Performing Arts

Centreville Layton offers all students from Pre-K through Upper School the opportunity to develop Performing Arts skills which will enhance and reinforce their participation in communal, creative “play”. Essential cognitive and self-regulatory functions such as attentive listening, timing, and planning, are reinforced with structured activities in music and drama. Both music and drama are used as platforms for students to express themselves, develop creative focus, and to communicate using the language of the arts.

Students explore performance traditions from other cultures, as well as their own, while being given many opportunities to invent their own synthesized forms of expression.  Students  develop the basic vocabulary for music and drama literacy through percussion, as well as exploring many other instruments, acting games, and public speaking games.  Emphasis is given to independent group learning with structured creative “workshops”, exploring natural talents, trying new and challenging things, and utilizing synesthesia between the senses, visual, auditory and emotional, to help catapult a student’s imagination.  We encourage honest, bold, creative, cooperative exploration.   Sharing creativity in peer-performance helps students associate expression, creativity and honesty as being essential elements to the development of social and artistic awareness.

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Our son learned the valuable skills of teamwork, patience and perseverance during his time at Centreville Layton as well as the academic strategies to move forward into a typical high school setting. Centreville Layton strikes a great balance of family-like warmth and discipline in a beautiful country setting.

Jan B.
Former Parent

This past year has been completely transformational for our daughter and her positive strides have been noticeable both at home and at school. She is growing into the best version of herself and her teachers at CLS have played a significant role in her progress.

Michelle L.
Middle School parent

This year, I’ve learned to understand that acceptance is greatly appreciated but difficult to find. Compared to where I came from, CLS houses some of the most accepting people that I’ve ever met. I am thankful for every little act of kindness shown towards me or even towards another student. They have not gone unnoticed.

SB
Student

We’re prepared for this because we’ve learned how to work hard, solve problems, be independent, happy, responsible and kind to all.

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Student

The support from my teachers taught me not just reading and writing, but to embrace who I am, to learn from my mistakes and grow because of them.

TL
Student