Music permeates and harmonizes life in the Waldorf
school through a curriculum designed to develop the innate musicality
with which every child is born. In 1st Grade, children sing and
learn to play a simple wooden pentatonic flute. Both activities are
practiced daily through the elementary school years. In 3rd Grade,
diatonic flutes and string instruments are introduced. Students may
choose a wind instrument beginning in 6th Grade.
In the Upper Grades, all students belong to the Chorus and Orchestra. This demands increasing
precision and skill as more sophisticated pieces are studied. There are
two concerts a year at which both groups perform. In addition, all
students play 3- or 4-part music in their class Recorder Ensembles.
Music is taught not
only for its own sake and the joy it engenders, but also because it
brings a strong harmonizing and humanizing force into the child’s life,
strengthening the will and capabilities for the future.