Musical & Performing Arts
“The study of music contributes in important ways to the quality of a person’s life. Every musical work is a product of its time and place, although some works transcend their original settings and continue to appeal to humans through their timeless and universal attraction. The future adult life of every student is enriched by the skills, knowledge and habits acquired in the study of music.” (National Standards for Arts Education )
The Musical and Performing Arts program at CES strives to establish an understanding and appreciation for music through choral and instrumental music to help students discover self-expression, creativity and skill. In order to meet our objective of graduating students with proficiency and appreciation of music, the CES music program is divided into four parts, with activities and repertoire appropriate for each grade level.
a) The language of music: Understanding musical concepts and terms, reading music, writing rhythms, and using music notation in the Finale Print Music computer program.
b) Performance opportunities: Singing a varied repertoire in class and at the Preschool Santa Sing-Along, Grandparents and Special Friends Day Program, Christmas Program, Preschool Spring Sing and in the Lower School and Middle School Spring Musicals.
c) Instrumental instruction: Chimes, Orff instruments and string instruments (see below)
d) Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
e) Project integration with other curricula.
f) Optional Orchestra Program: Students in Grades 2-8 are invited to take lessons, beginner through advanced levels, in violin, viola, cello and bass during the school day in addition to the regular music classes. Orchestra students perform in ensembles a number of times during the school year.