"Art has no end, but its own perfection." - Plato, Greek Philosopher

The mission of the Plato Academy Art department is to provide quality arts education for all students by adhering to a Discipline-Based Arts Education program. This program presents a sound art curriculum including the following components: Art production, Art history, Art criticism and Aesthetics. This ensures that all students receive a rigorous study of the arts and also involves the integration of the arts into any curriculum including math and social studies.

Students also participate in an annual student art exhibit in which they have the opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity to family and friends.

We believe that music education is important

Schools with music programs have higher graduation rates that those without programs. (90.2% as compared to 72.9%) (Source: info@menc2.org) Students score higher on standardized tests especially in English and Math than students with no music at all. (Source: MENC Journal, Winter 2006) Students of music outperform their no-arts peers on the SAT according to the College Entrance Exam Board. (Source: www.collegeboard.com) Some measures of a child’s intelligence are increased with music instruction. (Source: www.psychologicalscience.org)

Orff philosophy encourages children to experience music on many levels. This includes speech/chants, movement, singing, drama, and playing pitched instruments. We begin recorder instruction in first grade and supplement with a mixed set of soprano, alto, and bass xylophones, mettallophones, and glockenspiels. Before the students use mallets, we practice helpful exercises using body percussion.

BOOMWACKER percussion tubes are being used as a part of the school curriculum. We were looking for an attractive, hands on device that would be fun for students and provide a variety of sounds. We use them with recorders and hand bells. The tubes make it easy to facilitate a creative, non-competitive atmosphere that fosters learning.

RECORDER is a simple instrument which is easy to learn and play a tune either on your own or in a group. It is a very relaxing and popular instrument for primary school children to learn as part of their music program.

VIOLIN is the most popular instrument in Plato Academy school. Kids who are learning the violin will often improve their social skills, physical stamina, and even reading skills. Your child will be able to look forward to many years of music and fun!