River Ridge Music

Mrs. Danielle Starcher is currently enjoying her twentieth year as a music teacher in Columbia County with nineteen of those years at River Ridge Elementary. She graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Danielle earned her Masters degree in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University and completed her specialist degree in Teaching and Learning as well as completing the requirements for reading and gifted endorsement at Augusta State University. Danielle was honored and flattered to be named Columbia County Teacher of the Year for the 2007-2008 school year.

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Columbia County School Department Music Curriculum and Assessment

The goal of the CCSD Elementary music department is to provide a music curriculum focused on the Georgia Standards of Excellence set by the state. Each document below states the grade level expectations for students to master or experience during the listed school year. The sequence of teaching these elements may occur at various times of the year based on the local needs of the school and community.  Enrichment resources are drawn from county and school curriculum purchases. All resources align with state standards and county curriculum guidelines.

As a part of your child’s enrichment learning, students will have the opportunity to be assessed on the following work habits during each lesson of their encore classes: responsibility, participation, assignment completion, and interpersonal skills.  The progress in these areas will be shared each nine weeks on the report card to inform you of their status in each category. 

Why is music important for your learner?

The purpose of River Ridge Elementary Music Department is to teach, encourage, and challenge students to grow as performers and musicians.  All materials and equipment used through teaching and productions promote teaching, constructive critisicm, development of appropriate commentary, and effective research.