Elementary Music

The Music Department believes that the role of music instruction in the schools is to provide opportunities for children to discover their innate musical abilities in a fun and collaborative classroom environment. Music-making is a human behavior across all cultures, and all students deserve the chance to find their place in the culture of music in the school community and beyond. In addition to building musicianship, studying music allows for full use of the brain and facilitates learning on many levels. Musical skills and behaviors learned in school will serve students for life.

Learn more about the benefits of music education at the National Association for Music Education website.

All elementary students in the Mamaroneck School District participate in general music classes once every 6 days. Students are actively engaged in developing musical skills and understanding music through singing, moving, creating and playing on a variety of classroom instruments. It is in these general music classes that a child’s musicality is nurtured and the process of becoming a lifelong lover of music begins.

Beginning in the 3rd grade, all elementary school students may elect to begin string instrument instruction.

Beginning in 4th grade, all elementary students may elect to begin band instruction.

Elementary students participate in choral music for one year that spans from January of fourth grade to December of fifth grade.

The music curriculum is based on the nine National Standards for Music Education, which are:

    1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
    2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
    3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
    4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
    5. Reading and notating music.
    6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
    7. Evaluating music and music performances.
    8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
    9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Elementary Music Programs

General Music

In the Mamaroneck Elementary Schools, each child in grades K-5 receives general music instruction 40 minutes per six-day cycle. At all grade levels, this program strives to meet the National Standards for Music Education. This hands-on program allows students to use their voices, bodies and rhythmic, harmonic and melodic instruments to develop their musicianship. Students participate in many activities that include singing, dancing, playing instruments, creating, exploring, composing and listening to further enhance music skills, note reading and ear training.

Students learn music fundamentals in a supportive, nurturing environment where a wide range of music is introduced to the students for listening and singing including folk, classical, pop, blues, jazz, rock, patriotic and contemporary songs. Music is a wonderfully effective means to explore multicultural traditions, world history, and languages from around the globe.

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Choral Program

Mamaroneck School District’s elementary choral program offers the opportunity for students to develop choral and performing skills while being supported by talented, creative, and dedicated teachers. Students have fun while being challenged to create beautiful choral music.

Fourth grade students are part of an all-inclusive chorus that starts in January and performs in the Spring Concert. Fifth grade students are part of an all-inclusive chorus that starts in September and performs in the Winter Concert. All students have an opportunity to join an additional 4th-5th grade select chorus that meets before/after school.

Choral program goals:

  • nurture and develop the natural singing and ensemble performing abilities of elementary students.
  • educate through the study and performance of diverse choral literature
  • develop singers’ individual self-confidence, self esteem, and pride as they achieve musical excellence
  • instill a love of music that will continue to develop long after they leave elementary school
  • give elementary students a strong foundation for participation in middle school and high school choral and performing groups


Band

The band program in the Mamaroneck School District offers all students the opportunity to learn to play a traditional band instrument. Band instruction begins in the 4th grade with the focus on development of basic playing and music reading skills. At the end of 3rd grade, students work with the band teachers to try and choose to play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Fourth grade band instruction is on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, and percussion.

There are three components in beginning band instruction during the 6-day cycle:

  • small group 30-minute lesson on their instrument - during DIP period
  • 30 minute sectional rehearsal - during DIP period
  • large full-band rehearsal - 8am before school

During lessons, sectionals and band rehearsals, the band curriculum focus on students developing a sense of tone, breath support, intonation, rhythm, harmony and articulation. The bands perform two formal concerts during the school year.

Orchestra

The orchestra program in the Mamaroneck School District offers all students the opportunity to learn to play a string orchestra instrument. String instruction begins in the 3rd grade with the focus on development of basic playing and music reading skills. At the end of 2nd grade, students work with the orchestra teachers to try one of the string instruments offered. Each interested student then chooses which string instrument is best for that individual child.
Third grade string instruction is on the following instruments: violin, viola or cello. (The string bass is offered in 4th Grade to interested students.)

There are three components in orchestra instruction during the 6-day cycle:

  • small group 30-minute lesson on their instrument - during DIP period
  • 30 minute sectional rehearsal - during DIP period
  • large full-orchestra rehearsal - 8am before school

During lessons, sectionals and orchestra rehearsals, the string curriculum focus on students developing proper hand position, bowing styles, tone quality, aural skills, intonation, instrument technique, music reading, listening skills, ensemble playing and teamwork. Within this curriculum, students can expect to perform a varied repertoire of music. Students will also learn appropriate rehearsal and concert etiquette.

The orchestra performs in two concerts during the school year with a variety of musical genres exhibited.