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The primary goal of music education at Legacy Elementary is to provide a rock-solid and highly proficient level of understanding of all primary elements of music including pitch and note recognition, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and articulation. In our weekly music classes, we present a series of skill and knowledge “building blocks,” beginning with basic music discovery and basic music theory at the Kindergarten level and then progressing and advancing through the upper grades. Continuity of music content at each grade level is key to student success. By the time a student reaches the 5th grade, they have a strong understanding of both vocal and instrumental music as we prepare them for further music studies (choir, band, orchestra, guitar, etc.) at the middle school level.
In addition to our regularly scheduled music classes, we extend the music education experience by providing a variety of fun and challenging before- and after-school music clubs including beginning band, beginning guitar, and show choir.
What is your educational background?
Music Ed K-12 Montana State Univ, Science K-6 Montana State Univ, Literacy Arizona State Univ, ESL (ELL) Chapman State Univ, K-6 General Education Antioch Univ, Master in Curriculum Development Univ of Phoenix
What is your favorite subject?
No Favorite-love integrating all subjects to create learning experiences that excite and motivate students to want to learn more
What do you like best about teaching?
I love learning and sharing what I have learned. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction then seeing a student get truly excited about learning something new. I love to watch kids get excited about learning. When students question they create open door opportunities for themselves that lead them to the excitement of being a lifelong learners.
How do you prepare students to meet future challenges?
Getting to know students and developing a rapport with them is key to building trust and confidence. If kids are feeling safe about their learning environment they are willing to take risks and try new experiences. Meeting future challenges requires a willingness to put yourself out there, fail, learn from your experience, then try again.Give a little push outside of the box and wait to see what happens. When you set up challenges that are just a bit uncomfortable then work your hardest to set students up for success, you reap the reward of watching children grow. I love when students discover they can do something they think is not within their grasp. I try to set up learning in which discovering your "impossibles" becomes "possible".