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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 symbols. Through music we gain insights into and symbolize the emotional and expressive life of humans. Music Education cultivates the imagination. Music classes provide opportunities to express individuality, creativity, and promote healthy imagination and fantasy. Music Education also identifies and develops musical talent. 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 (1973) 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 Conductor 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 Arranger Cantor 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 music. 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 www.rocklibrary.com 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 Delta How to Contact Me… Miss Jenifer Grasha Central Avenue School Lancaster, New York 14068 686-3230 References The University of the State of New York. (1996). Learning standards for the arts.The State Education Department. Miller, Ross E. (1996). Music education: Who, why, what, how? An orientation to teaching music. Nazareth College of Rochester.
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