The Belington Elementary music program has a developmental sequence from Preschool through 5th grade. The kindergarten students start an intensive program fo beat, rhythm, pitches, tempo and listening. These concepts are developed more each year and culminate with the 5th grade writing and performing their own rhythm compositions. Concepts are developed through singing, listening, many types of movement activities and playing many different instruments. Third grades develop a bell choir and 4th graders learn about the instruments of the orchestra and travel to Charleston to see the West Virginia Symphony in the Spring.|
When students get to the 4th grade, they may join chorus which is made up of 50-60 4th and 5th graders. The chorus performs several different musicals and programs throughout the year. These consist of acting, dances, solos and group movement. We perform for our school, Kiwanis Club, Grandparent's Day, Parent's Day, Chamber of Commerce, Retired Teachers Banquet, Mother-Daughter Banquet, our annual Christmas musical and our annual end-of-the-year musical.
We also perform for our week-long celebration during "Music In Our Schools" month. During this week, activities are planned for each day. One day is devoted to listening. A recording is made of 5 or 6 selections, and the tape is passed from room to room. As teachers and students alike try to identify composers, form, tempo, dynamics, and titles. Prizes are awarded to the winning classes. Another day is set aside for a performance by an instrumental group which is invited in. One day is for performance by each grade level to show the public what they learn in music class. The most exciting day is when the school goes on a musical scavenger hunt!
Several 5th grade students are selected each year to participate in the
Alderson-Broaddus College solo festival. The students are judged and usually bring back Superior ratings.
Belington Elementary School has many talented students!