Music in Waldorf Education

We wanted to point you to a comprehensive collection of articles about the everyday role of music in Waldorf education at  This particular article, Waldorf Music Education: Living the Musical Life, walks readers through the music education focus for the different grades.  In short, the author, Jason Child, says, “While [Waldorf music education] has the ability to produce fine musicians, its true aim is to help produce fine human beings.”

Here are the article highlights of music making by grade: 

“In grades 1 – 3 . . . the music instruction is almost wholly qualitative.  …Through their exploration, they experience the essential qualities of music: high, low, fast, slow, long, short, etc.  This work is really only the vehicle, though.  The real goal is to help the students become sensitive, active listeners.”

“In … classes 4 and 5, the music education sets its sights on literacy and more standard music-making.  The children learn to read and write music, and they learn the names for all of the fundamental music concepts.  They also begin playing a string instrument, and have their first experience of needing to practice and work at learning this new, awkward skill.”

“In the middle and high school, the children have an intense need to be creative and express themselves.  … Over time, the music program will evolve so that the students are all in performing ensembles during their middle and high school years.  The training in both subtle and practical music skills of the early years will come to fruition in middle school performance ensembles….”


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