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Music Education Online

Over the past few weeks we have all taken unprecedented steps to protect those around us while still trying to maintain an air of normalcy. It is easy to feel anxious, overwhelmed or lost as we practice social distancing. Music is especially important right now as it has the power to create positive emotional experiences. Human beings are born with a unique ability to listen, create, and connect with music. Keep in mind how helpful this can be when anxiety hits.

Some compositions that help me feel calm and centered are Gymnopédie No.1 by Satie, Nocturne No. 2, Op. 9 by Chopin or the entire album Kind of Blue by Miles Davis.

With this abrupt move to online learning, subjects that have been traditionally taught via whiteboards and SMART boards—like math and reading—can still be delivered effectively using online tools. But what about hands-on subjects like music which often require a group of people with equipment and instruments? Fortunately music can be approached in a myriad of ways and I am working closely with every homeroom teachers to ensure music education is still an important part of your child’s life.

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade will receive musical assignments on Seesaw. You do not need to go out of your way to find assignments from me as they will be on the same page your child uses everyday.

3rd Grade – 5th Grade

3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will receive assignments from me on Schoology. Assignments will be in the Upcoming section on the right side of the screen. Please check this daily.

Chapel Band/Choir and Handbells

We will move from rehearsal based ensembles to focusing more on individual music concepts, music theory, rhythms, and music analysis. This knowledge will be invaluable to young musicians even if they don’t continue to play music after this year.

 

Please contact me if I can help in any way. I am looking forward to continuing music online.

Mr. Thaddus Franklin
tfranklin@hopeseattle.org