MUSIC – Mrs. Erin Mulder
Early Childhood music at St. George’s Episcopal School is a completely interactive experience. Students explore all aspects of music including: singing, movement, instrumentation, history, and theory. Classes spiral prior knowledge and focus on a holistic approach that exposes young students to the wonders of music performance and appreciation through the use of Orff, Dalcroze, and Kodaly pedagogies. Students have opportunity to perform in front of an audience several times a year, and participate in the annual EarlyChildhood Division Christmas Pageant.
Lower School music builds upon the foundations built in the Early Childhood music program. In addition to continued Orff and Kodaly practice, students begin to work more in depth on music theory and notation through introductory instrument performance. Third and fourth grades work with the recorder, while fifth and sixth grades work with the chimes and harmonica. Lower school students are featured in various performances throughout the school year, including in the annual SGES Lessons and Carols service.
Middle School students take a survey in Western Music history and Music Appreciation. Students are exposed to music from 400AD to present day, and compare traditional classical genres to today’s popular music. Students are presented examples from composers such as Bach and Haydn, to Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney. In addition, students are featured in the annual Lessons and Carols service, as well as major campus events, such as Grandparents’ Day.