Art is an important form of expression across the Nueva Middle School curriculum, allowing students to demonstrate understanding while building artistic skills. The arts are deeply integrated into the curriculum across the grades and disciplines.
Choice is fundamental to Nueva’s student-centered pedagogy; students have a voice in choosing where to dive deeply in many areas of their creative education. Integration combined with student choice enriches understanding as students illustrate topics and make connections in ways deeply meaningful to them. The Middle School offers many programs and elective opportunities for students to engage in a variety of artistic mediums.
We invite you to explore the ways in which the arts are intrinsically woven into the student experience.
Private Music Instruction
In addition to classroom music and choral instruction, Nueva students can participate in our outstanding instrumental-music program. Nationally recognized professional musicians from around the Bay Area offer individual instruction on many musical instruments and disciplines, including violin, piano, guitar, flute, drums, voice, and electric bass.
Menuhin-Dowling Music Program
Originally established by Helen Dowling and Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the Menuhin-Dowling program is an exemplary, performance-oriented music program open to instrumental and vocal music students in grades 1–8. The program encourages students to deepen musical knowledge across disciplines, including theory, practice, and performance. Menuhin students make a significant commitment to the study of their instruments, receiving two lessons per week and performing on a regular basis with a focus on great master composers' music.