Music Curriculum Overview
Comprehensive music education in Allendale Public Schools has been designed for the purpose of awakening and refining the aesthetic sensitivities of all children. The program develops music skills, understanding and attitudes that will enable students to enjoy a richer life through the appreciation of and participation in musical experiences, and provides all children with opportunities to pursue their interests and talents.
Classroom lessons provide a conceptual understanding of the basic properties of melody, harmony, rhythm and dynamics, thereby helping students to become proficient in singing and playing instruments. There is a sequential plan of learning experiences that meets the needs of all children so they can experience the musical growth needed to provide them with a means of self-expression. At Hillside School, each grade participates in intellectually and age appropriate activities, learning folksongs and dances, as well as basic music theory. Writing and literacy are regularly incorporated in the music classroom at all grade levels.
Music is as much a part of our present culture as it is a part of our cultural heritage. Children must feel as well as think: they must create as well as discover and learn. We must help them to cultivate sensitivity to the world of sound, form, and color, just as we must enable them to acquire the intellectual and academic tools of thought. A well-balanced elementary music program provides a basis for later music appreciation and participation, both in school and as an adult.
Music is an academic discipline which has a language of its own: therefore, music is an essential part of the balanced curriculum. The discipline learned in music ensemble experience transfers and supports classroom learning in all areas. In particular, this discipline provides continuity of learning in areas such as spatial relationships, sequencing, critical thinking, language development and creative expression.
The development of musicianship is the goal of the program as well as the recognition of individual and special needs of children. The ultimate aim is to enrich the lives of children – academically, aesthetically, socially and personally. For all students, music can be a catalyst toward the maximum development for individual potential.