At Trinity, we believe music is incredibly important. In Classical education, Music is one of the elements of the Quadrivium, and so music is included in the curriculum at all levels. We believe music has the power to change hearts and touch souls.
Music at Trinity follows a Kodaly-inspired music education program. The rich, multi-faceted curriculum involves excellent singing, appreciation of classical Masterpieces and composers, playing percussion instruments and recorder, and the building blocks of music: music literacy and writing. As with all subjects in Classical education, the music curriculum follows the student’s development.
Examples of what you might see in a typical music class in PS-3rd:
Interpretive dancing to the music of Vivaldi
Playing rhythmic patterns with rhythm sticks, later transferring those rhythmics to the staff and reading pitches
Singing a joyful, contemporary Christian worship song
Playing the Hymn of the month on the xylophone
In grades 4-6, you might see:
Students learning to play Beethoven’s “Amazing Grace” on the recorder
Preparing a Christmas carol in 2-part harmony
Composing an 8-measure song, incorporating the words of a Psalm
In grades 7-12, the students focus more and more on part-singing and sight-singing. You might see:
The entire secondary school together, singing a hymn in 4-part harmony
7th and 8th graders studying a new melody, then singing it together using hand signals
Actively listening to an entire movement of a Beethoven symphony, drawing a form map, and discussing the history and influences of the composer
Leadership students learning a difficult 4-part piece