Timber Ridge Elementary is passionate about music and the powerful impact that music education has on students' lives. Music education promotes vital problem-solving skills, creativity, strong work ethic, team-building, memory skills, coordination, multiculturalism, and innumerable other qualities that are essential to building one's character, preparing one for the future, and encouraging one to make a difference in the world.In the Music Department at Timber Ridge, from kindergarten through fifth grade, we actively engage in the following pillars as the foundation of our music-learning:
2) Playing (instruments)
3) Moving4) Listening5) Creating
Aligning our curriculum with the National Standards for Music Education (established by the National Association for Music Education – NAfME), as well as the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) for the Arts, we learn the basics of music-reading, music notation, and music vocabulary; we grow an understanding and appreciation of musical genres and styles from around the world; and we develop musical performance skills as we get in touch with our “inner musician!” Learning is done through song, movement, aural exercises, rhythm-reading and -building, barred instruments, auxiliary percussion, world drumming, recorders, ukuleles, and so much more!
“For through this gift to humankind,We each to all belong;It’s music that has joined usIn life’s sweet master song.From the valleys and from hilltops,From sea to shining sea,Let earth resound with music,And life the richer be."– Betty Bertaux