Classroom expectations:

  • Be positive
  • Be polite
  • Be respectful
  • Be responsible
  • Be a participant

These expectations form the basis from which developing musicianship can take place. When these expectations are not evident, learning cannot take place. This affects the grade that students receive.


These 3 words are the aptest description of the music program at Orlo Vista. I am so excited because of all the possibilities this year brings for our students. Just like the classroom teachers, music instructors at all schools have specific knowledge and skills which the students are expected to know. They will be held accountable through testing throughout the year. The music departments of Orange County Public Schools are leaders nationwide.

Our voice is the one instrument that we have on our person our whole life. Therefore, it is my responsibility to develop that potential. While not everyone will be an acclaimed singer, most everyone may sing a lullaby to a baby at some point in their life. The songs we learn in music class cover a wide range of traditions and promote understanding and connections to the diversity present in our world today.

Playing instruments requires motor skills which are developmentally appropriate for each grade level. Unpitched percussion instruments (e.g., drums, triangles, and claves) and the xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels which make up the Orff Instrumentarium, provide the resources on which we perform.

Structured and free movement is equally important as it further develops the whole child. Children not only learn traditional dance and game movements, but they also explore their own personal expression through dance. In many world cultures, movement is not even considered a separate aspect of music. Therefore, we integrate this aspect as well. Who can resist even tapping their foot to an exciting piece of music?

Singing and playing instruments also involve the reading of music which each grade does at its own level of understanding. Students begin by reading symbolic notation (iconic) and proceeding to real notation using notes and rests. The goal of all of these parts is to develop the musician in all students according to their interest and ability. Brain research shows that students who are involved in the study of music score higher on standardized tests and stay in school to complete.

There will be several performing ensembles this year. They include the chorus, Orff, and drumming ensembles. These special groups will necessarily include 4th and 5th grades. It is my goal that all performances for the grade levels grow out of the educational experience that each child has on a weekly basis. Therefore, when there is a performance, all children involved will sing, play instruments, and move. They are, in effect, responsible for the whole performance, and reflect the learning which has been taking place in the classroom. This approach promotes each child “owning” what they do.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve your child in the capacity of music. Please email me and let me know if you have any needs with which I can help.

Music Links 

Sing Along Songs

Science of Music

Orlando Philharmonic

Jazz for Young People