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Curriculum Matters: December 13, 2015

Music

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, 
flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.”
                                                                                       ~Plato
   
At EAC we make music in one form or another every day. Our youngest students are introduced to the music shelves found in every Primary classroom during their very first weeks of school.
              
Junior Level students begin to focus on musical expression as they learn the recorder and form a choral ensemble during their bi-weekly music classes.
                
Additionally, any student who turns 9 during the academic year is also invited to join the EAC Instrumental Music Program. This involves a weekly trip to the Ithaca College Music School for a formal lesson with an IC music education student.
Upper Level and Middle School students continue to perform in choral ensembles as part of their core curriculum. Most students (approximately 90%), also continue to be a part of the EAC band program.
    
Music Director Ryan Zawel welcomes students every morning before school starts for early morning practices and rehearsals. Our facility thus comes to life each day accompanied by students of all ages working together towards a common goal and growing together musically.
    
Within the confines of the band program students experience community much in the same way as they do in their multi-aged classrooms. On a daily basis elder, more experienced musicians have the opportunity to guide and nurture younger instrumentalists, who in the future then become the mentors for those who are younger.
The overriding goal of the EAC Music Program is to create life long musicians. The journey towards this goal begins on day one as each EAC student is already considered to be a musician before they walk through our doors!
             Recent press has articulated the benefits of music instruction that go beyond the value of music for itself and the opportunities for community building inherent in any school band program.

Lucky for us, at The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca, music is at the core of our every day, in fact, it is the very heartbeat of our school and is, in part, makes EAC such a happy place!

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