The Music Program
Basic music foundation is laid. Rhythmic and instrument play and singing fill the twice weekly classes. A Kindermusik-type environment and music games are the norm.
Kindergarten – 5th Grade
The Who/What/When/Where/Why & How of Music
Who: Composers and musicians of significance.
What: Basics of melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, tone color, form, pitch, notation, and note reading.
When: Music history — eras of different genres of music. This includes music listening and identifying eras of music by the sound of music samples.
Where: The geography of different types of music – where they were formed and under what circumstances. Different cultures’ music is introduced.
Why: Why musicians of the distant and not so distant past composed and performed music. This delves into the history of oppression and challenge that plagued so many musicians and introduces the notion that music is a healthy and productive use of emotional energy.
How: Implementing the music knowledge that has been learned in the playing and singing of music.
The “who, what, when” etc are introduced in grades as outlined below. There is a continual building of knowledge and skills, and there is frequent review in order to solidify concepts, as well as to accommodate students who join KCDS mid-way through the elementary school grades.
First Grade: What/How
Second Grade: What/How/Who
Third Grade: What/How/Who/When
Fourth Grade: What/How/Who/When/Where
Fifth Grade: What/How/Who/When/Where/Why
Middle school students are given the freedom to choose from a range of music electives including: choir; band; classical guitar; campfire guitar; Music 101 and music history. Middle school students must take a minimum of 3 trimesters of music electives during their middle school years.