Music

Music is an essential part of education at Meadow Wood Elementary.  Our program supports the district’s music mission: “to successfully engage students in quality music experiences that nurture life-long involvement in music so that they gain a better understanding of self, sensitivity toward others and appreciation for the world in which they live.”

Weekly music instruction is available to all children in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade at Meadow Wood Elementary. The music curriculum is child-centered, emphasizing the love and enjoyment of music through beautiful singing and instrumental application. It is through direct music-making experiences that a basic understanding of musical concepts and musical skills are introduced and developed. 

The development of skills and music literacy is approached through a variety of materials and approaches, including the Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk Concept of Music Education. These approaches include rhythmic and singing games, rhymes, instrumental activities, manipulatives, listening experiences, movement, seasonal, classical, and folk music from around the world.

 

Fourth Grade Program

Performance is an important part of the music curriculum and “Nutcracker” is a Fourth Grade tradition on the Meadow Wood Stage.  Each year parents and teachers collaborate to make this beautiful production happen, complete with song, dance, drama, costumes, and set pieces.

“Nutcracker” is adapted from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Peter I. Tchaikovsky and “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A Hoffman.

 

Fifth Grade Recorder Program

In Fifth Grade Music Class, note reading is emphasized through the study of the wind instrument called the recorder. Research has shown that learning to play a musical instrument is “brain friendly” and enhances learning in all areas.

Computer Technology

Computer technology also forms a part of our curriculum in which we interact with compositional and educational software and applications that support musical concepts learned in the classroom.  Two of these programs currently being used are Music Ace and Garage Band.

We take pride in our music program and our school.  Every student learns to sing the MWE school song by the time they leave 5th grade.

 

The Meadow Wood School Song:

Oh, Meadow Wood we sing your praise,

Hand in hand our voices raise,

To be the best that we can be,

Like Eagle flying free.

 

Soaring high, Soaring far,

Reaching for the highest star.

To be the best that we can be,

Like Eagles flying free


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