Upper School Program (Grades 6-8)

"Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.”    -Suzuki


Artistic Perception

  • Processing and responding to sensory information
  • Performing simple rhythmic and melodic patterns
  • Identifying melody, rhythm, harmony, and timbre in selected pieces of music
  • Identifying visually and aurally the four families of orchestral instruments and male and female voices

Creative Expression

  • Applying vocal and instrumental skill in performing a varied repertoire
  • Singing with accuracy in a developmentally appropriate range
  • Playing rhythmic and melodic ostianatos on classroom instruments
  • Beginning to compose, arrange, and improvise

Historical and Cultural Context

  • Identifying the uses of music in various cultures and periods in history
  • Identifying similarities and differences in musical forms around the world
  • Analyzing and assessing quality of music
  • Describing how specific musical elements affect ideas or moods