Students have class two days each week. Music classes give students an outlet for using and improving their musical talents. The music department seeks to build a solid foundation of music theory and skills that will give students the ability to express the passions of their heart through listening and creating music. During those classes we sing, play glockenspiels, recorders, boomwackers, hand bells, and rhythm instruments in order to practice five basic skills:
•Read music daily
•Compose short songs
•Analyze musical structures and lyrics
•Collaborate and Integrate principles
Twice a year, CDES will put on an elementary performance. The first performance is a musical done in collaboration with the theatre department. All elementary students will perform by singing, playing instruments, and or participating in the play. Students will also participate in “The Journey of Learning.” This performance showcases the skills and creations students have worked on in their various grade levels.
More of Elementary Music
Intro to Band for 5th Grade
Fifth grade students have the opportunity to try different instruments from each of the families in a concert band. Students spend 8 weeks learning each instrument after which an assessment is taken. The program gives fifth graders the opportunity to play high quality instruments and learn the basics of ensemble playing as well as make an informed decision about which instrument to pursue in middle school. Students perform once at the end of the year.
Enrichment Music Clubs
Each year, students sign up for clubs in which they can explore a topic further. Clubs change from year to year.