Fair Oaks Academy believes the arts are very important to children. Children learn to read music at an early age while learning to play the recorder. They then usually select an instrument and join the school band and, eventually, the school jazz band. Students also sing with various vocal ensembles. We offer training in fine art from an experienced professional. Our dance program is varied and may include ballroom, hip-hop and Irish dance.






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Children should have an opportunity to express themselves through visual arts and crafts. Drawing, painting, and photography have been offered at various times as well as ceramics, tile mosaics and a variety of crafts. Our fine arts teacher is a professional artist with 10 years experience teaching fine art to children and adults.

Band

Our school band performs at school shows as well as occasional community and neighborhood events. Our children learn to read music at an early age while learning to play the recorder, then select an instrument and join our band.

Dance

As the writer Anne Lamott once observed: “Dancing almost always turns out to be a good idea.” We have always had dance instruction in our curriculum. At various times over the years we have offered ballroom, ballet, tap, hip-hop, swing, contra, folk and Irish dance. 

Choir

The children learn to sing using the methods of Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly (1881-1967).  Kodaly believed that the voice is the child's first instrument and that the musical ear is best trained through singing.  Classes perform twice a year for family, friends and the community at our winter and spring shows, held locally at the lovely Davies Hall in Altadena.

Children should have an opportunity to express themselves through visual arts and crafts. Drawing, painting, and photography have been offered at various times as well as ceramics, tile mosaics and a variety of crafts. Our fine arts teacher is a professional artist with 10 years experience teaching fine art to children and adults.

Band

Our school band performs at school shows as well as occasional community and neighborhood events. Our children learn to read music at an early age while learning to play the recorder, then select an instrument and join our band.