The scope of the music program gives attention to each child’s individual stage of development through movement, speaking, playing and singing. Musical instruments, such as the xylophone (with removable wooden tone bars), metallophone (with removable metal tone bars), glockenspiel (small metal bars), and many non-pitched percussion instruments (such as the hand drum and shakers) are introduced to Early Childhood (age 2) students and are used consistently through the Sixth Grade. In Fourth Grade, students are introduced to the recorder and learn to read and perform written music. This learning process continues through the Sixth Grade. Throughout all grades, children are encouraged to sing both individually and as an ensemble.
Performance plays an important role in the music program. Your child will perform often for each other, for parents, and for friends of the school. Our major performances include the Winter Program, Grandparents’ Day, and the Spring Program.
Rohan Woods Music is off to a Rockin' Start!
Upper school classes have already been issued recorders and have started playing B, A, and G!
The pulse of music or beat creates a resonance within children of natural body rhythms. It is best to experience rhythm than try to explain it at an early age. For young children (EC-SK) that could be as simple as marching to a beat and for many older students and adults you will notice feet tapping subconsciously as music is played.
We are definitely moving to a beat as we develop ways to explore rhythm in Music classes!