The Milwaukee Montessori Music Program is designed to bring significant music experiences to children at all levels of the school.
CHILDREN’S HOUSE AND LOWER ELEMENTARY (FROM AGE 3 TO GRADE 3)
Our music program begins with the innovative method and instruments designed by German composer Carl Orff, to promote musical literacy, understanding, and creative potential. Young students experience the basic elements of music – rhythm, melody, dynamics, phrasing, and form through singing, movement, speech, listening, and playing instruments. We introduce the basics of proper vocal and performance technique while exploring a wide range of musical styles from folk and classical music to popular songs and show tunes.
UPPER ELEMENTARY (GRADES 4 - 6)
In the Upper Elementary, we begin more intensive study of the song form, covering a wide range of styles, including the Great American Songbook Standards, Early Jazz, Blues, Brazilian, Afro/Latin, and Odd/Mixed Meter. Students study jazz theory, jazz notation, ear training, performance techniques, and reading and writing music notation. Students sing together - madrigals, folk songs, spirituals, chants, blues, show tunes, rock and roll, and even pop music - while exploring how songs are formed and the different ways they create meaning for individuals and communities.
JUNIOR HIGH (GRADES 7 & 8)
Our older students benefit from the Present Music program in Milwaukee that celebrates and showcases living composers. These composers-in-residence join our own faculty members to provide more intensive instruction in musical notation, composition, and lyric development, ultimately enabling our students to compose their own musical pieces. Once compositions are completed, students prepare them for performance: some choose to perform their pieces solo, and others perform their pieces using the musical accompaniment of their peers. The final compositions and performances become part of the students’ portfolios to take to high school.