Students continue their vocal exercises during music lessons to develop their choral sound. Movement activities and body percussion help children practice rhythm, physical coordination and team work, and are incorporated seamlessly into each class. Fifth graders also take music theory to the next step, writing and playing scales in G, F and D, and building harmonies with soprano, alto, and tenor recorders inspired by the triad.
The fifth grade orchestra rehearses compositions such as "Noble Dance" and "Canyon sunset," challenging pieces that require precise transitions between arco (bowed) and pizzicato (plucked) sections. In this way, students develop a basic foundation based on impeccable technique.