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Joy and Self Expression through Music

December 20, 2016 | Posted in SJCS

If you were to walk by the music room upstairs, at any given moment you are likely to hear something different in each class. At levels appropriate for students’ ages, but also in sync with their individual class’s needs and interests, our activities are meeting the National Core Standards in Arts.

Why include music in an already compacted curriculum?

  • Studies show that learning music directly correlates with brain development, language processing, and verbal competency.
  • Studies show there is a link between music and spatial intelligence.
  • Study of the arts develop one’s ability to think creatively and to problem solve.
  • Interestingly, studies correlate increased success in standardized tests with the study of the arts.
  • The study of music also builds empathy to other cultures, to cooperative teamwork, and a willingness to work past mistakes.
  • And of course, the study of music provides an opportunity for joy and self-expression. (Carolyn Phillips; “Twelve Benefits of Music Education”)

Here is a sampling of some of our current music activities:

Children are connecting music with different societies and cultures from around the world. (Core Standard 4.1)

  • In our primary grades children currently can be seen playing music circle games from around the world. We are playing games and learning dances from Ghana, Haiti, Japan, Israel, USA.

Children are responding to music by listening to, analyzing, and interpreting artistic work. (Core Standard 3.1)

  • In 3rd and 4th grades, students are applying what they know about music concepts to be able to predict the notation of a song in segments. We are extending this skill from call and response songs to “The Surprise Symphony” by Joseph Haydn.

 Students will create music- Core Standard 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

  • Soon to come, classes will create their own musical interpretations to folktales as well as creating their own stories to already written music.
  • 5th grade is learning how to play the recorder.

Children are preparing for performance. They are developing and refining their artistic techniques and working toward presentation. (Core Standard 2.2, 2.3)

  • All grades will be performing for Special Friends Day. Using a goal setting rubric, pre-performance, as well as an assessment rubric post-performance, students are learning the art of critical evaluation as well as finding the joy in performance.

Shoshana Stombaugh,  General Music K-5 and Kindergarten Judaic Studies/Hebrew