Lower Merion has long been known for its outstanding fine arts, music and theater programs. A full range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities are available to students
The study of art provides students with new ways of seeing themselves and the world. In the supportive, respectful environment of Lower Merion's art classes, students are encouraged to express their ideas and come to understand the visions of their classmates and of professional artists. They are taught the language of aesthetics and how to think critically about the art that surrounds them. They also learn and practice the process of creation and engage in the many decisions that lead to a work of art.
A team of experienced and dedicated art teachers deliver a rich and varied art curriculum. Students acquire technical skills, a broad knowledge of materials and media and the discipline and dedication necessary to complete complex projects. Students have the opportunity to explore their interests and continue their studies by taking a sequenced series of art courses in the media that appeal to them.
Available courses encompass studio art, art history, art and modern culture, metal arts, ceramics, photography, film and visual arts. Levels range from introductory to AP.
Lower Merion offers a variety of musical course offerings, including both performance and non-performance classes. Students participate in a number of ensembles including Chorus, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, and Orchestra. In addition to the large ensembles, students also have the opportunity to perform in smaller chamber groups including Brass Ensemble, Chorale, String Quartet, and Woodwind Quintet and in a variety of capella ensembles. Lower Merion's musical ensembles regularly receive excellent and superior ratings at adjudicated festivals. Individual student musicians are regularly chosen for participation in PMEA District, Region, and All-State Festivals.
PLAYERS is one of the largest and most popular activities at Lower Merion. It is a student-run theatre society that meets daily and produces three shows a year -- a musical, drama and comedy. Opportunities are available for thespians and non-thespians alike. Production and technical crews design lights, scenery, costumes, publicity, sound, make-up and props. Click here for more information.
Curricular opportunities include creative expression and performance, with concentrations in acting, production and theater arts (drama survey and appreciation).