Woodlawn’s music program offers K-12 students opportunities to compose, play, and perform music using various instruments and voice. Music education provides children with a means of self-expression and enhances teamwork skills through communication, cooperation, and collaboration. Music is integrated into subjects across the curriculum and students engage in interdisciplinary projects that connect core subjects to the arts.
The lower school music program focuses on singing, rhythm, and voice technique. They learn songs that are fun to sing and songs that integrate with their core class curriculum. Simple instruments, such as sticks and percussion instruments, are introduced in kindergarten and first grade. Students in first and second grade begin working on music theory, learning to recognize notes on the staff and other music symbols. Second graders take that understanding a bit further as they sing those notes in a melody. They also learn about counting notes and rhythm in a song. Each student in second and third grade plays the recorder and as the year progresses, are able to play along with keyboard or guitar. Third graders write lyrics to a song that they put to music and rhythm. The fourth grade music program focuses on enhancing the core curriculum through song and rhythm and continue to enhance their understanding of music theory.
Performance is an essential part of the Lower School music program. Choreography is used as a tool to bring the songs to life. Students in grades K-4 perform for an audience for our annual Fall Festival and Night of the Arts programs on campus and also participate in the annual "Christmas in Davidson” performance in town.
The middle school music curriculum focuses on building students' music knowledge by fully understanding music history and music theory. Beginning in sixth grade, students learn the basic skills of composition and what it takes to be a composer. Students create pieces using pencil and paper as well as digital compositions on GarageBand, Sony ACID and other various composition software. Sixth grade focuses on building knowledge and understanding history through music and dance. In seventh grade, students apply that knowledge and perform musical and dance numbers from all around the world. Seventh graders perform several choreographed numbers at the annual Heritage Fest. In eighth grade, music and service learning are integrated as students create music for emotion and perform monthly for the residents of the Brian Center. Latin dance is an exciting part of the eighth grade curriculum. Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in the annual school musical which is performed during spring trimester.
Students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to continue their study of music through regular elective offerings and through participation in the TrebleBlazers, Woodlawn's coed a cappella group. The TrebleBlazers perform on campus and also in the community; they have performed the National Anthem at Davidson College and Charlotte Hornets games. Students also sing and play music regularly at off-campus Open Mic Nights, in the annual student talent show, and in the school musical.