Lower School Music at TVS is full of laughter and joy and a vital part of the arts experience at Trinity Valley School! We sing, move and play every single day. Our youngest Trojans come to a 20-minute music class two days a week in Pre-K and three days a week in Kindergarten. In these first two years we focus on the building blocks of music: steady beat, singing voice and opposites like loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow, beat/rhythm and speaking voice/singing voice. Beginning in 1st Grade, music class times are lengthened in time and/or frequency based on what is developmentally appropriate for the age of students.
Our curriculum is a blend of the Kodaly Method and Orff Schulwerk. Kodaly gives us a solid sequence and foundation for learning music notation and singing, while Orff allows us to apply that to instruments as well as bring in the creative elements of improvisation and creation. Our repertoire incorporates speech (poems and rhymes), singing of folk songs, folk dances and other movement activities, and instrumental music in a creative environment. We also discuss composers and their works with a composer of the week. In addition to all students do in music class, they also get to perform in grade level plays, as well as our Holiday Program for Kindergarten through 4th Grade. All of these different opportunities encourage the development of the whole child giving each one a voice and choice, as well as a place and a space to grow musically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.
Students in fifth and sixth grades have five days of music in our six-day schedule, alternating rotations with art class. Students learn rhythmic concepts, along with staff note names for instrumentalists and solfege for vocal sight-reading. Techniques for playing Orff instruments and recorders are part of the curriculum. Folk songs from different cultures are presented, as well as folk dancing and games requiring movement. Students watch and study a musical.
The Trojan Treble Clef Choir meets after school and presents three to four performances annually. These include TCU sporting events and NRH2O Music Festival.
Seventh-grade students rotate between choir, creative dramatics, and visual art, spending six weeks in each rotation per semester. As eighth graders, students elect to study two of our three fine arts courses for 18 weeks each.
Students in grades nine through 12 may choose choir as a fine arts elective. The Upper School choir is all about the joy of singing and music making. The choir studies a wide repertoire of music, ranging from pop to classics, and performs in venues ranging from coffeehouse/cabarets to festivals, all-state competitions, and traditional concerts.
TVS Music is an individual lessons program where students Grades K-12 can choose to study violin, viola, cello, bass, or piano. 30-minute lessons take place once per week at TVS, primarily during the school day, with some before and after school lessons as scheduling allows.
The Lower School Orchestra provides an introduction to orchestral playing for Lower School students. The Lower School Orchestra is open to students Grades K-4 playing violin, viola, cello, or bass. In the Lower School Orchestra, students learn and improve their skill of reading music, counting rhythms, playing together as a cohesive group, and ultimately the art and appreciation of orchestral musicianship. The earlier students start this amazing orchestral journey, the better!
The TVS Orchestra’s mission is to provide experience in orchestral playing and increased knowledge in the orchestral repertoire. The TVS Orchestra is open to students Grades 5-12 playing string, woodwind, brass, or percussion, with one or more years of playing experience on their instrument. In addition to rehearsals, students will perform multiple concerts per academic year, with the possibility of off-campus community outreach concerts as well. TVS strongly encourages and supports participation in extracurricular activities such as TPSMEA All-State Orchestra, All-Region Orchestra, and North High School Region Orchestra.
Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass), Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
Optional Course Credit Available for US Students
Grace Kimbrough Moreno
Strings Instructor & Orchestral Program Coordinator