In addition to the Montessori curriculum, Orff music lessons are given one day a week. These begin with the primary classes and continue through the elementary years. The Orff method, developed by composer Carl Orff, uses a child’s natural, playful impulses towards movement and vocal expression to teach musical concepts. Students explore beat, rhythm and pitch through music, rhyme and movement exercises. Orff also promotes creativity through improvisation and composition. Children sing, use body percussion and play rhythm and percussion instruments, progressively attaining note-reading skills.
Our Spanish teacher visits classrooms once a week to teach Spanish lessons to the elementary and primary students. Appreciation for a second language and another culture is our main goal. The primary and elementary teachers reinforce both the Orff and Spanish instruction during their regular class time.