The fundamental goal of the General Music Program is to increase the sensitivity of all students to the power of music as an art, and to help them appreciate and understand it in order to respond to it personally.
Music is not taught as an isolated subject, but as an integral part of each students' education. Links are made with language, movement, drama, social studies/history, the visual arts and the environment. Music should be an enjoyable and vital part of every person’s life. This principle is important in shaping the music program at Germantown Academy. Students are exposed to American folk music, music of other cultures and art music. They learn to sing, play, move, read, write and improvise at their varied levels of physical, musical, social and emotional development.
Children in Music class work as individuals, as members of small groups and as members of the entire class. It is the goal that students will become better musicians by working in a variety of groupings. In this manner, students learn to develop socially as well as musically. The music curriculum is based on the Kodaly method of instruction. Orff instruments are used in the classroom for instruction.
In addition to Music classes, other musical experiences are provided in order to encourage each child’s positive attitude toward music. Students are given opportunities to perform at assemblies, special programs and concerts. Since many of the students take private instrumental lessons, there is an abundance of enthusiastic performers. These individual opportunities offer students the challenge of preparing for a performance as well as a chance to share their musical talents.