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Music & Art
Music classes in the Primary Program include singing, listening, hand percussion instruments, Montessori bells, Kodaly hand signs, and movement activities. The goal is to train the ear and provide basic musical concepts before progressing to the elementary level. Exposure to different styles of music and sounds of various instruments is part of listening activities. Performances at our winter program, Earth Day, and the year-end celebration develop a sense of community through ensemble experience. Our music director visits each classroom twice weekly. Lessons and activities that include songs and rhythm are integrated daily by classroom teachers.
The elementary child is ready to acquire music-reading skills to visualize the organization of sound through rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics and expression. Continuing the basic concepts developed through ear training in the early years, using music vocabulary, and expanding the child’s awareness of history, style and culture are important aspects at the elementary level. Practical application of the basic concepts through Orff methods includes singing, listening, movement, playing recorders, xylophones and hand percussion instruments. In addition to the winter program, Earth Day, and year-end celebration, an annual Variety Show provides the individual child with a platform for self-expression. The overall goal is to prepare our students for further music study if they so choose, by giving them positive experiences during their time at our school.
Students in the Escuela Elementary Art Program engage in imaginative, creative experiences ranging from art making to visiting galleries; from studying artists to participating in gallery exhibitions and creating public artworks; from integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (S.T.E.A.M.) work to curating their own student art shows. Young artists work individually and collaboratively, exploring various media as they express their understanding of the world around them and their individual imaginations. Students have the opportunity to mentor younger peers, work with experts on special projects, participate in creative partnerships with local high school student artists, and participate in relevant creative goings out.
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Escuela del Sol Montessori is a school for life! From 18 months through Jr. High, this school is a community that fosters a lifetime of learning. At Escuela, academic excellence is paired with personal and social development. The faculty is comprised of individuals whose education, experience and dedication make them uniquely qualified to be the guides and mentors our students need.
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The First Fully Accredited Montessori School in N.M.
Escuela del Sol is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education in the country and by the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). Our Early Childhood programs are licensed through the State’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and we are members of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA).
Escuela is located on 7th street and Mountain in the Northern corner of Albuquerque’s Downtown. Our campus stretches the historic city block that housed the Harwood Girls School. In the last two decades we have steadily expanded and invested in our home to include community resources like the Harwood Art Center, a custom primary school building designed with the help of Escuela 5-year-olds, and and a BIG plan to continue investing in the property and our community over the coming years.
Escuela del Sol Montessori was founded in 1968 in Albuquerque as a parent co-op. Our founding parents sought a school where education enabled their children to be three key things: happy, healthy and well prepared for their future. Parents were – and remain today – an integral part of Escuela’s vision and a focus in our day-to-day service to children and to the community.