Music education is an important part of the development of the whole child.
At Van Walleghem, we provide creative musical experiences at every level
through the Orff process. The Orff process is based on each
child’s natural musical inclinations and draws upon games, chant, song,
movement, folk dance, drama as well as playing pitched and non-pitched
All of our students play the barred instruments and a great variety of
percussion instruments from kindergarten through grade 5. Recorder is
introduced in grade 3 and continues until grade 5. The recorder is an
invaluable instrument that develops note reading and ensemble skills.
In addition to regular class instruction by our Music Specialist there are
co-curricular opportunities offered throughout the year including grades 2/3 choir, grades 4/5 choir and grades 6-8 choir. Our choirs perform at events such as the
Remembrance Day assembly, the annual Winter Concert and in festivals
and events outside the school.
École Van Walleghem School, we believe that exposure to playing an instrument is an
integral part of every child’s education. That’s why every student takes
band in grade 6. Students in grade 6 will spend the year learning to play
an orchestral woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument, where they will learn
skills such as teamwork, independence, problem-solving and perseverance (in
addition to actually playing their instrument).
students progress to grades 7 and 8 band, they will encounter numerous
opportunities for musical enrichment, such as jazz band, “Jingle Band” (a
special band put together for the elementary Christmas concert), small
ensembles and solo opportunities. The grade 7's will spend a day at a Band
retreat, where they will work with specialists on their instruments and bond as
a group, and the grade 7's and 8's will perform at the annual Level One and
Optimist Band festivals (in April and February, respectively).