The CHA music program delivers an active music curriculum and variety of experiences that will lead students to develop musical skills, understanding, and most importantly a lifelong joy and appreciation for music.
Each grade has music for one hour per week. The CHA music teacher uses the Orff-Schulwerk approach for the basis of the curriculum, which is based around things children love to do such as chant, move, play games, sing, create, and play instruments and the Kodaly method, which uses hand symbols to aid with inner-ear listening and memory, and approaches music with students as a language in which we hear and experience first, then read and write later (imitation, exploration, then creation/composition).
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 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.
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. 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.