Music Notes


Music Education at Somerdale Park School

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono

Opportunities in the Music Department

General Music Classes

  • Provided to Grades K-6 with emphasis on rhythmic and melodic music literacy and exposure to major styles, composers and eras of music.
  • Performance Ensembles – many students both sing and play an instrument!

Vocal

  • Gold Clefs (7th and 8th Grade by try-out only). Rehearsal – one period per week
  • Gold Choir (5th through 8th Grade). Rehearsal – one period per week
  • Blue Choir (3rd and 4th Grade). Rehearsal – one period per week
  • Vocal Sectionals – one period per week on a rotating schedule
  • Performance Requirements: Two evening Music Concerts per school year
  • Evening Concert – mandatory participation required by all ensemble members
  • Dress Rehearsal – mandatory participation the day of the performance

 

Instrumental

  • Concert Band – Rehearsal – one period per week
  • Beginning Band – Rehearsal – one period per week
  • Instrument Lessons – one period per week on a rotating schedule
  • Jazz Band – Rehearsal – after school one day a week
  • Performance Requirements: Two evening Music Concerts per school year
  • Evening Concert – mandatory participation required by all ensemble members
  • Dress Rehearsal – mandatory participation the day of the performance

Benefits of a Student’s joining Park School Choruses and Band

  • Positive impact on developmental skills including speech and language, memory and attention, and the ability to convey emotions.
  • Improved brain function. Stronger reading skills, increased math abilities and enhanced spatial intelligence.
  • Pride, self-discipline, higher self-esteem, improved teamwork skills.
  • Active music making increases spatial-temporal reasoning, a key component in developing higher math skills.