The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Elementary Music Curriculum is designed to align with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities and the Core Standards requirements. This curriculum meets the developmental needs of Unionville-Chadds Ford students. All students participate in hands-on experiences through the Orff-Schulwerk methodology. Students are exposed to music in different cultures, time periods, styles, and languages where they can make connections to the world around them.
This curriculum accentuates creative learning with a strong foundation in music history and music theory techniques. It fosters student enthusiasm for music education. Each step in a student’s progression through elementary school builds upon previous learned materials in a scaffolding manner. The study of music enhances student growth in many subject areas. Most recently music technology integration as been introduced at all grade levels.
Uniquely, all elementary students in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District have an opportunity to perform two times a year. Third grade students begin a recorder program as a foundation for the elementary instrumental program. This instrument is used as a teaching tool for basic theory and assists students in making an educated choice in an instrument selection for fourth and fifth grade. The elementary instrumental curriculum is a comprehensive program that fosters a foundation for the 4-12 instrumental program. Elementary instrumental students perform challenging pieces from many genres.
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Curriculum Overview by Grade Level - General Music: