5/6 General Music
Students take two classes of general music per week for one semester. The goal of the course is to enhance musical appreciation and literacy. The topics covered include mallet percussion, sound science, music technology, and world drumming. Students will be encouraged to perform on both homemade and classroom instruments as well as sing. Classes will be exposed to a wide variety of music from many different cultures.
7th grade Ukulele
Students take two classes of music per week for one semester. The goal of the course is to enhance musical appreciation and literacy, as well as help students hone their performance skills. Students will learn how to play the ukulele, and in doing so become familiar with reading music, musical terminology, music performance, and recording their efforts to create art projects.
8th grade Songwriting
Students take two classes of music per week for one semester. The goal of the course is to enhance musical appreciation and literacy, as well as help students hone their performance skills. The class will examine the music theory underlying pop and rock songs from the past 50 years and use what they learn to write their own music, which they will perform on classroom ukuleles, percussion instruments, and iPads.
Band is offered in two levels: beginner, which meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4:30, and advanced, which meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-4:30. Beginner students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of reading or playing music on their chosen instrument, while advanced students should have played their instrument for a year or more and be comfortable with reading music. Students can choose to learn flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or percussion. The bands perform three concerts per year at school. The advanced band travels to the Great East Festival yearly in the spring.