Numerous studies have shown that music has a tremendous impact on child development, and experts recommend music as a key part of school education. Evidence has shown that learning music--specifically a musical instrument--enhances everything from language communication skills to math and reading.
As schools across the country are cutting the arts, PUC Elementary is strengthening our music program. It is an integral part of our curriculum, and musical expression is cultivated from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students begin with choir in kindergarten, then add string instruments in first grade, and band in the upper grades. These talents are showcased at the Christmas and Spring concerts held on the Pacific Union College campus and at church functions for the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church.
From kindergarten through fourth grade, all students are part of choir. Sessions are taught twice a week by Cheryl Ammon.
Studies have shown that childhood participation in a choir can lead to positive developments, including improved academic success, enhanced social skills, increased self-esteem, and stronger memory.
Starting in first grade, students learn a string instrument of their choice: violin, viola, cello. Classes meet twice a week, taught by Linda Marks. These sessions are included in general tuition costs; however, the instrument must be rented for a nominal fee. This program is offered through fourth grade.
Led by John Gilley, students begin learning band instruments in fifth grade. Along with private sessions by instrument, the students also participate in band. These sessions are included in general tuition costs; however, the instrument must be rented for a nominal fee. This program is offered through eighth grade.