MUSIC: CURRICULUM

Students learn music in my classroom through creating, playing, signing and moving.  They use their imaginations and problem solving skills to understand how music and movement are a part of their everyday lives. 

Grades K-3 focuses more on singing and beginning musicianship.  

Starting in grade 3 and continued through grade 7 students learn to play recorder and use it to create their own compositions. 

K-3 performs in a Christmas concert every year and 4-6 perform a spring concert with a different theme every year.

In grade 7 students also focus on the musical periods and important composer/styles of these periods. 

In grade 8, the focus is on popular music from 1800s through today.

Did you know?

Listening Facilitates recovery from Stroke

Whether it’s jazz, blues or a bracing Finnish folk song, music may do more than soothe nerves and inspire a little air guitar.  It may help stroke victims recover specific verbal and cognitive functions.

In a six-month study of 60 recent victims of stroke ages 35 to 75, researchers in Finland found that exposure to music for at least one hour a day improved verbal memory 60% compared with an 18% improvement among participants listening to audiobooks.  “The study suggests that music-listening could be used as a leisure activity that might provide comfort and help cognitive recovery,” says lead author Teppo Sarkamo, a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki Department of Psychology and the Helsinki Brain Research Center.  He notes that it’s not a substitute for more active therapy, but can be a valuable addition to a patient’s care in the early recovery stage, when other rehabilitation is not yet possible.  – Los Angeles Times

Musical training helps maintain healthy brain function, a 2011 study in Neuropsychology shows.  Don’t put off those piano or guitar lessons.  “Building up your cognitive reserve is like building up bone density,”  says study author Brenda Hanna – Pladdy, Ph.D.  “The sooner you start, the better off you’ll be.”  - Jacob Sager Weinstein, as printed in Self magazine, Sept. 2011.

Students in high – quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district.  Students in top – quality music programs scored 22% better in English and 20% better in math than students in deficient music programs.  Students at schools with excellent music programs had higher English and Math test scores across the country than students in schools with low – quality music programs. – MENC Journal of Research in Music Education, Winter 2006, Vol. 54, No. 4, pgs. 293 – 307;  “Examination of Relationship between Participation in School Music Programs of Differing Quality and Standardized Test Results.”   Christopher M. Johnson and Jenny E. Memmott, University of Kansas

“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and is a test to the quality of a nation’s civilization.”  - President John F. Kennedy