Music Notes


Music Education at Somerdale Park School
“If music be the food of love, sing and play on.” – William Shakespeare

Opportunities in the Music Department

General Music Classes

  • Provided to Grades K-5 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
  • Chorus
  • 85 singers from grades 5-8.
  • Rehearsal – one period per week on a rotation schedule.
  • Junior Chorus
  • 75 singers from grades 3-4.
  • Rehearsal – one period per week.
  • Select Small Ensembles
  • At the discretion of the Director
  • Rehearsal – after school as needed.

Instrumental

  • Concert Band
  • 45 players from grades 5-8.
  • Band Rehearsal – one period per week.
  • Instrument Lesson – one period per week on a rotation schedule.
  • Beginning Band
  • 25 beginning players from grades 4- 5.
  • Sectional lessons – one period per week.
  • Jazz Band
  • Select players by audition.
  • 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.
  • Higher standardized test scores and better grades in High School.
  • Pride, self-discipline, higher self-esteem, improved team work skills.
  • Active music making increases spatial-temporal reasoning, a key component in developing higher math skills.