves through the creation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art.
KPA's Grammar School Drama students explore a variety of scripts and acting methods throughout the year. Students participate in reader’s theater and other activities where they work to enhance their speaking voices, develop their on stage presence and bring out their inner storyteller. Our drama classroom exposes students to the fundamentals and basics of theater and acting, as well as the experience of preparing for and producing a live production at the end of the school year.
Another elective option for students in the Schools of Logic & Rhetoric, Art builds creative skills through practice and observation. Students will explore a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, including, but not limited to, drawing, painting and ceramics. Observing and understanding art history is also a component of all courses. Participation in various regional competitions is encouraged.
Choir is an elective option for students in the School of Logic. In this class, students are provided an opportunity to develop and improve proper vocal technique. Students are introduced to ensemble singing, receive instruction in blending, balancing with others, and listening analytically. The goal is to instruct students in the finer points of choral singing while encouraging an appreciation and enjoyment of the art form.
Students in the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric have the option to enroll in a theatre fine arts elective. Starting in the School of Rhetoric, our students have the option to audition for and participate in TAPPS’ One Act Play Competition. This is an excellent avenue to experience theatre arts while also creating camaraderie through competition.