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Our Music classes incorporate a variety of musical experiences.

Singing is an important part of the musical classroom.  Children are developing the ability to sing in tune  and "find" their own voice.  They have many opportunities to sing alone and with a group.  Echo singing is  often practiced to reinforce pitch awareness.
     Songs from many cultures are introduced throughout the year, as well as songs related to the seasons and holidays.  Many traditional children's songs are also taught. 

Performing on instruments Music students play a variety of classroom instruments, such as drums, tambourines, wood blocks, triangles , maracas etc.  These instruments are used to play a steady beat or to reinforce different rhythm patterns.  The children learn to read quarter notes (ta), eighth notes(ti-ti) and half note(ta-ah). Several patterns are played on the instruments along with the song of the day. Students are given the opportunity to explore the timbre of each instrument and are encouraged to improvise their own rhythms or melodies.

Listening Students identify the sounds of a variety of instruments including orchestra and band
instruments.  They respond to the music by purposeful movement to selected musical characteristics, such as slow/fast or  high/low. The students identify simple musical forms such as AB, ABA and rondo forms.

Musical Elements  The children explore many musical elements such as high/low, loud/soft, short/long, slow/fast , groups of twos and threes.  Activities to reinforce These concept  include movement, ball bouncing to the beat ,  singing and playing instruments.

Assemblies Each month students participate in  musical assemblies.  The whole group sings the songs learned for that month.

Programs Each grade performs an evening performance for their friends and families


Wingdale Elementary School   6413 Route 55   Wingdale, NY 12594   Phone: (845) 877-5720   Fax: (845) 877-5729

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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