Music Page Pic 1What does my child learn in music class?

It’s just singing and playing instruments. Right, but there is so much more. They are building their skills in singing, playing instruments, moving and dancing, performing, and creating while developing deep connections and their own unique passion for music. Centennial’s music program is developed around the Colorado State Music Education standards and the Kodály approach.


What is the Kodály approach?

The Kodály concept is an approach to music education inspired by the Hungarian composer and music educator Zoltan Kodály(1882 – 1967). It is a philosophy of education and a concept of teaching that provides students with basic music skills, such as the reading and writing of music. It emphasizes the importance of singing because it is the most natural instrument that everyone possesses. Due to the challenge of learning proper instrument technique, it is best for children to learn the basics of music reading through singing before learning an instrument. Another important idea with the emphasis on singing first is how it best develops the inner, musical ear for sight-reading and aural training.

Similar to a language learning music aurally precedes reading. Students sing a variety of folk songs and games from the American culture and other cultures, traditional children’s songs and games, music of famous composers from all periods of time, and pedagogical exercises written by master composers. Along with music reading and writing, part-singing, part-hearing, improvisation, intonation (matching pitch), listening, memory, phrasing and understanding of form are also taught in this curriculum. If begun at an early stage, students can fully develop in their music skills – aural, reading, writing, and creating.

Music Concerts and Programs

Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to share what they are learning in music class with the community in a formal or informal concert setting. Please check back in the fall with more information about concert and program dates, time, and grade levels performing.

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Centennial Singers is a choir for students in grades 2nd – 5th grade. The choir meets once a week after school to rehearse for an hour. This school year will be the 2nd year of Centennial Singers. We perform in concerts throughout the year as well as perform throughout the community. Check back in the fall for more information about Centennial Singers and the exciting events and performances we will have planned for next year!


Ms. Breanne Lawver

I teach general music at Centennial Elementary School for grades ECE – 5th. This will be my 2nd year at Centennial, and my sixth year of teaching music. Before teaching in Denver, I taught general music and choir throughout central Ohio. I received my bachelor’s in Music Education from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Currently, I am working on my master’s in music education with Kodály certification from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This summer I completed my level 2 (grades 2 – 3) certification in Kodály and completed level 1 (K -1) the previous summer. I live in Denver with my long-haired dachshund, Coco. Other than music, I love to run, work out, hike, and bake lots of goodies.

Please visit this page often to keep updated about the activities in the music classroom at Centennial as well as events and upcoming performances.