Music Program

At WFS we don’t just teach music, we teach children how to create, problem-solve, collaborate and make connections.

The music classroom is a place where every student is a creator, performer, and critical thinker. As creators, students utilize a variety of instruments including guitars, ukuleles, marimbas, drums, boomwhackers, maracas, and more, to embody and reinforce musical concepts learned in the classroom. 

As performers, we use instruments and our voices to perform during every class in preparation for our school-wide performances. Throughout the year, every performance is an opportunity for students to collaborate across each grade and create something memorable as a community. 

Scholarly findings have proven that music instruction for children directly correlates with developmental growth and academic achievement. Therefore, we focus on developing the whole student’s mind, brain, and body in order to equip them with the tools to learn and thrive at music, science, history, reading and writing. 

Preschool Music

Our youngest musicians focus on bringing music into the world of imagination and creativity. By integrating singing and movement, imitation and improvisation, students are able to naturally build their musicianship skills for a lifetime of music learning. We focus on coordination and brain development through techniques such as crossing-the-midline of our bodies, which develops neurological connections, coordination, and thinking skills. 

Primary School Music

The Kindergarten through 2nd grade curriculum focuses on experiencing and understanding music. Through a focus on movement and singing, students are exposed to many musical ideas and naturally develop a strong foundation. In Primary School, students are now developmentally equipped to hone their auditory skills. Students identify key aspects of tone, pattern, and pitch that will build a foundation in listening skills and music theory. 
 

Lower School Music

Elementary school continues to build off the primary school curriculum as students are exposed to songs, games, and activities that strengthen vocal, aural, and music theory skills. Students are diving into rhythm, musical notation and technique through singing and instruments. 

In the fall, students participate in Lower School Choir. Students begin learning the basics of proper vocal technique including posture, breathing and phonating, through a variety of songs and vocal exercises. The Lower School Choir performs at the Thanksgiving Gathering in the fall season. 

Students study either the dulcimer, recorder or ukulele in the spring. The music theory and concepts practiced in the fall are identified and transferred to these instruments. 

Middle School Music

Our multi-age music classes provide advantages such as leadership opportunities, academic opportunities, and a child-led learning environment. This curriculum is designed around the individuals in the classroom. A personalized learning environment is important in motivating and creating a thriving music experience for students. 

In the fall, students participate in Middle School Choir. Choir focuses on building a foundation in proper vocal technique including posture, breathing, articulation, and proper vocal track placement. Students experience a variety of music, learning music history and theory during this program. 

In the spring, students will experience a rotation of instruments, changing each year. Together we will learn the skills and music theory necessary to play the guitar, drums and marimba. 

Our students graduate with a strong foundation in music theory and musicianship, in addition to a broader, more creative perspective on learning and creating. 

2021 Final Assembly
Individual Class Music Presentations

PreSchool
Rig-A-Jig-Jig
Directed by Mrs. Durdin, Ms. Olsen, and Miss Luz
Music by Ms. Fielding
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PreK & K
This Little Light of Mine
Art Curated by Mrs. Marrazzo
Music by Ms. Fielding
1st Grade
Sulla Rulla
Music by Ms. Fielding
2nd Grade
They Are the Penguins
Directed by Mrs. Yearly
Music by Ms. Fielding
3rd & 4th Grades
Tinga Layo
Music by Ms. Fielding
5th & 6th Grades
Shake Those 'Simmons Down
Music by Ms. Fielding
7th Grade
Stand By Me
Music by Ms. Fielding
8th Grade
Lean on Me
Directed by Mrs. Parry
Music by Ms. Fielding
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