Galloway’s creative music program immerses students in a world of sound that includes a variety of genres across cultures and time periods. Based on Galloway’s 4D’s, the curriculum builds student’s musical skills on the instrument/s of their choice while embracing creative process through projects and repertoire based on individual student interests.
Early Learning students are surrounded by music every day in their classroom and the music room as their teachers use music as a tool for teaching a variety of concepts, making historical and cultural connections and developing the simple joy of listening and making music together. The music teacher works with students as they develop singing skills, play instruments, create their own arrangements and learn musical concepts including melody, harmony, rhythm, form and musical expression. Students share what they have learned informal and informal performances throughout the year.
All students in Grades 5 and 6 participate in band, orchestra, guitar ensemble or chorus while also attending general music classes dedicated to nurturing individual interests and the creative process. Students in grades 7 and 8 may elect to continue in ensembles committed to exploring a wide variety of musical styles.The ML music ensembles perform a number of formal and informal concerts throughout the school year for the Galloway community and beyond. Additional ML electives based on student interests have included music technology, history of rock and roll, world music exploration and song writing.
Upper Learning music elective classes are offered to accommodate a wide range of interests and skills. Students can improve individual instrumental or vocal techniques as a member of band, orchestra, guitar ensemble or chorus as they prepare for performances on and off campus. They can also choose to learn skills related to digital music recording, song writing or music theory. Student interests drive the ensembles and elective courses. Galloway’s music faculty work closely with professionals in the music industry in order to provide students with real world experiences related to the music industry. Galloway graduates have attended Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, University of Indiana and the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, Austria. More importantly, all Galloway music students leave with a love of music that will last a lifetime!