At Duclos School, we believe that a quality music program is essential, as it not only fosters a love and appreciation for the arts, but research has shown that it also has a significant impact on student achievement in the areas of mathematics and literacy. Students experience many learning opportunities and they are free to create and enjoy music. There are many opportunities to perform at special events such as Remembrance Day, the Christmas Concert, weekly Assemblies and in the community of Bonnyville. Students can also join the Duclos School Choir.
All students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 receive two - 30 minute Music Classes each week. Class sizes are usually about 18 - 24 students and thus allow students to enjoy singing, dancing, moving to music and exploring instruments easily. Fostering a love for music is of utmost importance!
Kindergarten students enjoy singing, moving to music, exploring new instruments, playing musical games, dancing and learing about music. They also learn social skills and learn to treat their peers with kindness and respect.
Grade One and Two students enjoy units on drumming, reading musical notation, understanding musical vocabulary, folk dancing, playing xylophones, boomwhackers and bells. Singing, moving to music or playing musical games helps students to learn about music in a stress-free and welcoming environment.
In addition to the above units and skills, the Grade Three students are introduced to the recorder and learn to read notes. Making music as part of a group builds confidence and pride. The students study Classical Music and composers, explore a variety of genres of music and create their own STOMP routines.
In Grade Four, students increase their skill at reading notes and rhythms. They enjoy performing drumming routines, more difficult recorder music and are introduced to playing an acoustic guitar. They are introduced to singing and playing independently and many students enjoy performing for their classmates. One of the highlighs of our music program was our entire school's presentation of Folk Dances for a packed gymnasium!
When we think of music we are reminded of the following quote by Cheryl Lavender: "The fact that children make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children!"