All of the music classes at Creekside (K-6) are keeping up with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Music. At Creekside, we are particularly focused in authentic performance as we feel it builds character and confidence in our students to be the best they can be. As we keep up with the standards, a day to day look at our classes currently look like this:
The Kindergarten class is constantly learning new age appropriate songs, new rhythms and giving small performances in their class. Students have shared songs from their travels from other countries and we keep these songs in our repertoire as well.
1st and 2nd Grade classes are learning to read and write music. They are learning different rhythms (with various instruments, such as buckets, shakers and tambourines) and are learning new age appropriate songs all of the time.
3rd and 4th Grade class are learning how to play the recorder. We are using a program called, “Recorder Karate” that has each student get a different color “belt” as they learn each song (similar to that of karate). I am pleased to say many have been reaching “black belt” just within the last couple of weeks! Those students are now learning to write and perform their own songs.
The 5th Grade class has developed into its own band. We have 4 drummers, 5 guitarists, 2 violinists and the rest of the students play rhythm or various percussion instruments (shakers, tambourine, etc.). Everyone sings! We are working on traditional folk songs as well as current ones.
The 6th Grade is currently re-writing lyrics and music to a song of their choice for their upcoming performance. They are writing musical notation for the song they picked and working together to have their performance reflect who they truly are inside and show off what they can do musically on their instruments. Everyone sings!