The scope of the music program gives attention to each child’s individual stage of development through movement, speaking, playing and singing. Musical instruments, such as the xylophone (with removable wooden tone bars), metallophone (with removable metal tone bars), glockenspiel (small metal bars), and many non-pitched percussion instruments (such as the hand drum and shakers) are introduced to Early Childhood (age 2) students and are used consistently through the Sixth Grade. In Fourth Grade, students are introduced to the recorder and learn to read and perform written music. This learning process continues through the Sixth Grade. Throughout all grades, children are encouraged to sing both individually and as an ensemble.
Performance plays an important role in the music program. Your child will perform often for each other, for parents, and for friends of the school. Our major performances include the Winter Program, Grandparents’ Day, and the Spring Program.
Meet Paul Deming
Paul Deming has been making music at Rohan Woods since 2001. Paul holds a degree in Music Education from Webster University and is an internationally published composer. He is a Third Degree Black Belt (San Dan) in Shotokan Karate and serves as Licensed Pastor of the Garden Chapel / Church of the Open Word in Creve Coeur. With more than 20 years in music education, Paul brings music performance, theory, note-reading, improvisation, movement, and singing to every classroom. In his spare time, Paul teaches guitar lessons after school and also plays lead guitar for the Ralph Butler Band. Paul is an active member of the American Orff Shulwerk Association (a national organization of music teachers) and is Orff Certified (level 1).