St. Cassian School
190 Lorraine Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
973 746 1636



Pre K through 8

About Us
Our School
Visual and Performing Arts
MIAD Electives
Nurturing Our Students

Visual and Performing Arts

The visual arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of art media, the basic elements of art and design as well as various artists and art history.  In the elementary grades, experiences are provided through drawing, watercolor, water-based paint, clay and a variety of mixed media.  In the middle grades, a deeper understanding of art concepts and the artists is developed while exploring drawing, painting, sculpting, graphic design and photography.

The choral music curriculum develops the skills to enhance voice quality in kindergarten through eighth grade students, while exploring folk and liturgical music.  In addition, seventh and eighth grade students learn bells and, as a bell choir, perform at concerts, special events and Mass.  All students sing at the school’s monthly liturgical celebrations as well as the Christmas and Spring Concerts.

For one period weekly, the musical theate r curriculum provides students experience with musical theory, singing, movement and performance.  All students experience performing musical theater productions every year.  The winter production features the kindergarten through fourth graders and the spring production casts the fifth through eighth graders.

In addition to the arts curriculum, students benefit through interactions with visiting professional artists.  All third through fifth graders, for example, participate in a three-year program with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  Students also have the opportunity to join extracurricular school activities, such as:

  • Instrumental Music
  • Band
  • Bell Ensemble
  • Ballet
  • Jazz Dance