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Music at STJES

Page history last edited by Sarah Thomas 12 years, 2 months ago

Music takes many forms here at STJES. From steady beat to singing to playing recorder to creating music videos to music with ordinary objects, there is always a joyful noise coming from the music room.


Students in grades K-8 are taught general music and music arts rotation by Ms. Thomas (that's me). I am a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University (BS, Vocal Music Education) and The Johns Hopkins University (MS.Ed, School Administration). I have been blessed to have a wealth of career-enriching opportunities such as being an OPERA America Fellow and a member of the 2008 Klingenstein Summer Institute. I am a life-long singer and teaching has been my passion since second grade when I announced that I would grow up to be a teacher. However, all books and classrooms aside, it is through the day-to-day work with kids that I have learned about who I want to be as a teacher and how I want to make an impact on their lives.


In the music classroom, I seek guide the students to well-rounded musical development. I see music as an essential part of the curriculum, not an addition or special. Children who listen to, create, perform, and analyze music as well as make connections with it to their own understanding are gaining both intellectual and life skills. But that doesn't mean we don't have fun. Class sessions often lead to good bits of laughter or thought-probing questions that make us say "do we have to go?" This is by far where my "kids" provide the best lessons for me.


I reflect upon my practice via a blog: Teach2Connect

It is an honor and blessing to serve the community of St. John's Episcopal School




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