~Hans Christian Anderson
General music is offered to students in Mechina - 3rd grade. Students participating in general music classes will learn about the elements of music including, but not limited to pitch, rhythm, timbre, tone color, melody, harmony, movement, and instruments of the orchestra. Music lessons are integrated with academic subjects, with a heavy emphasis on math and literature. These students learn to play instruments, sing a varied repertoire of songs, move to the beat of the music, and much more!
Ukulele - New this year!
New at The Davis Academy this year, 5th grade students will learn to play the ukulele using a program called Rainbow Ukulele! These students attend music class 3 days a week for 50 minutes. Each student will learn to play on an acoustic, soprano ukulele. Students will learn proper technique when playing the ukulele, how to pluck and strum strings, how to play simple chords, and accompany themselves while singing. We look forward to having our first performance as a ukulele ensemble this year!
At The Davis Academy, 4th grade students learn to play an electronic keyboard during the "Go for the Gold" Keyboard unit. Each student works at his/her own pace, progressing at an individual rate. These students attend music class 3 days a week for 50 minutes. All students work out of Alfred's All-In-One Course, levels 1- 5. Students currently enrolled in piano lessons are typically placed into a higher level, still participating in "Go for the Gold." Those students are also invited to bring their method books to class and use this time as an additional resource.
3rd grade music students at The Davis Academy participate in an instrument unit, Recorder Karate Stars. In addition to learning to read the music staff, students also learn to play the recorder and "pass off" for belts at his/her individual level. Beads get darker as the level of difficulty increases. All recorder students will have an opportunity to perform as a group for a live audience at the conclusion of the Recorder Unit.