Kindergarten - 4th Grade
Insrumental and Vocal music instruction at Sion is infused with the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education and guided by the National Music Standards. Our faculty use Orff-Schulwerk to focus on the developmental stages of each child and combining music, movement, drama, and speech into weekly music instruction. The love of music is gained through experiencial learning as rhythmic and musical concepts are introduced at a basic level in the primary grades and revisited each year with different materials and repertoire.
Students are exposed to a variety of musical instruments including pitched and unpitched percussion such as xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, hand drums, guiros, shakers, and bells. The recorder is also used in the 3rd and 4th grade level as a tool for learning and reading music. Curriculum objectives include: singing alone and with others, playing instruments alone and with others, improvising music with singing and playing instruments alone and with others, composing and arranging music, reading and notating music, listening and analyzing music performances.