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 on 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 styles of art. 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 given the opportunity to be in the Radford Band. There they are able to chose from a variety of instruments, including: percussion instruments, trumpet, flute, keyboard intruments, clarinet, saxiphone, etc. Band members gain team building skills, responsibility for their own and other's possesions, and accountability for their progress. The Band performs multiple concerts in and out of school along with competitions thorughtout the year. Every other year there is a band trip in which the band competes and attends a seminar with professional musicians and composers.
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 recieve 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.
Radford School offers piano instruction for all students in grades 3rd and 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 a recital at the end of the year.