The Lower School music program is designed to encourage children’s natural enthusiasm for music. For many children, this is their first experience with any type of structured music class. Students learn to recognize and demonstrate the basic musical elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, tempo, dynamics, timbre, and form. Through singing, moving, playing instruments, creating music, and guided listening, children discover and develop their musical abilities. Students begin to learn how to read and write music in preparation for learning to play the recorder in third grade and are exposed to different styles of music from different genres and composers through listening as well as music activities. Performance opportunities for students are available in the community and in our school concerts, but our focus is developing the fundamental skills and understandings of music.