While students act and perform on stage as part of their regular curriculum each year, there are two major Lower School dramatic performances each year. In mid-spring, 4th-Graders present the annual production of "Oh, California!," a play set in and tied to their study of California history. At the end of the year, 2nd- graders perform and sing in “Tall Tale Plays” to culminate the year of Lower School performing arts. Smaller dramatic projects are also performed throughout the year, such as the 3rd Grade collaborative poem interpretation, (2015’s “Jabberwocky,” for example).
The K–3 SFFS music program is designed to inspire life-long participation in music. Throughout the year, music classes take place in the “fishbowl,” our centrally located music studio. Passing by the studio, you might observe our young musicians enthusiastically singing, playing, improvising, composing, reading, writing, or moving. The students are challenged to work individually, and collaboratively in small and large groups. Drawing primarily from Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies, our lessons are sequenced to provide a foundation of music literacy while allowing for music skills to be used in creative and expressive ways.
In the 5th and 6th Grades, students take both vocal music and instrumental music (World Band or Orchestra) each week, plus a semester of general music instruction. The 7th- and 8th-Graders commit themselves to one of three ensembles to be part of each year: Orchestra, World Band, or Chorus. In addition, a small group of students are selected for the Middle School Jazz Band, which performs at a variety of school functions for various audiences.
Carnival of the Animals (Camille Saint Saens)
Excerpts from The Firebird (Stravinsky)
Night Train (Duke Ellington)
Come Together (The Beatles)
Dugatti Vugbe (Traditional West African xylophone piece)