Welcome to the Music Room!Hello! My name is Elizabeth Bland, Music Specialist at Buffalo Trail Elementary.
The music program is a vital component to the community of learners at Buffalo Trail Elementary School. There are
many musical events planned for this year. Parents will be notified about specific times and dates and programs will also appear on the Buffalo Trail School Calendar.
Memorial Day - First Grade
Temples & Tombs - Second Grade
Dig It! - Third Grade
American History in Song - Fourth Grade
Promotion Day Musical - Fifth Grade
Students in grades one through five receive music instruction twice a week, for thirty minutes each time. The music curriculum focuses instruction on the Core Education Curriculum and the National Music Standards which include: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Texture, Form, Expression, Timbre, Movement, Technology, Vocabulary, Genre
The Music Program at Buffalo Trail is based on the following musical elements:
Pitch: Melody, Harmony & Tonality
Duration: Beat, Meter & Rhythm
Expressive Qualities: Dynamics, Tempo & Articulation
Design:Texture, Form & Structure
Tone Color: Vocal & Instrumental
Style and Background: Cultural & Historical Context
Musical elements are taught through singing, playing, moving and improvising, during music lessons.
Students learn to read and write musical notation. Describing and analyzing music are two more important skills taught as well as active listening. The use and development of the singing voice is vital component of the music program. Students will have the opportunity to play the world music drums, autoharp, recorder, xylophone and a variety of percussion instruments. Cultural music is another main component in the music room. In addition, all students will learn about the lives and music of composers and performers.
All skills are taught in a planned, sequential order to maximize each child's success while using the array many wonderful music materials available in the music room. Music lessons are planned in accordance with National Music Standards, Virginia State Standards and the objectives found in Loudoun County's Elementary music curriculum.