Music Education in the Elementary Schools
Each child in kindergarten through sixth grade experiences a 30-minute music class twice every six days.
In music class, children are exposed to a variety of activities designed to broaden musical experiences and develop musical skills. Listening activities help develop the child’s perception of music. Musical response is developed through movement, rhythmic activities, singing and playing instruments. The child is also encouraged to create and organize sounds into musical patterns.
All students in fifth and sixth grades participate in chorus. Rehearsals are held once a week and two evening concerts are performed during the school year. The experience of rehearsing and performing before an audience is a valuable means of developing a true appreciation of music performance, as well as reinforcing habits of cooperation and self-discipline.
Students in intermediate grades (4-6) may elect to participate in band or orchestra. During the instrumental recruitment period in the spring, third grade students are screened for their interest and physical development. Each student accepted into the instrumental program receives a small group lesson once a week. As the performance level increases, the 4th grade students rehearse together as a band or orchestra. The 5th and 6th grade students rehearse with the band or orchestra a minimum of once a week, and perform concerts in the winter and spring.
Advanced opportunities are available to students who excel in music in 5th or 6th grades. Students may participate in the Suburban Council Music Festival, the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo and Ensemble Festivals, the North Colonie All-District Concert, grade level plays, or other performance opportunities. Students are encouraged to participate fully in the music program and work hard to achieve a high level of skill and enjoyment.