Music Curriculum Overview

Music Curriculum

Since St. John’s Lutheran School recognizes the value of music and its rich heritage in the Lutheran Church, the school offers many ways for students to participate and grow musically through a wide variety of opportunities for the children both in the classroom and beyond.

School choirs at all grade levels are that extra part of the music program where students can participate in worship services, Wednesday morning chapel, and the Music Festival at the end of the year.

The students also go on field trips to hear live musical performances and expand their music appreciation.  These include musical productions at the Hemmens that are offered for the community and for schools and also the Kidz Konzert series offered by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.  

Classroom Instruction: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Classroom Instruction: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

In the classroom, the students develop and maintain a varied repertoire of songs and activities, movement, listening, and performing.  What the students learn includes:

Rhythm and Melody:

  • Opposites  (loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low)
  • Rhythmic and melodic patterns
  • Concept of beat, rhythm, and melody
  • Maintain a consistent beat in groups of 2's and 3's with recorded music

Rhythmic notation:

  • Quarter note, eighth note, quarter rest
  • Half note, half rest
  • Sixteenth note
  • Treble clef note names

Small percussion familiarity:

  • Shaker
  • Tambourine
  • Clave
  • Bells
  • Hand drum
  • Boomwhackers

Instrument Use:

  • Orff such as Glockenspiel, Xylophone, and Metallophone
  • Recorders in third through fifth grade


Movement exploration: Encouraging students

  • To create movements
  • Have those movements reflect expressiveness of various music styles.

Classroom Instruction: 6th-8th Grade

Classroom Instruction: 6th-8th Grade

Students in the upper grades experience music through their exploratory program, which provides excellent cross-curricular learning.

They also can join choir, handbells, or band and experience the confidence that comes from preparing musical pieces for performance for the public.

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