Music Education at Ross
Every child is musical.
At Ross, music is for everyone. Our curriculum seeks to foster a lifelong love of music through the four pillars of the National Standards for Music Education: Creating, Performing, Connecting, and Evaluating. Our new classroom, outfitted with beautiful Orff instruments, drums, and keyboards, provides a rich musical experience as students learn to play, sing, read, write, and appreciate music.
Opportunities to play band and orchestra instruments are coordinated through partnership with the DC Youth Orchestra. Students also experience playing recorder in Third Grade, bucket drums in Fourth Grade, and ukulele in Fifth Grade.
Kennedy Center Partnership
Through a partnership with the Kennedy Center, Ross is delighted to host teaching artists for residencies each year in the visual and performing arts. This year, Second and Third Grade will work with opera singer Mary Gresock to create an operatic version of a familiar story. Fourth and Fifth Grade will explore the history of jazz and compose their own blues song in a residency led by jazz/world vocalist Imani Gozales.
Photos coming soon
In the lower elementary grades, students are introduced to the concepts steady beat and rhythm, high and low, loud and soft, and fast and slow. Students learn melodic patterns through solfege and engage in activities to strengthen pitch-matching skills.
Students in the upper elementary grades continue to build their knowledge of pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and form. They learn to read more challenging music notation, create original compositions, and develop critical listening skills.
Ms. Inger has been teaching music for over two decades. She has taught preschool, elementary, and middle school music, conducted choirs, and directed musicals. She is also an adjunct professor at two universities and a certified Musikgarten instructor. A classically trained singer, Ms. Inger performs regularly with the chorus of the Washington National Opera. She is delighted to be a part of the Ross community where the arts are valued by staff, students, and families.
For further information about what is happening in Music, check out Principal Searl’s Weekly Bulletin for monthly updates.