Message from the Music Department

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Ludwig van Beethoven

About our singing programs at Academy Street School…

Singing has been a long standing tradition at Academy Street School. Many Academy Street School students have participated in choruses, plays, competitions and music festivals outside of school. Learning ‘how to sing’ begins at home with nursery rhymes and chants. When your children come to us at Academy, we take the next step and actively engage and explore their singing voices beginning with Kindergarten music. Chants, stories, Kodály movement exercises and singing games facilitate the musical process. Students explore their singing voice utilizing the methods of Zoltán Kodály, Émile-Jaques Dalcroze and Carl Orff, striving to perfect the art of tuneful singing. Students work at developing their singing voices systematically and sequentially each grade level, thereafter. Musical work in the classroom fosters further development by working toward musical mastery of the American patriotic songs which open Thursday Morning Programs, courtesy of the K-2 grade level classroom teachers.

A general appreciation for musical effort has been demonstrated by attendance at concerts as well as the interest of the students participating in the ensembles. Student singers are invited to participate in concert performances. Academy Street School Senior Chorus will perform on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM. This concert will feature the Senior Chorus comprised of select 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The program also features the Academy Street School Band.

The Mini Chorus, comprised of predominantly 2nd and 3rd graders will present their Holiday Concert Morning Program on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:15 AM. New to this year’s music program is the addition of 3rd grade recorders! Third graders are working on a beautiful musical piece titled, “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven. That’s not all… now becoming a new tradition, Kindergarten singers will be invited to perform a special holiday selection. This is a program you surely do not wish to miss!

All of our students are afforded an opportunity to perform at Academy Street School. 1st graders will take their turn with special notes in February. First grade singers will present “Special Person’s Day,” a Valentine’s Concert for the most important people in their lives – of course, that’s you! An invitation to this program will come home to first grade parents as a reminder. The “Special Person’s Morning Program” is on our calendar, Thursday morning, February 6, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Students work diligently to prepare for these musical interludes. We are proud of our students and support them in their musical efforts! As many of us know, one of the greatest joys is a live musical performance. Please be sure to mark your calendars and come and share in on the musical achievements of your children!

Music Standards we follow…

National Standards for MUSIC K-12

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments

4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines

5. Reading and notating music

6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music

7. Evaluating music and music performances

8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts

9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Music

Standard1.1 The Creative Process: All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

Standard 1.2 History of the Arts and Culture: All students will understand the role, development, and influence of the arts throughout history and across cultures.

Standard 1.3 Performing: All students will synthesize skills, media, methods, and technologies that are appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

Standard 1.4 Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies: All students will demonstrate and apply an understanding of arts philosophies, judgment, and analysis to works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.