General Music Classes
Whittier students attend General Music classes 30 minutes weekly. Music is a core curriculum subject in Arizona and there are music standards that students are taught during music classes. Music teachers in the Mesa Public School district teach students according to the standards of the district curriculum.
Essential musical experiences are used to teach six conceptual areas. They are : Rhythm, Pitch, Texture/Harmony, Form, Expressive Elements, and Style.
The MPS music curriculum is designed to engage students as active participants. Students should strive to demonstrate a superior level of involvement and responsibility for learning. Students should obey the classroom rules, actively participate and have an excellent attitude each and every music class in order to earn the grade of "4" Outstanding.
Concert Band Program
The MPS band program provides students in grades 5-6 with the opportunity to receive instruction on woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. A highly qualified band teacher provides 30 minutes of instruction two times a week during the school day as part of the overall music curriculum.
The level 1 and level 2 band courses (grades 5-6) introduce the essential elements of playing a wind instrument or percussion instruments. The students who complete these courses with consistent practice at home and attentiveness in band classes at school, will be able to demonstrate the understanding of:
- Pitch, Scales, Basic Rudiments
- Music Fundamentals
by playing, listening, reading/writing and creating music appropriate to the instrument and performance level of the student.
On Thurs., Jan. 19th at Westwood auditorium, 6th grade Band students will meet at 4:30pm to rehearse, then perform a concert at 7:00pm with other Elem., Jr. High and High School Band students. It is free! Please come!
4th - 6th grade Chorus
Whittier students may choose to join our Chorus Club. We practice good vocal technique, music reading, and team work as we learn to sing together. We meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in room 201 from 7:20am until the first bell to line up. Students that have been practicing the new music in Chorus rehearsals since January 5th, will be able to be in a concert at Westwood High School auditorium on Monday, January 30th at 6:45pm. We will meet to rehearse the music with students from other area elementary school choral groups at 4:30pm at the High School auditorium. Carson Junior High Choir students and other area choirs will also be a part of the concert. There is no charge to attend. Please come to hear the concert!