K-5 Music Program
Students in grades K-5 receive music instruction twice a week for 30 minutes. When they enter 5th grade, they also have the opportunity to join a more formal choral setting. Each elementary school has a music room and various materials for the students to use during their instruction. Students are assessed in music class just as in other subject areas. They receive their music report cards in January and at the end of the year.
Music is a unique subject area with its own system of knowledge, skills, vocabulary, and ways of thinking. Our music classes consist of different experiences in the areas of singing, playing instruments, moving, listening, reading notation, improvising, composing, and analyzing. A quality music program provides these experiences in order to develop a child’s ability to listen to music with understanding; and to create, perform, read, and write music. Some of the concepts that we explore in music K-5 include rhythm, melody, harmony, tempo, dynamics, form, styles, music history, singing, and instrumental techniques, and performing.