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The music program at Patrick McGaheran School incorporates an exploratory process where students are actively engaged in all areas of learning while creating, performing, responding and connecting to music. Our students will experience music in many ways (kinesthetically, verbally, visually, aurally, etc.) to ensure success for all types of learners. Throughout the year, we will learn a wide array of musical concepts while continuing to foster the enjoyment and appreciation of the art of music! Our curriculum is thoughtfully planned around the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. 


Examples of musical concepts include: 

  • Melody
  • Rhythm
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Form
  • Timbre
  • Culture
  • History


Students will learn through:

  • Performaning while singing and speaking/chanting
  • Performing while playing instruments
  • Dancing - planned choreography and improvised movement
  • Reading and writing musical notation
  • Creating and improvising 
  • Composing and arranging
  • Listening and describing
  • Responding and evaluating
  • Connecting with culture and history
  • Exploring different genres
  • Connecting to outside subject areas