Music is the Lower School is a vital part of the arts experience at Trinity Valley School. Music classes in grades one through four are held each day for five days every other week, alternating with the art class. Kindergarten students have a 20-minute music class as a part of their daily schedule.
The Lower School music curriculum is attuned to the child and sequenced according to the developmental level of each child. The TVS approach is based on the methods of Zoltan Kodaly and Carl Orff in that children from kindergarten to fourth grade are actively engaged in music making that incorporates speech (poems and rhymes), singing, movement, and instrument playing in a creative environment. This encourages the development of the whole child with a balance of emotional and intellectual stimulation.
As a result of this methodology, students frequently create musical experiences in a collaborative manner as they play pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments in ensembles, sing beautiful traditional songs and folk tunes from many cultures, and create movement and dance as a part of a larger composition or story.
The school year is filled with myriad opportunities for sharing these unique, fun-filled experiences in music as well as in drama:
- Kindergarten offers two plays a year, one in the fall and one in the spring
- First grade performs an annual musical in January
- Second grade performs a Thanksgiving play for grandparents
- Third grade performs “Charlotte’s Web” in the fall
- Fourth grade performs a musical play related to American history
Other events throughout the school year include the following:
- The story or book of a visiting author presented in a musical setting by students
- December’s Lower School holiday musical program, featuring a short drama by the fourth grade, instrumental pieces, dances, and singing by all the grades
- Chinese songs and xylophone pieces used in celebration of Chinese New Year
- May’s Lower School Cinco de Mayo program, where students have the opportunity to share music, songs, and dances from the Spanish cultures
Extracurricular activities include the Trojan Tunes Lower School Choir for third and fourth grades. This group performs for special events at TVS as well as off campus. Performance venues include the TVS Barnes and Noble book fair, the annual “Reading Rocks” benefit, TVS Grandparents’ Day, and travels to facilities for senior citizens off campus annually. The choir performs an annual concert in May.
Middle School Music
Students in fifth and sixth grades have five days of music every other week, alternating with art class. Seventh- and eighth-grade students have a five-week choir rotation each semester as part of a fine arts curriculum which also includes art and drama. Extracurricular options include participation in honor choirs and involvement in a full musical theater production in collaboration with middle school drama.
Upper School Choir
Students in grades nine through 12 may choose choir as a fine arts elective. The upper school choir performs a wide repertoire of music, ranging from pop to classics, and performs frequently in venues ranging from coffee-house/cabarets, festival and all-state competitions, to traditional concerts.