The Marin Primary & Middle School music program is based on Orff-Schulwerk, an internationally recognized approach to teaching music and movement. We recognize that children are naturally playful, exploratory, tactile, and inquisitive. The emphasis on imitation and improvisation celebrates these musical tendencies, while also building the foundation for future development.
Our program recognizes the many doors through which a child can enter the musical world, and provides opportunities for aural, visual, and kinesthetic learners to feel successful in music. We nurture the whole musician, encouraging students to hear, feel, understand, and physically express musical concepts. This contributes to children’s ability to synthesize the intellect, senses, emotions, and body in ways that have important implications in their total educational experience. The social dimensions of making music in a group, as well as frequent performance opportunities in assemblies, informal gatherings, and evening presentations for parents, are also central to the music program.
Middle School Music Program
The middle school grades continue the Orff-Schulwerk program at higher levels of development. Ensemble playing is featured at this level, and folk dance, movement, song, speech, and body percussion remain an integral part of the program.
Music is a basic part of the educational program for all students, and our program also provides opportunities for further development for those with special interests and talent.
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