“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”
The North Merrick music program provides a variety of "hands-on" musical experiences designed to encourage self-expression, creative performance, and acquisition of major musical elements such as rhythm, harmony, melody and notation. Through opportunities to play rhythmic and melodic instruments, learn musical notation, and listen to a variety of the finest forms of musical expression, students come to learn about, enjoy and appreciate the world of music. In addition to stimulating the intellectual and emotional growth of students, the music curriculum is designed to contribute to the students' understanding of our a variety of cultural music traditions and styles.
Opportunities are provided for student involvement in the instrumental music program in fourth grade. As students gain proficiency, they join the junior band or orchestra, district band, or district orchestra as well as advanced ensembles including: Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band in 5th & 6th grade.