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Elementary Music

Students in grades K-5 attend music class several times a week. K-2 students attend music 4 times a week for 30-45 minutes a class! This general music class focuses on rhythm, singing, and most importantly, playing music games. Students learn pitch, beat, rhythm, social skills and many other things while singing and playing games. They are  introduced to music notation and basic music symbols.  Square dancing is a fun unit learned in the month of February leading up to the Houston Rodeo. On the last day of square dancing, parents are invited to come to school to watch the square dancers perform learned dances and are even asked to join the fun!  Students in grades K-2 also perform 2 concerts a year--Christmas and Spring. These programs are in the evening. 

Students in grades 3-5 are given the choice between music/theatre and orchestra. These classes meet 3 times a week for 45 minutes a class. The music/theatre class emphasizes advanced rhythm reading, choral singing, sight reading, and general music skills learned through singing games. Stage and theatre skills are also introduced and developed through several class performances such as: Patriotic Musicals, Readers’ Theatre performances, Christmas musicals, and the Spring concert. Parents are invited to all performances. Some take place during the school day and others at night. The smaller class size allows more opportunities for acting roles and helps all students to develop their “stage presence” and performing skills whether singing and/or speaking. Students also participate in a square dancing unit in February leading up to the Houston Rodeo. Parents are invited to watch on the last day and are even invited to join the fun! Beginning percussion instruments such as xylophones and hand drums and composition are an important part of music/theatre as well. 5th grade students will also learn to play the recorder. Instrument, singing, and performance skills are all essential elements of the music/theatre class. 

Elementary Honor Choir

All students in grades 3-5 are invited to join the Elementary Honor Choir. This group meets before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:40-8:10. The Honor Choir is the premier performing group and is asked to represent NCS frequently. Honor Choir members learn 2 or 3 part choral music and are expected to follow a choral score, sing in harmony, and learn music not taught during regular music/theater or orchestra class.  Rehearsals are fast paced but fun! Ensemble singing is emphasized over solo singing.  Honor Choir membership runs between 50-60 members and is an additional fee (usually $25-30 per semester to cover field trips, t-shirt, music and accompanist fees) Auditions are NOT required for Honor Choir but may be used to limit membership if necessary. Any 3rd-5th grader can join as long as he/she attends all rehearsals and performances. Honor Choir performs 2 concerts at Northland -- Fine Arts Christmas Extravaganza with Middle School and High School Choirs, and the Spring Concert. Honor Choir also attends a choir contest, takes special field trips, and performs throughout the community.

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