All fifth grade students not enrolled in band will participate in the Arts rotation, which includes a quarter-long daily class in music. This group focuses on the origin of music, from an interpersonal perspective. We learn about rhythm, beginning with the rhythm of our own bodies. We develop musical reflection skills by keeping music journals and the quarter culminates in the creation of original instruments in the “recycled rhythm project” and our first compositions using Garage Band loops in our iPad music lab.
Our middle school students study a wide range of music genres that include a cross-cultural curriculum by Opera America, Music and Social Justice course and Advanced Performing Arts class in conjunction with the theater department. Through these courses, which are taught over several grade levels, students delve into storytelling, playwriting, music composition, singing and acting.
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