Primary School

Children are naturally eager to question, develop their own theories — even change a point of view.


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.

Primary School Music Program

The curriculum through first grade includes musical activities and games bursting with rich language, patterned math, colorful history, scientific observation, physical challenge, visual design, and rhythmic dance. Second, third, and fourth grade classes develop skill and understanding in the basic elements of music through experiences in body percussion, speech, singing, movement, folk dance, games, drama, and the playing of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.


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