Comprehensive Music Pilot Program
What is the Comprehensive Music Program?
The Comprehensive Music Program is designed to expose elementary school students to all facets of music, including singing, listening, moving, reading, writing, creating music and playing all types of instruments. This multi-faceted program gives students the opportunity to choose what areas of music they would like to explore. The overall goal of the program is to create an enjoyment and appreciation of music.
What is changing in Grade 5?
Traditionally, Grade 5 students have learned to play one band instrument. The Comprehensive Music Program continues to develop positive attitudes and skills through a more generalist approach by singing, listening, moving, reading, writing, playing all types of instruments and creating music. The goal is to inspire more students to take music in middle school.
What is currently being done in my child’s school?
At St. Martin de Porres School, students are exploring musical theatre, choral music and learning to play a variety of percussion instruments. Also, students are learning to keep a steady beat, match pitches and reading music notation. Grade 4 and 5 students are working on songs that will be in “The Chronicles of Narnia” production held this upcoming February. The rest of the school will begin preparations for the production after Christmas.
What if I still want my child taking band?
Students at these three schools will be given the opportunity to take band in middle school. The hope is that the Comprehensive Music Program will encourage more students to pursue band opportunities at the middle school, high school level and beyond.