Mozart Performing Arts™ Program
Students in 3rd-6th grade (grade levels vary by campus) who select enrollment in the Mozart Performing Arts Program will dive into an exciting new program unique to Legacy Traditional Schools. Mozart Performing Arts students will have the opportunity to take four music classes per week including piano class, instrumental music, and general music with an emphasis on vocal technique, music literacy, and music history.
What About Academics?
Mozart Performing Arts students will still receive the same award-winning back-to-basics curriculum that has made Legacy Traditional Schools in demand around the state.
Piano class takes place in the Mozart Performing Arts piano lab, where students learn basic keyboarding skills on a state-of-the-art Yamaha keyboard. The student keyboards are full-size with weighted keys that simulate the feel of an acoustic instrument. A headset for each student allows the teacher to provide feedback from the teacher station, and enables the students to work independently.
Instrumental music is offered during the school day for Mozart Performing Arts students. Students in third grade begin on the soprano recorder, the study of which prepares students for band or orchestra the following year. Beginning in fourth grade students learn the basics of their chosen instrument in band or orchestra, as well as concert literature and music literacy, culminating in evening performances throughout the year.
General music class is taught in part by utilizing the Kodaly method, a music education model with the child in mind. This step-by-step, highly structured approach encourages students to become musically literate through vocal performance, movement, and sight-singing. Through use of “Making Music”, an excellent Silver-Burdett resource, students will explore music from other cultures and all genres and eras of Western music, learning how to analyze what they hear and ultimately create their own music.
Mozart Performing Arts students also create and prepare programs for evening performances utilizing their voice as their instrument. Performing in public has many inherent benefits to students, including the ability to focus under pressure, overcoming performance anxiety, and the ability to receive praise and celebrate accomplishment.
LTS is investing in making Mozart Performing Arts successful for your child with two instrumental/general music rooms, a performance stage and a state-of-the-art networked piano lab.
Students in the Mozart Performing Arts will have the same regular core classes as their peers with Spalding, Saxon, writing, science and history. In addition to the core LTS academics, students will also receive four days of the Mozart curriculum, which includes piano class, instrumental music, and general music with an emphasis on vocal technique, music literacy, and music history. Students will attend P.E. class and computer class once per week, and will alternate weekly attendance of art and Spanish.
Playing a musical instrument significantly enhances the brainstems sensitivity to speech sounds. This relates to encoding skills involved with music and language. Experience with music at a young age can ‘fine-tune’ the brains auditory system.
Students in top-quality music programs scored 22% better in English and 20% better in mathematics than students in deficient music programs.Dr. Christopher Johnson, Jenny Memmott
Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training. Musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics, and IQ.Dr. Laurel Trainor
Students of lower socioeconomic status who took music lessons in grades 8-12 increased their math scores significantly as compared to non-music students. But just as important, reading, history, geography and even social skills soared by 40%.Gardiner, Fox, Jeffrey and Knowles