Swanson's Music Web Page
Tobin and McCord Schools
Dear Parent or
Your child is taking
part in a variety of activities in music class. These are designed to
help your child develop musical skills and to know and appreciate many
different styles of music.
The Music Program at McCord and Tobin Schools follows
the Illinois State Music Curriculum and Guidelines. These guidelines
emphasize the following concepts: rhythm, melody, harmony, style, form,
tone color, dynamics, and texture, as well as a study of music history
and composers. The interrelationship of all the music concepts is
recognized and built upon throughout the school year.
The music program at McCord and Tobin Schools
reinforces the teaching of basic skills such as math and reading through
singing and rhythm activities; writing skills through written
worksheets, notated lyrics and melodies; and history and geography
through the singing of a variety of multi-cultural songs.
include songs from our American folk tradition, songs from many
different parts of the world, patriotic and holiday songs, and songs
that are part of music dramas in which your child takes part. Your child
will listen to music written in many styles and become familiar with
many kinds of performing groups. In addition, time is spent playing simple instruments and
discovering basic concepts about how music is put together.
You can reinforce
what your child is learning in school in several ways. You can listen to
music together, attend community concerts, and encourage your child to
take part in school performing groups when they reach the appropriate
grade levels to participate. You may also wish to take compact discs
and tapes of different musical styles from the
Ask your child
to tell you about some of the music class activities. In this way, music
class can be extended into your home.
If you play an
instrument you may wish to volunteer to give a mini concert/demonstration to your
child's class. Remember that you don't have to be Mozart or play at the
concert level. Even an adult at a beginning musical level would be very
impressive to a primary class.
If you would like to
schedule a mini concert or have any questions about the music program
please contact me. I wish your child a successful year in school.