Students of the Goshen Intermediate School are
offered a wide variety of music courses, including General Music,
Chorus, Strings, and Band. The general music classes are scheduled to
meet for 40 minutes once a week.
Our fourth and fifth grade choruses rehearse twice a
week for 50 minutes before school. Students work on singing technique
while performing a varied repertoire of music.
Instrumental lessons last for a half hour, once a
week. There are weekly band section rehearsals that rehearse during
recess and full band rehearsals twice a week for 50 minutes before
String students have small group lessons for 30
minutes each week. During this time, instruction focuses on building
basic playing skills and music reading skills.
Before-school practices are also part of the
instruction. This takes place 2-3 days a week from 8-8:50 a.m. This time
allows students to utilize the skills they learn during their lessons,
under the supervision of their teacher. Having this extra instruction
makes it possible for students to advance more quickly.
During before-school practice, students have the
opportunity to perform as a group and individually. Students also create
their own music patterns on the board, using the rhythms and notes that
have been learned. This time also makes it possible for students to
listen to music and learn about music history. These are many things
that could not be addressed in the short lesson time during the school