This blog post is written by Upper School Counselor Richard Curtis, who recently led a free, six-week class on parenting for members of our community. Curtis explains why “Active Parenting of Teens” was an opportunity for parents to learn from and share with each other what works for them and what doesn’t during the teenage years.
We offer 22 courses in the arts that span music, theatrical arts and studio arts, and our program is among the strongest and most highly regarded in the region — thanks to teachers and instructors who are still very much practicing their own craft. The 30 members of adjunct music faculty, some of whom have played with Aretha Franklin and other stars, perform at marquee venues such as Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center. Our studio arts teachers routinely have their own solo exhibitions at area galleries. And our theatrical arts director is a professional actress who has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award which recognizes theatrical excellence in the D.C. area.
All students participate in music, theatrical arts and/or studio arts (specific requirements vary by division) during their Landon years, and our Bears routinely excel in competitions.
In the Lower School, you take a studio arts class, belong to a musical group (Band, Strings or Chorus), and participate on the stage or behind the scenes in the annual spring play. Our Lower School Bears display their paintings and drawings in the Lower School Art Competition, have earned superior ratings for their performances at Hershey Park’s Music in the Parks festival, and have recently performed in Honk Jr. and The Lion King Jr.
Performing and studio arts are also a required part of the Middle School curriculum. Your work could be celebrated during “MAD” (Music-Art-Drama) Day assemblies, where students perform for one another. You can also act alongside girls from Holton-Arms School in theater performances such as Once on this Island Jr. If you are more interested in studio art, you could earn accolades for your paintings in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, following in the footsteps of other Landon students.
In the Upper School, you are required to take two years of classes in the arts — studio or performing — and have the option to take more if you so choose. You can take a theatrical arts class and participate in the two Upper School plays or musicals, performed in conjunction with sister school Holton-Arms. You can join one of our outstanding musical groups, including choruses such as the Bearitones and Chamber Singers and instrumental ensembles including Jazz and Symphonic Band, which travel to competitions throughout the East Coast, including New York and Orlando. Or you can pursue a studio art: Upper School artists often exhibit their work in the school’s galleries, which host solo shows throughout the year, and excel in local and national competitions. In recent years, they have taken home prizes from the Best of the Independent Schools Art Competition and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
(Check the calendar for full details!)
The Symphonette at Landon presents Handel's Messiah and holiday music, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.
All-School Strings Concert, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
All-School Choral Concert, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
All-School Handbells Concert, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
All-School Band Concert, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Middle School presents with Holton-Arms
"James and the Giant Peach Jr."
Feb. 13 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Upper School presents with Holton-Arms "Peter and the Starcatcher," Feb. 20-21 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Upper School presents with Holton-Arms
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime"
May 8 at 7:30 p.m., May 9 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
All events are held in the Mondzac Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and there is no reserved seating. Doors open 30 minutes in advance of the performance.
Every Form II (Grade 8) student at Landon must conceive, write, and present a speech each year to the Middle School community. This capstone project, known as “This I Believe,” allows boys to not only reflect on an experience that shaped their lives, but also to learn the value of being vulnerable in front of others and the skills of persuasive writing and public speaking.