Arts

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Performing, creating, and responding to art are fundamental processes in which humans engage.  Through the arts, our students feel the joy, energy and freedom of expressing themselves fully. 

SRDS provides ample opportunity for students to develop as artists—both in the dramatic, vocal and instrumental, and visual arts. Across all art disciplines, we encourage creative expression, instruct proper technique and build self-confidence in our students. More than 14 courses are offered each year in studio art, graphic arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music and theater, and the arts are often incorporated in academic study through STEAM.

We believe that not only are the arts worthy of study in themselves, but that creative expression leads students to become perceptive, inventive and able to interpret information in an entirely different way. Studio art, vocal and instrumental music, and the theater are integral to the educational program. SRDS students are inspired as dancers, actors and musicians by a faculty of passionate professionals across all three divisions. All students will find options to explore here and dedicated artists have every chance to excel. Through visual and performing arts, students develop a way of thinking that functions beyond the studio, music room, or stage into other areas of the curriculum. Our location near New York City offers world-class opportunities to experience the arts through trips to museums, artists' homes, graphic design and advertising agencies, film and animation firms, galleries and college art departments.

The Arts Curriculum

Drama

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Saddle River Day provides each student a learning and aesthetic experience in drama. The curriculum emphasizes fundamental concepts of dramatic performance in the lower and Middle School grades through mini-productions where students incorporate movement, costumes, memorized lines and music. Middle School students also put on a spring musical, which in Spring of 2019 was Seussical Jr.

We build on their talents in the Upper School with two major productions a year:  a fall play and a winter musical. The SRDS drama program is consistently recognized for outstanding achievement in the community. Our faculty consists of veteran Broadway professionals who have a passion for what they do and bring that energy to their classrooms and rehearsals. 

If you've seen "The Devil Wears Prada," "27 Dresses or "We Bought a Z00," you've seen the work of screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna '85. Aline graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and now lives in Los Angeles. 

Fall 2018

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Winter 2019

freaky friday

Instrumental Arts

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All students begin musical instruction in Pre-K and Kindergarten with general music classes offered twice a week in each grade level. Lower School students perform two concerts a year. 

In the Middle School, the Middle School Orchestra performs compositions from a range of musical periods such as Classical pieces and modern Broadway show tunes. The Middle School Jazz Ensemble introduces students to classic jazz tunes and the art of improvisation. These groups perform two concerts a year. 

Upper School students that have had at least one full year of instrumental experience meet two times a week for Concert Orchestra. SRDS's Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble offer additional opportunities for students in grades nine through 12. All of these groups perform at both the Winter and Spring concerts amongst other off-site venues. 

*Course offerings outside of our choral and instrumental groups include Experiencing Music, Music Theory, and Advanced Music Theory. 

Vocal Arts

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Vocal and choral instruction continues through the Middle and Upper School with a variety of opportunities for each student, including Concert Choir, the Rebel Tones Ensemble and small group ensembles. Performance groups often travel off campus to perform at various local community venues and functions.

We build on their talents in the Upper School with two major productions a year. The SRDS drama program is consistently recognized for outstanding achievement in the community. Our faculty consists of veteran Broadway professionals who have a passion for what they do and bring that energy to their classrooms and rehearsals.

*Course offerings outside of our choral and instrumental groups include Experiencing Music, Music Theory, and Advanced Music Theory. 

The Rebel Tones have performed at Radio City Music Hall, Tiffany's at Garden State Plaza Mall and on the Fox 5"Good Day New York” news program.  Several SRDS students have performed on Broadway. 
 

Visual Arts

allendale art gallery

SRDS's visual arts program is solidly based on a respect and understanding if each child's creativity. As students become more expressive, inventive and perceptive, they learn to formulate problems, create multiple solutions, pursue long-term projects and reflect critically on one's own work. Trips to New York City art museums and gallery shows provide students a broad cultural perspective. Students exhibit work in local communities and businesses, culminating in the spring SRDS Annual Art Show.

Directed art instruction begins in the Lower School with the introduction of basic concepts as well as elements of art history. Middle School students meet multiple times a week to continue general art instruction. As students move to the Upper School, courses become more specialized. For the uniquely talented artist, course offerings include AP levels such as Portfolio Art or Art as a Major.

SRDS boasts one of the most in-depth digital arts programs and advanced facilities in the region, offering graphic arts courses to students beginning in grade four. Nationally recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools, the program includes courses for Upper-Level Graphic Arts I, II, III and IV. As our students become more proficient in their skills, SRDS adapts quickly to match their needs. 

Arts News

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The 2018 MIMESIS student publication has been awarded First Place by the American Scholastic Press Association.