The Arts play an integral role in life at Carlisle School. Our students participate in a rich, varied arts curriculum, starting at age three. Music and stage performances begin in preschool, continuing through Lower School. Students in Upper School can choose from extensive arts offerings – from music and dance to theatre and visual arts.
Beginning in third grade all students learn to read sheet music and play the Recorder. Strings Class is offered as an elective for grades K through 12th. The band is offered as an after-school program for students in grades 3rd through 12th where they can learn to play woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.
Additionally, faculty and community musicians offer private voice, piano, strings, and wind instrument lessons weekly on the Carlisle campus. Lessons are available before, during, or after school to fit the student’s schedule.
Carlisle boasts one of the most successful choral programs in the area. Our students regularly perform on our stages and in the community. They have also performed as far away as Dollywood, Toronto, Disney World, and Carnegie Hall.
Carlisle is one of the few schools in North America that offers a rigorous and exceptional dance program. Students in Lower School take a Creative Movement class each week, and students can enroll in an after-school dance program for an additional fee. Lessons in social dancing for boys and girls are also offered as part of Carlisle’s annual Cotillion Program.
At every grade level, Carlisle students participate in dramatic and musical productions, gaining poise, confidence, and a lasting appreciation for the performing arts. Whether on stage, in the lighting booth, or in a supporting role backstage, everyone has the chance to contribute to the performing arts.
Students in all grades explore their inner creativity through a wide variety of art media at Carlisle School. See our 2020 Virtual Art Show!