Education Through Music

Our music program is brought to us by FOWHE and ETN LA.

Through quality music instruction connected to the Common Core State Standards, students achieve academically, creatively and socially, supporting their:

  • Ability to pay attention and focus.

  • Self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • Music reinforces learning in other subjects.

Each child will receive general music with differentiated instruction per grade level, building musical skills and concepts in a sequential comprehensive manner.  Each music lesson is centered on aims that integrate both music objectives and common core benchmarks.


TK-1  Vocal, Movement, Orff Instruments

2-3   Vocal, Movement, Recorder Instruments

4-5   Vocal, Orff Xylophones, Music Technology


In addition, we have a self-selecting pull-out vocal program for students who desire to go deeper in building their vocal skills, and ensemble performing.


All students perform a showcase of their musical learning twice a year for their parents and school community.


To measure students’ success and achievement in developing music skills and concepts, our music teacher implements ongoing assessment (homework, quizzes, journaling and reflection, performance, participation, and more).  A year-end assessment is implemented to measure how the students achieve based on ETM-LA benchmarks.

For more information about this program, please check their website


*Artist in Residency Program 2018-2019

WHE participates in an Artist in Residence program of dance for all grades TK-5th.  The classes will provide instruction in Creative Dance, as well as the addition of either African Dance, Hawaiian Dance, and Hip Hop. Each class receives five lessons culminating in an informal showing on the 6th lesson where parents and the other classes of the performers’ grade level will be invited to watch.  


The classes are taught in alignment with the Standards of Dance appropriate for each grade level.  They consist of a warm-up incorporating the “Brain Dance,”  full-body and sensory developmental exercises; across the floor or locomotor movement; creative exercises where dancers will be working on specific dance elements through improvisation and composition.  These exercises not only improve their physical dance skills, flexibility and coordination, but also help them gain confidence, exercise creativity, as well as strengthen their teamwork and problem-solving skills.  Each session will incorporate African dance, Hawaiian Dance, or Hip-Hop which will add to their knowledge of a specific dance style and to their ability to learn and perform specific choreography.


At WHE the 5th graders participate in ballroom dancing. It  is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence,  as well as communicate and cooperate with each other.

The Ballroom Program uses a curriculum-based teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem. Students are taught the vocabulary of various contemporary and social dances in a classroom setting. Each class in the series introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.

The students learn the skills, culture and history of five different ballroom dances.  The dances they learn are the Merengue, Fox Trot, Tango, Swing and Waltz. This variety of dances also teaches them about different styles, character, rhythms and tempi. 

The teaching philosophy at WHE is one of inside out versus outside in. The program is not just about teaching dance, it’s about teaching pride, confidence and respect. We take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them bring it out, not force it in, enabling students to increase their self-esteem as they learn.  The program concludes in a Culminating Event where the students get to demonstrate all the dances they learned to their families as well as their maturity and elegance in dancing with a partner.

© 2016 by Friends of West Hollywood Elementary

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