The study of music at the Intermediate School level is critical for the development of musical aptitude and achievement in music. This program is designed to offer a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based music education to all students in grades three through five. General Music classes meet two times per week. Beginning in grade four, students are provided with the opportunity to expand their musical involvement by joining Chorus. In fifth grade they can choose to participate in Chorus, Band and Orchestra.
GRADE 3 GENERAL MUSIC-
Third grade students will be exposed to a variety of musical styles including, but not limited to, American folk songs, Patriotic music, and world music. They will learn basic rhythms and sight-singing skills. They will learn to sing in tune and play classroom instruments. Students in third grade will begin recorder in the Spring.
GRADE 4 GENERAL MUSIC-
Fourth grade students will continue on their musical journey advancing to more complex rhythms and songs. Students will be required to listen to and analyze different genres of music in the classroom. In January, students will continue with the recorder and begin a more comprehensive recorder unit. They will draw upon the musical skills that they have learned up to this point to become independent recorder players.
FOURTH GRADE CHORUS is open to all students in the fourth grade. Fourth grade chorus is the first performing ensemble in the Intermediate School. Students will perform music with a moderate level of difficulty, including, but not limited to rounds, canons, two-part music, classical music, art music and spirituals. CHORUS MEETS BEFORE SCHOOL ON THURSDAY MORNINGS AT 7:45.
GRADE 5 GENERAL MUSIC-
Fifth grade students will begin a more advanced level of study in music. Students will be required to sing in tune, sight-read simple melodies, listen to and analyze musical forms and write their own musical compositions. Fifth grade students will read and perform music in different meters, keys and tonalities.
FIFTH GRADE CHORUS is a non-auditioned performing ensemble that builds on the foundation set in the fourth grade. Chorus is open to all fifth graders regardless of whether or not they have performed with the fourth grade chorus. Students will perform music with a higher level of difficulty, including, but not limited to rounds, canons, two-part music, classical music, art music and spirituals, CHORUS MEETS BEFORE SCHOOL ON THURSDAY MORNINGS AT 7:45.
BAND is open to all fifth graders who sign up to play a band instrument at the beginning of the year. Students will begin the year with small group lessons and advance to full band rehearsals in January. IN JANUARY, BAND MEETS BEFORE SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY MORNINGS AT 7:45.
ORCHESTRA is open to all fifth graders who sing up to play a stringed instrument at the beginning of the year. Students will begin the year with small group lessons and advance to full orchestra rehearsals in January. IN JANUARY, ORCHESTRA MEETS BEFORE SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY MORNINGS AT 7:45.