Music at RES
General Music Education
Roscommon Area Public Schools is known for its high quality K-12 music program. It all begins at Roscommon Elementary where students attend music class twice a week for thirty minutes at a time. Classes are taught by music teacher Tammy Chmielewski. Students learn through singing, dancing and creative movement. All students have the opportunity to play the Orff instruments (xylophones and metallophones), along with a large variety of drums and small percussion instruments. In the third grade students are introduced to the soprano recorder. Students continue to play the recorder in the 4th grades. All students in grades K-5 have the opportunity to perform in our annual December Concerts on the high school stage. It is one of the highlights of our school year.
In addition to general music instruction, All Roscommon Elementary students in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to join our Children’s Choir. Jennifer Oakes directs the choir. We meet for rehearsals once a week after school. The choir performs a variety of genres of music including jazz, Broadway classics, blues and contemporary. Our goal is to instill a life-long love of all types of music in children. The Children’s Choir performs in concert in the fall and the spring of each school year.
The Roscommon Area Public Schools instrumental program is a 5-12 program. Band Director Seth Kilbourn directs the students. Students start in the fifth grade learning the basics of playing an instrument and being part of an instrumental ensemble. They participate in concerts on stage at the RHS auditorium twice a year. Through hard work and dedication, the RAPS instrumental music program strives to give each student a quality life experience through music.