Academics

The Arts

Visual Arts

In the art studio at Mason Prep, students are presented with all the benefits of a traditional visual arts curriculum via lessons that allow them to fully empower their own learning. In the Mason Prep art studio, students find a safe space for free expression and self-discovery during a busy week of rigorous academics.

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  • Creating Confident Thinkers

    Skill and technique development, project planning and execution, and observation and analysis of artworks in the studio all play a large role across Mason Prep’s varying disciplines to create confident, innovative, independent thinkers. 
  • Cultivating a Student's Artistic Style

    Drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, and sculpture allow for exploration of a wide range of art materials, and focused studies of important artists’ work offer global perspectives on both new and familiar subjects. Starting in Kindergarten, students embark on a thorough study of color theory and the principals and elements of design as they grow and cultivate their own artistic style. 
Student art work is displayed throughout the school and works by all students, over 300 pieces, are displayed in a special art show on Awards Day and Graduation each spring.

Music

At Mason Prep, students learn how to be more expressive with music through a deeper understanding of how it works. Our music program fosters a love and understanding of music to produce lifelong music appreciators.

All students participate in activities structured around the standards of the National Association for Music Education: creating, performing, and responding. The students are also inspired to see how music connects with other subjects outside of the arts. Each of these standards requires solo and group performance, and our students are supported and encouraged in these areas.

Kindergarten students participate in music twice per week to develop their sense of rhythm and pitch. They explore instruments and all of the musical sounds around them. Plus, music is the place to move! First through sixth grade students meet for music once per week. Our first graders are the stars of our annual Holiday Program which features the story of Hanukkah and the Nativity. Second grade classes learn and perform a short skit with songs for our first grade classes. Third graders learn how to read musical notation in order to prep them for nine weeks of recorder study and nine weeks of xylophone study. Fourth grade music features a field trip to see the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as a conclusion to the study of all of the instruments. Fifth graders present an outstanding spring concert performance and also learn about music history, musical styles, and famous composers. In sixth grade, students become composers, learning the basics of musical expression, rhythm, melody, and harmony.

Gustav Mahler

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Mason Preparatory School is committed to the education of the whole child in preparation for secondary education through the cultivation of respect, integrity, and personal responsibility within a nurturing environment that results in a productive citizen of a global community.