In Regional School District #10 we take great pride in our elementary school music departments. As in our visual art classes, we have a music specialist in each of our elementary schools teaching classroom music and chorus to all K-4 students. In addition we have a full time instrumental teacher who teaches beginning instrumental lessons and band to any and all interested grade four students. Classroom music meets once per week for forty-five minutes for all youngsters in grades K-4. Chorus is offered to any interested fourth grade students once per week for forty-five minutes during the first half of the year. Those students in grade four who elect instrumental music are given a thirty-minute group lesson once per week all year long in addition to an approximately forty-five minute band rehearsal once per week for the second half of the school year. Both of these performing ensembles perform in at least one evening concert per year as well as performances during the day for the school community.We hope you find this page useful. Please send all comments to the Coordinator of Fine Arts and please enjoy your visit to our home on the World-Wide Web.WHAT CAN PARENTS DO? • Encourage children to listen and evaluate different types of music through the radio, your preferences, professional performances and school concerts. • Encourage your fourth grade student to participate in school band and chorus. • Help to see that each student in grade 3 practices their recorder regularly and the same for all fourth grade students on their respective band instruments.REGION #10 MUSIC DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHYMusic has been and continues to be an integral part of world culture, and is essential to a complete education for all students. It is unique to humankind that individuals are enriched through the ability to develop and appreciate the arts, and through music we gain an understanding of our society and the societies of others.Every individual has musical aptitude, and it is important to the growth of each person to explore that potential. The processes of creating, performing and responding to music enhance the development of higher order thinking skills as they relate to self-discipline, organization and responsibility. In addition, students acquire interpersonal skills and learn the importance of cooperative achievement. These tools assist in living and working in a diverse society.REGION #10 K-4 MUSIC ESSENTIAL QUESTIONSHow does music help us express who we are?What are the elements that make up musical sounds?