The Children’s Music Workshop curriculum is based
on the most current research on how students learn.
Authored by Larry
Newman, the program’s innovative band and orchestra method
books are nationally recognized and used in hundreds of schools throughout
The instrumental music instruction students receive
represents the best practices in education today. These include an
emphasis on critical thinking skills, clear expectations and attention
to the California standards in the performing arts.
Instrumental music instruction is offered to all students
at every grade level. A sequential, spiral curriculum provides a
music program that builds from one year to the next - always offering
challenge for different levels, abilities and grades.
The instrumental music program employs a wide variety
of unique teaching strategies to meet the needs of all students.
Internet based learning is also provided using mp3
accompaniments, online music downloads and interactive music software
- all easily accessible through the school’s orchestra web
In addition, one on one instruction is provided to
anyone needing some extra assistance. Through clear directions and
appropriate modeling, high expectations are clearly communicated
to students and parents.
A clearly defined instructional schedule, custom and
sequential lessons, regular homework and progress reports, the prompt
return of parent phone calls and emails, an online event calendar,
and monthly music updates all contribute to students' success.
A practice record chart on the back cover of every
music book encourages regular home practice and a music “check-off” system
helps students monitor their progress.
Data supports the students’ high level of achievement
as reflected in the exceptional quality and high grade level of the
music repertoire performed.
And state test scores confirm achievement as well.
At Kenter Canyon School - where almost a third of all students are
involved in the orchestra program - scores improved nearly across
the board in both language arts and math over the last three years.
compelling are third grade math scores that rank at 95%. There
are more third graders in the orchestra program than any other single
grade. Last year, every grade in both language arts and math had
at least 75% of its students scoring at or above proficient.
Evidence that students are receiving a positive and
meaningful experience is unmistakable in the high percentage of students
who elect to continue in music throughout their elementary years
- and beyond.
And finally, students learn to connect and apply what
is taught in music class to learning in other art forms, subject
areas and life experiences.