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The Fine Arts


									I would teach children music,
physics, and philosophy; but
most importantly music, for in
the patterns of music and all the
arts are the keys of learning.

                   -- Plato
The Fine Arts
                The NYS Standards for
                  the Arts reflect the
                 educational goals that
                    are common to
                 Dance, Music, Theatre
                  and the Visual Arts
                 while recognizing the
                  distinctive goals of
                    each discipline.
Why Music Education?
Because of our easy accessibility to the arts in our
society, some would argue that Arts Education is
unnecessary in the schools.

Music education provides us with
appropriate instruction in music so
that we can listen, respond, and
“do” music skillfully and
expressively, thus enhancing the
“feeling” parts of our lives.

  Because the subject
         is difficult.
  Students learn a unique
    system of nonverbal

  Through music we gain insights
into and symbolize the emotional
  and expressive life of humans.
Music Education cultivates the

 Music classes provide opportunities to
  express individuality, creativity, and
   promote healthy imagination and
    Music Education also
identifies and develops musical

   Performing, composing, and listening
   to music stimulates our aesthetic
   imagination and exploits primarily
   the right side of our brains.
  Eliminate music education and
  you fail to develop one of our
     basic human capabilities.

Music Education preserves our musical heritage,
    involves students in the rites and rituals of
society, develops a rewarding personal and social
 life, fosters self-confidence, self-discipline, and
  self-enrichment, and enlivens the spirit of the
               school and its students.
   Music is a powerful force in
            our world.

The range of human emotions is symbolized
in music in a unique and profound way. Do
not underestimate either the importance of
our emotional lives to effective living or the
 power of music to influence our emotions.
Personal Expression
The range of human emotions
   is symbolized in music in a
  unique and profound way.
   Education in music allows
  us to perceive and respond
     to profound emotional
       expressions of great
        composers of many
  traditions. Performance of
  music allows us to express
     our emotions in socially
         acceptable ways.
“What more justification could
 possibly be required for the
  general music program that
that it serve not only the mind
   but the feelings as well.”

             -Beers & Hoffman
                     Class Expectations

1.   Be respectful of yourself and others- each of us are here to learn. We will
      respect that others are different from us, experience things in different
                         ways, and learn in different ways.

2. To keep an open mind about things we don’t know that much about- there
       are many kinds of music in the world. We will learn about each kind to
                                  our best ability.

       3. To follow directions so that we may learn as much as we can.

4. To learn about the elements of music, music notation, musical instruments,
     music history, the effect of music on culture, music production, careers in
                            music and musical expression.

            5. We will listen, create and perform musical activities.
  NYS Learning Standards
1. Creating, Performing, and Participating in
                    the Arts

   Students will actively engage in the
 processes that constitute creation and
 performance in the arts and participate
       in various roles in the arts.
NYS Learning Standards
  2. Knowing and Using Arts
     Materials and Resources

Students will be knowledgeable about and
  make use of the materials and resources
   available for participation in the arts in
                 various roles.
NYS Learning Standards
3. Responding to and Analyzing
         Works of Art
Students will respond critically to a
variety of works in the arts,
connecting the individual work to
other works and to other aspects of
human endeavor and thought.
     NYS Learning Standards

4. Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and
           Contributions of the Arts

Students will develop an understanding of the personal
        and cultural forces that shape the artistic
   communication and how the arts in turn shape the
      diverse cultures of past and present society.
There is also the belief that great works
 of literature and music are somehow
 better than popular literature which is
   here today and gone tomorrow.
 The universal themes of great literature and
    music, beautifully expressed, provide a
        deep, lasting, and life-enriching
   experience to those who are educated to
    perceive and appreciate with knowledge
                   and insight.
            - Ross E. Miller, Ph.d. (1996)
Education provides hope for the
 evolution of an art through the
 development of new artists, new
  ideas, and new ways to express
            those ideas.
The Role of the Music Educator

 The role of the music educator, then, is
  to reveal and explain the whole world
     of music to students so they can
  understand and come to enjoy music
  of many forms and styles and not be
   limited to a shallow appreciation of
              popular music.
   Future Activities in Music Class
Attending local area concerts and theatrical events,
   visiting theatre houses such as Kleinhans Music
            Hall and Shea’s Buffalo Theatre.
    Performing in winter and spring concerts.
         Participating in the school musical.
  Participating in cross-curricular activities with
             other academic departments.
                   Careers in Music
                Vocal, Instrumental, General Music Teacher
                           Private Music Instructor
                     Vocal or Instrumental Performer
                              Instrument Repair
                      Specialist in Vocal Health (M.D.)
            Radio DJ, Radio Station Manager or Music Director
                     Music/Record Producer, Director
Lyricist or Instrumental Composer, Composer of Musical or Movie Scores
               Musical Theatre (Stage Performer or Pit Band)
                Rock or Jazz Band Member, Back-up Singer
                           Opera Performer/Singer
                            Music Video Director
            Stage Director, Technician, Lighting, or Stage Crew
                           Choreographer, Dancer
About the Teacher…
         Greetings and welcome
             to Music class! My
                    name is
          Miss Jenifer Grasha.
           I knew I wanted to be
           a singer when I was 3
               years old. My life
              lessons have been
           experienced through
    My Experiences in the Fine Arts

                Training, Experience, Creating, Performing, Teaching

                                              Vocal Music
                                            Chamber Choirs
                                          Show and Jazz Choirs
                                          Concerts and Recitals

   Musical Theatre and Drama               Instrumental Music          Ballet and Jazz Dance
   Television and Commercials           Violin, Piano, Percussion        Choreographing
    Professional Performance        Orchestral and Choral Conducting          Teaching
Directing and Producting Musicals          Band and Orchestra               Performing
                    My Credentials
        I have earned the following academic honors and professional appointments:

                                  AAS Vocal Performance
                                  BS Music Education
                                    BA Sociology
                                   MS Social Sciences

                           Central Avenue School, 2005-2006
                            St. Paul’s School, 2004-2006

              2005 Winner of the Rock and Roll Library Song Lesson Contest

       Featured performer at NYC”s Singers Forum Foundation Vocal Retreat (2003)

    MENC (Music Education National Conference), NYSSMA, (New York State School
    Music Association), American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association,
    National Catholic School Association, American Sociological Association, Alpha Kappa
How to Contact Me…

    Miss Jenifer Grasha
  Central Avenue School
Lancaster, New York 14068
 The University of the State
    of New York. (1996).
  Learning standards for the
   arts.The State Education
Miller, Ross E. (1996). Music
    education: Who, why,
        what, how? An
   orientation to teaching
  music. Nazareth College
        of Rochester.

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