MUSIC EDUCATION AT SPS

 

At SPS, general music class is taught to all students in grades K-8.  Mrs. Danielle Roberts is the music specialist.  Students in K-3rd grades attend once a week for 45 minutes year-round.  The 4th-8th grade students attend once a week for 45 minutes for an 18-week semester.  Music classes follow the Core Knowledge Curriculum, and adhere to the South Carolina Standards for Music Education in General Music.  The focus for these classes is listed below:

 

K-3rd            Focus on singing, playing classroom instruments; learning about orchestra instruments; listening to and describing various musical styles; reading basic music notation and symbols; and identifying music characteristics (such as high/low, loud/soft, fast/slow, melodic direction).

 

4th-5th           Focus on singing; playing classroom instruments; learning about orchestra instruments and voice characteristics; listening to and describing various musical styles; learning about periods of music history and composers; and reading basic and intermediate music notation and symbols.  Classes for this group also include a 9-10 week unit learning to play the recorder.

 

6th-8th           Focus on listening to and describing various musical styles; learning about periods of music history and composers; basic music composition; reading basic, intermediate, and advanced intermediate music notation and symbols.  Classes for this group also include a 12-week unit learning to play basic acoustic guitar.

 

CHORUS AT SPS

 

SPS also has a non-audition chorus.  The SPS Chorus is a non-audition group comprised of 5th-8th grade students.  This class meets every Monday morning from 8:15-8:55 am.  This class focuses on singing together as a group, in unison as well as parts.  Students in this class also learn to read music through singing, and how to train their ears for matching pitch and blending while singing.  SPS Chorus has several performances and growth opportunities throughout the school year.  They are directed by Mrs. Danielle Roberts.

Please visit:   www.spschorus.weebly.com for more information.