About General Music
The General Music program is an integral part of every child's education in the the District. In general music, students gain the skills necessary to participate in music, create their own music, and understand the complex nature of music. Using these skills, students develop a means for self expression, which is an important component of personal development. Participating in music education helps students develop cultural sensitivity, internal motivation, positive self-esteem, and the ability to function both individually and within a group.
In the District, general music is taught using a child-centered approach. Many of our teachers are highly skilled in using the Orff-Schulwerk approach of teaching, which focuses on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. In Orff-Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Experimentation, improvisation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in the 21st century.