The Girls’ School of Austin: Visual Arts and Music

The Girls’ School of Austin: Visual Arts and Music


[Opening music] [“Wow, these are great. And you’re learning
a lot about color.”] Nancy Hoover: Emotionally, Art is expression.
And for young women and girls to be able to express themselves in a non-verbal manner,
to show the world what they’re seeing inside through their artwork, through their bold
colors and lines and images that they have crafted, is a tremendous release and stabilizer
in getting to be a teenager and going on to high school. Brianna, Alumna: I came here having no experience
with any instruments and within the first couple of weeks of school I was already playing
two or three-page sheets of piano. Lisa Schmitt, Head of School: The Girls’
School has a thriving Arts Program, both the visual and the performing arts, especially
music. All students take Fine Arts twice a week and also take a musical instrument three
times a week. [Musical instruments playing] Lisa Schmitt: We believe that the Arts – in
addition to allowing children to express themselves – the Arts are a serious discipline and
allow students to develop their forces of focus, concentration, attention to detail,
fine motor skills, and in the case, of course, of the Music Program, also teamwork. Nancy Hoover: Girls at the Girls’ School
are free to be themselves, are free to express themselves, to be the unique person that they’re
meant to be without anybody getting in the way. And I think that’s so true when you
watch them graduate and you see the little girl who came in as a very shy, non-talkative
person goes out as someone who is saying, “Hey, world, I’m here. I am me. I’m
from the Girls’ School. Look out!” [End]

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