Third grade musicians begin to make more sophisticated musical sounds both alone and as a group. They learn to play instruments as an ensemble, listening critically to make artistic musical choices. They continue to make associations between musical sounds and written notes on the page. When the children are studying whaling in social studies, we sing sea shanties and songs from the Underground Railroad.
Third graders also have the option to sing in chorus or join the string ensemble (or both). Chorus rehearses twice a week, and there is no audition process–anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join. Together we sing different styles, from folk songs, spirituals, and classical pieces in non-English languages to showtunes and current pop songs. Students learn to sing with a beautiful tone, expand their vocal ranges, and sing in harmony with other singers.
At the beginning of the year, children can listen to members of the upper school orchestra demonstrate string instruments, and if they choose, select an instrument to play in string ensemble. As with chorus, anyone who wishes to play may join, and those with more experience are often invited to join the advanced ensemble. Each ensemble practices twice per week with our strings teacher, who is sometimes joined by an upper-school student assistant.
In woodshop, children continue to expand their mastery of woodworking fundamentals. Increasingly complex projects require children to use their concentration and self-discipline to work through an orderly sequence of steps. Through this, they make their first piece of furniture, a rustic stool that can bear their weight. In making marble mazes, they exhibit imagination, design skill, and a firm understanding of edge-joining techniques.Inquire