The music program at Seven Arrows is an essential and integral part of our curriculum. Music is part of virtually all community events and ceremonies, including the weekly all-school Kuyam assemblies, Global Festivals, graduation, and even athletic events.
Our music program includes a variety of instructional methods:
- The Fundamentals of Music and Theory
- Music Appreciation and History
- Vocal/Choir Training
- Recorder, Keyboard, and Dulcimer
- Orff Instrumentarium
- Drum Circle
- Music and Movement
- Sixth-Grade Band
Seven Arrows embraces the notion that musical intelligence has a positive impact on many other intelligences. Our program challenges students to develop a fundamental understanding and appreciation of music through hands-on instruction rooted in musical concepts and performance opportunities. Our goal is to inspire students to become listeners, performers, appreciators, and creators of music. Through theory-based games, rehearsals, and performances, they learn teamwork, goal setting, public speaking, responsibility, and how to use their own creativity.
Starting in kindergarten, students sing and play instruments, become aware of the basic expressive elements of music, and learn to discern variations in rhythm, tempo, and dynamics. They begin their creative work in music as they learn and perform musical pieces.
The program covers a wide range of repertoire and genres, from classical to popular music, highlighting the cultural and historical significance of music and the role it plays in societies around the globe.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade enjoy two music classes a week, and sixth-graders have one 90-minute class a week, in addition to special rehearsals and actual performance time at Kuyams and festivals.
Our sixth-graders form a band that provides choice, creativity, and autonomy within a clearly defined structure. Students in all grades look forward to this special opportunity in their last year at Seven Arrows, when they will learn invaluable lessons in teamwork, discipline, and patience as they unite to create a polished ensemble sound. The sixth-graders divide all responsibilities normally associated with a band, and they learn about band management, song writing, marketing, and promotion. The band performs several times during the year, including at Kuyams and at their graduation. Sixth-graders may choose to compose an original piece of music or to write new lyrics for an existing song.