Related Arts

Enriching Related Arts Classes

At Croft we strive to provide enriching experiences for our students that complement our academics.

Our related arts classes present unique academic experiences and encourage creativity. Students choose their focus. Band and Strings are year round programs. Alternatively, students may choose the Zoology, visual arts, physical education, and computer science rotation.

Band 

Band is a performance based music ensemble offered to all grade levels. Band instruments include Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophones, Trumpets, French Horns, Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas, and Percussion. In band we learn a variety of fun music. The band performs frequently for school concerts and festivals and students have an opportunity to travel in the 7th and 8th grades.

Strings Croft strings class

Strings class is a place where students come together to make music on the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. In strings, students work together to have fun while making music. Instruments are practiced at home and in class so that students are well prepared. Strings is not just about making music, but it is about developing skills including self-esteem, teamwork, and discipline, to name some skills that come with learning an instrument!

Zoology 

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love;
We will love only what we understand;
We will understand only what we are taught."
~ African Naturalist Baba Dioum

The Zoology program at Croft is a combination of Zoology and STEAM. We utilize the Engineering Design Process to look at real-world problems and to come up with real-world solutions. We have the privilege to be able to partner with the Nashville Zoo on field trips where we get behind the scenes tours as well as animal visits to the classroom to educate and learn more about our animal neighbors. We develop our skills of communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration to learn and address animal classification, habitat design, conservation, sustainability, and STEM careers.

Visual Arts 

The art classroom is full of opportunities for reflection while also forming new ideas! Students explore and refine artistic skills including: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and multimedia techniques. They are exposed to a wide range of art appreciation, art history, and art criticism while focusing on the elements and principles of art. By using this visual platform, students are better prepared to communicate concepts, work collaboratively, and think critically throughout their daily lives.

Physical Education 

Physical Education is an integral part to the development of our students. Physical Education works to develop self-esteem, self-confidence, sportsmanship, teamwork, strategizing and problem solving through a variety of activities. Physical Education provides the opportunity to introduce different physical activities, to promote healthy choices, and to offer lifetime fitness options that will hopefully continue over the span of a student’s life.

General Music 

In this classroom students will be exploring a little bit of everything in the musical world. Students will learn about important composers, and pieces. Students will be given the opportunity to listen to, and discuss diverse music from a multitude of different cultures. In addition, students will learn music theory and how that applies to their daily lives, and all types of music genres. Finally, students will be given an opportunity to learn about, and play different instruments. In this classroom we believe that music is the universal language that connects us all together.