RCEF Music Programs
The RCEF supports music education in grades 2 through 8 at every school in the Redwood City School District. Music education is a long-standing passion for us, and we are fully committed to ensuring all students are able to receive the academic, social, emotional, and artistic benefits that can only come from learning to play an instrument in a group.
Countless studies have documented the benefit of music instruction when it comes to improving academic and social skills. Beyond mere achievement however lies the reality that music is one of our most fundamental forms of human self expression. Every culture in the world has music at its center, and it is an artform that crosses social, economic, and linguistic borders. An education that deprives children of the skills to use and appreciate this most basic form of creative expression is an education that fails.
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RCEF Music for Learning is a sequentially structured general music program delivered by professional educators. The program serves around 4,000 students in grades 2 through 5. The curriculum for each grade is based on the state’s Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools.
In early grades, RCEF Music for Learning focuses on:
- Singing: pitch matching, posture, breath, head voice/chest voice, ear-training, enunciation
- Rhythm: steady beat, rhythm, body percussion, rhythm instrument
- Movement: body percussion, folk dance, music games, action songs
- Listening: across the eras and across the world
In 4th and 5th grades, students start instrumental music study with the recorder, developing their playing and breathing techniques. They continue to learn harmony and sight reading for both notes and rhythm.
This program is offered in partnership with Music for Minors and receives support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and Redwood City Odd Fellows. For a full list of music supporters, please visit the Save Our School Music page.
Every 6th through 8th grade middle school student in our district is eligible to study instrumental music. Students play band or orchestra instruments and provide concerts for school assemblies, graduations, and other events honing their performance skills and bringing music to their communities.
The Instrumental Music program builds on the training students receive in grades 2 through 5 through Music for Learning and prepares students for high school orchestra, band, and other music studies.
For many of our children, the middle school Instrumental Music program is literally their only opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. Without this program few of them will be able to continue on to study music after 8th grade, which will see the inevitable decimation of high school bands and orchestras and other youth music opportunities in our community.
Read our Fast Facts about the District Instrumental Music Program fact sheet.
Encouraging middle schoolers to start something new, like playing an instrument, takes a little creativity and innovation. With kids, we’ve learned, nothing succeeds like hands on experimentation, which is the goal of our after school program Triple Play. Triple Play gives young musicians a chance to try out and fall in love with a targeted array of band and orchestra instruments while giving them the confidence to continue on to the middle school Instrumental Music program.
Thanks to our generous funders at the Kirven-Morse Family Fund, the fee for the entire three-month program is only $10 for students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch, and a low $100 for everyone else. Professional musical educators come from the Traveling Music School, and teach with instruments supplied by West Valley Music, which is donating a portion of this expense.
Students cover all the bases of the trumpet, violin, and clarinet in weekly one-hour classes of no more than 20 participants. For its first year, Triple Play is open to 5th grade students at, or with access to, one of six schools: Fair Oaks, Hawes, Hoover, Roosevelt, Selby Lane, and Taft. With increased funding, the program can be expanded to more schools and grades.
Please give today to help us share this unique program with more of our great kids!