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Elementary Music Program

The major goals of the Elementary Music Program are to have the children explore and develop musical concept in rhythm, melody, harmony, form, musicianship, spatial awareness through dance, and music reading skills.  The following vocal and instrumental programs further enhance these goals:

  • Third Grade Recorders:  All students participate in the recorder program, as it is part of the 3rd grade music curriculum.  The use of recorders reinforces hand-eye coordination, initiates the fundamentals of note reading and musicianship, and develops the discipline necessary for playing any instrument.  The recorder program affords each child the opportunity to play a musical instrument, while developing self-confidence.
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus: Fourth and fifth grade chorus is the next stepping-stone in the development of the voice.  The goals of this program are to enhance the musical knowledge learned in 3rd grade chorus, and to increase music reading skills, to develop flexibility in the vocal range, to sing in two or three part harmony, to further develop leadership skills, and to focus on the performance skills of the group and its individual members.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Festival, held in the spring, and many will be chosen to participate in the select All-District Chorus.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus has 2 rehearsals per week: one rehearsal either before or after school, and one lunch period rehearsal.  Attendance and participation at each rehearsal and each concert is a mandatory requirement for this class.

Concert Attire:  Standard concert dress is as follows for all performing groups:
Ladies: white blouse, black skirt to the knee or longer, black dress shoes
Gentlemen: white dress shirt with collar, tie, black slacks, black dress shoes

  • Instrumental Music:  Our instrumental music program is conducted in grades 4-5, consisting of instruction on instruments of the child’s choice.  Because of the number of children interested and sincere in their desire to play, we are forced to schedule lessons throughout the entire school day with band and orchestra rehearsals before school.  Participation in the instrumental music program enriches a student’s school experience.  He or she learns not only the basics of music, but also the cooperation and discipline necessary to participate in a performing group.  Many students are chosen to participate in select performing groups such as the District-wide Elementary Band and Orchestra, and the Suffolk County Music Educators County-wide Elementary Festival held each spring.

Elementary Art

Students in all grade levels will have Art once a week, and they are expected to bring a smock to each class.  They will participate in curricular art projects, which fulfill the requirements outlined by the New York State Visual Arts Learning Standards.  The lessons are inspired by various cultures, artists, and resources from historical and contemporary time periods.  Students will create art through multi-media experiences in drawing, painting, sculpture, and textiles.

Physical Education

All students attend regular physical education classes twice per week. All students also attend a grade-level Group PE class as a third weekly session. As a result, your child may have another special and PE on the same day. Comfortable attire and sneakers are required for safe and productive participation. Lessons include games, activities and skill practice aligned with both New York State and the Society of Health and Physical Educators standards. The curriculum is organized into K-2 and 3-5 concentrations. K-2 has a focus on manipulatives, movement education and body awareness. In grades 3-5, we build upon the fundamentals and expand the instruction to include traditional sports skills and lifetime activities. Group PE is a time where we are able to focus on physical fitness activities and revisit and reinforce concepts from PE classes when necessary. All grades participate in small and large group games, human formations, circus arts and field days. Each year we are able to bring in a special unit of instruction through the PTA and Arts-In-Ed. Literacy is supported in PE through the use of vocabulary words, bulletin boards, skill cue posters and reading in lessons. Grades 3-5 will also be instructed in health education for 30 minutes each week. We will discuss the dimensions of health and ways to be well!


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