Music

All students at the K-8 school enjoy musical instruction each week. Students in grades K-2 play the soprano glockenspiel, percussion instruments, the keyboard and practice a variety of vocal technique while students in grades 3-4 alternate between the recorder, the keyboard and voice. According to music teacher Lynn McArthur,we now have one of the best equipped music programs in the North Bay area for any K-8 school.

Presentation boasts 23 full-size Yamaha keyboards, 23 wooden ukuleles and 11 glockenspiels and drums.

 

KINDERGARDEN
  • Practice listening and singing skills.
  • Distinguish between dynamics and tempo.
  • Study rhythm through work with un-pitched instruments.
  • Engage in steady beat activities through dance and body percussion.
  • Play simple melodies on the glockenspiels by ear.
  • Learn rounds.
  • Learn sacred music for liturgies.
  • Perform songs with actions at Chrismas show and the spring musical.
  • Interact in Sing-a-Story program with the SF Opera (Hansel and Gretel).
FIRST GRADE
  • Study beginning vocal technique.
  • Work in barred instrument ensemble.
  • Improvise both vocally and instrumentally.
  • Study melodic contours.
  • Learn rounds.
  • Body percussion.
  • Become familiar with Symbol/Sound introduction.
  • Learn multi-cultural folk music.
  • Become familiar with music notation on the Yamaha keyboards.
  • Learn sacred music for liturgies.
  • Perform songs with actions at Chrismas show and the spring musical.
  • Interact in Sing-a-Story program with the SF Opera (Magic Flute).
 
SECOND GRADE
  • Practice vocal technique.
  • Work in barred instrument ensemble.
  • Improvise both vocally and instrumentally.
  • Study melodic contours and musical patterns.
  • Learn multi-cultural folk music and dances.
  • Become familiar with note values and melodic direction.
  • Learn rounds and partner songs and partner work using body percussion.
  • Perform songs with actions at Chrismas show and the spring musical.
  • Interact in Sing-a-Story program with the SF Opera (Cinderella).
THIRD GRADE
  • Practice vocal technique.
  • Improvise both vocally and instrumentally.
  • Become familiar with note values and rests.
  • Create lyrics and dances.
  • Learn rounds and partner songs.
  • Learn multi-cultural music Chrismas show.
  • Perform songs with actions at the spring musical.
  • Community outreach (ex: Christmas caroling)
  • Learn to play the Soprano recorder (Recorder Karate).
 
FOURTH GRADE
  • Refine vocal technique.
  • Play the soprano recorder.
  • Recorder Jazz
  • Become familiar with the note values and rests.
  • Create lyrics and dance.
  • Learn composers through musical stories.
  • Sing songs with multi-cultural emphasis.
  • Community outreach (ex: Christmas caroling).
  • Perform songs with actions at Christmas show and the spring musical.