The MP&MS music program is based on the internationally recognized Orff-Schulwerk approach to teaching music and movement that includes all the elements of music, movement and dance pedagogy, and drama. Based on the philosophy developed by the German composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman, the program recognizes that the child's way of knowing is playful, exploratory, tactile. and inquisitive. The curriculum places an emphasis on composing and improvising that celebrates these musical tendencies, while also building the foundation for future development and thorough understanding.
There are many doors through which a child can enter the musical world, and this approach provides opportunities for aural, visual, and kinesthetic learners to feel successful. 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 the group learning experience also allow for students to understand themselves in relation to others. The interactive experiences develop empathy, cooperation and team-building. Frequent performance opportunities in assemblies, informal gatherings, and presentations for parents are also integral to our program.