All elementary students also participate in music and drama classes twice a week. They sing and listen to the works of master composers, learn to recognize the instruments of the orchestra by sight and sound, compose original music and create their own musical instruments. Students compare world and ethnic music as they make connections with themes they are studying in the rest of the elementary curriculum. All students also prepare for various performances— both musical and dramatic— throughout the school year. Students focus on playing percussion instruments, and all students who take private lessons are encouraged to bring instruments to school to play and demonstrate.