The Arts at Geffen Academy
Geffen Academy is built on a foundation of academic and artistic excellence. We believe that being exposed to and immersed in the arts encourages creative thinking, logical reasoning and a greater understanding of one’s own thought processes.
The Visual Arts at Geffen Academy, which includes film and video, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, metal works, animation and photography, allows students to develop the ability to think visually, explore ideas, express themselves and examine the world around them. The habits of mind and action required in the Visual Arts — which can be applied across disciplines — include a commitment to engage and persist through exceptional works, attention to craftsmanship and the use of evidence to create understanding.
We will create an environment in our classrooms and art studio that is inclusive and non-judgmental, that values curiosity and embraces rigor, and that allows students to learn from one another as much as from individual instruction. The curriculum will initially expose students to numerous mediums, with the opportunity to eventually explore a chosen medium in depth through sequential and interdisciplinary courses.
Possible Visual Arts Electives Include:
FILM & VIDEO • DRAWING • PAINTING • PRINTMAKING • SCULPTURE • CERAMICS • METAL WORKS • ANIMATION • PHOTOGRAPHY
“I think Art can help adolescents build a narrative to understand their inner and outer worlds, and mediate their experiences.”
REBECA PUGA, M.F.A., Visual Arts Department Chair
The 21st century musician is creative, flexible and versatile. Geffen Academy provides a multi-faceted music program that caters to the interests and talents of all our students, regardless of the musical genres in which they choose to perform. All music courses present students with problem-solving opportunities.
Musical study in the middle school years will be exploratory. Students will delve into musicianship through musical, analytical and social lenses. During high school, students will be immersed in advanced musical study in performing, digital music, composition and music theory.
THE FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC • INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY • REPERTOIRE DEVELOPMENT • COMPOSITION AND SONGWRITING
JUXTAPOSITIONAL GENRE STUDIES • MUSIC THEORY
INSTRUMENTAL/VOCAL PERFORMANCE • INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP COMPOSITION/ SONGWRITING • DIGITAL MUSIC-MAKING • MUSIC THEORY
The Art of Performance
Research shows that an education in the performing arts is linked to gains in academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and improvements in motivation, confidence, concentration and teamwork.
Studying the performing arts can teach students how to express themselves in profound ways. It’s also a way for them to better understand the world we live in, how society works, and what connects us to one another and makes us human. At Geffen Academy, we have deep respect for the performing arts — and we respect that our students will have strong feelings about what they’d like to study. Therefore, specific performing arts will be added to the curriculum once student interest has been determined.
“Music and the other performing arts give students an outlet to express themselves in ways that can be individual or collaborative.”
MICHAEL ALBERTSON, PH.D., Music Department Chair