Music

Children love music! Developing each student’s musical potential to the fullest is a focus at The Wood Acres School. Music is such a fundamental aspect of a child’s learning allowing them to be expressive, imaginative, and creative. Scientific research finds that playing music as a child leads to better listening as an adult.

Early Childhood students enjoy an experiential program to introduce songs, instruments, movement, and singing games, all in the context of stories and themes. The children develop steady beat and rhythm skills, learn to match pitch through tonal patterns, and enjoy a wide variety of musical styles. The early childhood program gives students a wonderful foundation for future musical endeavors.

 

Grammar School students experience music through singing, reading, writing, moving, listening and performing. Students learn how to read and write simple songs and melodies, create harmony and timbre through singing, games and composition, as well as being exposed to a wide variety of music. Students are also exposed to instruments from various cultures, which allow them to experience music in many different ways, as well as participating in listening activities that enable them to broaden their musical literacy. Students are given the opportunity to learn a wide variety of musical instruments- rhythm band, recorder and guitar to name a few- leading to band instruction in fifth and sixth grades.

 

Upper School students “strike up the band” with formal instruction on instruments. Fifth grade students choose an instrument and learn the basics of performing in a Beginning Band. Students perform two concerts while learning scales, passing off of songs, and playing as an ensemble. Sixth Grade students have the opportunity to be part of the Wood Acres Concert Band while Seventh and Eigth graders make up the elective Advanced Concert Band.  The Wood Acres Concert and Advanced Concert Bands learn higher level concepts of composers, styles, performing, and playing in tune and as a group. These bands perform a Winter Pops Concert and a large Spring Music in the Park Concert. With rehearsals two times each week, the program brings a higher level of learning to the young musician’s brain. 

Chrome Ensemble Club is an optional vocal club which meets once a week after school foe interested students. The Chrome Ensemble sings age-appropriate pop and modern musical literature. Performing is an essential aspect of singing that builds confidence and character.