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.