There is a beautiful song in the air at Pennfield during Morning Assembly as the entire school sings a song together each day. From Kindergarten through the Eighth Grade, students have one or two music classes each week. Add to that music that is integrated into school plays and productions, and music truly is in the air most of the time at Pennfield. If a child has a musical talent it will certainly grow and flourish at Pennfield.
Music classes are often woven into traditional classroom studies when countries, regions or cultures are explored; so, too, are their native music and indigenous musical instruments. Many songs and compositions played and sung in productions parallel what is being learned in Social Studies or Language Arts.
In Fourth Grade, a foundation is prepared for reading music and music theory as each student learns to play the keyboard. An understanding of rhythm and timing are introduced to additional percussion instruments.
In Fifth Grade, students can choose to learn a specific instrument and play in the concert band with private lessons being offered after school, or they can choose to participate in a multimedia music class where they study a variety of music technology, composition, music theory, and sound engineering.
In addition to their weekly music studies, students in grades Six through Eight can select to participate in Concert Band and Select Chorus. These two performance based groups explore more complex instrumental arrangements and increased vocal harmonies. There are multiple opportunities during the school year to showcase their talents at special assemblies or events.