Music instruction emphasizes the following Tennessee state standards throughout the music curriculum – singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading, notating, listening, analyzing, evaluating, and making interdisciplinary connections with historical and cultural relationships. Music history and theory are incorporated throughout the music curriculum.
All elementary students in grades K-4 participate in a co-curricular general music class per week. The essential elements of music – rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, style, expression – are explored through multicultural music in classroom lessons, activities and assignments. Students learn how to use a variety of instruments throughout their elementary years with recorders becoming the primary focus in fourth grade.
All middle school students in grades 5-8 have a choice to participate in the co-curricular general music class and/or instrumental band program. Each student must commit to one of the two choices for an entire academic school year in order to fulfill the required music credit. If a student chooses to commit to both choices, then it is indicated on the student’s report card that he or she received an honors music credit.