All students in grades 3-5 attend general music throughout the school year. Since the lifelong study of music is encouraged for all students, both as an active participant and for personal enjoyment, the basic philosophy behind our general music program is to develop an appreciation of music through understanding.
During class time, students are actively engaged in a variety of activities designed to help develop their singing voice, tonal and rhythmic abilities, listening skills, and overall music literacy. All instruction and assessments are directly reflective of the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and the goals of the district.
Optional Music Performance Programs
Chorus: The Choral program is a before-school program that rehearses twice a week and runs for the entire school year. It is available to all students in grades 3, 4 and 5. No audition is required. All members participate in a variety of performances including the winter and spring elementary school concerts. If a child is interested in participating in more than one group, the rehearsal schedule is designed so they may be in both chorus and band or orchestra without conflict.
Strings: The Strings program is available for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Students may select from the following instruments: violin, viola, cello or double bass. These instruments may be started in grades 4 or 5, as well. Each week, students are given one 40 minute small group lesson. Every string student participates in the winter and spring elementary school concerts. In addition to the group lessons, students in Silver Strings (2nd year students) have one before-school rehearsal per week and students in Gold Strings (3rd year students) have two before-school rehearsals per week.
Band: The Band program is available for students in grades 4 and 5. Students receive one 40 minute small group lesson each week. Students may select from the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone or percussion. Every band student participates in the winter and spring elementary school concerts. In addition to group lessons, students in the Concert Band (2nd year students) have two before-school rehearsals per week.