The Arts

Research tells us that music and art are the foundation of thinking and expression. Experiences in the arts enrich us spiritually and emotionally for a lifetime.

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill, reports Fran Smith in the publication Edutopica. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.

When EMS was founded in 1917, music education was listed as a primary goal. Today, our students develop an appreciation for the arts, learn skills and techniques, and explore interests in class, extracurriculars, on site and away from the school building.


Elementary music program includes: 

  • Strings (in Spanish), grade 1, twice per week
  • Twice weekly music classes, K-5
  • Weekly choir, grades 3-5
  • Weekly K-5 Gathering include singing
  • Two K-5 programs per year include singing, instruments and dance

Middle and high school music program includes:

  • More than 50% of students 6-12 play an instrument at school
  • Instrument exploration required, grade 6
  • High school guitar
  • 7th grade choir
  • Jazz band and ensemble
  • Junior choir, grades 8-10
  • Senior choir, grades  11-12
  • Auditioned Touring Choir and Chamber Singers with biannual international travel
  • Student-led a capella groups and worship  band
  • Musical theater productions
  • Orchestra and Band
  • Digital recording class
  • AV operator training


Visual arts

In the visual arts, we offer two-dimensional and three-dimensional art education including drawing, painting, sculpting, ceramic pottery, printmaking and both digital and analog photography.