Group Music Sessions
Every student takes part in a homeroom music session on a weekly basis. During these weekly group sessions, the students take part in activities which include playing instruments (guitar, keyboard, percussion, tone chimes and Orff), singing, listening to music, creating music, improvising, writing lyrics, producing music videos, and acting in drama exercises.
In addition to attending weekly sessions, some students benefit from individual music sessions with the therapist for additional attention in either strength or challenge areas. The classroom teachers and Division Heads refer these students to the music therapist. By attending individual music sessions, children are provided with an additional resource to both challenge and strengthen skills. Individuals referred attend a weekly 30-minute session throughout the school year. Activities in these sessions are specifically tailored to meet the needs of each individual student, and usually involve music therapy.
Students participating in auditory skills groups have the opportunity to come to the music room to participate in activities that focus on auditory perception and listening skills through the use of a computerized keyboard lab. Auditory objectives include responding to auditory stimuli, as well as sharpening auditory awareness, focus, attention, discrimination, sequencing and memory skills.
This instrumental ensemble meets once a week after school. The ensemble consists of students who show interest in developing skill on a particular instrument. This rock/pop ensemble includes keyboards, percussion, bass and electric guitars, wind instruments, and vocalists. The group performs at school and community functions.
Students who wish to take part in stage crew learn to operate sound and lighting equipment, coordinate stage props, set design and construction.