Children are steeped in music and song from the earliest years at Santa Fe Waldorf School. Songs punctuate stories in early childhood and often accompany the baking of the daily snack or mark daily transitions. Each of the wonderful seasonal festivals is accompanied by music, and the children join their teacher in song throughout the year.
Songs, rhythm activities and the introduction of the pentatonic flute are all a part of the elementary years. The children learn to play their flutes by ear, carefully listening and watching their teachers, and growing accustomed to the sound of music, which supports their capacity of concentration. In the 4th grade, students are introduced to stringed instruments.
In Middle School students grow familiar with musical notation, have developed their skills in choral music and a variety of recorders, and have the opportunity to perform. As they enter High School their musical opportunities expand further, with opportunities to pursue jazz, guitar, and choir, and continue with orchestral studies.
The High School jazz ensemble touches on the Blues scale, assorted modes and improvisation, while the Guitar Ensemble guides students through classical and contemporary works and the fundamentals of composition. The Lux Aeterna High School choir is a soprano-tenor-alto-bass chorus which provides students opportunities to experience and perform works from a range of historical periods, styles, and cultures.