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Debbie Sullivan, Music Teacher
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MusicThe K-4 curriculum is based on Conversational Solfege, a method developed by Dr. John Feierabend. Folk songs, rhymes, classical, and jazz music are the primary source materials that are used in the Graham and Parks music program. The goal is for all students to become “tuneful, beatful, and artful “Tuneful” students have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes. “Beatful” students feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped into either 2s or 3s. “Artful” students are moved by music in the many ways that music elicits a “feeling” response.

Establishing this foundation in the earlier grades prepares fourth graders to read music and play percussion instruments and recorders. In fifth grade, students select a string, brass, or woodwind instrument or sing in chorus.

Children who learn to be tuneful, beatful and artful before they leave elementary school will grow to be adults who can benefit from all that music has to offer.

Photos: Fourth Grader, Melissa Altidor, practices her recorder (top, right). Fifth grader instrumentalists play at the concert April, 2013 (top header).