Like Performing Arts and Visual Arts, the Music curriculum at RCS teaches both participation and appreciation from the outset and stretches every student in a full range of musical experiences.
Junior PreKindergarten - Grade 4
The primary objective of the music program on the Lower Campus is for each child to develop a love and knowledge of music. A comprehensive understanding of musical concepts is promoted at each grade level with emphasis on rhythm, melody, dynamics, tempo, tone color, and notation. Students apply concepts and develop musical skills through singing and playing instruments. Listening skills are refined to aurally identify music and instruments from various historical periods, composers, and cultures. Music vocabulary strengthens the ability to analyze music and describe the elements and emotions that resonate with each individual.
Grades 5 - 9
On the Upper Campus, students are offered numerous and varied musical options. All fifth and sixth graders participate in Fifth Grade Chorus and Sixth Grade Chorus. In addition to Chorus, all fifth and sixth graders have the option to either participate in an instrumental band, or take a Music Lab class, which teaches theory, history, and singing. In Grade 7, all students take at least one term of guitar instruction and have the option to participate in an instrumental band or elective choral group.