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We believe that music is fundamental to the educational development of the students of Gateway Regional High School.  Students should be provided with the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the nature of the creative process.
  • Learn the importance of the discipline of music in shaping and reflecting historical and cultural heritage.
  • Explore and express ideas, feelings, and beliefs in creating and performing music.
  • Develop and acquire essential skills and literacy unique to music.
  • Involve imaginative, reflective, and critical thinking skills in creating and responding to music.



  • Singing:  Students, alone and with others, will sing a varied repertoire of music.
  • Reading and Notation:  Students will read music written in standard notation.
  • Playing Instruments:  Students will play instruments, alone and with others, to perform a varied repertoire of music.
  • Improvisation and Composition:  Students will improvise, compose, and arrange music.
  • Critical Response:  Students will describe and analyze their own music and the music of others using appropriate music vocabulary.  When appropriate, students will connect their analysis to interpretation and evaluation.
  • Purposes and Meaning in the Arts:  Students will describe the purposes for which works of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and architecture were and are created, and, when appropriate, interpret their meanings.
  • Roles of Artists in Communities:  Students will describe the roles of artists, patrons, cultural organizations, and art institutions in societies of the past and present.
  • Concepts of Style, Stylistic, Influence and Stylistic Change:  Students will demonstrate their understanding of styles, stylistic influence, and stylistic change by identifying when and where art works were created, and by analyzing characteristic features of art works from various historical periods, cultures, and genres.
  • Inventions, Technologies, and the Arts:  Students will describe and analyze how performing and visual artists use and have used materials, inventions, and technologies in their work.
  • Interdisciplinary Connections:  Students will apply their knowledge of the arts to the study of English language arts, foreign languages, health, history and social science, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering.