“Performing, creating, and responding to music are the fundamental music processes in which humans engage. Students, particularly in grades K-6, learn by doing. Singing, playing instruments, moving to music, and creating music enable them to acquire musical skills and knowledge that can be developed in no other way. Learning to read and notate music gives them a skill with which to explore music independently and with others. Listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music are important building blocks of musical learning. Further, to participate fully in a diverse, global society, students must understand their own historical and cultural heritage and those of others within their communities and beyond. Because music is a basic expression of human culture, every student should have access to a balanced, comprehensive, and sequential program of study in music.”
-Music Educators National Conference
At Wilkinsburg School District we realize the importance of music education and meet these objectives through all students participating in a required general music curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to engage the students through various mediums to perform, create, and respond to music through the use of Piano Keyboards, Classroom Music Instruments, Orff Percussion, World Music Drumming, African Drumming, Recorders, and various IPad apps.
In addition, we believe it is important to provide many performance opportunities. Our students participate in several public performances throughout the year. Some of our productions have included: Winter and Spring Concerts, Mini Musicals, Plays, Community Performances, and Black History Month Celebrations.
The Wilkinsburg School District is celebrating its 14th year in partnership with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The partnership has produced an annual Community Concert held which includes students in the evening’s performance along with the professionals from the Orchestra. All proceeds from ticket sales for the concert go toward music programs in the school district. Students benefit by being able to take part in field trips to enjoy concerts and music workshops at Heinz Hall and other venues.