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Performing Arts


Kindergarten - Grade 1

In addition to developing the singing and movement skills learned in Nursery and Pre-K, these children experience beginning solfege, rhythm and pitch notation, instrument playing, and improvisation and composition activities. Grade 1 gives their first musical presentation in February at the Valentines Day Sing. 

Grade 2 - Grade 5 

The performing arts curriculum is cyclical in nature, students revisit elemental concepts and experiences in each grade, continually deepening their awareness and broadening thieir skills. For each grade content areas include:

Musical Elements

Steady beat and beat sub-divisions; meter, pitch, in-tune singing; timbre; musical form

Vocal and Instrumental Skills

All Grades: Solfeggio hand signs and syllables (aids to in-tune singing), pitched and unpitched percussion,Orff xylophones, hand drums

    Grades 3-5: Soprano recorder

    Grades 4-5: Acoustic guitar and ukelele

Musical Literacy

    Grade 2:        Rhythmic Literacy 

    Grades 3-5     Reading and writing standard musical notation-treble clef

Music Appreciation 

Focus on the approach of American composer Aaron Copeland: "What to Listen for in Music" apply to classical, folk and world musics.

Theatrical Skills 

Creative dramatics and dramatic play; consideration of the elements of characterization, projection, timing, stage orientation and blocking. 

 



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