“Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and educated in it.”-Aristotle
Kindergarten – 2nd grade concentrate on rhythm studies, note values, musical notation, pitch, and learning the musical staff.
In 3rd grade, students begin our strings program, choosing between violin, viola, and cello. This program began in Fall 2021 and is currently offered to grades 3-5, with plans to add one grade each year as the current strings students grow.
In 5th & 6th grade, we also offer chorale, where music theory continues with key signatures, ear training, and solfège. Students are also introduced to two, three, and four part harmonies in preparation for chorale groups in middle school.
Students in 7th and 8th grade continue in Chorale building on the music fundamentals they have previously learned. During these years, we focus primarily on proper singing posture, breathing exercises and techniques, proper use of the diaphragm for vocal projection, and diction. Our repertoire is mostly composed of sacred, classical, and Latin selections, although we occasionally do some “fun” or lighter selections too.