General Music

 - click for larger imageThe Clyde-Svannah Elementary General Music Program grades Pre-K - 5 is involved with having fun with music, learning music following the National and New York State Music Standards, and integrating themes and concepts with the general ed. teachers.  Each Elementary Class has one 40 minute music class per week.  These classes develop both skill and understanding in the basic elements of music through experiences in body percussion, speech, singing, movements, folk dance, games, drama, and the playing of pitched and unpitched percussion intruments and recorders.  

The music program is largely based on the philosophy and practices of Orff Schulwerk, a dynamic approach to music education developed by the German composer Carl Orff.  This approach is characterized by active involvement in music-making through the body, voice, movement, and work on specially designed Orff instrments.   It recognizes the many doors through which a child can enter the musical world and provides opportunities for aura, visual and kinesthetic learners to feel successful in music via a multidimensional approach.  The nurturing of the whole musician who can hear, feel, understand, and physically express music contributes to the child's ability to synthesize the intellect, senses, emotions, and physical body in ways that have important implications in their total educational experience.  The social dimensions of group music-making are also a central quality of this music program.

The third and fourth grade students have a special opportunity to integrate music with social studies and other general classroom themes.  The talented local singer Nancy Bryan and her husband John come into the music classes and do songwriting with the students on themes from their general ed classrooms.  The Bryans professionally record the students singing their songs and each student receives a CD of their music.  This quality program has given the students an invaluable experience with music and a much deeper understand of the classroom topics they wrote and sang about.  For more information regarding the Choral and General Music Program at Clyde Elementary School contact:

Mrs. Nancy Krystofik, (315)902-3100 -


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