Music and Drama
Teacher: Ashley Craft
Curriculum description: Music enables students to communicate in ways that go beyond their oral language abilities. It is a part of every day life! Rhythm, patterns, and systems are found throughout our world. We firmly believe that music is a subject worthy of study in and of itself, and studies have proven that music enhances many other areas such as math, reading, and science. At MDS, students are immersed in a broad range of musical experiences. Students respond to music ideas individually and collaboratively. A wide variety of musical styles, instruments, and cultures construct the curriculum. Elementary and Middle School students discover the language of music. A stimulating and challenging curriculum is integrated through units of inquiry. Students also build confidence and musical ability by performing an annual school musical. A Middle School music elective is offered that usually includes chorus, chimes, and performing arts.