Studies have indicated that music education may help students to perform better academically. At The Village School, we offer violin, choral, Orff and Rhythmic studies classes during the early grades of elementary school. During 4th Grade students spend a Quarter in Choir, Band, Orchestra and Drama, so that in Middle School they may choose choose whether they wish to deepen their study of their voice in the choir, a wind or percussion instrument in the band, or a stringed instrument in the orchestra.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” -Plato
Spanning time, place and history, music has always been a vital part of the traditional ceremonies, cultural events and festivities of the world’s cultures. Music has become a cultural keystone, giving people an insight into the world’s societies that differ from one another in significant ways, but are often similar in the traditions of the Arts. In the study of music we learn the most eloquent language of human expression, discovering and defining the aspects cultures through music in intuitive and personal ways. (taken from TMEA.org)
The goals for a student in music education programs include:
Musical Fluency in the standard Literature and Repertoire of Music, as well as the abstract language of music.
Develop the individual students understanding of the Cultural Aesthetic and Value of Music throughout world cultures and traditions
Develop students understanding of the elements of Music through rigorous study, participation in performance ensembles and active listening.
Learning to apply acquired knowledge and skills in the work and vocation of life after school.
The Village School Music Department faculty uses TEKS to form the basis of all Music Education on Campus, focussed in ensemble based performance classes and developed through the use of the Juilliard Creative Classroom our students will explore the following Strands and Standards of Arts Education in Music:
Perception - The initial tools of Musical Arts Education: Vocabulary, elements, concepts, and music principles.
Creative Expression and Performance - The “making of music” which encompasses active participation with and exploration of “Musical Repertoire and Literature”, performance (Solo or in groups), reading and writing music during the creative and interpretive process as composer and performer.
Historical and Cultural Aesthetic and Heritage - The connections to various societies, cultures, heritage and time periods made through music performance, academic study and active participation give students insight into the events, cultural highlights and influences of composers, their creations and the ability to preserve both composer intent and cultural interpretation of music studied.
Reflection and Response - Criteria and Markschemes developed of the course of studies and assessment help students learn to confidently and credibly compare, contrast, synthesize and evaluate personal, cultural and traditional works of music.
All students at The Village School interact with music throughout their educational career, and dependent on their interest and level of expertise, many participate in After School Music offerings as well.
Music in the Elementary School: Music in the Elementary school is varied and encompasses many musical skills: Vocal, Violin, Rhythm and Voice. Students actively participate in Music Education 4 times per week and have opportunities to participate in specialized after school classes and private Music Lessons.
4th grade Rotation: Students in the 4th grade - that most important transition year between elementary and Middle School - participate in a year long rotation of Music Education. Each student in the 4th Grade will spend a quarter in: String Ensemble, Choir, Drama and either Wood- Wind, Brass or Percussion Sectionals
Middle School Music:
5th Grade: Students choose to either join the Band (Winds, Percussion), String Orchestra or Choir
Middle School Ensembles (6th-8th Grade):
Students in the 6th-8th grades will have the opportunity to take various ensemble based performance classes including: Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Choir and “Team Time” class periods which include our Show Choir, Percussion ensembles and Spirit Band.
High School Music:
Students in the High School have opportunity to take both performance based, and academic based. Music education courses both during the school day and after school. These Fine Arts Music Classes include: Band, Choir and String Orchestra, as well as: Jazz Band, Show Choir, Full Symphonic Orchestra, Music Appreciation, Music Composition, IB Diploma Program in Music (1 & 2), Soundwave Percussion Theatre, Percussion Ensemble and Marching/Stand Band