“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” - Victor Hugo
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” - Confucius
The study and practice of Music in grades K-12 prepares students for life in the 21st century. The use of traditional and nontraditional media has created a demand for the development of new skills to enable all young people to communicate, collaborate, create, and improve critical thinking skills. These skills enable all students to work through the creative process with problem solving and critical thinking as the starting point. These higher-order thinking processes culminate in the communication of ideas, a key component of the 21st century skill set, through musical expression. Musicians communicate not only through their own work, but also by incorporating music expressed by others throughout time, diverse locations and differing cultures. Music literacy sequentially builds capacity for students to be independent learners who are capable of making informed decisions regarding their participation in the Fine and Performing Arts, as students, consumers and supporters throughout their lives.
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Music Program Goals
By the end of the 12th grade, students will perform, respond, and create with understanding to the musical art form, and will be able to connect music to broader societal and cultural contexts, They will develop in-depth skills in at least one strand of music and be prepared to apply their musical knowledge and skills throughout their lifetime.
- Students will be able to read and interpret printed music when applicable
- Students will be fluent in terminology and concepts related to the art form
- Students will be familiar with how technology influences and is connected with:
- Listening to, discovering, and sharing music
- Creating music
- Supporting musical skill development and learning
- When applicable, students will experience music via authentic performance situations, both in the school setting and in the broader community
- The participation and engagement of community stakeholders will be a vital component to this performance experience
Global and Cultural Awareness
- Students will relate musical ideas and musical works with personal experiences and meanings
- Students will relate music to societal, cultural, and historical contexts, events, trends, and practices
- Students will build connections between music and personal emotions, and explore how the two interact
All Wilton Public School music students will have access to a variety of quality musical experiences, both performance-focused and non-performance-focused.
Music Program Core Principles
As music learners in the Wilton Public Schools, students will…
● Access a diverse breadth of musical experiences
● Create, rehearse and perform music individually, in a small group, or within a large ensemble
● Use technology to generate and develop musical ideas, evaluate and refine personal and ensemble works, synthesize and relate musical ideas to varied contexts and daily life.
● Use a variety of music-specific vocabulary to make and describe connections between music and musical experiences to their own work, the work of others, across curricula, and the greater world.
● Develop and use traits associated with creativity by engaging in musical problem solving
● Engage in experiences that will lead them to become effective critics and consumers of music, and to form connections between music and human culture
● Engage in experiences that will allow students to explore emotional content and connections inherent to music, and to develop their emotional literacy and understanding
● Develop, through participating in music, organizational, collaborative, and analytical skills that will aid them in all areas of their