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Beginner – Middle School


Voices. Drums. Xylophones. Recorders. Ukuleles. The study of Music at Wellan is based on the Orff-Schulwerk approach, which encourages students to learn by doing what they do instinctively—play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally and with joy. Older students progress to fundamental theory in note reading, rhythm, and harmony; explore different instruments; improvise; and create their own compositions. Wellan students are primed to appreciate music for a lifetime. 


All students at Wellan have music at least once a week, from the Beginner program through Voyager. Students who graduate from Wellan will experience singing, movement, drums, xylophones, percussion instruments, recorders, and ukulele. In addition, during their time in Upper Elementary, they are able to opt into our string instrument program. Students experience the love and joy of music and movement, as a way to connect with the community, and to learn how to work and listen to a group. Over the past few years, the administration has fully supported the growth of the music program to include an Instrument Program, an expansion of the after school private music lessons and other music classes, and an additional part-time music teacher for our Beginner and Primary students. Wellan now has two fully functioning music rooms, once for the Beginner and Primary students and one for the Elementary and Voyager students. 

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