Instrumental Music at River School offers students an opportunity to enhance their musical ability by providing an outlet for expression through playing instruments. Students will learn the importance of dedication, teamwork, musicianship, poise and self-worth. It’s my hope that we will create a familial atmosphere in the rehearsal classroom, which will provide students with a safe environment and allow each person to feel comfortable in sharing their innate talents with the ensemble.
Instrumental classes are divided by grade and not by skill or ability. Students of all levels in our programs will establish fundamental technique on their instrument, rhythm and note identification and will perform alone and with others. Students are expected and encouraged to practice at home and/or with a private instructor on their instrument. Students will be given opportunities to perform several times during the year.
6th Grade Band – year
7th/8th Grade Band – year
Music is: science, math, foreign language, history, physical….
all of these things, but most of all, music is art.
It speaks to our emotions, our passions and our desire to be creative. In addition, music making is a shared human endeavor that bonds us together; connecting us to one another in a communal experience. Music education is humanistic education, because as scholar David Elliott puts it, the primary values of music education are the same as those we share as humans beings (self-growth, self-knowledge, self esteem, and a desire for the optimal experience.)