PS 22 Chorus- "Don't Stop Believin'"

Monday, August 29, 2011

Welcome back, everyone!

Welcome back to school, everyone!  I am Mrs. Keller, and I teach K-4 elementary music at Pence, and I am also the Fairfield High School assistant vocal director.  I am a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where I received my Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts degrees.  In addition to teaching K-4 music at Pence, I also direct the high school Concert Choir.  Co-curricular choirs under my direction are the Raw Notes Jazz Choir, the women's ensemble, the Freshmen ensemble, and I teach high school voice lessons.  This is one of the places people can visit for information concerning any activities for these groups.

Here's hoping your school year is off to a great start!

Musically yours,
Mrs. Keller

Friday, August 26, 2011

Music Advocacy 101

Why is Music Important to the Young Mind?

Music participation provides a unique opportunity for literacy preparation. Whether the children are singing, playing, or listening, teachers direct them to listen and hear in new ways which exercises their aural discrimination. Playing instruments and adding movement to the lessons teaches children about sequential learning which is essential in reading comprehension.

Plato once said that music “is a more potent instrument than any other for education”. You will find many teachers of young children who would agree with him. Recent research has found that music uses both sides of the brain, a fact that makes it valuable in all areas of development. Music affects the growth of a child’s brain academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Music is academic. For some people, this is the primary reason for providing music lessons to their children. A recent study from the University of California found that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Second graders who were given music lessons scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children who received no special instruction. Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.
Music is physical. Music can be described as a sport. Learning to sing and keep rhythm develops coordination. The air and wind power necessary to blow a flute, trumpet or saxophone promotes a healthy body.
Music is emotional. Music is an art form. We are emotional beings and every child requires an artistic outlet. Music may be your child’s vehicle of expression.
Music is for life. Most people can’t play soccer, or football at 70 or 80 years of age but they can sing. And they can play piano or some other instrument. Music is a gift you can give your child that will last their entire lives.
-from Children's Music Workshop, an Emmy award-winning music company

Our first music class!

Here is Mrs. Ryan's Kindergarten class at Pence.  They are in the music room ready to learn about all the exciting things they will be doing in music this year.  Yea for music, and yea for Pence!