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Charlotte Prep students learn to explore their creativity confidently and to appreciate others’ talents, through participation in music and the visual and theater arts.
Fine arts teachers focus on building each child's sense of confidence, perseverance, discipline, responsibility, and organization as they practice, create, improve, and then share their work for the benefit and enjoyment of their community.
Art is taught as a spiral curriculum woven around artistic principles, concepts, and habits, growing in complexity from year to year. Students participate in the traditional fine art mediums of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as collage, weaving, and digital photography. The curriculum is shaped in part by current events, students’ interests, and past art experiences.
A Prep artist learns to keenly observe the visual world in new ways, imagine the unseen, and practice artmaking procedures in different mediums. The ultimate goal is that a Prep graduate manifests a continuing interest and enthusiasm for the arts and art career options, whether expressed through active participation or informed appreciation.
The dramatic arts program invites students to challenge themselves artistically, creatively, and intellectually. The drama curriculum encourages students to explore their worlds through imaginative play. Students engage in activities that promote emotional and social growth, as well as creative problem-solving skills, artistic expression, and confidence as public speakers.
Our theater arts program features two fully-produced student performances for 3rd-8th Grade. Our youngest Lower School students (K-2nd Grade) shine on stage annually in age-appropriate, curricular-themed costumed productions that delight their audience. Middle School students further investigate dramatic arts in year-long electives, introducing students to every facet of theater including performance and stage production opportunities.
Charlotte Prep acknowledges music as the only method of learning that exercises both sides of the brain simultaneously. Research has linked active music-making with increased language discrimination and development, math ability, focus, better-adjusted social behavior, and improvements in spatial-temporal reasoning, a cornerstone for problem-solving.
The goal of music instruction is to hone skills such as confidence, responsibility, teamwork, discipline, and organization, and to ignite creativity in our students. Instruction focuses on basic elements of music, such as rhythm, harmony, and melody and intellectualizing music—hearing, reading, and writing. Students learn the cultural and historical contexts of various works to discern and appreciate stylistic differences and ultimately develop their musical taste.
Through vocal or instrumental performance (such as recorders and Orff instruments), students learn to explore their creativity and to appreciate others’ talents. Instrumentalists acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to express themselves musically as individuals and as members of an ensemble. Performing in a group ensemble teaches the value of teamwork while reinforcing a student's performance skills. Charlotte Prep's choral groups have performed at the Biltmore Estate, Charlotte Knights and Hornets games, and with Distinguished Concerts International New York at Carnegie Hall.