- Our School Music Program is comprehensive and fun. From K -6 grade, students have the opportunity to play an instrument, starting with the Recorder in Kindergarten and first grade. In second grade, students are introduced to the Violin and the following year, students have the opportunity to select from several other instruments including the Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass from third to sixth grade.
- Evergreen Charter School is also proud to have an Elementary School Chamber Orchestra comprised of the most talented musicians of the school.
- The music department has many celebrations throughout the year; such as the Hispanic History Month, Black History Month, Spring Concert and Graduation, as well as a field trip to Lincoln Center.
Evergreen Charter School believes that choral singing is a thriving form of artistic expression. Therefore, we would like to provide students an opportunity to great musical performances that could be acknowledged for advancing many of the positive qualities associated with success in life.
Why Choral Music?
On any given day, in towns both large and small, choruses across the country present hundreds of beautiful concerts. While audiences and choral singers alike have long understood the intrinsic value of choral music, the 2009 Chorus Impact Study commissioned by Chorus America also shows us that choral participation cultivates positive attributes in singers, which in turn, benefits communities.
Four primary findings emerged from the research:
- An estimated 42.6 million people in the U.S. sing in more than 270,000 choruses today—that’s far more than participate in any other performing art.
The data indicates that choral singing is a thriving and growing form of artistic expression in America, and, in addition to providing great musical performances, it can be acknowledged for advancing many of the positive qualities associated with success in life both for children and adults.
2. People who sing in choruses demonstrate characteristics that make them remarkably good citizens.
For example, choral singers are much more likely to be generous by volunteering in their communities and contributing money to philanthropic causes. They’re far more likely to take on leadership roles too, and participate in the political process.
3. The 2009 study also explicitly examined the effects that choral singing has on childhood development.
The results show that children who sing in choruses have academic success and valuable life skills. Additionally, both parents and educators (from every discipline) attribute a significant part of a child’s academic success to singing in a choir.
4. There is a troubling decline in choral singing opportunities for children.
While the research determined there are numerous academic and social benefits resulting from a child’s participation in a chorus, it also pointed to an alarming trend suggesting that these opportunities are not available, or are being reduced or eliminated from schools across the country.
–Excerpted from Chorus America