The objective of the Fairfield Center School's Music program is to teach, motivate and guide student's creative musical talents. Our students have the unique opportunity to experience the art of music as part of their regular academic curriculum. All our Music classes learn about music and the musical elements (pitch, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, timbre, texture and form) with an emphasis on math, science, technology, literature, art, world history, geography and social studies. Our students study musical literature, set goals, solve problems and promote self-confidence, respect, teamwork, initiative & productivity (VT standard 3.1, 3.3, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12 & 3.14, found on Personal Development section of student’s report cards).
K-5 General MusicKindergarten through Fifth Grade General Music students learn to sing, alone and with others, play classroom musical instruments, glockenspiels, metallophones, xylophones & Autoharp; they have the opportunity to learn to play World Drums, Tubanos, Djembes & a ton of West African percussion instruments, plus “Western”/”traditional” percussion instruments. Students participate in movement activities & choreography, as well, and experience performance opportunities in our Winter and Spring Concerts which are presented annually. Additionally, we try to present at least one Musical with each class during their K-5 years. We use a wide variety of repertoire, from traditional folk songs, partner songs, and more, to contemporary Pop. Reading and notating music, and music theory study, on grade level, is an important component, as well as listening, describing, and analyzing music. Students evaluate their rehearsals & critique their concert performances, which are professionally recorded. Lessons are linked to understanding the relationships between music, history, culture, art, social studies, geography, cuisine, fashion, architecture, science, mathematics, etc. Recorders are introduced and added to the curriculum in Grade 4. Fifth graders do all the above and are offered Instrumental Music lessons during the school day!
Middle School General Music
Sixth through Eighth grade General Music students learn the rudiments of playing World Drums, pitched Percussion, Guitar, and Ukulele (Common Core: Performing, National Standard 1: Singing & Standard 2: Performing). These classes continue to learn more about Music Theory focusing on reading, writing & demonstrating rhythms (National Standard 5: Reading & Notating Music), and composing music on-line using GarageBand, Noteflight software, and a variety of additional apps (Common Core: Creating and National Standard No. 4: Composing and arranging music with specified guidelines), and, (National Standard No. 3: Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments). We learn about Music History studying about composers, musicians, musical groups, their historic importance, form & style, composition techniques and beyond (Common Core: Responding & Connecting, National standard 6: listening to, analyzing and describing music; National Standard 7: Evaluating music and music performances, National Standard 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside of the arts; National Standard 9: Understanding music in relation to history and culture). Students research and compile information on their musical subject of choice, create multi-media presentations, using Google apps, among others, and share their projects with their class. All books, music, software and materials are provided in music class.
Additional resources on this website pertaining to general music can be found here.