Elementary Music Program
Singing, moving, creating, and reading music are skills, not gifts, and all students can develop their individual potential and interact with the music around them. This is a critical age for music learning, and developing musical skills and understandings is what we are all about!
Every elementary student receives instruction in General Music based on the National Core Arts Standards and the New York State Learning Standards for Music. Our spiral curriculum focuses on six fundamental skill areas: singing, movement, literacy, improvisation & composition, evaluating music, and instrument playing (including xylophones, recorders in third grade, and a variety of percussion instruments).
Students attend music class once a week for 50 minutes in grades K-5 and for 35 minutes in Pre-K. Our curriculum and methods are research informed and designed to engage students in rigorous and relevant learning. We work to develop skills through active participation with an emphasis on student creativity.
All students in 4th and 5th Grade have opportunities to participate in music ensembles. Each building offers high quality choral and instrumental experiences for students in these grades. Students can receive lessons on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments (bassoon, clarinet, drums, euphonium, flute, French horn, oboe, saxophone, trombone, and tuba).
In addition, some 5th grade students will be chosen to participate in the 5th Grade District Chorus and/or the 5th Grade District Band to perform on a districtwide concert with 5th graders from all four elementary schools.