Kindergarteners will learn how to sing together, sing in tune, and sing beautifully; they will learn good citizenship with our instruments; they will learn to express the music they hear through movement; they will learn to work together and then to share with their community through performances.
First and second graders will learn the basics of rhythm reading, ear training, and note reading; the songs they learn in class will often reflect the units they’re working through in their classroom; they will begin to learn about our musical heritage through masterworks and through music of other cultures; they will begin to develop ensemble skills; they will offer back what they learn through performances.
Third and Fourth graders will be applying their musicianship to more organized ensemble work, including learning to play the recorder. Music class will also often reflect the classroom units, such as the Native American unit in third grade and the trip to Sutter’s Fort in fourth grade. Musical vocabulary and appreciation will grow through more advanced listening and analysis. Class performances will become more complex and rich.
Fifth graders will be polishing off their intermediate musical education with orchestration of songs, an exploration of jazz, blues, and the birth of rock and roll, integrating music into their classroom units, and then leading the school in a celebration of Star Wars through music (May the Fourth Be With You!).
Middle Schoolers will have the opportunity to choose music and theater electives: Music History in the fall (from Ancient Greece to the Harlem Renaissance…) and Musical Theater Production in the spring (theater games, skits, short scenes, technical theater design projects and backstage, sets and costume crews for the Spring Musical Gala)