My primary objective as an elementary music teacher is to give kids a highly diverse and entirely positive exposure to music and the arts. I want our students to leave elementary school with a love and appreciation for the arts so that they can enjoy and benefit from a life-long love of music, whether as a performer or an audience member.
I design my curriculum based on the state arts EALR’s and the national music standards. In music class we use multiple modalities to discover musical content as well as incorporate a multi-arts approach that involves dance, drama and visual arts. I also believe in the power of interdisciplinary connections, so we often explore reading, writing, math, science and social studies through musical learning. While each grade focuses on specific musical concepts, units of study and curricular goals, every student at Lakeview will have the opportunity to sing, play percussion instruments (and the recorder in fourth grade), dance and explore creative movement, read and compose musical notation, study multi-cultural music, composers and music throughout history, and practice music theory through a variety of activities. Fifth and sixth graders will have the joy of playing the ukulele. Children are assessed based on their behavior, effort and participation in class.
Students have opportunities to participate in music outside of the classroom as well. They can join band or orchestra starting in fourth or fifth grade and choir here at Lakeview. Intermediate Choir (4th-5th grade) will meet before school on Tuesdays from the beginning of October through the end of March. Primary Choir (1st-3rd grade) will meet on Tuesday mornings from April through June. More information will come home about these special groups. In addition to choir and instrumental concerts, students will perform at a variety of assemblies and special events throughout the year. If you have any questions about the music program at Lakeview please feel free to stop by or e-mail me, I look forward to speaking with you! Also, I am always looking for volunteers to help out in music or choir, especially if you play an instrument or sing and would like to share with us, we’d love it! So please let me know if you’re interested. Let’s have a great year!