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Performing Arts

From theatre to dance and orchestra to band.

Lower School

Woodward students playing violins


Fourth through sixth graders may choose to study violin, viola, cello, and bass at beginning and intermediate levels. Classes meet three times weekly and cover the rudiments of music—recognizing notes, reading rhythms, and making a proper tone on the instrument. Students also work on ensemble skills, such as performing with proper blend, balance, and intonation. With students beginning intensive study at the Lower School, our music program is one of the reasons Woodward is among the best Georgia private schools with performing arts.

Prescilla Chang

Teacher - Orchestra

Orchestra Groups

Honors String Orchestra

Experienced players in fourth through sixth grades may audition for Honors String Orchestra. The group meets after school at least one afternoon per week.

Fiddle Club

Experienced fifth grade orchestra students may audition for Fiddle Club, which meets during lunch or recess one day per week, and focuses on bluegrass and folk music.


Fifth and sixth graders of any ability may choose to join Lower School band classes. Students learn to read music and play woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Bands prepare for two full ensemble performances each year, and classes meet three times weekly. Honor Band, available for sixth graders who audition, meets twice weekly during lunch period and performs a more advanced repertoire.

Woodward student playing flute

Valerie Morgan

Director of Lower School Band


Chorus classes are an option for students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Classes meet three times per week, and students perform in December and May. The performance repertoire spans time periods and represents music from diverse cultures and origins. Students receive instruction in reading music and develop good habits for healthy singing, both individually and in ensemble settings. Fifth graders learn to play handbells, which enhances rhythm and note-reading.

Woodward lower school chorus performing

Allison Englert

Teacher - 5th & 6th Grade Chorus, Ensemble & Handbell Choir Director, Teacher - 4th grade Choral Accompanist

"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." Helen Keller

Mary Lou Swann

Teacher - 4th Grade Chorus
Lower School

"I love working with children and choirs and children's choirs! My family, friends, and community are important to me. I enjoy travel, learning, reading, watching Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, and spending time with the family at the beach!"

Choral Groups

Fourth Grade Choristers

Choristers provides additional performance opportunities to students who love to sing. Fourth grade chorus students may audition for membership in the fall. Rehearsals are held twice weekly during recess, and Choristers perform twice each year.

Fifth Grade Choral Ensemble

Fifth graders may audition for Choral Ensemble in the fall. Rehearsals are held twice weekly during the lunch period, and the ensemble performs twice each year. The group has achieved high acclaim, earning consistent gold standard ratings for performances in the Southern Star Music Festival.

Sixth Grade Honor Chorus

Sixth graders may audition for the Honor Chorus. The group meets twice weekly during the lunch period and performs in December and May. Honor Chorus has been selected to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and consistently receives gold standard ratings at the Southern Star Music Festival.

Sixth Grade Handbell Choir

Sixth graders may audition for Handbell Choir, which rehearses twice weekly during recess and performs in December and May. Membership is open to all sixth graders, whether they are in band, chorus, or strings classes.
Woodward lower school dance team


Dance at the Lower School includes an introduction to ballet and modern dance, and all dance students perform in a spring concert. Students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade may opt to take dance instead of P.E. twice a week. Fifth and sixth graders may audition for Honors Dance, which meets once a week after school.

Dawn Axam

Teacher - Dance