We believe that exposure to fine arts helps a student's overall ability to succeed in school.
Radford offers students many opportunities to explore and improve their creative skills through classes such as art, band, piano & theater. These programs allow students to encourage and explore their artistic sides and shine!
Every student at Radford, from DRC to 12th grade, has the opportunity to take art classes. The classes start with basics for the elementary students and become more complex, moving into learning more advanced information as the students get older. They do more than drawings; students paint, work with printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, and many different art styles. They also learn about artists that have influenced art throughout centuries. The art classroom environment is challenging, educational, and supportive.
All students, 5th grade and above, are allowed to be in the Radford Band. They choose various instruments, including percussion instruments, trumpet, flute, keyboard instruments, clarinet, saxophone, etc. Band members gain team-building skills, responsibility for their own and others' possessions, and accountability for their progress. The Band performs multiple concerts in and out of school along with competitions throughout the year. Every two years, there is a band trip where the band competes and attends a seminar with professional musicians and composers.
Radford School offers piano instruction to all students in grades 3rd - 4th. These students learn music theory, rhythm, and basic piano playing skills. The students have piano class 2 times a week, perform a holiday recital and one at the end of the year.
The Radford Theatre program encourages students to see a different perspective than their own. We use techniques to learn about the humanity, psychology, motives, and conflicts of characters in any given play. Through character development, improvisation, and team-building exercises, students receive the fundamentals of performing on stage. If the stage is not for them, Radford also offers technical theatre with a concentration in costume design where students can sew by hand and on the machine. They are given the tools necessary to use a pattern and sew a costume for our Fall and Spring productions.