Arts Curriculum

The arts curriculum provides the tools and opportunities for each student to learn that creative success often rises out of a process that includes risk taking, creative inquiry, innovation, articulation and revelation. The Arts Department embraces the belief that all students have the potential to discover their own unique creative voice. We cultivate an understanding and love of the performing and visual arts by providing a supportive environment in which everyone feels safe to explore. We believe that the arts engage the whole person — the intellect, heart, spirit and body. We believe that a truly educated person must learn to appreciate how the arts impact his or her life in a personal, social, economic, and cultural context. We believe that the arts serve to create meaning and allow for essential connections — to the individual, the community, and the world at large.

The Arts Program offers foundation classes in dance, music, theater, and visual arts in addition to classes that serve the dedicated artist who wish to delve more deeply and achieve distinction in a particular discipline. Extensive opportunities to participate in ensembles and productions provide many diverse performance possibilities for students.

Once a student has exhausted the extensive course offerings of the Arts Curriculum, he or she may work individually with a member of the arts faculty to design a specific area of study that is relevant to his or her discipline. Beyond main stage productions and regular music concerts, students have the opportunity to share their work through recitals, the annual Choate Fringe Festival, exhibitions in the gallery, Capstone presentations, Senior Projects, Directed Studies, dance concerts, and chances to tour both nationally and internationally in ensembles.

Through our Arts Concentration Program students have individually tailored schedules, with arts classes most terms in concert with courses selected from Choate’s comprehensive curriculum. The Arts Concentration Program allows, for example, an instrumentalist to use afternoons to practice and rehearse or a visual arts student to focus on a studio project, with an adjustment in the athletic requirement.

Department members are working artists themselves, and therefore bring a unique perspective and passion to the classroom, rehearsal hall, and studio throughout the year.