Welcome to Music!
Temporary RoomThe first lesson of the year focuses on the rules and procedures for the music classroom. I use a system called Whole Brain Teaching (wholebrainteaching.com) that engages the brain of the students. Ask your child about Class/Yes, Hands and Eyes, or our CPR Rules! CPR Stands for Cooperate, Participate, and Respect.
3rd Grade Demonstrating the CPR Rules
We also focus on steady beat, which is the "heartbeat" of music. All grade levels start with a "finger dance" to Strauss' "Pizzicato Polka." The younger students are grooving to the book Pete the Cat, Rocking in my School Shoes to get the feel of the beat in our bodies. The older students are working on keeping the steady beat while playing a name game--a camp favorite you might remember, "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?"
I have been quite impressed by the musical abilities and behavior of our FPD students. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year!