Archer Glen Music Department
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:
Music is for everyone – music is universal.
Only music of the
highest quality is worthy of the child.
To be musically
literate is the right of every human being.
Music is at the
core of the curriculum.
Singing is the
foundation of a musical education.
should begin at birth.
The folk song is
the musical mother tongue.
mother tongue is the best vehicle for instruction.
The National Standards are
comprised of the following nine Content Standards:
Singing, alone and with others, a varied
repertoire of music.
instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
Composing and arranging
music with specific guidelines.
analyzing, and describing music.
and music performance.
relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
music in relation to history and culture.
The goals of the music
To develop to the fullest extent possible the
innate musicality present in all human beings.
To make the
language of music known to children, guiding them to become musically literate
and therefore able to be an independent learner.
To make the
child’s musical heritage known to him/her.
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.