The CHA music program delivers an active music curriculum and a variety of experiences that will lead students to develop musical skills, understanding, and most importantly a lifelong joy and appreciation for music. The curriculum is organized by grade level, and sequences musical skills that support the National Standard for Arts Education as well as the Washington State Arts Standards adoped in 2017. (http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/Standards/2017/MusicStandards.pdf)
The curriculum also focuses on building on students’ natural abilities to improvise and compose. Students are constantly moving to, listening to, and making music. At CHA students learn that music is a powerful tool that all students can create and experience.
CHA has a wonderful music room! There’s a huge collection of instruments and other resources with plenty of room to play. We are fortunate to have a full set of Orff mallet instruments as well as hand drums for every child. These are used for creative improvisation and to keep a beat or harmonic foundation while working on songs as an ensemble.
Students are often challenged to do multiple things at once, such as chanting while on the move, or singing while playing instruments. The skills that students acquire carry over directly to school performances, such as the Festival of Peace and Light in December and Spring Musicals, and offer a creative outlet to build on self-awareness and self-expression as well as collective social relationships.