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The Kindergarten Music Programme Orff approach to music integrates speech, song, movement, instrumental play, and improvisation, students are encouraged to develop a greater understanding of beat, rhythm, melody, and harmony. Students will use their musical skills in a creative way, building confidence, self-esteem, and paving the way to independent musicianship.Seuss


Students in Grades 1 through 3 gain musical knowledge through active involvement in singing, speaking, moving, listening, and playing various percussion instruments. Students are also introduced to the reading and writing of musical notation integrating rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics.


At the Junior/Intermediate Music Programme at Glenburnie instrumental performance is cultivated through reading notation, playing by ear, and improvisation, while students develop a deeper understanding of music making through studies in theory, composition, and history.

*Grade 3 students begin instrumental studies with the recorder. In Grade 5 students are introduced to and are helped to select a brass or woodwind instrument to meet their musical objectives.

Highlights of Glenburnie’s Music Programmes include:music

Learning by Rote: Grade 4 students create music integrating separate parts for recorder, ukuleles, and hand drums – and they do it all without ever seeing a note!

Composition: Grade 5 students learn to compose in the renaissance counterpoint style, while Grade 7 students compose in the 12-tone style of Arnold Schoenberg.

History: Students in all grades discuss major composers. In Grade 7, this information is synthesized in a unit where students are shown how historical time periods and styles evolved over the centuries.

Instrumental Performance: Students perform for their peers both as soloists and in small groups. Through performance, students develop self-confidence and the desire to express their unique artistic interpretations of music.

Synthesis: Our philosophy is to introduce the various elements of music in a meaningful and relevant format. The Grade 8 programme features an extended project where students transcribe a popular song of their choice using all the theoretical skills they have developed in rhythm, melody, and harmony.