Philosophy of Music EducationTop of Page

The Woodside School Music Department philosophy of music education is centered on the idea that music helps to foster a well-rounded and whole person – an individual who is intellectual, social, and emotional. While students participate in music they have the rare opportunity to be simultaneously engaged in math, science, language, and art. Music engages the whole brain and engages the whole person. 

Students in a music class learn responsibility, teamwork, and leadership. They are responsible for their instruments and learning their music. They must be cooperative members of a team in order to create an audible art. They must sometimes be role models for less motivated students who have not carried out their own responsibilities. They begin understanding the role they each play as individuals who form a cohesive whole.

Participation in music allows students to cultivate themselves aesthetically and emotionally. They can be educated critics, having constructive opinions about music. They can be imaginative, having a soundtrack to a movie in their minds.  They can be emotionally moved, feeling excited one minute and sad the next. Most importantly, students can do these things without ever being wrong. Our hope for your children is that music is a joyful and fun experience in which the students learn a positive way to communicate and express themselves. 

Music TK GradeTop of Page

Singing and play rhythm instruments will be used as our as our primary vehicle for beginning our musical journey, students will play and sing a variety of songs in various keys, time signatures, and genres (including folk music, multi-cultural and classical styles) with a purpose of gaining musical skills, such as singing in-tune and keeping the beat, that is appropriate for their knowledge base. Students will have opportunities to explore their creative musicianship on rhythm instruments. Self-expression (speaking, playing, and moving) and life skills such as teamwork, respect, and responsibility will be emphasized during each class meeting.

Music Kindergarten GradeTop of Page

Singing and play rhythm instruments will be used as our as our primary vehicle for beginning our musical journey, students will play and sing a variety of songs in various keys, time signatures, and genres (including folk music, multi-cultural and classical styles) with a purpose of gaining accuracy in reading and understanding music that is appropriate for their knowledge base. We will focus on beat/rhythm and singing in-tune.  Students will begin to improvise and compose music of their own. They will continue to learn about how music is a part of the world around them including how it has evolved from the past and will continue to change in the future. All students will explore cross-curricula ideas including literacy, history, drama, art, and dance. Self-expression (speaking, playing, and moving) and life skills such as teamwork, respect, and responsibility will be emphasized during each class meeting.

Music 1st GradeTop of Page

Singing and play rhythm instruments will be used as our as our primary vehicle for continuing our musical journey, students will play and sing a variety of songs in various keys, time signatures, and genres (including folk music, multi-cultural and classical styles) with a purpose of gaining accuracy in reading and understanding music that is appropriate for their knowledge base. We will build upon their beat/rhythm and in-tune singing skills.  Students will begin to improvise and compose music of their own. They will continue to learn about how music is a part of the world around them including how it has evolved from the past and will continue to change in the future. All students will explore cross-curricula ideas including literacy, history, drama, art, and dance. Self-expression (speaking, playing, and moving) and life skills such as teamwork, respect, and responsibility will be emphasized during each class meeting.

Music 2nd GradeTop of Page

Singing and play rhythm instruments will be used as our as our primary vehicle for continuing our musical journey, students will play and sing a variety of songs in various keys, time signatures, and genres (including folk music, multi-cultural and classical styles) with a purpose of gaining accuracy in reading and understanding music that is appropriate for their knowledge base. We will explore more complex rhythms and expand our vocal repertoire. Students will begin to improvise and compose music of their own. They will continue to learn about how music is a part of the world around them including how it has evolved from the past and will continue to change in the future. All students will explore cross-curricula ideas including literacy, history, drama, art, and dance. Self-expression (speaking, playing, and moving) and life skills such as teamwork, respect, and responsibility will be emphasized during each class meeting.

Music 3rd GradeTop of Page

Using the harmonica as our as our primary vehicle for continuing our musical journey, students will play and sing a variety of songs in various keys, time signatures, and genres (including folk music, multi-cultural and classical styles) with a purpose of gaining accuracy in reading and understanding music that is appropriate for their knowledge base. Students will begin to improvise and compose music of their own. The third graders will explore musical dramas (ie Peter and the Wolf) and how music helps tell stories and folk dances from around the world to prepare for May Day. Students will continue to sing and explore rhythm instruments. They will continue to learn about how music is a part of the world around them including how it has evolved from the past and will continue to change in the future. All students will explore cross-curricula ideas including literacy, history, drama, art, and dance. Self-expression (speaking, playing, and moving) and life skills such as teamwork, respect, and responsibility will be emphasized during each class meeting.

Music 4th GradeTop of Page

Students will begin their 4th grade year doing a mini-musical or musical revue with Dr. D’Ambrosio that will allow them to practice their musical skills as well as participate in theatre. When the musical is complete, the students will begin seeing Mrs. Hoss and use the recorder as the primary vehicle for continuing our musical journey. Students will play and sing a variety of songs in various keys, time signatures, and genres (including folk music, classical, and jazz) with a purpose of gaining accuracy in reading and understanding music that is appropriate for their knowledge base. Students will begin to improvise and compose music of their own. Students will be asked to talk about music using musical vocabulary. They will continue to learn about how music is a part of the world around them including how it has evolved from the past and will continue to change in the future. All students will explore cross-curricula ideas including literacy, history, drama, art, and dance. Self-expression (speaking, playing, and moving) and life skills such as teamwork, respect, and responsibility will be emphasized during each class meeting.

2nd - 4th Choir (Woodside Whistlers)Top of Page

In an ensemble setting, students will practice the specific techniques relevant to singing. Time will be spent on posture and position, listening for the accurate pitches, and good tone. They will do this while learning music from a varied repertoire – classical style, folk songs and multi-cultural. Students will expand their knowledge and comprehension of music and improving on reading notation, recognizing patterns, and listening for cues. Students will also be asked to participate in active listening exercises wherein they analyze or form an opinion on what they hear. They will discuss the role music plays in the many aspects of their lives and the world around them. Teamwork, respect and responsibility are key personal characteristics for success in music while having fun and spreading the joy of music to others. 

Music 5th GradeTop of Page

In 5th grade students have the wonderful opportunity to learn a band or instrument while furthering their music skills. 5th grade students will meet in two groups – woodwinds and brass. During the class meetings students will learn to play an instrument with correct posture and (physical) technique. They will practice music with accurate pitch and rhythm. They will continue to develop their musical vocabulary – understanding both the written and symbolic language and being able to demonstrate with accuracy. Students will be asked to respond to musical (aural) cues in an ensemble setting as well as respond to non-verbal cues of the conductor. The music that students will be exposed to will represent various time periods and cultures including (but not limited to) folk music, classical, and jazz. Students will be asked to listen to, discuss, and form opinions on this music. They will gain understanding about how music is a part of the world around them including how it has evolved from the past and will continue to change in the future. Life skills that will be focused on include responsibility and respect for their instrument and each other, discipline in practicing and rehearsing, and perseverance during a challenge.

5th-8th Choir (Chamber Singers)Top of Page

In an ensemble setting, students will practice the specific techniques relevant to singing. Time will be spent on posture and position, listening for the accurate pitches, and good tone. They will do this while learning music from a varied repertoire – classical and romantic styles, folk songs, multi-cultural, and popular music. Students will expand their knowledge and comprehension of music and improving on reading notation, recognizing patterns, and listening for cues. Students will also be asked to participate in active listening exercises wherein they analyze or form an opinion on what they hear. They will discuss the role music plays in the many aspects of their lives and the world around them. Teamwork, respect and responsibility are key personal characteristics for success in music while having fun and spreading the joy of music to others.