Art & Music

The Fine Arts program at Eagle Hill is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an appreciation for and understanding of music and art.

Students take art and music classes weekly. Their teachers attend art and music with their classes to help students understand how the music and art curriculum can be integrated with the academic studies. For example, a study of rhythm in music can be related to the study of poetry in writing classes.

In addition to these weekly classes, students are also exposed to other fine arts such as drama and dance through our Afternoon Activities Program.



The Visual Arts Program offers an innovative and challenging curriculum that guides and helps students explore and learn about art and design. The art curriculum at EHS follows the National Art Education Standards. The elements and principles of art and design are at the core of the Visual Arts curriculum.

Each student’s creative expression is encouraged and students are offered experiences with a variety of two and three-dimensional art materials and techniques.

Many famous artists and designers are also studied to develop a broad understanding of art and design.

Upper School: Examples of Lessons and Mediums

  • Line and Observational Drawing/Free Expression/Drawing in Perspective
  • Collage
  • Painting
  • Papier-mâché
  • Sculpture
  • Design
  • Color Theory
  • Watercolor Techniques
  • Printmaking
  • Building with Clay (Ceramics)
  • Oil Pastel/Chalk/Markers/Colored Pencils
  • Acrylic and Tempera Painting (mixing paints, tints, and tones)
  • Art History (Artist, Designers, Culture)

Lower School: Examples of Lessons and Mediums

  • Line and Observational Drawing/Free Expression/Drawing in Perspective
  • Paper Cutting and Collage
  • Papier-mâché
  • Primary and Secondary Colors (painting and/or collage)
  • Watercolor Introduction (increases in difficulty with ability levels)
  • Building with Clay (Ceramics)
  • Painted Paper (mixing paint and experimenting with textures)
  • Oil pastel/Crayon/Chalk/Markers/Colored Pencils
  • Creating Art with Shapes
  • Papier-mâché
  • Printmaking
  • Tempera Painting
  • Art History (Artist, Designers, Cultures)

The Music Program at Eagle Hill stimulates an interest in and appreciation for music.

By listening to musical pieces from a variety of genres and time periods, students are able to learn about musical history as well as the orchestra, families of instruments, etc. Developing an understanding of rhythm and melody is accomplished through age appropriate use of sing and dance-alongs, use of percussion instruments and Orf instruments, and learning how to read music. Many students discover a previously untapped talent for playing music while others find enjoyment in the hands-on learning provided in music class.

All students emerge from the music class with an enhanced understanding of the elements and styles of musical expression.


Eagle Hill also has a choir program that is comprised of approx. 40-50 Upper and Lower School students. The choir practices during call-back periods and performs two full concerts each year on campus at Eagle Hill, as well as at other special events.



  • Enrolling students grades K–8
  • Total enrollment: 260
  • Head of School: Jim Heus
  • Number of teaching faculty: 75
  • Student to teacher ratio: average of 4:1
  • Founded in 1975
  • The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has selected Eagle Hill as a School of Excellence nine years in a row.
  • Eagle Hill is accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Education.
Accredited by the CT Association of Independent Schools