School Year 2013-2014
At Campbell School the vocal music program offers diverse opportunities for exploration, performance (vocal and instrumental), theory and music listening. All students in Pre-School through 1st grade receive music instruction twice per week for thirty minutes; students in grades two through five receive 45 minutes of instruction per week.
Through the music curriculum, students are actively engaged in activities which promote musical understanding. Early childhood education includes movement, creative play, singing, and instruments to introduce music concepts, such as steady beat, loud/soft, fast/slow, low/high and patterns. Sound production is explored through rhythm instruments and pitch in introduced by barred instruments and bell chimes. Middle and upper grade students build on the basic components of music (beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, form, etc.) through singing a variety of folk songs from the United States and around the world and playing rhythmic and melodic instruments (Orff) to accompany song material. In addition, music concepts are strengthened through games, activities, and manipulatives. Students also dance and move to music in traditional and interpretative forms, improvise and compose music, and listen to music from various style periods and cultures.
Piano instruction is an important part of the music instruction for grades two through five. Through the keyboard, the students can strengthen their note reading skills and synthesize their music knowledge into performance. In addition, the piano skills improve pitch awareness and fine motor skills.