General Music, Band and Strings

General Music is...

Singing

Singing activities in the general music classroom are designed to develop each child's potential use of the voice. The philosophy of the music teacher is that all of the children can sing and should be encouraged to use the voice as a means of expression and communication.

These experiences can help the child toward a positive self-image and give each individual child a chance to enjoy a feeling of group spirit and unity.

Listening

One of the most important functions of the general music program is to provide musical experiences that train a person to use the ears to receive sound in an effective and organized way.

Ear training begins with guiding the child to explore the possibilities and uses of environmental sounds and progresses to teachering the child to explore and use the sounds of musical instruments in the classroom.

Training the hearing sense to its full potential is one of the greatest life gifts in the music program.

Music Reading

At levels four, five and six, students begin to real traditional music notation. Students learn to interpret meter and key signatures as well as other musical terms.

Elementary students should acquire music reading skills that would allow them to continue to enjoy music in their lives on a level commensurate with their individual skills and interests.

Movement and Rhythm

The child's body, so often in motion, is eager to respond to the rhythms of music. Response to the organization of musical rhythms can help the child to gain confidence in the coordination and use of the body.

Rhythmic activities provide children with an area in which they can achieve and develop self-esteem. To have confidence in the use of the body is an invaluable asset in the child's relationship with others in everyday life.

Playing Instruments

Besides experiencing great joy through playing instruments, children may gain other valuable skills.

Grasping and manipulating such things as xylophone mallets, drum sticks, rhythm sticks, jingle bells and maracas, and fingering the notes on the recorder will help to develop fine motor skills.

Our Music Teachers

Band

Instruction on band instruments is provided for interested students in grades 5 and 6. Classes meet once a week for a 60-minute period during the school day with itinerant instrumental music teachers. Classes are offered for both beginning and experienced band students. Advanced band students also have the opportunity to perform in the district solo/ensemble festival and participate in Hayfield Area Band. 

Our Band Teacher

Strings

Our strings teacher provides instruction on violin, viola, cello and double bass for interested students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Classes meet once a week for a 60-minute period during the school day. Second and third year students may also have the opportunity to play in an ensemble called area orchestra. 

Our Strings Teacher