Music begins primarily as an aural subject with children doing what they do instinctively- Play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally and are supported by the development of motor and visual tracking skills as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. Music skills are first expressed through the body and voice; instruments are viewed as an extension of these. Students need experiences in hearing, naming, and producing musical sounds before symbolization is introduced.
Planning decisions are based on the ongoing assessment of students as they participate in music activities. Activities are adapted for individual differences including cultural diversity, English language learners and students with special needs. Elementary music is the foundation of an articulated K-12 music program and functions as a part of the total educational program in the school; music specialists and classroom teachers integrate appropriate content to reinforce continuity in student learning.
The music program in the elementary school provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning for the school and community. Students who receive a rich music education in their elementary years will go on to benefit from all that music can offer. Those who go on to sing in choirs or play an instrument will do so in a more musical manner. Those who do not choose to later sing in choirs or play an instrument will still be enriched by social, emotional, and intellectual benefits along with the ability to share music in their daily lives.