Horseheads Intermediate School
Through music, students can learn important life lessons such as cooperation, perseverance, self-discipline and creative expression. All students attend music class. Students in fourth grade have the opportunity to take lessons on a string, brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument and to participate in band, chorus, and/or orchestra.
Students have 40 minute music classes twice in the six-day schedule. Music lessons are planned to develop musical, social and personal skills in a way that challenges the students. Much of the learning is done through hands-on activities, and is often reiterated through small group work. A typical lesson consists of a combination of the following: singing, classroom instruments, music theory, concentrated listening, keyboard instruments, composition, hand signs, dancing, and cooperative learning.
Chorus is offered to students in who enjoy singing and performing. During the school year, there will be choral performances. Rehearsals take place during the six-day cycle.
Orchestra and/or band are also offered to students in who may have an interest and experience in this area. Students are given lessons in small groups during the school day and participate in respective rehearsals for band or orchestra. During the school year, there will be performances by each group. As with chorus, rehearsals are a part of the six-day cycle.