Welcome to the Dever Elementary School music programming page!

Dever Music Education and Programming

We believe that one of the most vital core tenets of differentiation in education is to meet students “where they are at”. In our music education curriculum, we strive to do just that. With so many diverse learners here at Dever, our students will find opportunities to learn music kinesthetically, develop gross and fine motor skills, decode, and express themselves artistically in many different ways.

As our music programming is largely performance-based, students have the opportunity to play hand drums, engage in creative movement, sing, learn to play a string instrument, or pursue choral studies. And while we believe that the study of music is in and of itself a worthwhile endeavor, we also know that the study of music augments our students’ abilities in other academic areas as well.

Music Specialist Lead

Dan Mack headshot

Entering his third year at Dever Elementary, Dan Mack is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a master’s degree in Music Education from Boston University. With 20 years of experience in music education, Mr. Mack has taught early childhood through undergraduate studies in New York, Colorado, San Francisco, New Hampshire, and Boston.

Orff Schulwerk Music Methodology

The Orff Schulwerk, or simply the Orff Approach, is one of several developmental approaches including the Kodaly Method, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Suzuki Method used in music education. It combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child's world of play.

Our general music curriculum is based on Orff concepts, and allows our students to engage in music in a way that is comfortable, stimulating, and fun.

Instrument/Vocal Studies & Funding with External Partners

As our programming has been developing rapidly over these past few years, we are proud to have the growing support of many external partners.

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra — Through the Crescendo program, our students have been studying woodwind, brass, and string instruments in a group setting with instructors from the BPO. This year, we have 30 students studying violin, with more to come on woodwind and brass instruments. Additionally, the BPO has performed at our school for our students on numerous occasions through the years.

The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston — The H&H Society has performed numerous concerts here at the Dever, and this year, some of our students will be participating in formal choral studies with members of the H&H Chorus.

The Musary — Brand new violins are being loaned to our students through the generous contribution of The Musary. Our students will have their own violin assigned to them for the entire school year for group lessons, individual practice, and performances. We strongly believe a love of music will be instilled in our students, just as John Ryan Pike, in whose loving memory The Musary was founded, would have intended to happen.