Arts & Music
From two years old through 8th grade, students are deeply engaged in the visual arts, music and movement to communicate their observations, ideas and knowledge of classroom studies.
Movement and music making is a part of nearly every school day. In lower school students are introduced to music theory through the study and practice of rhythm, musical vocabulary and hands-on exploration of various concepts. Our students' first performance at Stevens is the 1st and 2nd grade concert. In the choral program, which begins in 3rd grade, students deepen their understanding of the elements and styles of music and learn to use their voices as an instruments. In 4th grade, students continue chorus and begin recorder lessons, preparing them for the instrumental program in 5th grade.
The study of a classical instrument (violin, viola, cello, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, saxophone or flute) is required of all 5th and 6th graders. Students take individual and small group lessons in their chosen instrument and learn to play as part of a larger ensemble of either woodwinds or strings, and also take classes in music appreciation, theory and composition.
In 7th and 8th grade, students choose between participating in our instrumental program or our chorus class. Students who choose to partake in the instrumental program continue to receive small-group instructional lessons once per week and practice with their larger orchestra group once a week. Students who choose the chorus option will have a chorus class once per week and an independent work period with their humanities teacher in lieu of the instrument lessons. Parents and families look forward to the Stevens Spring Concert, an annual event that highlights the musical progress and talents of 3rd-8th graders from the Hoboken and Newport campuses in one showcase. 7th and 8th graders also have the option of continuing their study of music in an advanced ensemble program.
When you walk the halls at Stevens Cooperative School, you will find an abundance of artwork in multiple mediums prominently displayed. The visual arts are connected to so many academic disciplines studied by our students. PreK/K students create wire sculptures inspired by illustrations in Shel Silverstein books they read, while 6th grade students extend the study of the Middle Ages by learning how to authentically craft a work of stained glass. During their time at Stevens, students experiment with a rich array of artistic mediums including 3D printers, painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, papermaking, woodworking, clay arts, fiber arts and the digital arts.
Stevens' art department has teamed up with Artsonia.com to showcase Stevens students’ artwork on the Internet. Artsonia is the world’s largest online art museum with millions of works by students in over 100 countries. To view artwork by Stevens students, click here and browse our school gallery.