Music Instruction

Students are invited to speak, move, sing and play instruments in the playful exploration of musical ideas and creative processes.

Music Program Objectives

The classroom music experiences at PRM are based on the Orff Schulwerk approach. Students are invited to speak, move, sing and play instruments in the playful exploration of musical ideas. Gradually, students show creative possibilities and ideas themselves. These experiences enable students to develop understanding of the musical dimensions of rhythm, pitch, timbre, texture, form and other expressive elements.

By Grade Level

3-6 level students — Are introduced to music through musical games and movement. They develop some basic skills in matching pitch and distinguishing between rhythm and beat. Icons are used to represent beat, rhythm and melodic direction. A variety of classroom percussion instruments are used to demonstrate concepts and develop an awareness of musical elements.

6-9 level students — Use some of their acquired knowledge to begin to improvise on a variety of instruments using correct playing techniques. At this stage, the students are introduced to xylophones, piano keyboards, and glockenspiels to develop their sense of pitch and melody and to continue to explore the elements of music. Students are also introduced to notation and begin to read simple rhythmic patterns as well as melodic patterns.

9-12 level students— Learn about composers, historical periods, and the importance of music in different societies. Students begin to play more complex pieces on the xylophones and glockenspiels. They improvise in different keys with more melodic pieces. They continue to develop note-reading skills with long phrases and songs. At this stage, students can evaluate and analyze music and performances.

Special Activities

  • Afterschool choir ages 6-9
  • Afterschool choir ages 9-12
  • Holiday choir concert
  • Winter musical by audition Kindergarten performance in April Band for ages 9-12 during the school day