- Where do I get private music lessons?
- When does the instrumental program begin?
- What are the special audition groups at Pembroke Hill?
- Are any of your graduates continuing to study the arts in college?
- Can students focus on the arts in the upper school?
- How are the arts supported at Pembroke Hill?
- Are the arts on a par with academics and athletics at Pembroke Hill?
- How are the arts integrated into the curriculum?
- How does Pembroke Hill interact with the greater Kansas City arts community?
Private teachers associated with the UMKC Conservatory of Music provide lessons at school in a tuition-based program. Additionally, other professional music educators are provided teaching spaces in order to maintain a high-quality program of private music instruction. Fees and schedules may be arranged directly with the instructors.
The arts focus program was created for those students who will advance their talents beyond secondary education or who show substantial talent and dedication to a particular arts area. In the performing arts, students may choose to focus in one of the following areas: acting, choral music, instrumental music or debate. In the visual arts, students who demonstrate capability and dedication may make a four-year commitment that culminates with AP Studio Art Portfolio.
The Pembroke Hill School community demonstrates strong support for and approval of the fine arts programs. A highly qualified faculty, appropriate budgets and well-appointed teaching spaces speak of administrative support. An active parent booster organization, the Pembroke Hill School Arts Council, provides financial support and promotion of fine arts programs. Volunteers share talents and assistance in the classrooms.
The Pembroke Hill arts program serves as a literal and figurative focal point for creative thinking and expression on both campuses of the school. The integrated curriculum enables students to apply principles, concepts and skills learned in the arts program to their coursework in other areas, such as mathematics, languages, social studies, literature and science. Many students dedicate themselves to both athletics and arts activities.
The arts are integrated into the core curriculum through a shared approach to history, literature and languages. Examples include the second grade study of Louis and Clark that culminates in a mini-musical produced for parents, the Harlem Renaissance study in grade seven, the production of ethnic and historically-related artwork, the incorporation of world languages and indigenous instruments into music performances, and dramatic and musical literature choices aligned with literary choices in English and history classes.
The Pembroke Hill School arts students connect to Kansas City artists and arts institutions through mentor relationships arranged by arts faculty, attendance at drama and music presentations, shared or featured gallery displays, art competitions and performance opportunities in ballet, opera and stage productions. Additionally, the Pembroke Hill School performance venues have hosted performances by UMKC ensembles, the Civic Opera Theater, the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet School. The arts faculty appreciates and welcomes professional artists to work with students. The Pembroke Hill School Arts Council funds many such workshop opportunities.