Mrs. Amy Cholod
WELCOME TO THE 2019-2020 School Year
My hopes and dreams ....
I hope my students feel like a musician in the piano lab.
Learning a musical instrument changes the brain for the better!
The Lang Lang International Music Foundation Keys of Inspiration Lab will be coming to Hitch School Soon....
"When you give a child the gift of music, you give a child the world." - Lang Lang
PK-8 General Music Syllabus,
Amy Cholod, Music Specialist, Arts Liaison
General Music Course Description
The major goal of this program is to increase sensitivity and understanding of students to the expressive qualities of a wide range of musical styles through listening, performing and creating music. The music education program is designed to help students perceive the art of music keenly and respond to it deeply. Thus, it is conceived as aesthetic education. Nonmusical benefits - the social, psychological, physical and other benefits of involvement in music - are recognized and included. They are treated, however, as contributory to the main purpose.
Keys of inspiration is an innovative program that weaves rigorous, keyboard-centric, musical instruction into the music curriculum. Students will have group piano classes for grades 2-5. Students in 6-8 will have group piano class with personalized keyboard instruction where students will be able to choose songs to learn.
Units of Study: Rhythm, Melody, Form, Tone Color, Dynamics and Music History
Curriculum Materials: Textbook:
Pk-1 GamePlan and Music k-8
2nd-8th grade Silver Burdett Making Music, The Lang Lang Piano Method Book Level 1, 2 and 3
Yellow -- Raise hand and wait until you are called on to speak
Green -- Listen to directions the first time given
Blue -- Use only kind words when speaking to others
Pink -- Play instruments only when given permission
Orange -- Keep hands and feet to self
The music grade represents a composite of the student’s achievement and performance in daily assignments and assessments. The grade may be derived from objective and subjective teacher evaluations and observations, including the student’s demonstrations of criteria-based skills and techniques in music
k-1 – participation, effort , singing and playing instruments
2-5 participation, effort, singing and playing keyboards
6-8-- Grade participation,Note taking, Tests, Writing, Projects and playing keyboards.
Work is due on the posted due date. Late work will be marked down one letter grade for each subsequent week that it is late. Most assignments will be submitted through google classroom. NO WORK will be accepted the last week of the quarter. This allows time to ensure grades are accurate.
Grading Weight Categories
30% Formative/Summative --Written Tests, Projects, Performances
Teacher Contact Information:
Amy Cholod – Music Teacher – Room 106, Arts Liaison
Hitch Elementary School 773-534-1189 ext86542 email: Amcholod@cps.edu please consult monthly Hitch Happenings
CPS ARTS MANDATE
Arts minutes instructional requirement “CPS Arts Education Plan’s guiding principle is that every CPS student will receive ongoing high quality arts education both in and out of the classroom.” The plan mandates 120 minutes of arts instruction each week for every student in the district. The Arts consist of Music, Visual Art, Dance and Drama. If you would like to read the cps arts plan it is online please visit www.cpsarts.org.
National Coalition of Core Art Standards https://www.nationalartsstandards.org/
Kids and Music Are Made To Be Loved
Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66% of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted.
As reported in "The Case for Music in the Schools," Phi Delta Kappan, February 1994
For decades, NAMM (National Association of Music Makers) has funded scientific research to explore the relationship between music making and health, wellness and the brain. Music making has been scientifically proven to:
- exercise the brain
- inspire creativity
- increase productivity
- fight memory loss
- reduce stress
- lower blood pressure
- stave off depression
- enhance cognitive development in children
- build confidence
- create social connections/bonds
Music Making has been tied to a number of scholastic benefits:
“96 percent of public school principals believe that participating in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school longer.” (Harris Poll)
“Students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation, according to the The College Entrance Examination Board.” (College-Bound Seniors National Report)
“Students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self confident and better able to express ideas, according to a Columbia University study ” (The Arts Education Partnership)
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