Music in Charter Schools Related Tags: Arts More Related Discussions Matthew James Cotton , High School Performing Arts Administration from Dublin, GA Posted 09/22/2011 11:29AM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 20 518 Views Who out there is teaching music in a charter school setting? What are the rewards? What are the concerns? Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 20 Share Comments (20)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Posted 9/22/2011 11:32am Matthew James CottonHigh School Performing Arts Administration from Dublin, GA I am a music teacher in Los Angeles. In my CMO (Charter Management Organization), I am the only music teacher. Are there others out there? What are your programs like? Thanks! Sign in to vote! Posted 1/13/2013 7:47am MeghanK-8 Music Teacher from San Francisco, CA. Hi Matthew, I teacher k-8 music in a charter school in San Francisco. I'm the only one too in my realm. What grade do you teach/grade's? It took me a while took get my curriculum figured out. I could give you some tips if you'd like. Sign in to vote! Posted 6/25/2013 11:23am Kathleen WhitesideElementary music teacher I am a music teacher for grades 2-8 at our charter elementary school in Utah. We use a Core Knowledge curriculum, so music is required for all grade levels and the requirements for each grade given in the CK Sequence. I have been at this school since its inception 8 years ago, and we just won the Utah charter school of the year award, so I am proud to be part of the success. I would love to continue the dialogue with anyone "out there" who would like to connect. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/5/2013 10:52am Chara RollinsMusic teacher in Texas Hello! I am starting in a charter school this fall, doing k-8 general music. This will be the school's second year to be open and it's FIRST year to have music! The school does project based learning, and I need resources and ideas and how to's and all that! It would be great to have people to bounce questions off of and get feedback! I need that starting line to appear on the ground for me to follow... Sign in to vote! Posted 7/8/2013 11:31am Kathleen WhitesideElementary music teacher Congrats on your new job! What is your background in music and music education? Is the entire curriculum project based? What kind of interaction and teaming will you be doing with the rest of the staff? Depending on your budget, you should definitely know about www.westmusic.com. And read all the articles on Edutopia. What kind of technological set up will you have in your classroom? I am interested in doing a collaborative project with another charter school. Maybe we could team up for a 7th or 8th grade web based project! Best wishes, Kathy Sign in to vote! Posted 7/8/2013 6:19pm Matthew James CottonHigh School Performing Arts Administration from Dublin, GA awesome! welcome to the group :) sorry, I didnt get feedback anyone replied to this. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/9/2013 10:12am Chara RollinsMusic teacher in Texas Thank you! I did upper level choir for 2 years, k-5 for 2 years, then just k-2 for 3 years. I'm used to basically pulling lessons from the Silver Burdett books and then supplementing with other stuff. As far as I know, it's all project based. I think that I'm kind of supposed to figure something out that works within the goals of the school. Collaboration with the other staff will be huge, but I have no idea exactly how it's going to work yet. I don't know about technology yet, but it's one of my school's big things, so I'm sure i'll be able to get whatever I need. It would be AWESOME to do a project with another school! Definitely keep me in mind as we get closer to the school year! Sign in to vote! Posted 7/9/2013 10:14am Chara RollinsMusic teacher in Texas Yes, I'd love to talk about best practices, too! I feel like my principal (except I think they call him the director) just wants me to integrate music into the school somehow and he's setting me free to just do it. Which is exciting and a little nerve-wracking at the same time. So I'd love to know what other people do! Sign in to vote! Posted 7/9/2013 11:49am Kathleen WhitesideElementary music teacher Even with years of experience, an administrator may well be in the dark regarding music education. You are both fortunate in having free reign, and somewhat challenged in having no particular direction. I think a good first step is for you to take a lot of time to study what the grade levels are going to be doing in social studies and American history. If you can connect some projects to what the kids are doing in other areas of their studies, you will be engaging in best practice, evidenced by educational studies on how kids retain information. You will also build bridges with the faculty! Then you should look at your state standards for each grade level and suggestions for listening and repertoire. Don't try to meet every standard in the first year, but rather, build upon the lessons that really work. Finally, I advise you to build in lots of informal assessments, then formal ones, so you can not only prove to yourself that the students are "getting it" but you also have evidence based reasons for any grades you are giving. Glad to talk with you! Sign in to vote! Posted 7/9/2013 11:55am Kathleen WhitesideElementary music teacher I am thinking a about a "real time" class for upper levels that allows them to perform together! I have a full collection of Orff instruments and percussion, and they all play easy recorder pieces. If your 7th or 8th graders want to join in, I think it would be a blast! 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