Our early elementary music program fosters enjoyment and appreciation of the gift of music that God has given His creation. Music class is a place to learn about beginning musical concepts in a fun, hands on environment. Themes of study will include matching, identification of basic musical concepts such as high/low, fast/slow, loud/soft. As the students mature they work on the development of sensing a steady beat and expression through creative movement. Participation in both Christmas and spring concerts brings application to concepts taught throughout the year.
Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
All elementary students receive General music instruction and have an in-school group chorus time. After school choir is also offered to all 3rd – 5th graders.
The Lower Elementary School (Grades 2 and 3) offers private string lessons to students to begin or to continue to learn how to play violin or viola.
The Upper Elementary School (Grades 4 and 5) offers private string lessons for violin or viola. Group lessons for the following band instruments is also available: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone or Percussion Kit. Playing a musical instrument strengthens learning skills and historically has a proven correlation with improved test scores.
Middle School Concert Band
Our Middle School Concert Band is the cornerstone of the Upper School’s successful band program. It is at this level when students develop a foundation in musical training. In learning music pieces from various time periods and composers, the student is able to understand different rhythms, melodies, and harmonies necessary for individual and group development. Band provides the opportunity for individual participation which leads to a productive and accomplished group as a whole. Students learn teamwork and gain self-fulfillment as well as self-discipline in Band.
This course is open to all instrumentalists, grades 6 – 8, who are studying privately or are involved in group lessons, having successfully completed a minimum of one year of study on a band instrument.
Middle School Chorus
Our Middle School Chorus is a performance ensemble with emphasis on beginning music theory, sight-singing, ear-training and music history. Repertoire is appropriate for the age group.
High School Concert Band
The High School Concert Band strives to be the premier band of the instrumental music department. At this level, most students should have all ready been involved in previous years of musical training, making the concert band a rich culmination of talents. High School Concert Band promotes further, in-depth studies of varying genres, time periods, composers and harmonies necessary for individual and group development. Band also provides the opportunity for individual participation resulting in an exceptional group which sets the standard for all other instrumental programs. Students learn teamwork and gain self-fulfillment as well as self-discipline.
This course is open to all instrumentalists, grades 9 – 12 who are studying privately or are involved in group lessons, having successfully completed a minimum one year of study on a band instrument.
Jazz Band offers another rich opportunity to expand musical horizons. Jazz has been defined as a genre of music that originated in New Orleans (circa 1900) and is characterized by prominent meter, improvisation, distinctive tone colors, performance techniques and dotted, syncopated rhythmic patterns; and that’s only the beginning! In just over 100 years, the evolution of jazz has given birth to approximately two dozen distinct jazz styles. Jazz music thrives on instrumental diversities and continues to seek new levels of artistic expression.
Membership in the Jazz Band is by audition only. All Jazz Band students must:
- Be a current a member of the WCS High School Concert Band, and
- Demonstrate a solid foundation of High School Concert Band requirements(perform all major scales up to and including 5 sharps or flats from memory)
Our orchestra combines the talents of our Upper School strings musicians and High School Concert Band members, creating a unique experience for our musicians. With music from Star Wars to Beethoven to Trans Siberian Orchestra, our repertoire is ever expanding and is a delight to our audiences.
High School Chorus
Our High School Chorus is an auditioned, mixed ensemble that performs repertoire from the choral tradition and studies beginning music theory, ear- training, sight-singing and music history.
Jubilee Singers is an auditioned SATB mixed ensemble that performs advanced repertoire from the choral tradition while studying advanced music theory, history, sight-singing and ear-training.
High School A.P. Music Theory
The foundation of knowledge presented in this year-long course provides students with the opportunity to develop, practice and master music theory skills essential to success in post-secondary music theory coursework. The ultimate goal of this course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. This is promoted through integrated approaches to the student’s development of aural, sight-singing, written, compositional, and analytical skills.
High School Music Theory
The High School Music Theory course ranges from beginner to advanced levels. This course provides an understanding of the language of music and how composers and performers use this language to communicate. Knowledge of the elements of music theory is essential for all areas of performance study. Students are given the opportunity to increase their musical understanding, while improving their ability to make rapid progress in lessons and ensembles. This allows the teacher to devote more time to specific application of these tools. Skills taught depend on student’s level of competency. The course includes beginner, intermediate and advanced music theory, harmony and composition.
The Upper School Music Department (Grades 6-12) offers students a chance to begin or to continue to learn how to play violin or viola. Playing a musical instrument strengthens learning skills and historically has a proven correlation with improved test scores.
Lessons are available for Violin or Viola
Private instruction is required for all string players.
Thirty minute lessons are scheduled weekly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, during the school day on a first come, first served basis. Forty-five minute lessons are also available, but must be recommended by the teacher. Participation with the Middle School Ensemble is the goal but is at the discretion of the instructor. Lessons on the cello and string bass are not available at WCS however students are allowed to study privately outside of WCS with another private teacher.
In addition to private lessons, string students will participate in ensemble which meets twice a week for 40 minutes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and perform at the scheduled concerts throughout the year. There is no additional fee for participating in ensemble for WCS students.
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Links & Resources
- All-State Band and Chorus Info – www.delawaremea.org