- student life
Music is an integral component of a Shechter education. Students explore humanity’s rich and diverse cultural heritage through music. They learn by listening, creating, analyzing, evaluating, and connecting music to other disciplines. In doing so, our students study musical structure, style, history, language, and aesthetics.
As a Jewish school, students will experience music as a component of worship, ritual, history, community and as an expressive outlet for their own Judaism. Music is woven throughout Schechter’s entire curriculum. It is experienced uniquely by each student, and all are given the opportunity to grow and learn through music in a manner best-suited to their unique learning styles.
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, the children in our Early Childhood program direct their own exploration of music, including singing, listening, movement, musical stories, and creating their own music.
Our K-5 students engage with the fundamental building blocks used to create and perform music. They explore how people (themselves included) respond to music, and they begin to discover music’s enormous diversity, its rich cultural past, and its enduring present. Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to participate in the school choir and to perform at various community events.
In Grades 6-8, students delve deeper into the styles, history, and cultural connections of music. Using the skills and knowledge of music acquired so far, students explore how to "put it all together" in the creation, performance and analysis of music.