From the time MDCA students enter their kindergarten music class, they learn to work together as an ensemble towards a common goal. The basics and fundamentals of music are the primary focus in kindergarten and first grade. In second grade, students begin to learn their first instrument - the ukulele! Our third grade students learn the recorder as their first wind instrument. Students in fourth grade get to experience music of different cultures through our world drumming unit. Fifth grade students at MDCA are given an opportunity afforded by very few schools - all students in fifth grade participate in beginning band. They learn traditional band instruments like the flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. This further prepares them to decide if they want to continue with band as an elective into their secondary years.
Students in grades K-5 are showcased in multiple programs throughout the year. In the fall, students participate in the Grandparent’s Day Program and the Elementary Christmas Program. In the spring, students have the opportunity to participate in the Elementary Play where the secondary drama teacher, Mrs. Abbate, and Mrs. Perkins work together on a musical.