Every student at Chapin receives general music instruction beginning in prekindergarten, with the option of more specialized ensemble experiences starting in grade 5. The music classroom is a place where every aspect of musical behavior is addressed: performing, creating, listening, and analyzing.
- As performers, students are singing songs, playing body percussion (clapping, snapping, stamping, etc.), chanting rhymes, dancing folk dances, playing singing games, and playing instruments.
- As creators, they are acting out songs and stories, creating original dances, improvising melodies to a given rhythm, and composing their own arrangements to songs.
- As listeners, they are playing music as part of an ensemble and hearing their part in the context of other musicians. They are also self-evaluating as they listen, enabling them to improve their performance.
- As analyzers, students are describing what they hear through words, pictures, movement, solfege syllables, hand signs, and music notation.