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The elementary music program at Eastside Elementary school is designed to meet the objectives and outcomes of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Music for grades kindergarten through five. Elementary Music classes at Eastside Elementary School can best be described as "rigorous and energetic", incorporating the best practices available today in music education. The prevalent philosophy is Orff-Schulwerk, an active, creativity-based approach which combines music and movement in a child-friendly learning community. Because the primary instrument is the voice, singing is incorporated into every lesson. The children also use musical instruments to apply concepts in context. Many lessons incorporate music making in an ensemble (group) setting. This includes singing, playing instruments, listening to and moving to music. All learning styles are addressed. Learning to make music is an experience that involves the whole child.

The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards or NGSSS-Arts, were adopted in December 2010. There are several new features and elements in these benchmarks, the most notable of which are the: 

Big Ideas (similar to the former Strands) and Enduring Understandings (or EUs, similar to the former Standards).

There are five Big Ideas:

Critical Thinking And Reflection


Techniques, and Processes

Organizational Structure

Historical and Global Connections

Innovation, Technology, and the Future

Each of the Big Ideas have been divided into three Enduring Understandings ( EU's). 

The Big Ideas provide a broad, “10,000-foot view” of arts education. The EUs provide additional focus within the Big Ideas, a “5,000-foot view” that will facilitate teachers’ work in designing essential questions for their lesson plans. The benchmarks, which drive instruction and assessment in arts education, are the building blocks toward student understanding of these Big Ideas and t

he EUs as students prepare to become full, successful participants in post-secondary education, the workforce, and the community.

Other new features include significant emphasis on cognitive processes, aesthetic awareness, analysis, technology, creativity, multi-faceted problem-solving, learning for transfer, and 21st-century skills. In many cases, the benchmarks capture what arts educators have been doing with students as an integral part of their instruction. In other cases, the benchmarks challenge arts educators to strengthen their focus on process, 

depth, and increasingly rigorous student inquiry and self- assessment as a natural part of the learning process.

The core experiences that your child will receive are:

*Singing a varied repertoire of music, including patriotic songs, American folk songs, and songs from around the world.

*Performing on Orff instruments and classroom percussion.

*Third, fourth,and fifth grade students will learn to play the soprano recorder.

*Learning to read and write music on a basic elementary level.

*Improvising and creating melodies on Orff instruments.

*Studying music as it relates to world cultures and world history.

*Evaluating music based on how it is designed, applying appropriate vocabulary.

*Evaluating music based on its characteristics and its quality.

*Relating music to other arts and to other subjects.