As we embark on a new school year, the music department has many great things planned for your child. Through the music curriculum, students will be singing, moving, playing instruments, reading, writing, creating, and composing music to reach student educational goals. Please take a moment to look over and review the following information with your child. I look forward to communicating with you and teaching your child this year. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 803-494-8200 ext. 140 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.
The music curriculum is based on the South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. The standards document can be accessed on the SC State Department of Education’s website. The standards are created to address the following artistic processes:
Artistic Processes: Creating– I can use the elements of music to communicate new musical ideas and works.
Artistic Processes: Performing – I can perform a variety of music with fluency and expression
Artistic Processes: Responding– I can respond to musical ideas as a performer and listener.
Artistic Processes: Connecting– I can relate music ideas to personal meaning, other arts disciplines, and content areas.
To help students achieve in these four artistic processes, the state has develop nine content standards:
Anchor Standard 1: I can arrange and compose music.
Anchor Standard 2: I can improvise music
Anchor Standard 3: I can sing alone and with others.
Anchor Standard 4: I can play instruments alone and with others.
Anchor Standard 5: I can read and notate music.
Anchor Standard 6: I can analyze music
Anchor Standard 7: I can evaluate music
Anchor Standard 8: I can examine music from a variety of stylistic and historical periods and cultures.
Anchor Standard 9: I can relate music to other arts disciplines, other subjects, and career paths.
These standards are divided into three levels: novice, intermediate, and advanced. The curriculum is designed to help students meet the novice standards on the elementary level.
The Quaver Music Curriculum is divided into 12 modules with 3 lessons in each module. The modules are specific to each grade level build each year. The following resources will be used (along with supplemental resources not listed) to help your child meet his or her learning goals:
- Quaver Music Curriculum (quavermusic.com)
- McGraw-Hill Music Curriculum
- Recorder Karate Method
- Music Learning Theory – Edwin Gordon
- The Kodaly Method – Zoltan Kodaly
- The Dalcroze Method – Dalcroze Eurhythmics
- The Orff Approach to Music Learning
- Curwin Hand Signs
- World Music Drumming – Will Schmid
- Google Classroom
- Google Apps for Education
- Classdojo.com – Learning Portfolios
- Chromebooks and iPads
Most of these resources are available online and can be accessed from home.
The resources listed above will be used within the 12 instructional units:
G3: Classical Period
G1: Notes and Rests
G2: Notes and Rests
G4: Rap Project
G5: Commercial Proj
G1: Lines and Spaces
G3: Notes and Rests
G4: Chords/ Harmony
G1: Form/ Structure
G2: Form/ Structure
G4: Rap Project
G5: Commercial Pro
G2: Baroque Period
G4: Romantic Period
G5: Chords/ Harmony
K: Year End Review
G1: Year End Review
G2: Year End Review
G3: Year End Review
G4: Year End Review
G5: Year End Review
Each module has quiz every three weeks and an assessment will be given at the end of each quarter. Some assessments will be traditional tests while other assessment will be projects and performance assessments. Your child will create a music portfolio and music journal which will be used for progress monitoring. At the end of the school year, your child will be given a performance assessment based on learning goals established at the beginning of the school year. Your child’s performance on these performance tasks will indicate how your child progressed and whether he or she met his or her instructional goals.
Your child will be graded on the following scale:
M (Met) = 90 – 100
P (Progressing) = 70 – 89
BG (Beginning) = 50 – 69
N (Not Met) = 0 – 49
Fourth and Fifth Grade
All school supplies were provided by Christ Community Church this school year. However, all returning fourth and fifth grade students should have a recorder (flute-like instrument) that was assigned to them last school year. If your child took his/her recorder home over the summer, he or she is expected to return the recorder for use this school year. If your child left his or her recorder at school over the summer, then the recorder will be made available for this school year. Any fourth or fifth grade student who has lost or broken their recorder will be expected to replace the recorder by bringing $3.00 in a sealed envelope with the following information written on the front: Recorder Money, Student Name, Homeroom Teacher, Amount Enclosed. Fourth and fifth grade students who are new to the school will be provided a recorder at no cost.
All third grade students will be provided with a new recorder in January. Recorders will be supplied to all third grade students once, and the recorder should follow them to fourth and fifth grade.
Recorders will be kept in the music room during the school year. I recommend purchasing your child a second recorder to keep at home. The second recorder can be purchased from any vendor or by sending $3.00 in a sealed envelope with the following information written on the front: Recorder Money, Student Name, Homeroom Teacher, Amount Enclosed.
Arts in Basic Curriculum Grant
Cherryvale has received an Arts in Basic Curriculum Project Grant which provides total of $34,500 over the course of three years. The grant will enable Cherryvale to provide your child will experience in all 6 art areas: Music, Visual Art, Dance, Theater, Creative Writing, and Media Arts. Please contact Steven Palmer if you would like to volunteer to serve on the Arts Steering Committee which will meet three times per year. The purpose of this committee is to plan and implement the school Arts Strategic Plan.
School and Class Website
The school website hosts a Visual and Performing Arts page to highlight your child’s accomplishments and provide information about the arts programs. Please visit the site at http://ces.sumterschools.net to keep up-to-date on what is happening at Cherryvale. To find a teacher class webpage, visit the school website and click on “Directory,”or go to “Parents” and click on “Teacher Class Pages.” From there you will be able to find the teacher’s name and a link to the teacher’s “Biography and Classes”
I will be using Google Classroom to help provide instruction in the classroom and to communicate and collect out of class assignments. Your child can access his/her Google Classroom account that is provided by the school district by visiting http://classroom.google.com and logging in with his/her district email and password. The email address is email@example.com. The password is the child’s first name followed by the child’s lunch number. Although I will not require your child complete homework online, I strongly encourage you to allow your child to log in to Google Classroom each week to complete the posted assignments at home.
Students without internet access at home will be given alternative assignments or provided with class time to complete the assignment. Any assignments that I give on Google Classroom will also be noted on the class website under “class calendar.”
Student Behavior and Expectations
Students are expected to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Rules and expectations were given to students in the first week of school. Please ensure your child follows the school rules using the Quaver Five:
- Be safe.
- Be polite.
- Be cooperative.
- Be responsible.
- Be kind.
These standards of excellence in behavior are expected of all students. All students will be assigned color codes to provide feedback for behavior.
Classroom referrals are actions applied when constant behavioral issues are observed.
1st Classroom Referral – Parent Phone Call and Loss of Privilege
2nd Classroom Referral – Parent Conference and Loss of Privilege
3rd Classroom Referral – Parent Phone Call and Referral to Guidance
4th Referral – Office Referral Office referrals are handled by the administration and may result in-school behavior interventions or out-of-school suspension.
Classdojo is a behavior management system designed for today’s classroom. Your child will earn dojo points each week for meeting expectations. Incentives will be tied to how many points your child earns based on class performance and behavior. Classdojo also provides a class story page for posting class news and student pages for student-created learning portfolios. As a parent, you will be able to view your child’s learning portfolio. You may set up a parent account at www.classdojo.com where you will be able to connect to my class to see what is posted throughout the year. Classdojo provides secure instant messaging between teachers and parents. Please look for the Classdojo codes that will be sent home. There is also a Classdojo app available for Android and iOS devices. I look forward to using this powerful communication tool with you and your child.
Email is another easy way to stay connected. You may contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone: You may contact me at anytime at school at 494-8200 ext. 140.
In addition to the required classes, students have the option of auditioning for a performance group. The following groups are currently being offered: Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, Recorder Club, and Guitar/Ukulele Club.
Chorus is a singing group for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. All students will be screened at school in music class. Chorus students will be selected based on a singing audition, classroom performance, and behavior. Students must demonstrate the ability to maintain a steady beat, perform rhythms accurately, match pitches vocally, and sing short melodic patterns accurately. Students must also demonstrate appropriate behavior in music class and have no referrals. Students who receive any kind of referral will not be allowed to participate in chorus. Selected students will receive information about after-school rehearsals and they will be provided with a chorus registration form.
The percussion ensemble is for students who demonstrate the ability to maintain a steady beat, perform rhythms accurately, and exhibit appropriate behavior. Students will be screened in music class. Information and a registration form will be sent home with selected students.
Recorder Club is for students in grades 3-5 who want to practice their recorder after school along with other students. Extra help for recorder playing is provided during this time.
This is a new club that will be offered to interested students. All interested students should speak with Mr. Palmer.