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Music is an integral component of a Schechter education. Students explore humanity’s rich and diverse cultural heritage through music. They learn by listening, decoding, 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. Their general music classes nourish skills that help them to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful in their music-making.
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. They participate in activities that cultivate the skills needed to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful participants in music and all that is has to offer. Starting in Grades 2-3, students are invited to join the Schechter Singers Choir, participating in community events and performing various concerts throughout the year.