Music is an integral part of the Monticello curriculum. Students learn foundational skills in lower grade levels then focus on instrumental or vocal music in upper grade levels. The history of classical, folk, and other musical traditions is also woven into the Core Knowledge curriculum.

A Solid Foundation

Kindergarten through 4th grade students are taught using the Kodály method. Kodály is an ear training method from Europe that focuses on building a strong sense of pitch and rhythm. It is familiar to most people due to the use of the Do-Re-Mi scale. For a list of the primary musical works students explore, see below.



Music Performance

In 5th grade (at Highbury), students transition to musical performance, choosing between choir, band, or orchestra. As 7th and 8th graders, these students, in the third and fourth year of music performance, consistently receive ratings of Excellent and Superior at Utah music festivals. Monticello alumni have also been selected as Sterling Scholars in Vocal Performance and Instrumental Music.

In addition to musical performance, students in all grade levels learn about the history of music, including the following topics:

Music Topics By Grade
Grade LevelExamples of Genres and Classical WorksSongs
KindergartenGrieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King
Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
The Farmer in the Dell
1stJazz - Improvisation, Louis ArmstrongAmerican the Beautiful
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
There’s a Hole in the Bucket
When the Saints Go Marching In
Yankee Doodle
2ndVivaldi - The Four Seasons
Back - “Jesu, Joy of Man’ Desiring”
Beethoven - “Pastoral” Symphony
Buffalo Gals
Casey Jones
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
This Land Is Your Land
3rdTchaikovsky - Suite from Swan Lake
Sousa - Stars and Stripes Forever
Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man; “Hoedown” from Rodeo; Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring
America (“My country, ‘tis of thee”)
Down in the Valley
Simple Gifts
This Little Light of Mine
4thHandel - “Hallelujah Chorus”
Haydne - “Surprise” Symphony
Mozart - The Magic Flute
Gregorian Chant
Auld Lang Syne
I Love the Mountain (Round)
Walting Matilda
Songs of the U.S. Armed Forces
5thBeethoven - Symphony No. 5
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Music from the Renaissance
Mendelssohn - selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Danny Boy
Havah Nagilah
  • Counterpoint, fugue
  • Bach - Brandenburg Concerto, The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Handel - Water Music

  • Symphony - Mozart - Symphony No. 40
  • Concerto - Haydn - Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21
  • Chamber Music - Haydn - String Quartet Opus 76 No. 3 “Emperor,” Beethoven - “Moonlight” Sonata

  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
  • Schubert - Die Forelle, Gretchen am Spinnrade
  • Chopin - Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor
  • Schumann - Piano Concerto in A Minor
7thClassical Music
  • Romantics - Brahms, Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner
  • National identify - Dvořák, Grieg, Tchaikovsky

American Musical Traditions
  • Blues
  • Jazz
8thClassical Music
  • National Identity - Sibelius, Bartók, Rodrigo, Copland
  • Modern Music - Debussy, Stravinsky

Vocal Music
  • Opera - Rossini, Verdi
  • American Musical Theater - Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein and Sondheim

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