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.
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
Lower School Music
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
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
This Little Light of Mine
Art Curated by Mrs. Marrazzo
They Are the Penguins
Shake Those 'Simmons Down
Stand By Me
Lean on Me