Music at Scales Elementary is designed with the school’s Mission Statement in mind: “Creating a balanced education to help us be lifelong learners”. Through discovery and practice, students gain a well-rounded music education with emphasis on music literacy, music history, performance, and appreciation.
Music Literacy: At Scales, we use a standard-based, hands-on method to approach reading music. As your child’s music teacher, I believe it is my first priority to teach my students to be musically literate. This includes both standard and non-standard forms of notation. Using our voices and different instruments in the classroom, students will be able to read, notate, analyze, compose, and perform with correct musical notation.
Music History: The other side of the “Scale” (pun-intended!), in our music curriculum is the understanding of the development of music: how it connects to our culture, other cultures, and the role it plays in our own lives. Students at Scales actively demonstrate and apply an understanding of music history through performances, games, and activities. At the end of the 5th Grade, we will attend the Nashville Symphony as an entire grade-level, and participate in an experience that is meaningful and memorable.
Performance & Music Appreciation:
Each grade-level (K-5) has at least one opportunity to perform during the school year. Performances are our time to not only show our talents, but what we have learned in music class and how we have grown as musicians. Our performances at Scales are designed to accompany our music curriculum with a polished understanding of why we are participating in the particular performance, and how it is relevant to our lives.
- Students in grades K-3 perform in special grade-level programs.
- 4th graders perform on the recorder.
- 4th and 5th Grade have the opportunity to participate or perform in the Spring Musical. This is an official, Broadway, Jr. Production that has two performance dates and many rehearsals throughout the year.
- 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to join the school Choir, which has multiple performances throughout the year.
- 4th and 5th Grade students also participate in a private, school-administered website called Google Classroom. Through their music site, students can access music assignments, share materials, take polls, and collaborate on music content.
I look forward to working with your child in developing their knowledge, appreciation, and skills in music this year. As the music teacher at Scales, I will strive for excellence in all aspects of my position, and will dedicate myself to the continued aspiration of making our music program the best it can possibly be. It’s going to be a great year! Go Mustangs!
“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.” -Shinichi Suzuki