Roscomare Road School offers weekly general music classes to all grade levels, TK through 5th, in a program funded by Friends of Roscomare. The Roscomare Road music program includes world music, theory, and an integrated curriculum, utilizing the highly regarding Orff Schulwerk approach. This approach to early music education uses movement, improvisation, and creative play as a way of allowing children to develop musical understanding and to keep them motivated. Music classes at Roscomare are inclusive, creative, and fun!
Music at Roscomare also includes two school-wide performances that include all grade levels — Festival of Winter Songs in December and Cultural Day in March — as well as numerous other impromptu offerings from the music classroom or from our two after school ensembles — Roadrunner String Band and the Roscomare Recorder Consort. Our general music teacher, Richard Lawton, back for his third year at Roscomare, also coordinates our outstanding 5th grade culmination show.
Roscomare Road School offers two after-school music ensemble classes for any interested 3rd, 4th, 5th graders. The Roadrunner String Band is a vocal and ukulele-playing group that focuses on student’s ability to accompany their own singing. As we like to say, “everybody sings; everybody strums.” It is an excellent way to develop students’s ability to “match pitch” and to be introduced to the extensive catalog of folk and popular music. No prior experience is necessary.
For students who wish to develop an understanding of wind instruments and of written music, this year we are also offering The Roscomare Recorder Consort. In Recorder Consort students will focus on playing recorders of various sizes — the “consort” — to perform traditional Renaissance and folk music, as well as contemporary material. Students who began to learn recorder in third grade last year are encouraged to take part, but first timers are also welcome, and, again, no prior experience in necessary. Recorders will be provided and students will get to keep them.