Music Philosophy

  • Music education provides a vehicle through which students can fulfill a variety of developmental needs. As an interrelated and vital part of the total school experience, it supports and intensifies learning. Music provides students with the opportunity to develop intellect, individual sensitivity, psychomotor skills and social skills. Through music, students also develop an understanding and appreciation of the multicultural society in which they live. Further, music is a discipline with sequential knowledge and skills that promote self-discipline and positive self-esteem. Because of the ordered nature of the elements of music, students learn to think with increasing complexity. And, because of the creative potential in music, they learn to think in divergent ways. Therefore, it is through organized, sequential music instruction that we educate the whole child.

    The Wicomico County Public Schools provides a comprehensive music program which leads to the development of:

    • The skills necessary to perceive, perform, and respond to music;
    • An understanding of music as an essential aspect of history and human experience;
    • The ability to creatively organize musical ideas and sounds;
    • The ability to make aesthetic judgments.

    During the elementary years, a comprehensive music program will be one in which the student can realize individual potential through singing, moving, listening, playing, describing, and creating. The student will become acquainted with the many facets of music provided in and out of the classroom. The students will also become acquainted with the effects and role of music in their culture as well as various other cultures. The process will be one where the student is not only the observer or participant, but also the creator.

    By engaging in quality musical experiences, students continue to develop positive self-concept, a sense of personal accomplishment, self-discipline, critical thinking skills, and an increased capacity for intrinsic reward. As students interact with each other and study music of varying cultures, a respect for diverse cultures and an appreciation for other points of view are heightened.

    The impact of technological advances must be considered in addressing the role of music in the contemporary society. Recorded sound and telecommunications have made the music from all world cultures available to most people. Electronically generated and controlled sound has increased the potential for individuals to participate more actively and creatively in making music. Wicomico County Public Schools provides all students the opportunity to utilize current musical technology for instruction and performance.

    Music education in Wicomico County Public Schools is an interrelated and vital part of the total school experience. By developing the skills and understandings necessary to describe, analyze, create, perform, and evaluate music of all cultures, students understand through experience, why music is such a dynamic and vital part of our lives.

    Elementary Music Time Frame

    Pre-Kindergarten
    (1 time per 6 day cycle) 30 times a year
    Kindergarten
    (2 times per 6 day cycle) 60 times a year
    First Grade
    (2 times per 6 day cycle) 60 times a year
    Second Grade
    (2 times per 6 day cycle) 60 times a year
    Third Grade
    (2 times per 6 day cycle) 60 times a year
    Fourth Grade
    (2 times per 6 day cycle) 60 times a year
    Fifth Grade
    (2 times per 6 day cycle) 60 times a year

    Classes will take place in a general music classroom. ( On a rare occasion the music teacher may travel from Room to room if no music classroom is available)

    • Pre-Kindergarten 20 – 30 minutes per lesson
    • Kindergarten 20 – 30 minutes per lesson
    • First Grade 30 minutes per lesson
    • Second Grade 30 minutes per lesson
    • Third Grade 30 minutes per lesson
    • Fourth Grade 30 minutes per lesson
    • Fifth Grade 30 minutes per lesson

    Music Courses taught at the Elementary level

    • Primary
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    • Pre-Kindergarten Music
    • Kindergarten Music
    • Music grade 1
    • Music grade 2
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    • Intermediate
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    • Music grade 3
    • Music grade 4
    • Music grade 5
    • String Instruction – Level I (Offered at Grade 4 and 5)
    • String Instruction – Level II (Offered at grade 5)
    • Band Instruction - Level I (Offered at Grade 5)
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