Richard Greiner
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Archer Glen Music Department

Richard Greiner, Instructor



Music at Archer Glen Elementary School is offered to students, grades K-5. Due to District budget cuts, Mr. Greiner teaches at Archer Glen on Days 1 and 2, and is at Edy Ridge on Day 3. The music curriculum and teaching methods are strongly influenced by the philosophy of Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967).  The curriculum addresses National and State Standards.


A Kodály-inspired teaching philosophy, simply stated, embraces the following beliefs:

1.       Music is for everyone – music is universal.

2.      Only music of the highest quality is worthy of the child.

3.      To be musically literate is the right of every human being.

4.      Music is at the core of the curriculum.

5.      Singing is the foundation of a musical education.

6.      Music education should begin at birth.

7.      The folk song is the musical mother tongue.

8.      The musical mother tongue is the best vehicle for instruction.


The National Standards are comprised of the following nine Content Standards:

1.       Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

2.      Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

3.      Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

4.      Composing and arranging music with specific guidelines.

5.      Reading and writing music.

6.      Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

7.      Evaluating music and music performance.

8.      Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

9.      Understanding music in relation to history and culture.


The goals of the music program are:

1.       To develop to the fullest extent possible the innate musicality present in all human beings.

2.      To make the language of music known to children, guiding them to become musically literate and therefore able to be an independent learner.

3.      To make the child’s musical heritage known to him/her.

4.      To make the great art music of the world available so that through performing, listening, studying, and analyzing masterworks, the child will come to a love and appreciation of music based on a working knowledge of music.