At the Washington Waldorf School, we believe that music is an integral part of the education and development of the whole human being. It serves as a unifying force for integrating the head, hands, and heart of students. With music permeating the daily school activities in all grades and across the subject areas, we strive to awaken in students the musical life that is already there. Singing, playing instruments, and learning the history of music all contribute to a musical foundation that enriches students and makes music a permanent and fundamental part of their lives.
All students in grades one through eight learn to play the pentatonic flutes, the Choroi C flutes, and soprano recorder, and eventually work in four-part recorder ensembles. In addition, students in grades four through eight learn to play violin, viola, or cello. Some students choose to play in our middle school flute or guitar ensembles. Students learn to sing in unison and in two-parts, and by eighth grade are singing in four-part harmony. They are taught basic music theory as well as music history. High school students continue to sing or play in our guitar, drumming, or string ensembles. Many small a cappella singing groups form independently and rehearse during lunch or after school. The 11th grade has an intense music history block culminating in a performance of music spanning the ages. We sing and play all styles of music, including classical, world music, gospel, and popular.
The WWS Music program continues to thrive and students participate with interest and enthusiasm. Performing ensembles are strong and vibrant. Eight music teachers support our program, all of whom are themselves very strong musicians and performers.