For information regarding 'Iolani School's musical study in grades 7 - 12, please visit the Music ages.


Before moving on to the extensive music options within the Upper School's Performing Arts Department, 'Iolani's Lower School students are exposed to several forms of musical participation.

Music in the Lower School includes individual as well as group participation for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Classes provide students with exposure to varied experiences, knowledge and skills. The Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy, which bases learning on the use of song, movement, language, instruments and improvisation, is used extensively although not exclusively.

Students enjoy body percussion and movement activities, listen to and read music, and play instruments (small percussion, recorders, ukulele, bar instruments) in a large room without desks or chairs. Learning hymns for chapel and preparing for grade level programs are also integral parts of the students' activities.