Critical Minds, Compassionate Hearts
The music curriculum at The Rashi School is designed to help children grow and develop in the understanding of music. The overall goal of music education at Rashi is to graduate students with a deep, functional understanding of music. Class work in the Lower School focuses on the following major areas of skill: Composition, Analysis, Ear Training, Rhythm (Movement), Singing (Melody), Notation, Writing, and Reading.
Always, the aim of this program is to give children a foundation for musicianship and knowledgeable musical practice.

A Child-Centric Approach

Each grade's curriculum is built around appropriate developmental practice with the child as the center of and responsible for his or her own learning. Lessons are designed to encourage intrinsic motivation through engaging, differentiated instruction. In music, each child is viewed as unique, naturally creative, and inherently musical.

Instruction Based in Science

Every lesson is structured to align with Carl Orff's Schulwerk approach to Music Education. Students are encouraged to view their music classes as a series of experiments in learning based on listening, playing, and creating music. The children are an integral part of this learning process at all times and are encouraged to contribute ideas about how the lessons could proceed. Experience has shown that the children exceed levels of expectation in learning when their ideas are heard and acted upon in the moment.

Tying Music to Our Core Values

Rashi Core Values continue to be a main aspect of music classes. Every student has a unique Ruach (spirit) to bring to the musical Kehillah (learning community). The teacher emphasizes that showing Kavod (honoring each other) allows the class to practice music in a supportive environment – each one of us brings Tzedek (inner sense of righteousness and justice) to our Limud (learning and study). The combination of these values creates a place in which the creative spirit may thrive.