Performing Arts in Reynolds School!
Dear Parents and students,
Our children need a place that they can find and listen to their own music. Please help to develop your child's appreciation of music, and nurture their musical growth, by setting up a place in your house where they can go to create and listen to music. Please explore age appropriate music. Please save a play list that is easily accessed, featuring artists that play and compose for children like: Red Grammer (Down The Do Re Mi), Raffi, Bob McGrath (Sing Me A Story),Tom Chapin and children's music collections like "For Our Children" - (Bruce Springstein, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and other pop artists singing children's songs).
If possible, provide them their own music player like Sing Along MP3 By Young Explorers, you can load it with the above music, and their favorite songs. Then they will be listening to appropriate music, and will be free to play it themselves!
Please enjoy listening to and/or watching musicals together like: Mary Poppins, Annie, Lion King, Peter Pan, etc.
Many parents ask me at what age to start their child on private music lessons. The school rules say that I am not able to teach a child privately while they are my student at school (pre-K-2nd grade). There are many other excellent teachers that I can recommend to you, please ask if you would like suggestions.
I believe that children of any age can have private instruction, but it should be with a certified music teacher, experienced in materials relevant to their age. A child that cannot read on their own, can babble (explore) rhythms, expression, listening, and echo playing. An older child that can read, should have a teacher that provides time to explore, a wide range of repertoire selection, and solo and group performance opportunities. Before beginning private lessons, make sure your child has the desire to learn. Do not expect that they will succeed without support and encouragement! It takes a village, but it is a gift that can last a lifetime.
Our Performing Arts Program
All classes are based on the philosophy that at the elementary age level, music and all performing arts are best best understood by hands on experiences.
This approach includes many aspects of experiencing music. Singing, instrumental ensembles, dancing, theatre, choral speaking, story telling, lyric writing, and improvisation are some of the many areas explored.
The performing arts classes also include Smart Board instruction, with lessons that highlight: Studies of the musical arts from other cultures, songs in various languages, hands on dances and games that teach music skills, and the study of instruments and their families. Focus is given to melodic and rhythmic recognition, and the development of listening skills.
The students are given music homework. They are asked to listen to their performance pieces, and to play music games- both offered under "Activities" on this site. These assignments will reinforce learned skills, and help better prepare them for the excitement of performance! Homework can also include optional creative work like: making home-made instruments, researching composers and instruments, singing and dancing and writing song lyrics.
Written class work includes articulation of learned skills and knowledge by designing, creating, and critiquing. Students write lyrics as a class, and these lyrics are often used in the performances.
Performances include: themes which integrate curriculum, showcase barred instrument ensembles (using Orff Schulwork methods), and use movement choreographed by the children.
Each class lyric writes for the performances. All performances contain movement, songs in other languages, expression, acting, and sign language!
Check out the following pages to see what activities there are to do and see!