A strong arts program nourishes both the mind and soul, and builds strong character. Hillel provides many opportunities, both during the school day and as part of an engaging, rewarding enrichment program after school, for students to shine in the arts.
Hillel's music program is designed to build musical skills and an appreciation for various musical styles and artists in a child-friendly, age-appropriate manner. Beginning with our toddlers, the program focuses on multicultural and traditional songs, chants, rhythm, movement, tone color, beat competency, harmony, form and various musical styles and positive values. Various instruments are used. In grades 2-8, Hillel offers an Orff Schulwerk general music program using developmentally appropriate materials and resources. Students sing and play rhythm games, use percussion and Orff instruments, integrate dance and drama and collaborate with our Judaic and General studies teachers to facilitate in-depth studies across the curriculum. Every student is versed using the recorder, and continue to have opportunities with different instruments, including wind, string and percussion instruments. A choir and instrument classes are available to students as part of an enrichment program.
Art is a simple, 3-letter word for a big vision. The visual arts center is well equipped and prepared to encourage our students to discover the artist within themselves by finding their own artistic voice and gaining confidence in visual expression. At every level, students are encouraged to integrate their classroom experiences and learning into their artwork. Students use a variety of medium to explore and stimulate expression such as drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, ceramics and printmaking. Student artwork is on display throughout campus either as permanent fixture on a wall or as a rotating exhibit.
Curriculum comes alive when a child performs a character from history or literature or a play. Students gain a deeper understanding by living and experiencing what s/he reads and learns. Whether students act out a scene from Shakespeare in a Language Arts or English class, dramatically act out one of Hillel's Points of Pride at an all-school assembly, or learn valuable theatre skills and perform a play as part of the after school STAR program, children get an opportunity to shine individually or as part of an ensemble.