At Burke’s, we regard visual and performing arts as subjects in their own right as well as disciplines that augment and expand what our students learn in other disciplines. The arts—individually and in combination with each other—also provide an important avenue through which we build a sense of self and a sense of community. In visual art, drama, and music, students gain confidence in concrete individual skills in creative expression, gain appreciation for the arts across history and cultures, and learn to work collaboratively with their peers.
The primary goal of the Upper School Music program is to broaden each student’s musical understanding and appreciation of the creative process both individually and collectively. Students are encouraged to participate fully, challenge their individual abilities, and strive for excellence in practice and performance.