Preschool - Grade 3 Music Program
From preschool through Grade 3, students learn music notation and how to read, write and play music. Each year, they perform in a musical and an end-of-the-year concert. In addition to learning to play instruments, students use technology as part of the curriculum. By Grade 3, students are prepared to transition into Grades 4 and 5, with the knowledge to choose to be in either Band, Orchestra, or Musical Theater.
Grade 4 and 5 Music Program
Starting in fourth grade, WCS students select one of three performing arts disciplines: Orchestra, Band, or Musical Theater. All selections provide the students with opportunities for class-time rehearsals, field trips, visits from guest clinicians, and bi-annual performance concerts.
Students have the opportunity to learn the following band instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, or percussion (drums and mallets). The Band curriculum offers students basic music fundamentals as well as band-specific fundamentals, making it possible for students who are completely new to music education to participate.
Grade 4 Beginning Band
Students meet twice a week for group instruction.
Grade 5 Band
The Grade 5 Band is designed as a continuation of the Grade 4 Beginning Band. The Band meets three times a week for group instruction.
For students in the Band program, at-home practice is guided through practice logs and assignments given in class. Students work in weekly sectionals with local professional musicians, WCS adjunct music teachers, for specific one-on-one instruction pertaining to their instruments. Students perform as a group in several concerts.