General Music Program
The general music program serves to expose students to the art of music from a variety of cultures and periods in history. Lessons in the early elementary grades emphasize basic listening, singing, and playing skills, with a predominant focus on rhythm and movement. Building on these fundamental skills, students in the middle grades apply this knowledge to playing pitched instruments, such as recorder. Lessons are designed to integrate the Pennsylvania State Standards for Music Education and incorporate classroom In-Depth Investigations and Expedition topics. All students are given the opportunity to perform publicly and attend performances in a wide variety of musical genres. It is our hope that through all these musical experiences, Russell Byers students will graduate with a profound respect and passion for music.
With one rehearsal per week, the RBCS drum line has been working hard. Percussionists work through classical elementary rudiments as well as West African Ewe polyrhythms. Their most recent trip was to visit the Temple University Diamond Marching Band complete with a question and answer with their Drum Line.