Music - Movement - Drama

Primary School Music is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance and keep a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing it later. This is the same way we all learned our language. Poems, rhymes, games, songs and dances are examples of elemental materials, making the children sensitive and active listeners.

Primary School Music is a non-competitive atmosphere where one of the rewards is the pleasure of making quality music with others. When the children want to write down what they have composed, reading and writing find their moment.

Improvisation and composition start students on a lifetime of knowledge and pleasure through personal musical experience. Learning is meaningful only if it brings satisfaction to the learner, and satisfaction arises from the ability to use acquired knowledge for the purpose of creating. This process is a theme with endless variation.

Music touches the mind, body and spirit, a compelling, meaningful, and powerful force in our lives. The serious study of music is vital to the appreciation and understanding of our culture and the cultures of the world. Through listening, performing and composing, we create opportunities for our students to have a deeper understanding of music. The music curriculum is based upon learning by experience. This is true from Primary through High School music classes.

If you can walk you can dance.
If you can talk you can sing. -
Zimbabwean Proverb

Music Teacher

Mrs. Amanda Bietsch
(717) 597-3226 ext. 40213