Bel Ayr Elementary

Welcome to the Bel Ayr Music Room!

Music is a dynamic part of our life and culture, providing pleasure and enjoyment, as well as deeper insights and awareness of the world around us. 

Students will be encouraged to construct musical knowledge through activities and experiences, forming and revising their beliefs and understanding of the world.

About the Teacher,  Melissa Hartery

I am very lucky to be entering my 25th year of teaching Music for the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. I have a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters in Education. I have been a choral specialist for Halifax Regional Arts for 17 years, but most important is my love for music. My favourite thing to do is play my guitar and sing (I've been known to sing everything from Joni Mitchell to The Weeknd). I hope that through a focused but fun curriculum, I can share this love of music with your talented children - and teach them music literacy and appreciation as we go along. 

The best way to contact me is by email at

About The Curriculum

HRCE's Music curriculum recognizes the need for all students to have sequential, in-depth learning experiences in music. These experiences, in turn, will enable students to develop knowledge, abilities, and critical thinking skills to express and reflect upon their ideas, understandings, and feelings through music.

HRCE's Music curriculum includes opportunities for significant and sequential learning, providing a balance of experiences including moving, listening, playing instruments, creating, and literacy development. Experiential learning in music develops psychomotor, intellectual, and verbal abilities, as well as musical ability. This holistic learning process also fosters self-esteem and promotes respect for others.

The Music curriculum is guided by 6 streamlined outcomes that apply to everyone from Grade Primary through to Grade 6. 

To find out more, you can follow these links: 

Primary -3 Music Curriculum

Grades 4-6 Music Curriculum