Our Music program takes an in-depth look into music history and appreciation. Students are taught to listen to and identify music from all musical eras and periods while, at the same time, studying a wide range of composers. From their in-depth exploration, they learn how to create and perform their own music.
Learning a musical instrument is a very rewarding and challenging aspect of our Music program. Students begin formal music class in Grade Three, where the curriculum uses recorder pedagogy to covers the function of basic clefs, note names & staff recognition; in addition to identifying basic musical symbols and their purpose in music. As they continue on into Grade Four, the shift to World Drumming helps to facilitate coordination, syncopation, classifying compound time signatures, polyrhythmic ensemble playing and other rhythmic notation. World drumming provides a strong foundation for Wind Instrument Ensemble in Grade Five to Eight. Our senior students explore a wide range of topics in obtaining knowledge in vocal health, awareness of voice disorders, understanding the function of the larynx and the possible long term effects of voice abuse for performers/musicians. In addition, senior students also discover musical independence through developing their own composition of music through the Sibelius 6 composition software. Compositions are then presented and performed as solo's or duets on any instrument of their choice.

Our band and choirs are excellent opportunities for sophisticated teamwork as the children learn and fit their parts together in melodic harmony. RHMS band and choirs compete at top-level performance festivals often bringing home the highest honours. Our young musicians also have opportunities to lift the spirits of the ailing and the elderly by performing in community hospitals and local homes for seniors.These groups also compete mainly in the Kiwanis Music Festival and Music Alive competitions. We have received invitations to compete at Nationals MusicFest Canada, and were the recipient of the John Bird Memorial Award from the Kiwanis Music festival.

In addition to providing an exceptional Music program, our school undertakes several large productions: the Music Concerts, and the Grade Five to Eight Musical Production. These annual events have become a proud tradition at our school, as we encourage and foster the exceptional talent our students exhibit in their musical and dramatic endeavours.

Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School


A Private School Located in Richmond Hill, Ontario and serving the greater Toronto area since 1986.