Music at Prairie Creek
Students from all nine classrooms participate in music class twice per week. All grade levels explore music primarily through the Orff Schulwerk approach of singing, speaking, listening, reading, moving, playing, using instruments, and creating.
The K-1 children begin studying basic musical concepts (rhythm, melody, texture, etc.) through songs, chants, games, stories, instrument exploration, and creative movement. As 2-3 students, they learn to read and write using music notation, explore familiar concepts in greater depth, and begin playing the soprano recorder. Upon becoming well-seasoned 4-5 scholars, the children touch on more sophisticated topics of music (music theory, history, composition, etc.) in order to understand it as an art form. Fourth grade students assume the honor of performing the traditional May Day song while their fifth grade peers braid the maypole, and when the time for Peep Village comes, 4-5 students have the option of enrolling their peeps in music courses at Peep University.
Prairie Creek is delighted to have our own orchestra program! Students in the 4th and 5th grades have the option of learning to play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and participating in the orchestra ensemble. The orchestra performs at music concerts and participates in other enriching experiences. By being a part of PCCSO, students learn valuable lessons in cooperation, problem solving, communication, individual and group responsibility, perseverance, literacy, creativity, and confidence. PCCSO also prepares students to continue their instrument study at Northfield Middle School or as part of the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra program (CVYO).