We inspire students to create
The arts have always been an important part of education at Concordia. Engagement in the arts contributes to the development of a well-rounded person. By challenging and inspiring our students, our arts programs develop our students as creators and instill in them the belief that they have something valuable to share.
Concordia encourages students to create, perform, respond, and connect through music. This is accomplished at the elementary level through the Orff-Schulwerk approach. With this approach, students experience and learn music through a sequence that is appropriate for their age and development. Here is an example of a typical music lesson.
First, students listen to a song or chant and discover the story within the words. This might be about a train, delicious food, or an animal. Usually, there is a game or movement that matches the words. Sometimes there are different instruments to play with the song.
After exploring the song in an interactive way, students are ready to label a music skill or concept. Writing the rhythm, reading the melody, or labeling the patterns within the music are all important music skills that are practiced during the activity. Taking time to label this skill after the game allows students to label it easily because they have explored and experienced it. It is similar to learning to talk first, and then learning to read.
Elementary students attend music every three days. All students perform in school-wide performances, including a Christmas Concert and Spring Showcase.