Classroom Music

In classroom music, students experience music through:

  1. moving

  2. singing

  3. playing classroom instruments

  4. reading and writing music notation

  5. improvising

  6. creating

  7. history/culture

  8. integration of learning

Classroom Music: Elementary 

Students attend one 40-minute music class per 5-day cycle in grades 1-4.

Schools that offer a full-day kindergaten also include music class for these students.

Further music exposure is provided through special programs and assemblies held throughout the year.

All skills in the National Standards of Music are addressed through the various components of the general music classes. 

Classroom Music   EAMS 5-6

Students at EAMS 5-6 have music for 30 consecutive school days a year.

In these classes, students are taught:

·      Music reading skills – including  knowledge of rhythmic values and identification of note letter names.

·      Instrument playing skills – on bells, hand chimes, drums, etc.

·      Listening skills – to enhance further music vocabulary and explore new styles and composers 

Classroom Music EAMS 7-8

7th Grade Music

Students will learn to read, and write standard musical notation in both the treble and bass clef, and play the keyboard independently with good posture, good playing position, accurate rhythms and a steady beat. The students will perform for the class, evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their own performance and show appreciation and support of their peers’ performances. The class is self-paced therefore individual needs will be met for students within all musical levels. Students will use standard notation to write, record and orchestrate original compositions within specified guidelines, demonstrating how elements of music are used to achieve unity and variety, tension and release, and balance.  The students will use electronic media to compose after learning how to analyze the form of music representing diverse genres and cultures.


8th Grade general music

This course is an exploratory overview of American Musical Theater.  During their seven weeks in this class students will:

  1. Analyze and classify musical theater genre

  2. Read, analyze and compare scripts

  3. Create, direct, perform and mount simple musical skits

  4. Coorelate stage technology with a script

  5. Coorelate theater, music and dance

  6. Evaluate personal performances and the performances of others


For further information and a complete listing of music courses in the EASD, please see the Course Offerings page.