Academic themes in the lower school serve as a backdrop for artistic endeavors

Projects not only build a strong set of interconnected creative skills but are also designed to tie into the rest of the curriculum in history, literature, and science. For example, in Fourth Grade, students design and build shields to reflect their study of Medieval times.

Visual Arts

Students work in a variety of media and technology to develop the skills and vocabulary to create and discuss art. As a student moves through the Lower School, more complex concepts and skills are added to develop a solid foundation in artistic expression.

Drama

Once a year, each class presents to the school an original theatrical play written expressly for them by DCD’s drama teacher. At each grade level, plays become more complicated, and students continue to expand their repertoire of theatrical skills. The audience writes fan mail to every child on stage.

Music

Students learn basic musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, and form through songs, instrumentation, movement, whole-school assemblies and performances. Music classes incorporate independent singing through rounds, small-group instruction, and vocal ostinati.




Performance opportunities:
Grades 4/5 Chorus
Grades 4/5 Band
Lower School chamber ensembles
Private Music Program recitals

Woodworking

The woodshop experience in the Lower School progressively builds a widening set of skills and the satisfaction that comes from crafting long-term projects. Students take on more challenging work as they gain greater familiarity with an array of tools and techniques.

Meet Our Arts Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Mr. Kevin Coakley 

    Director of Arts
    Lake Forest College - B.A.
    1993
  • Mr. H. Duane "Duane" Claussen 

    Dedham Country Day School
    Music Teacher, Lower and Middle School Bands
    Wayne State College - BFAE
    Harvard University - M.Ed.
    Wayne State College - BFAE
    Harvard University - M.Ed.
    2000
  • Mr. Gerard "Gerry" Clifford 

    Woodworking Teacher
    Boston College - B.A.
    1989
  • Caroline Scheibe 

    2018
  • Ms. Elisa Sidoli 

    Drama, Middle School Arts, Director of Secondary School Counseling
    University of London - B.A.
    University of Wales - M.A.
    Harvard Graduate School of Education - M.Ed.
    1998
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