“Let the children be their own composers...” Carl Orff
Music is a vital and exciting part of our society, our humanity, and, therefore, Laurence School’s educational program. Using the vehicles of singing, movement, and playing, students at Laurence engage as listeners and creative participants. All students participate in school performances to varying degrees, with opportunities to perform during assemblies, grade-level performances, and all-school concerts. In addition to embracing traditional elements of music, our curriculum also explores music technology, audio recording, and contemporary musical styles.
K-3 Music Curriculum
Our Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students attend music class several times per week.
They begin studying Orff instruments, including xylophones, drums, percussion instruments, and the exciting new addition of pitched instrument tubes called Boomwhackers.
First through 2nd Grade students continue studying and composing on Orff instruments, including unpitched percussion instruments, metallaphones, glockenspiels and recorders. Our 3rd Grade students also begin learning the ukulele and enhanced ear training and musical literacy.
4-6 Music Curriculum
Fourth through 6th Grade students receive weekly musical instruction, during which they learn to read, perform, write, and record music.
They study vocal technique, acquire performance skills, and expand their knowledge of Orff and percussion instruments through in-class ensembles.
Fifth and 6th Graders extend this creativity by composing original musical works, complete with instrumentation and audio recordings.
Laurence School partners with Kadima Conservatory of Music to bring students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade meaningful music instruction in violin, viola and cello. We also offer instruction in flute and clarinet beginning in 3rd Grade. The program is open to students with all levels of experience.
Orchestra students perform several times each school year for family and friends. Performances not only include a selection of well-known pieces, but also a few original compositions from our students!
Established in 1983, Kadima Conservatory believes that music inspires individual and collective expressions of creativity, and transcends race, ethnicity, age, and gender. Its professional staff of working musicians teach with the common goal of fostering personal growth in each student, while promoting an appreciation of classical and popular music.