Art and music are interwoven throughout
the curriculum in a Waldorf school in order to develop the imagination,
creativity and joy in learning. After reading, the children might
draw pictures of the story with bright beeswax crayons, metamorphosing
newly learned letters into colorful beings. They might try experimenting
with self-made music inspired by the tales, which may then become
the class play that semester.
Waldorf education is about teaching
all subjects creatively and artistically. The many new and often
challenging ideas put before students are presented in an imaginative,
rhythmic, and always cheerful way. This will emotionally engage
the student and facilitate learning.
The curriculum also gives time for
instruction in specific art skills, some unique only the Steiner
system. Beeswax modeling, Waldorf form drawing, watercolors and
various needlework arts (both boys and girls) are offered throughout
the weekly schedule.
Music specialists teach the students
once or twice a week throughout the grades, concentrating on string
and wind instruments in addition to singing. The International House
of Waldorf-Steiner students will be able to study with a lyre and
wind flutes with a trained instructor. In the upper grades the music
teachers introduce music theory and musical notation.