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In performing arts courses, instructors emphasize active participation by all students in the creative process. Solving problems creatively involves more than the acquisition of certain fundamental skills. It demands analysis and synthesis and calls upon all the senses to think, feel, act, and evaluate. Students are encouraged to seek personal, innovative responses to assignments and to build on a basic understanding of the processes involved.

Harpeth Hall believes that the arts are an integral component of education. Studies in the arts develop the intellectual skills of perceptual awareness, critical analysis, and creative problem-solving. Arts courses convey knowledge and meaning not learned through the study of other subjects. At the same time, they refine and reinforce other basic educational skills. In many ways, arts courses closely duplicate the complexities of adult life, where there are seldom clear-cut choices or verifiable truths.

In performing arts courses, instructors emphasize active participation by all students in the creative process. Solving problems creatively involves more than the acquisition of certain fundamental skills. It demands analysis and synthesis and calls upon all the senses to think, feel, act, and evaluate. Students are encouraged to seek personal, innovative responses to assignments and to build on a basic understanding of the processes involved.

The performing arts program at Harpeth Hall encompasses a variety of disciplines: drama, choral, and instrumental music. One full credit in fine arts is required for graduation. This requirement can be met by taking a full year fine arts class or by a combination of semester courses. A student is encouraged to pursue intermediate and advanced level courses to the extent that she is interested. Arts courses at all levels are rigorous and demanding and are graded as such.

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