Mrs. Angela Zurawski
About the Teacher
Welcome to the Concord Elementary School General Music Department where children in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade learn to experience and express the joy of Music through speech, singing, movement, the use of instruments, listening and performance. The Concord Elementary School Vocal Music Program students have General Music classes 30 minutes, twice a week, where the basic elements, symbols, tools, processes, style, history, culture, vocabulary and the uniqueness of Music are introduced or reinforced, depending on the grade level. Basic elements of rhythm, steady beat, tempo, dynamics, timbre/tone color, melody and form are introduced at the Kindergarten level, then built upon in Grades First through Fourth. The singing voice is one of the main topics covered as a tool in all grades. The process of learning the staff, notation system and Music vocabulary is introduced in Kindergarten through Second Grade then broadened within Third and Fourth Grades.Meet the ComposersStudents in First through Fourth Grade attend the “Meet the Composers” component of “Meet the Masters” several times throughout the school year. Students will learn about the fascinating lives, famous works, compositions and historical Time Periods of one specific Master Composer during each scheduled class session. Students will experience this through multimedia content which includes Smart Board technology, the Internet, props, games, Music CD's, instruments and more. “Meet the Composers” supports several of the Fine Arts Learning Standards.AssembliesStudents will learn and experience the unique qualities of music, along with similarities within other art forms, through various activities in their weekly music classes and performances throughout the school year. Students will review the Patriotic Songs of our country and perform them at an annual All School Patriotic Assembly. Students will also become familiar with "Good Character Assets," through song and movement as we annually prepare an all school assembly with songs that include those positive character traits. Students will continue to be encouraged to show appropriate Performance and Assembly Behavior that is reinforced during regular Music classes and All School Assemblies.Performances and Junior Chorus
Each grade level performs a Music Program during the course of the school year. Third and Fourth Grade students may join the Junior Chorus, which meets for one hour, once a week, after school on Tuesday or Wednesday from October to April, with several performances throughout the school year.MaestroEvery student will be chosen to be the "MAESTRO" helper in one of his or her music classes during the year. The Maestro chooses which row of students may line up first at the end of class and provides assistance with any additional needs that may arise during their Music Class. To support Concord Elementary School's School Improvement Goal to enhance Literacy, the "MAESTRO" in Second Grade will choose a letter of the alphabet, then read a brief excerpt from the book, "M is for Melody," the Musical Alphabet, at the beginning of each class.Round TableAlso continuing will be the "Round Table," where some students in First through Fourth Grades are randomly invited to spend a few minutes at the end of their lunchtime with the Music Teacher in the Music Room. They may come alone or choose one friend in their grade to join them. This allows an opportunity to connect and get to know students and their interests, outside of their regularly scheduled Music Class.