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Music Education at Somerdale Park School

“If music be the food of love, sing and play on.” – William Shakespeare

Opportunities in the Music Department

  • General Music Classes
    • Provided to Grades K-5 with emphasis on rhythmic and melodic music literacy and exposure to major styles, composers and eras of music.
    • Performance Ensembles – many students both sing and play an instrument!
      • Vocal
        • Chorus
          • 85 singers from grades 5-8.
          • Rehearsal – one period per week on a rotation schedule.
      • Junior Chorus
        • 75 singers from grades 3-4.
        • Rehearsal – one period per week.
      • Select Small Ensembles
        • At the discretion of the Director
        • Rehearsal – after school as needed.
  • Instrumental
    • Concert Band
      • 45 players from grades 5-8.
      • Band Rehearsal – one period per week.
      • Instrument Lesson – one period per week on a rotation schedule.
      • Beginning Band
        • 25 beginning players from grades 4- 5.
        • Sectional lessons – one period per week.
      • Jazz Band
        • Select players by audition.
        • Rehearsal – after school one day a week.
        • Performance Requirements:  Two evening Music Concerts per school year
          • Evening Concert – mandatory participation required by all ensemble members.
          • Dress Rehearsal – mandatory participation the day of the performance.

 

Benefits of a Student’s joining Park School Choruses and Band

  • Positive impact on developmental skills including speech and language, memory and attention, and the ability to convey emotions.
  • Improved brain function.  Stronger reading skills, increased math abilities and enhanced spatial intelligence.
  • Higher standardized test scores and better grades in High School.
  • Pride, self-discipline, higher self-esteem, improved team work skills.
  • Active music making increases spatial-temporal reasoning, a key component in developing higher math skills.
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