Music

GENERAL MUSIC OVERVIEW

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” ~Plato

My mission as a music educator is to introduce young students to the joy of playing and experiencing music. Students will continue on from Stockbridge Central School, equipped with the essential cognitive, motor, and learning skills to become competent musicians and appreciators of music. To facilitate these intentions, I plan to implement the following:

* Create a classroom environment that is 1. safe, 2. fun, 3. engaging, 4. oranized, 5. intuitive.

* Meet requirements of the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities.*

* Engage students of all different learning styles, interests, and abilities
This year’s General Music curriculum is largely modeled after The Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities. These standards are divided into four components for assessment:

1. Skill Development- creating music (composing/improvising), performing and communicating through music, and showing understanding of music concepts and vocabulary.

2. Reflection and Critique- describing art using discipline specific vocabulary, analyzing/interpreting/responding to music, and critiquing and revising music.

3. Making Connections- making connections between/among music and disciplines outside the arts, showing understanding of how music impacts life, and showing understanding of how music shapes and reflects various cultures and times.

4. Approach to Work- approaching artistic problem solving with open minds and creative thinking, developing effective, personal work habits, and demonstrating appropriate interactions.

Resources:

Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities: http://education.vermont.gov/documents/music.pdf

National Association for Music Education- Think Beyond The Bubbles: “A complete argument for music education.” http://www.broaderminded.com/

National Association for Music Education- Opportunity to Learn Standards http://www.nafme.org/opportunity-to-learn-standards/

National Association for Music Education- Workbook for Building Evaluating Effective Music Education http://www.nafme.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Precon-Saturday.pdf