In Overbrook’s art studio, students are introduced to a wide variety of works of art that they will find interesting and stimulating. The teacher will show and describe sources of inspiration, both secular and divine. Students have the opportunity to do work that reveals their own creativity. Thus the gap is bridged between their efforts and those of the masters. In the Overbook art room, creative art is introduced as a source of devotion and an act of devotion. Full, free imaginative expression and careful, focused work is encouraged. Techniques introduced include painting, drawing, clay sculpture, printmaking, collage, weaving, mask-making, and color theory.
Music classes seek to expose students to the beauty of music and develop an appreciation for the art as well as equip students with a well-rounded musical foundation. Singing hymns and songs of many genres, as well as, reading music and rhythms are only a few aspects of our classes. Children learn how music relates to history, art, literature, and dance. Creativity is encouraged throughout. These classes also provide opportunities to grow in self-esteem and moral character.
Overbrook uses the National Standards for Music Education, which aims to teach students to:
- Sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
- Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
- Improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
- Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.
- Read music.
- Listen to, analyze, and describe music.
- Evaluate music and music performances.
- Understand relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
- Understand music in relation to history and culture
Students participate in music classes beginning in prekindergarten learning songs and experimenting with hand-held pitched and un-pitched percussion instruments. In kindergarten through fifth grade, students learn about great composers, study religious hymns and finally, in fourth-grade, learn to play the recorder.
Junior high students can select a music elective: band or choir. Band students have the option of learning flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, or percussion. Not only do the students learn the basics of their instruments and musical notation so that they can participate in performances, but they also learn how to listen and respond to each other and how the pieces they play fit into the larger scheme of music history and culture.
Choir students study with Ms. Nolan, who also directs the St. Cecilia Academy choir. They perform weekly at Friday Masses. The fourth- and fifth-grade choir also joins the junior high on occasion.
Grades 1-8 all perform in the annual Spring Musical, singing and dancing on stage.