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violins.jpgThe Baldwin school is dedicated to helping each student experience the joy of music by providing them with a quality musical experience that they will take with them, and remember throughout their lives. Kodaly is our concept of education and a philosophy of teaching. Singing is the essence of this concept, along with learning to listen (the development of the inner ear). Learning to sing tunefully is the overarching goal of the elementary music curriculum.

The purpose of music education at the elementary level is to introduce and enhance musical meaning centered around the development of the individual singing voice. In its many forms, music serves as an access point for understanding the world in which children dwell. Music is taught at the Baldwin School to enable children to experience community at its deepest level in the form of ensemble music-making practices where many diverse ethnicities, religions, world-views and backgrounds can be unified in a “oneness” unavailable through non-artistic means. This view promotes the school atmosphere as a microcosm of the world in which children will someday inhabit and shape as adults.

As students work to become expressive musicians, the practice areas of musical development are:

  • inner hearing (audiation)
  • singing and solfege
  • rhythm and rhythmic solfege
  • part work such as canons, rounds, ostinato, and partner songs
  • the role of audience member in various contexts
  • listening for understanding  
  • music notation (writing and reading music)
  • rhythmic and tonal pattern development
  • melodic and harmonic work with barred instruments
  • composition and improvisation

Students in 5th grade choose an instrument (winds, brass, strings) and are taught twice weekly to develop basic playing techniques.  

Students in grades 4 and 5 have the opportunity to participate in the All City Chorus, which meets after school on Wednesdays at CRLS.  

Music Schedule

  • All JK/K classes attend music three times per week, twice for 40 minutes and once for 30 minutes.
  • Grades 1 and 2 attend music three times weekly for 40 minutes.
  • Grade 3 attends music once per week of 40 minutes.
  • Grade 4 attends music once per week for 40 minutes.
  • Grade 5 is currently in a rotation of woodwinds, brass, and strings. Students begin their permanent assignment at the end of October. They attend music twice weekly for 40 minutes.