Kindergarten - Grade 3

The foundation of a life-long relationship with music begins in early childhood. We believe music education is fundamental to a child's intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and creative development. We nurture positive dispositions and self-confidence for successful music making, building the child’s creative, intellectual, and emotional capacities.

The program is play-based, constructive, and integrated with academic learning. We build the child's musical understanding and skills through participation in the fundamental processes of singing, playing, listening, moving, reading and writing, and creating music in age appropriate experiences, including class violin study in Kindergarten. Our goal is to develop the musical potential of each child so that they will enjoy access to the musical arts for life.

List of 4 items.

  • Kindergarten

    • Daily singing
    • Moving
    • Listening
    • Playing instruments
    • Suzuki violin once a week
    • Pitch discrimination development
    • Build song repertoire: patriotic and seasonal
    • Performance:
      • Special holiday verson of the Nutcracker
      • Kindergarten Celebration - showcase of learning in the classroom
  • Grade 1

    • Build on previously learned concepts
    • Singing
    • Moving
    • Listening
    • Playing instruments
    • Piano keyboards introduced
    • Pitch discrimination development
    • Build song repertoire
    • Performance
      • December holiday program
      • "Music for Lunch Bunch"
  • Grade 2

    • Singing
    • Moving
    • Repertoire of approximately 50 songs
    • Listening skills promoted through musical play with Peter and the Wolf and other singing games
    • Piano keyboard continued
    • Music reading expands with other pitched instruments (xylophone and glockenspiel)  
    • Productions:
      • Body Talk - a musical play combining performance with science curriculum of the body systems
      • “Music-for-Lunch Bunch”
  • Grade 3

    • World Music and Dance
    • Beginning Recorder
    • Orchestral families of instruments
    • Orff and Basic Percussion

Grade 4 - Grade 6

Our goals in Grades 4-6 are to develop an aesthetic sensitivity within the child and nurture a life long enjoyment and confidence in their exploration of music. Performance is a part of the program but not emphasized as the end-all objective, but rather the culmination of all concepts.
The performing arts program at this level is in part, founded upon the methodology of Carl Orff. Orff Schulwerk is "Music for Children," an interrelated music, movement and speech concept. Students learn music in a classroom environment based on the way they naturally communicate, using their voices to speak and sing and their bodies to move and dance.
The curriculum also addresses the study of basic music theory, recorder, ukulele, and percussion playing. They develop an appreciation of music from classical to jazz, Broadway to Rock and Roll.

List of 3 items.

  • Grade 4

    • Traditional California Music with historic songs and dances
    • 2nd Year Recorder
    • Orff and Basic Percussion
    • Music History
    • Improvisation/Theory/Movement
  • Grade 5

    • Traditional American Music with historic songs and dances
    • 1st Year Ukulele
    • 3rd Year Recorder
    • Orff and Basic Percussion
    • Music History
    • Improvisation/Theory/Movement
    • American Music including Colonial, Blues, Jazz, Folk Revival, and Rock
  • Grade 6

    • History of Musical Theatre,
      • including dance
      • song  
      • instruments
      • use of iMovie
    • 2nd Year Ukulele

At a Glance

2 periods per week
1 teacher K - 2
1 teacher 3 - 6

The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics,  and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.

The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.