|If you have clicked here, you are probably wondering what your
child might do in music class at Eastover-Central. The ultimate goal of our music program is to produce independent musicians. When your child leaves us they will have a strong foundation of musical skills they can build upon in middle school chorus, band, or orchestra. The sections below will summarize some of the skills and activities your child will be learning and doing this year.
Colleen Tichich, Eastover-Central Music Teacher.
The Music Curriculum
Cumberland County Schools has a music curriculum that outlines the expectations for each week at each grade level. Within each year, students will address reading notation, music history, musical expression and creativity, global music, instrument performance, making music both alone and in a group, the relationship between music and the other arts, and the interplay between music and other disciplines. In addition to helping students develop a life-long love and appreciation of music, our curriculum also looks to prepare students for band, choir, or orchestra in middle school.
Students in the fourth and fifth grade have the opportunity to join Eastover Central Championship Beat. This is an ensemble that works on refining students’ musical abilities including singing, reading notation, instrument performance, and movement. Though the curriculum changes every year, students may get a chance to play drums, xylophones, explore their vocal range, and learn more about other classroom instruments. Chorus meets after school each Tuesday from 2:45 – 3:45 and performs at events and assemblies throughout the school year.
Nutcracker and the NC Symphony Concert
Each year Cumberland County Schools provides at least two free cultural arts events for our students. All fourth graders attend “The Nutcracker” ballet. The music for the ballet w
as written by Tchaikovsky. The fourth graders spend several weeks in music class studying the story of the ballet and the music they will hear. When students are in the fifth grade, they are all invited to attend a free North Carolina Symphony Concert. This is a special treat and we spend many weeks in music class getting ready for this extraordinary event.
Music and other Disciplines
In class, we frequently draw connections between music and other academic disciplines. Music allows students to explore history and experience other cultures. If we sing a song or watch a global performance we take the time to understand its culture and country of origin. Rhythm helps students hone their mathematical skills, especially in areas of fractions and adding. We utilize the scientific method by experimenting with how to get the sound we want out of the instrument we are using, be it our voice, a xylophone, or a hand bell. We learn new words and tell stories through song and use critical thinking skills to pose questions and discover new information.
In addition, music is vital to helping students grow in ways that can’t necessarily be measured. Creating music as a group helps teach us about teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of listening to others. Music paves the way for students to develop a strong sense of discipline and focus. Music teaches us about beauty, encourages us to look for it in the world around us, and, in doing so, it challenges us to be a better person. Though these qualities may not appear on a standardized test, they are vital to molding students into the remarkable grown-ups they will become.