The goals of the music program are to provide the opportunity for every child to learn the basic skills of singing and reading music, to develop song repertoire, and to broaden listening skills. Once a week, every child meets with the music teacher for a period of thirty to fifty minutes for musical activities that include listening, singing, performing, moving, reading and creating. Through these activities, the students learn concepts dealing with the major elements of music which are rhythm, melody, form and harmony, tone, color, style and expressive qualities. In third grade, students are introduced to the "recorder" as an adjunct to the music reading program.
When students reach the third grade, they have the opportunity to study a string instrument. At the fourth grade level, they may begin instruction on suitable band or orchestra instruments. Group instrumental lessons are scheduled for thirty minutes once a week and rotate from week to week so that the same subject is not missed in the regular classroom. During the second semester students are invited to join a string orchestra and/or band that meets before school for forty minutes each week. In this setting, students are provided with the opportunity to further develop performance skills.
Students are provided with a variety of performing opportunities. All elementary schools provide three music performance organizations: string orchestra, beginning band and choral club. These groups rehearse before school once each week. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to rehearsals.
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