Choral Arts

K-6 General Music
The elementary music curriculum at Chatfield Elementary is rooted in the time-tested Kodaly method of instruction. Through carefully planned units students develop rhythmic and melodic skills through a sight before sound process to build the fundamental skills needed to carry musicians into middle school, high school, adulthood. These skills are reinforced by traditional folk songs, world music, structured games, reading, writing, body percussion, kinesthetic and locomotor movement, and instrumental performance. All students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade perform for public audiences that entertain audiences through song and dance at least one time each year. It is our hope that the Kodaly method of instruction produces tuneful, beautiful, and artful students who carry a joy of music into all aspects of their life.

7-12 Choral Music Program Designed for students to achieve excellence as an ensemble through the study of music literacy and performance of quality vocal literature. Students will develop skills in sight singing, healthy vocal production, choral artistry, and musicianship while performing masterworks of choral literature. Concert Choir (grades 7 and 8) performs at the Christmas Concert (December), Festival Concert (March), and Spring Concert (May).  A Cappella Choir (grades 9-12) performs at the Veteran’s Day Concert (November), Christmas Concert (December), Festival Concert (March), and Spring Concert (May). The choir also performs at large group (required - full choir) and small group (not required – solo /ensemble) MSHSL festivals each year. Other opportunities to perform include, but are not limited to: caroling, small group appearances and sporting events. Students are also encouraged to audition for and participate in various honor choirs and festivals throughout the year, including Three Rivers Honor Choir and Dorian Vocal Festival.