Students entering the fourth and fifth grade are invited to participate in the school chorus.
Singers learn techniques such as breathing, posture, confidence, music theory, the importance of teamwork, and the art of performance. Choral members learn to appreciate music from around the world; while building a repertoire of “hidden treasures.”
Music Helps To……
- Foster the acquisition of language
- Evoke movement to a steady beat and/as a means of expression
- Encourage physical coordination
- Bridges the arts and academics
- Foster cooperative learning
- Develop listening skills
- Encourage physical coordination
- Promote confidence
- Enhance Self esteem
- Encourage positive family interaction
- Foster positive and productive social interaction
- Engage students in gross and fine motor skills
- Encourage problem solving skills
Instrumental Music: Mr. Mark Dillon- Band/Strings Teacher
Instrumental music instruction is offered to students entering the third through fifth grade. students attend class for thirty minutes, twice a week during the regular school day. While music instruction is offered at no cost to you, you must provide your child with his/her own instrument and book.
Trying to decide which instrument is best for your musician? Try watching the "Strings Introduction" and "Band Introduction" to help you out! (Videos might take a minute to load)
Here are some considerations for you to discuss with your child:
- Regular home practice
- Regular lesson attendance
- Some weekend and evening activities such as concerts, are extensions of classroom instruction and student participation is expected
- Students who have a successful beginning are expected to continue throughout the year.
Band and string classes begin in September and carry on until the end of the year. Enrollment information will be given to your child the first week of school.
Fun Fingering Practice!
There are several websites that offer previous instrumental students a way to practice fingerings for their notes and get immediate feedback through a "game" type of interface.
Flutes go to: www.flutetrainer.com Look for hints if a note comes up that you do not know yet.
Clarinets try: www.clarinettrainer.com Look for hints if a note comes up that you do not know yet.
Saxophones check out: http://www.saxtrainer.musickramer.com/ Beginners work up to level 3, advanced up to level 4.
All brass students go to: http://classic.musictheory.net/86 Click on "Set Instrument" and choose yours. Then click on "Set Instrument" again and go! If a note comes up that you do not know yet, click on "New Note."
Percussion students can use http://www.musictheory.net/exercises/keyboard-reverse/yktywyyb A piano keyboard is like a set of bells. There is still a top row and bottom row. See how well you can do!
Strings Check out: http://www.emusictheory.com/practice.html You DO NOT need to log in. Just click on your instrument from the list halfway down the page. Click on the "D Major" button. Read the instructions and have fun!
School Counseling: Ms. Renee Jefferson-School Counselor
The mission of the elementary guidance program is to promote and facilitate academic success; career awareness; and personal - social development for all students.
The guidance program is proactive and developmental in nature. Counselors in the elementary schools begin by teaching about feelings in Kindergarten and work up to other social skills such as communication and conflict - resolution.
The objectives of the elementary guidance program are to assist students in developing:
- Academic and study skills, such as: listening and paying attention, organization, relaxation techniques, and test-taking strategies
- An awareness of the world of work and how it relates to school
- Social Skills, such as: effective communication, conflict-resolution, and manners
- Personal Skills, such as positive self-concept, successful coping behaviors, and decision-making