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:
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
Grade 2: Rhythmic Literacy
Grades 3-5 Reading and writing standard musical notation-treble clef
Focus on the approach of American composer Aaron Copeland: "What to Listen for in Music" apply to classical, folk and world musics.
Creative dramatics and dramatic play; consideration of the elements of characterization, projection, timing, stage orientation and blocking.