The vocal and general music program in Swanton Schools provides students in all grades opportunities to sing songs, play instruments, listen to many kinds of music, learn musical skills and music history, practice performance skills, and make connections with other areas of learning and their lives outside of school. Lessons are often linked with social studies, literature, or science units. The music department is well-supplied with songs and instruments from all over the world, and ethnic music is an important part of the curriculum. Life-long appreciation and understanding of music is a priority, and the skills Swanton students acquire in music class will have positive benefits in other areas of their school careers.
by Mrs. Messier, Instructor
The instrumental music program is designed to provide opportunities for participants to learn about many aspects of music primarily through instrumental music performance. Interested students usually rent instruments and take small group lessons for one year before joining Advanced Band or Advanced Orchestra. There are two instrumental music concerts each year. Lessons are available on flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, percussion, violin, viola, and cello. Participation in instrumental music at Swanton Central School will help prepare students for future involvement in instrumental music in middle school, high school, and beyond.