Arts & Music

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The Arts and Music

The Art Program offered at Sea Pines Montessori Academy covers numerous styles and genres of art. Students are exposed to a multitude of mediums, artists and art history. In keeping with the beliefs of the Montessori classroom, students are encouraged to explore the creative process and experience. 

The Preprimary students have “art studios” set up in their classroom and may choose Art freely during the morning.

The Primary students are offered art on open air art porches attached to their classrooms. Students enjoy field trip opportunities as well as art gallery and community art participation.

In the Elementary and Middle School levels, the students enjoy weekly group art instruction in the Studio of the Arts. Students also enjoy open Studio hours for individual work as well as field trips for artist and gallery exposure. Community art participation is encouraged.

  • The Art Porch
    The Art Porch

Music: Suzuki Violin & Piano

Krista SchaussRetired Teacher

The music program at SPMA is absolutely wonderful. Young children are given the opportunity to devleop music compentence by experiencing the music, "hands on". This environment allows a student to keep a beat, dance, sing with their voice, and develop confidence. 

Group Music

Students in Grade 1 and above are offered opportunities to participate in group music instruction. Lead by a gifted musician, students are able to participate in rock band during which they learn to produce beautiful music using voice, percussion, guitar and piano.

Students in Rock Band perform for the student body at times throughout the year.


Every year students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 participate in a school musical. They are involved in with all aspects of the production, including set design and construction and costume creation.

The musical provides students with the opportunity to develop their public speaking and theatrical skills.


In addition to piano and violin, students are able to pursue studies in guitar. Through small group instruction, students learn through both ear training and note reading methods.

Arts & Music Faculty

Kalen Wolf Arts Educator at hilton head private school
Art Educator

Ms. Wolfe is the Art Educator at Sea Pines Montessori Academy. She is dedicated to helping students appreciate the creativity of others.

Kalen wants students to develop an appreciation and understanding of how Art reflects and impacts life and individuals. In addition to helping students create art, she teaches students to respond to art in a responsible, respectful manner.

Her qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art
  • Master of Art, Phoenix University
  • Trained to help students answer the essential Questions of Artist: Envision, Correct, Observe, Expressive Spirit, Develop Craft, Stretch & Explore, Engage & Persist, and Reflect
  • Ongoing training in Professional Development, Arts Organization, Continuing Education, Art Workshops and Classes

Kalen is passionate about Art. She believes the arts help children learn to say what cannot be said and that the arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience discover what we are capable of feeling.

Dean St Hillaire
Guitar Instructor

Dean St. Hillaire is a music teacher at SPMA and dedicated to seeing more children involved in the arts.

Passionate about teaching music to kids, Dean is also a very successful local musician and works with some of the area’s top artists.  Dean teaches guitar instruction (individual and group) to the students.  Additionally, he helps with the school musical.

He is a graduate of Greenville Secondary School.

Katherine De Freitas Sea Pines Montessori Music Teacher
Suzuki Piano Teacher

Katherine G. De Freitas is the Music and Suzuki Piano Teacher at Sea Pines Montessori Academy. She is dedicated to enriching every child with a love and appreciation of music.

Her qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications, Minor in Music, Ohio University
  • Certified Music Together teacher
  • Certified Montessori Para-Professional
  • Suzuki Association of Americas (SAA) certified through Suzuki Piano Book

Katherine loves to sing, dance, and play all types of music. She enjoys the quality time with SPMA students and is passionate about teaching music.

With a child who attends SPMA and one who will as soon as she’s old enough, family and quality education are Katherine’s priorities.

Joy Krimm music teacher sea pines hilton head private school
Music Teacher, Suzuki Violin Instructor, & Enrichment Coordinator

Mrs. Krimm is the General Music Teacher & Enrichment Coordinator for Sea Pines Montessori Academy. In addition, she teaches Suzuki Violin. Joy is dedicated to fostering musical growth and appreciation for the arts in her students.

Her qualifications include:

  • Master of Music in viola performance, University of Hartford
  • Bachelor of Music in viola performance, East Carolina University
  • Completion of Suzuki Violin long-term training for Violin Books 1A-10, East Carolina University
  • Music Together teacher training

Personally, Mrs. Krimm enjoys baking, cooking, crafting, and dancing. She is also passionate about music history.