General music classes are offered to students grades K4 through 5th grade:
K4: 20 minutes/week
Grades K5-4: 35 minutes/twice per week
Grade 5: 35 minutes per week (Plus 30 minute per week choir rehearsal)
Cumberland's music program is based on the philosophy and practice of Orff Schulwerk, a dynamic approach to music education developed by the composer Carl Orff and his colleague, Gunild Keetman.
Orff Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music. This approach is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance and keep a beat on anything near at hand. This begins from the premise that every child is innately musical and naturally loves to play, sing and dance. Students learn songs , dances and instrumental pieces from all over the world and from different genres on Orff instruments, but they also add their own ideas to the musical experiences through improvisation, composition and group choreography.
For more information about the music programs offered at Cumberland School, please visit our website: www.mrscruzmusic.com
Mr. Kieffer teaches grades K4, K5, 1 and 5th Grade Choir.
Ms. Cruz teaches grades K4, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Choir All fifth grade students participate in choir for 35 minutes, once per week. Students learn to sing in unison, canon and part-singing.
Orchestra For Cumberland orchestra, the door is always open! 4th grade orchestra students meet for 35 minutes of group instruction per week. 5th grade orchestra students have a 35 minute small group lesson and two 35 minute large ensemble rehearsals each week.
Mr. Brodie teaches 4th and 5th grade orchestra.
Band instruction is open to any interested 5th graders. 5th grade band students meet for 35 minutes of small group instruction and two 35 minute large ensemble rehearsals each week.
Mr. Loebl teaches 5th grade band.