Music Curriculum Coordinator Contact Information
Name: Keith Rudat
Primary Location of Coordinator: Council Rock Newtown Middle School
Music Curriculum Overview
Welcome to the Council Rock Music Department. Council Rock offers music instruction to students from kindergarten through grade 12. General music instruction begins in elementary school. Every student in elementary school and middle school takes general music. Chorus is offered in elementary schools for students in the upper grades. A brochure describing Council Rock music programs is available here.
Instrumental Music 3-6:Instrumental music instruction begins in grade 3 for strings and grade 4 for winds and brass. Student recruiting for lessons is held in the first week of school. Lessons are homogenous small groups where students are pulled out of class. A rotating schedule is used so that students do not miss the same class. Talented students in elementary school are selected for District Elementary groups. These groups combine talented students from all 10 elementary schools. Rehearsals for District Band and Orchestra are held before school, and District Chorus rehearsals are held in the evening. Concerts are presented in some of the elementary schools and a large combined concert is held in March or April.
Instrumental Music 7-8:Middle school performing groups include choruses, concert bands, jazz bands, and orchestras. These groups rehearse during an activity period at the beginning of the school day. Instrumental group lessons are offered as a pull out program. Lessons are rotated so the students do not miss the same class each week.
High School Music 9-12:High School performing groups must be taken as a graded class. Groups include Marching Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Choir, and Chorale. Jazz Band is an after-school activity and is open to students by audition only. Some groups like Marching Band have extensive after school and summer commitments, while other groups like Concert Band meet primarily during the school day. Our high schools also offer courses in guitar, music technology, music theory, music arranging, musical theater, and music technology.
Council Rock Music Department Special Programs and Related Events
Each music teacher in Council Rock maintains a website for their program. Teacher websites can found under the Staff Tab for each school. High School web sites are also listed under the Clubs/Activities tab.
Music Content Area Standards
Middle Level and High School Course Content Guides
Middle School Program Planning Guide