Ramalynn Academy provides a wide array of opportunities in both instrumental and vocal arts.
Our music faculty, Ms. Diane Thornton, has been with Ramalynn for over 26 years. She continues to instill a love and passion for music into students of all ages.
All students participate in weekly music classes, starting with introductory music in preschool and kindergarten. Older students take part in the Ramalynn Academy chorus. They are also given the opportunity to participate in band and string orchestra. Private lessons for many musical instruments are available through the school.
Primary students have 30-minute music classes two days each week. Through singing and movement students find their singing voices, feel beat and rhythm, discover musical concepts of dynamics, tempo, melody and form.
Elementary I Music
EI students have two 30-minute music classes each week. Students build on concepts begun in Primary, applying actual musical terms (forte-piano, allegro-andante, etc). Students begin reading simple rhythms using quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, triplets and half notes. They also read simple melodic patterns. Ostinati and rounds are part of their singing experiences.
Elementary II & Middle School Music
EII and MS students have two 30-minute classes each week. More advanced rhythm and melodic reading skills are introduced. Students sing round, partner songs and begin to do 2 and 3-part singing. Music theory knowledge continues (whole steps-half steps, scale construction, etc.). Students gain more knowledge of musical styles, musical periods and many composers.
Beginning in third grade or at age eight students have the opportunity to play violin, cello, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone or percussion. Students have a 30-minute semi-private lesson each week. Students progress at their own pace based on age, ability and amount of at-home practice done between lessons