Dr. Corso's Music Students: Desert Garden Montessori School is a unique educational setting. Our private school prides itself in educating the whole child, which is why we have maintained our private status as an organization, rather than risking curricular influence by outside institutions. However, we also highly value cultural, economic, and social diversity, so we offer a tuition-assistance program to many of our families, since we might not otherwise have economic diversity of families. In addition, our school did not have a music program established prior to my arrival four years ago, so we are still in the process of creating musical opportunities and gathering resources for our students. We have had amazing experiences so far, especially since all students participate in the music program from our infants all the way up through our high schoolers. Our music program includes: 1) music and creative movement classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, 2) instrumental and vocal general music for lower elementary grades, 3) children's chorus for lower elementary grades, 4) band and orchestral string survey classes for middle elementary grades, 5) concert choir for middle elementary, upper elementary, middle, and high school grades, and 6) cadet band, concert band, and cadet strings for upper elementary, middle, and high school grades. Next year, we will be adding a string orchestra to our program with our students who are more advanced. Our school believes in the power and critical importance of music education and want to provide the best experiences possible for our students. Our students are beginning to demonstrate the incredible aesthetic understandings and musical skills that they have acquired since our program's inception.
Our school supports music so much that it is a requirement and an opportunity that each student in every grade, beginning in first, study instrumental music. Each instrument request would provide a music scholarship for two students--one student would have use in class of the instrument during a rotation through all horns, and the other student would be using the instrument in class and at home for more intensive study. Please, empower us to bring music to our children and empower the children to bring music to their families and community!Read more »