Music instruction is part of every K-5 student’s experience at Oak Hill School. Each grade meets 2-3 times per week for general music class where they sing, play instruments, compose, prepare for performances, dance, play musical games, and listen to music from around the world. In addition to general music classes, fifth graders meet for a weekly ukulele class and 3rd-8th grade students have opportunities to sing in choral ensembles either during or after school. Students participate in two major performances during the school year: a holiday program in December and a spring musical in March. They also perform for grandparents day, in an annual talent show, and as other opportunities arise.


Our music curriculum is designed to meet the following national standards established by the National Association for Music Education while encouraging each student to develop creatively, socially, and intellectually:


-Generate musical ideas for various purposes and contexts.

-Select and develop musical ideas for various purposes and contexts.

-Evaluate and refine selected musical ideas to create musical works that meet appropriate criteria.

-Share creative musical work that conveys intent, demonstrates craftsmanship, and exhibits originality.


-Select varied musical works to present based on interest, knowledge, technical skills, and context.

-Analyze the structure and context of varied musical works and their implications for performance.

-Develop personal interpretations that consider creators intent.

-Evaluate and refine personal and ensemble performances, individually or in collaboration with others.

-Perform expressively, with appropriate interpretation and technical accuracy, and in a manner appropriate to the audience and context.


-Choose music appropriate for a specific purpose or context.

-Analyze how the structure and context of varied musical works inform the response.

-Support interpretations of musical works that reflect creators’/performers’ expressive intent.

-Support evaluations of musical works and performances based on analysis, interpretation, and established criteria.


-Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make music.

-Relate musical ideas and works with varied context to deepen understanding.

Vicki Brabham, LS Music