The music program at Pelican Island has been developed with the understanding that children learn through experiences. Our goal is to provide a multitude of opportunities for a variety of musical experiences including; singing, moving, reading, creating and playing musical instruments. The curriculum is based on the Sunshine State Standards for music.
Students in Pre-K use Project S.A.M. (Stimulation, Articulation, and movement through music) this is a 40 minute program which is divided into three activities,
- Stimulation: Music stimulatesthe mind’s imagination through the music and songs chosen (I use many of my own original ones). Every instrument has a name and a personality of their own. The instruments become the channels for the child to express their feelings without feeling judged.
- Articulation: Music helps expression through words.A variety of songs are used that coincide with the musical concepts being taught.All three learning styles are interwoven into the learning process
- Movement:Each student is given the opportunity to become actively involved in music.Percussion instruments are used to keep a steady beat, while movement allows for creative expression.
- Students in grades 3-5 are introduced to the recorder to improve musical abilities.Students are also taught “higher level thinking skills” by answering questions that combine the core academics (reading, language arts, math, science and social studies) with the medium of music.
The music classroom is set up like the stage would be; front stage, back stage center, left and right. They are all learning this staging vocabulary and have fun going on the risers in a choreographed manner.
All students are exposed to famous composers from different periods of music. They also learn the family of instruments of the orchestra and get a good aural depiction of each one. There are also musical opportunities for students to participate in, such as the after school chorus; which performs for the community throughout the year, Night of Joy, Pelican Idol and Spring Fling! Our pelicans also have the opportunity to be a good audience!
“Music touches the hearts of all”
Mrs. Sherry St. Petery