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Music

       Nicole  Mbaiornonde

Music is the art of thinking with sounds. ~ Jules Combarieu

Music enables students to explore their creativity, expand their knowledge, and express thoughts.  By listening, playing, singing, moving and creating, students discover the roles of composing, improvising, arranging and performing. Students experience a variety of instruments in the classroom including xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, boomwhackers, tonechimes, recorders and general percussion instruments.  Each year, the fourth graders travel to the Ferguson Center to watch the Virginia Symphony perform.

Students attend music weekly for grades K-5.  All fifth grade students participate in chorus each week as well, and perform in a winter musical and a spring concert.  Other grades have performance opportunities throughout the year. 
Classroom studies such as math, language arts, social studies and science are included in music.  The music program is aligned with the National Standards as well as the Virginia Standards of Learning. The standards can be found at the following websites:

http://menc.org/resources/view/national-standards-for-music-education
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Superintendent/Sols/musicartsk-12.pdf

Words make you think a thought.  Music makes you feel a feeling.  A song makes you feel a thought. – E.Y. Harburg

For more exploration, check out some of these fun music websites!
www.sfskids.org - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Kids page learn about instruments in the orchestra, explore rhythms and more! 
www.dsokids.com - Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids page Learn about musicians in an orchestra, composers, music games, etc… 
http://svt.se/hogafflahage/hogafflaHage_site/Kor/hestekor.swf - Have fun horsing around with music!

http://www.musick8kids.com/ - Download kids tunes, check out the “fun stuff” and “links” for more exciting music experiences
http://www.classicsforkids.com/index.asp - Composers, games, music knowledge 
http://www.philtulga.com/unifix.html - Play the drum machine and explore other fun links by Phil Tulga to understand the science of music

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.  ~Gustav Mahler