Degrees and Certifications:
Music Learning Activities:
When students come to music class, they participate in activities that teach and refine beat, rhythm, pitch, and other musical elements. Students take part in vocal, instrumental, kinesthetic, and listening activities. They learn to interpret musical symbols and musical terms. At the lower grades there is a big emphasis on steady beat and matching pitch with their voices. "Sound before sight" means students will learn by ear first, and later transition to reading notation - similar to the way we acquire our spoken and written language skills. At the upper grades, there are field trips to the symphony and the opera, as well as an emphasis on learning to read notes in preparation for middle school music programs.
Third and Fourth Grade classes attend a concert featuring the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Fifth Grade classes attend "Opera At The Carolina"
In music, we follow the SPOTS format for classroom expectations.
For the lower grades, there are picture cards showing the following:
S - Show Respect. Keep your eyes and ears on the person speaking.
P - Practice Kindness. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
O - Observe safety. Keep your chair flat on the floor. Sit on your bottom.
T - Think carefully. Respect all people and all equipment.
S - Share responsibility. Do your best.
For the upper grades, there are printed posters that add more detail.
S - Show respect. Voice level 0 during instruction, and when someone is performing. Voice level 1 or 2 for group work.
P - Practice Kindness. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself. Include everyone in group work. Share music materials.
O - Observe safety. Keep your chair flat on the floor. Walk. Handle the instruments safely.
T - Think carefully. Respect all people and all equipment. Pay attention to the performers. Offer helpful suggestions to your group.
S - Share responsibility. Do your best. Set an example for others to follow. Put materials away neatly in the correct place.