The Morse school is dedicated to helping each student experience the joy of music by providing them with a quality musical experience that they will take with them and remember throughout their lives. Kodály is our concept of education and a philosophy of teaching. Singing is the essence of this concept, along with learning to listen (the development of the inner ear). Learning to sing tunefully is the overarching goal of the elementary music curriculum.

The purpose of music education at the elementary level is to introduce and enhance musical meaning centered around the development of the individual singing voice. In its many forms, music serves as an access point for understanding the world in which children dwell. Music is taught at the Morse School to enable children to experience community at its deepest level in the form of ensemble music-making practices where many diverse ethnicities, religions, world-views and backgrounds can be unified in a “oneness” only available through artistic means. This view promotes the school atmosphere as a microcosm of the world in which children will someday inhabit and shape as adults.

As students work to become expressive musicians, the practice areas of musical development are:

  • inner hearing (audiation)
  • singing and solfege
  • rhythm and rhythmic solfege
  • part work such as canons, rounds, ostinato, and partner songs
  • the role of audience member in various contexts
  • listening for understanding
  • music notation and composition (reading and writing music)

Students in 5th grade choose an instrument (winds, brass, strings) and are taught twice weekly to develop basic playing techniques.

Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 have the opportunity to participate in the Morse Morning Singers, which meets before school on Wednesdays in the auditorium at the Morse.

Morse Music Structure

  • JK-2 classes engage in the Kodaly music program 3 or 4 times per week
  • Grades 3 & 4 experience general music once per week for 45 minutes
  • Grade 5 studies instrumental music including woodwinds, brass, and strings and meets twice per week for 45 minutes.