Teacher: Mr. Andrew G. Reid B.Mus; B.Mus. Ed; DIP I.T.

Notes from Mr. Reid

  • Grade 4 and Grade 5 students are to bring their RECORDERS and Recorder BOOKS to every music class.
  • The Grade 6 recorder program will occur after Christmas.
  • Elementary Choir rehearsals occur during second half of lunch periods on Day 1 and Day 4 (12:15 - 12:35)

Music is an important part of the human experience. It is a universal language, a tangible means of communication for all humans. Music, with its unique body of knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking, is worth knowing. It is a means of understanding ourselves and others in a way not possible in other disciplines. The ability to perform, listen to, and create music with understanding is a highly desirable and important part of the human experience for every member of society.

Music provides an outlet for creativity and self expression. It engages our imaginations and allows us to explore our own identities. The development of musical potential, along with linguistic, physical, and others, exists in every individual and is one of the basic tenets of education.

The K-6 music curriculum is based on the Foundation for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Education Curriculum which provides the framework for music education and reflects current research theories and classroom practice.

Primary Music (Kindergarten to Grade 3)

Music in the primary grades provides experiences that are meaningful and enjoyable to the child and develops a greater love for, understanding of, and sensitivity to music. Music is an essential part of the primary curriculum because it promotes growth in the three major areas of learning: the affective, cognitive, and psychomotor. Rhythm and metre, melody/pitch, harmony, form, expression (dynamics, tempo, articulation, tone colours, notations) and contexts are explored through direct experiences - singing, speaking, playing instruments, moving, listening, hand signing, notating, reading, writing, deriving, analyzing, improvising, composing, evaluating, and responding.

The music program is learner-based and flexible, matching the teaching process to the child’s natural learning process. The primary music program sequences the discovery of musical concepts and musical skills.

Elementary Music (Grade 4 to Grade 6)

The elementary program continues to provide students with musical experiences that further develop the musicality innate in each child. The elementary program follows a pedagogical sequence of hearing, singing, playing, moving, deriving, writing, and creating to build upon skills and knowledge acquired in the primary grades. Cognitive and psychomotor skills are developed through musical literacy, movement, and the creation and performance of their own works and the works of others. In addition to playing classroom instruments, students study the recorder and explore the use of music technology.

Repertoire is expanded and includes songs and works from their own and other cultures, works of recognized masters, and contemporary compositions. Students analyze, interpret, reflect and respond to their own works and the work of others, and make connections in local and global contexts.

Elementary Choir

Choral experiences are an integral part of the elementary music proram. Students study choral repertoire and the technical aspects of good choral singing in a choral setting. Students in the Elementary grades are welcome to join the Lewisporte Academy elementary choir to experience a unique musical setting.

Important Website Links

Gander Kiwanis Music Festival


Congratulations to The Lewisporte Academy Elementary choir on their performance at this year's Kiwanis Music Festival. The choir received a mark of 89, and was awarded FIRST PLACE in its class. Mr. Reid and the rest of the staff and students at Lewisporte Academy are very proud of the hard work put in by these dedicated musicians. Bravo !