Building on skills they learned in the Red Top music program, students at GES 4-5 expand their study and performance of music through various methods.
Music teacher Amy Killebrew uses the ORFF program, which allows students to create music through movement and using different instruments, including xylophones and metallophones. She incorporates rhythm activities and games using a variety of rhythmic instruments, and she constantly introduces students to different genres, instruments, artists, and musical elements.
The ukulele has become a prominent instrument in the program. A classroom set was provided by Fender and Follow Your Heart, a program started by Nashville singer-songwriter and Grenada native Charlie Worsham. Killebrew selects one music class a week to teach students the ukulele and also provides lessons every Tuesday after school as part of the 21st Century Community Grant.
Finally, students who are looking for a broader musical education may audition to join the Pizzazz Show Choir, a song and dance program in which they’ll perform a show of popular songs.
Fifth grade students attend music class once a week. Fourth graders are on a six-day rotation.