Miss Tubbs' Music Memos
A CLOSER LOOK INTO THE THOMPSON CROSSING MUSIC PROGRAM
March's Benefits of Music Education
1. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
2. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
3. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
Composer of the Month
He was one of the first composers to successfully incorporate jazz rhythms into symphonic music. He was very helpful and generous to other young composers, often promoting their music along with his own.
Aaron Copland's music often told a story and used imagery when composing his music. You can experience that imagery and story telling in the song below, "The Cat and The Mouse."
5th and 4th Grade Spotlight
Another activity that all the classes have loved, is a dance called "Back At Ya!" A leader improvises 8 beats of dances moves and the class repeats. It's been fun to see how creative our students are!
Below is a video of Wynton Marsalis (a famous trumpet player) demonstrating the process of improvising a song.