Music permeates life in the Waldorf school through a curriculum designed to develop the innate musicality with which every child is born. In first grade, students sing and learn to play simple wooden pentatonic flutes. Both activities are practiced daily through the elementary school years. In third grade, diatonic flutes and string instruments are introduced. Students may choose a wind instrument beginning in sixth grade.

In the upper grades, all students belong to the Chorus and Orchestra. This demands increasing precision and skill as students study more sophisticated pieces. 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.


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