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The music curriculum integrates a wide variety of musical activities – singing, movement and eurhythmics, dance, playing instruments, composing, improvising, performing, and listening – into an integrated comprehensive program designed to develop an understanding of what music is, how it is made, and how it expresses ideas and emotions. Throughout the grades the program provides a balance between the analytical and the creative. Our goal is to foster the artistry, creative abilities and music-making of our students as a means to nurture their conceptual awareness and musical discernment and to prepare them to be life-long artists and creators and not just consumers of music.

The music curriculum in Kindergarten through third grade melds together ideas and strategies from the formal music education approaches of Zoltan Kodály, Carl Orff, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Shinichi Suzuki and Edwin Gordon, into an integrated comprehensive program where students’ imaginations, emotions, artistry, curiosity, sense of wonder and adventure are encouraged and exercised. Individuality and creativity are valued, nurtured and confirmed. True musical learning, creative thinking and habits of mind are stimulated through a wide variety of activities that include singing, expressive movement and eurhythmics, folk dancing, playing pitched and un-pitched percussion instruments, composing, improvising and performing. There is an emphasis upon the students’ engagement in active, physical involvement at the early stages of musical learning.


As students move to the upper grades, skills learned in the earlier grades are studied in the context of larger interdisciplinary units that link the music curriculum to ongoing classroom studies. In the process students explore a wide variety of musical forms and styles: opera; jazz and the blues; the music of medieval England; the political and persuasive element of music as seen in American songs chronicling the twentieth century.

The music program at the Campus School provides numerous opportunities for students to share their accomplishments and develop confidence performing at school-wide assemblies.

Instrumental Music Program

Chorus and Instrumental Music Program

The school chorus provides an opportunity for students in grades four through six who love to sing to participate in a vocal performing ensemble. Repertoire includes 2-3 part settings of folk and art songs, selections from the Musical Theatre, and popular songs suggested by the students. Emphasis is on building skills and singing for enjoyment. The chorus performs at school assemblies, on the Smith Campus and at several area nursing homes as part of our school-wide commitment to community service.

The Instrumental Music Program at the Campus School provides an opportunity for those students who wish to extend their music instruction and experience to learn to play a wind or string instrument. The group lessons teach and reinforce skills, from beginning to advanced, in a context that supports the student's ability to work with other developing musicians and appreciate his or her own growing skills as well as the cooperative efforts of the entire group. Ensembles, ranging in size from duets to the entire orchestra, practice and perform throughout the year and can be heard at various instrumental assemblies as well as at other school gatherings.

School Play

An example of the music program in practice

Each year, fifth grade students look forward with great excitement to their participation in the fifth grade play. Each classroom, one in the fall and one in the spring, prepares and presents a musical play adapted for their unique group. Choices come from Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, literary classics and folktales. The play represents an opportunity to develop new skills, to stimulate the imagination, to dress up and pretend to be someone else, to collaborate with peers on a project of importance, and to allow students to creatively express themselves in the areas of drama, music, dance, and visual arts. Every student has a speaking part and works with classmates to develop skills in acting, singing, and movement. In addition to performing, the students assume responsibility for all the important backstage components such as set construction, managing props and costumes, program design, and serving on the stage crew.

School Play

Students find great satisfaction in their personal and group success as they undertake this very challenging project. Putting on a play requires students not only to learn lines and publicly perform but also to take risks and rely on peers. During this process students are stretched in ways not available through other mediums. They are able to see classmates and themselves from new perspectives. Finally, performing in front of a school-wide audience and then in front of families makes this a community endeavor. These words from a student sum up the feelings of many: “I wish I could do it again and again and again. I loved it absolutely, and I will never forget this experience.”

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