Music learning begins with listening, and as children develop motor and visual tracking skills, they are ready to develop music literacy. We experience music through body and voice, adding instruments as an extension of these. We plan lessons based on ongoing assessment as students participate in music activities: singing, dancing, and playing. Activities are adapted for individual differences, including cultural diversity, English language learning, and students with special needs.
Music instruction prepares students to be musical in three ways: to have tunes in their heads and be able to sing those tunes, to feel the pulse of music, and to be moved emotionally by music. Children who learn to be musical in these ways before they leave elementary school will grow to be adults who can benefit from what music can offer.