"Where the sounds of learning grow through the music we make!"
The Schalmont Music Department hopes to provide for each student an eclectic look at the world of music. Our goal is to maintain a strong music program for students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. We offer a wide variety of experiences throughout student's academic years and constantly challenge students to go beyond the written musical note.
The language of music is taught in all music classes as well as in all performing groups. Our curriculum is aligned with New York State learning standards, and students have many opportunities to perform, listen and create music throughout their years at Schalmont. As a faculty, we understand the importance of a K-12 curriculum because we see the value of our youngest musicians developing into many of our top musicians at the high school level.
Studies have proven the importance of music in a child's life. New research on the brain shows that music is not only fun, but it also improves brain development and enhances skills in other subjects such as reading and writing. Our music staff is committed to offering excellent instructional experiences to enhance our future musicians.
We are very proud of our performing groups at Schalmont, so we invite community members to join us for the many concerts, plays and performances held throughout the school year.
Music education is an integral part of children's education. It provides an avenue for children to express themselves and their emotions in a way that only music can. Music enforces a higher level of thinking and reasoning that improves children's capacity to learn and comprehend. Because of having music education, children will lead better-rounded lives.
At Jefferson Elementary School, children in grades 1-4 have music class for 30 minutes twice a week. At the kindergarten level, they have music once a week. Children learn the language of music through the playing of Orff instruments, recorders (beginning in 3rd grade), active movement, and singing songs using proper vocal techniques. One can walk into any of the music rooms at Jefferson and see children engaged in the wonder of music-making. We, as a Schalmont music staff, believe it is vital at this level that children are actively participating in the art of music.
Throughout the school year, there are various opportunities for the children to perform within their own building and in the community.
Each grade level starting with the kindergartners have at least one performance during the school year.
The middle school program provides many opportunities for the individual growth of each student. It is focused on offering experiences to young people that will result in their finding joy and excitement in the creative art of music. The emphasis of the program is placed on active participation in playing instruments, singing, acting and creating new written music.
Along with general music, there are various performing groups in which over 400 students of the Middle School participate. The instrumental and choral performing groups give the students a chance to perform in a concert at least three times throughout the school year.
The Schalmont High School Music Department is filled with students who are hard workers and who enjoy working together.
At the high school level, we have four performing groups that meet every day, for one class period:
Each student involved in the instrumental program receives a
lesson once a week from the band director. All students in the Concert
Choir receive a group vocal lesson once a week, placed in their
schedule. Along with these performing groups, we also offer a Music
Theory course that is college accredited through the University of
Our Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble groups take part in the NYSSMA Majors competition in the spring, and many of our HS students participate in the NYSSMA solo competitions in the spring as well. A number of our students also participate in the Area All-State and All-State performances held each year. Each of our performing groups perform in four concerts a year, along with other performances in the community.
We also have a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society (chapter #3828) at the school. We are very proud of our honor students and always look forward to what they will do next for the school and/or community.
Throughout the year, our students are recognized in various
activities in the community, two of them being ESYO (Empire State
Youth Orchestra) and singing in the Melodies of Christmas concert at