Music at MSNV


The music program at MSNV is built upon things children love to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on whatever is near at hand.  Based on the concepts of German composer Carl Orff, the basic methods of “Orff-Schulwerk” with its progressive structure, integration of musical elements, and self-paced, hands-on technique, are fully compatible with the Montessori philosophy.  The program includes folk music, seasonal and traditional songs and rhymes, Mother Goose, and games and dances.  Children at MSNV get their first musical experiences from their own speech, songs, and poems interpreted dramatically and embellished with percussion instruments and creative movement.


The Orff-Schulwerk method inspires children to begin a lifelong process of music discovery and learning. At the elementary level, children develop their singing and instrumental playing technique on ukulele and the beautiful Orff instruments; wooden and metal xylophones and glockenspiels. Active learners improvise using their voices, instruments and bodies as expressive and artistic tools. In addition, beginning musical literacy deepens the child’s experience and provides opportunities for reading and writing music. At MSNV, children embrace a diverse repertoire of multicultural music and folk dances, while each individual’s musical creativity and independence is fostered. We look forward to sharing the children’s work with our community at the annual Musicale.


In addition to a weekly music class, primary children participate in an afternoon drama class – a fun filled literature based exploration of drama, dance and music.


Coming Fall 2016!

We are excited to begin our band program this fall- offering flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium and percussion lessons to the Upper Elementary children. Students will collaborate with one another to make music as they rehearse as an ensemble and perform in a spring concert.