Lower School Music
Lower School students (Grades 1-3) begin learning to read music notation including rhythms, pitches by letter name and solfege, harmony, and style, dynamic, and tempo markings. Students gain experience playing various percussion instruments including drums and xylophones, and recorder in 3rd grade. They practice these skills as they prepare to lead worship in chapel services as well as various performances: Grandparents Day and Christmas Lessons and Carols as well as a musical, complete with costumes, instruments, soloists, and acting. Students also practice conducting, composition, dance, choreography, and game skills as they learn various American and world folk songs, patriotic songs, and dances and games. Each school year culminates with Musical May: a unit in which students view a uniquely American genre--the musical.