Fine Arts studies have flourished here at the Oldham since the Fall of 2004 when our Art and Music departments each received their own dedicated classrooms. (Prior to the 2004-2005 school year both Art and Music subjects were taught essentially off of rolling carts that were wheeled around the school into the regular classrooms.)
The Oldham's Fine Arts teachers are an integral part of Norwood's Fine Arts teaching staff and as such some of their responsibilities extend well beyond the walls of Oldham school.
Art is taught to all grades at the Oldham School by Mrs. Orphanos.
Here are some pictures art projects from this year
General Music is taught to grades 1-5 at the Oldham School by Mrs. Chambers. All students have two half hour music class each week in the music room.
Specific music lessons taught include Orff (percussion instruments and movement), Kodaly (vocal) and Delcroze (movement) methodologies.
The spring is a very busy time for the General Music class. Some special performances occur for grades 1,3 and 5. Grade 1 performs for Grandparents Day. Grade 3 performs a recorder concert at the Coakley Middle School and grade 5 performs a children's musical at the Savage Center Theatre. Music reaches all children at all of their learning and development levels.
Ms. Swardlick is our band instrument instructor at the Oldham School. Band is offered to students in grades 4 and 5 on a pullout basis with practices usually taking place on the school's stage.
The fourth grade band this year has 26 students. We are currently preparing for our Spring Concert which takes place in May. The students are working very hard to prepare 4 pieces of music for this concert.
The fifth grade band this year has 21 Students. They are also currently preparing for the spring concert in May. Seven of these students: Liam K., Jackie B., Samantha M., Kelsey C., Sam T., Gerry P., and Kenny M. are also in the Fifth Grade Honor Band and preparing to go to the MICCA State Festival on April 1st. More information on the Fifth Grade Honor Band can be found on the version3.norwoodpma.org.