LS music

Based on the approaches and methods of Carl Orff, Zoltán Kodály and Émile Jacques-Dalcroze, much of the curriculum is inspired by Orff-Schulwerk, a theory of movement and music education designed especially for young children. Participation and creating with others is at the center of this approach. Children of all grade levels learn about the basic elements of music by playing instruments, singing, speaking, listening, moving, and creating. Students are encouraged to contribute ideas and make informed musical decisions in order to become confident musicians as well as responsible members of the class.

Thematic and Collaborative Learning

The Lower School program fosters habits of mind that help children integrate their new knowledge and grow as independent learners.

Interdisciplinary learning offers rich opportunities in reading, math, writing, art, science, history, music and foreign language. Examples by grade-level include:


  • Connections to Each Other
  • Exploring New Paths


  • All About Me
  • Gardening Project

First Grade

  • Similarities and Differences
  • Animal Researcher Symposium

Second Grade

  • All About Communities
  • Study of Costa Rica

Third Grade

  • Wax Museum Project
  • Roots & Routes Project

Fourth Grade

  • Ancient Cultures Study
  • Planning, Manufacturing and Marketing of Self-Designed Product

Fifth Grade

  • Poetry Showcase Project
  • Global Read-Aloud Project


Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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