1. Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” ― Leonard Bernstein

fletcherHi!  I'm Tonnye Fletcher and this is my fourth year teaching music !  I taught 2nd or 3rd grade for 17 years, and I loved it!  I am also loving  teaching music to K-2 students at Whiteville  Primary School.  I love singing, and I played trumpet from 6th grade at Central Middle School through college. I graduated from SCC with an AFA in Music, went on to get my BA in Arts and Humanities, and then a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education.  I am nationally board certified.  Outside of school, I am currently worship leader at Impact Outreach Church.  I love singing and dancing and writing and listening to music and making music!   I also enjoy reading and writing, scrapbooking, and lots of time in nature, as well as spending time with my friends and family!
Also, outside of school, I lead a new-to-Columbus-County literacy group.  We are CCNCRA -- Columbus Chapter of the North Carolina Reading Association.  I have always been a proponent of literacy throughout my career, and encourage students to write at every opportunity.  I lead the Writers' Group at Whiteville Primary School, which has had great success, including winners of the NCRA Young Authors' Project and the AR Ammons Poetry contest.  I am blessed to share 3 of my greatest passions in my job here at WPS -- reading, writing, and MUSIC!

Music connects us to all parts of our life, all seasons of our life.  It affects us: body, mind, and soul.  The arts in general, and music in particular, is not only a great teaching tool, but is also always valuable for its own sake. 

My hope is to create a theme each year that will help students note the connections music has to so many areas of our life.  

 This year, we are touring the world through music and using music to explore the world.  There will be lots of global connections -- lots of geography, social studies, history, and culture this year in music classes.  We will be learning about music as a part of culture and a representative of various people from around the globe.  If anyone has any expertise in world instruments or cultures and would like to come and share, please let me know.

Programs for this year will integrate a lot of cultural music  and fun songs and dances from around the world!  We look forward to seeing you there!

I also have some really cool performances scheduled for our students to experience world music up close and personally!

In my music classes, students will listen to all kinds of music, sing, play some age-appropriate instruments, dance, read, write, learn about rhythm and beat, musical vocabulary, and much more.  They will have rich and varied experiences that will make them more well-rounded.   It is a valuable and fun time that will help them in every area of their lives!

I am proud and honored to be not just a music teacher, but a teacher of life.  If there's one thing I know without a doubt, it's this:  Life is always better with music! 

So let the music play and let the learning begin!

This month in Music:
August/ September

For August and September, we will be getting into the swing of things.  We will be learning school routines, focusing on PBIS and learning about routines in the music class.  We'll also focus on learning each others' names (and using lots of fun songs and rhythm games to do that!)  We'll use music to help us learn the rules and procedures both in music class and across the school setting.  We'll celebrate the start of a new school year, and share out about our summer musical experiences. Then we'll start really digging into music and culture! 

Since I only see students for 45 minutes each week, it is important that they give 100%!  Students are expected to participate fully and with good attitude.  We only grow if we try new things, so I will be working with your children to help them cultivate a sense of adventure in the music room! :-)