Music in the lower school is a rich experience in singing varied literature, exploring new music concepts, honing Orff instrument skills and playing the recorder (through fourth grade). Grade level concerts are staged each year and often present a thematic unit of study from history or literature. These productions are age-appropriate, showcase our students’ talents and are amazingly professional. Opportunities for students to be on stage from an early age develop their confidence as public speakers or performers.
While our students are expanding their knowledge of music, they are also having a lot of fun. Our classes are very cooperative and active. Students are up out of their seats singing, participating in musical movement activities, using interactive technology or playing instruments together in pairs. Often, the sounds of music are heard in our campus courtyard as pairs of students work together practicing their instruments.
In fifth grade, solo band and string instruments are incorporated into classroom arrangements. Through activities such as creative movement, orchestrating instrumental accompaniments for original and traditional songs and reading staff notations, students develop independence in their musical pursuits, both in and out of the classroom. At all grade levels, music instruction incorporates the concepts of rhythm, melody, form and expression.
Beginning in fifth grade, students participate in the optional lower school instrumental music program. Students may choose to study any band instrument. Fifth grade band is an exciting opportunity for students to learn to play an instrument, experience a variety of musical styles and work together as an ensemble.
Instrumental music lessons are offered at Pembroke Hill through private music teachers after school. String players also have the opportunity to participate in several ensembles.