WES Music


Mrs. Amanda Farnum
Email: afarnum@wcs.k12.va.us
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The Watauga music program provides opportunities for all students at Watauga to: sing, play instruments, improvise movements to music, dance, explore many genres of music, study many composers, experience world music,  and learn about the historical context of the times and places in which music has evolved. Students are encouraged to play rhythm instruments, and Orff barred instruments such as xylophones and metallophones.  Fourth and Fifth grade students will participate in Recorder Karate in which they will learn the beginning methods for playing the recorder. Students will learn a variety of songs ranging from easy (white belt) to more advanced ( black belt).  Along the way students will also learn how to play guitar, dulcimers, ukuleles, and hand bells.

The 4th-5th grade combined choir has been performing for the school and the community for the past several years. The choir currently has about 100 members. In the past we have performed at the Washington County Relay for Life, Community Retirement Centers, the Abingdon Town Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, One School One Book Kick Off Program,  and for the teachers and students at Watauga.

Students are encouraged to take lessons from area music teachers and are invited to share their musical talents with their classes.  Students are also provided with opportunities to take field trips to see the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Musicals at the Barter Theatre, and Heartwood.  Music should be enjoyed and appreciated by people of all ages and this begins in elementary school. Watauga Elementary offers many opportunities for musical growth and development.

National Music Standards

1.      Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

2.      Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

3.      Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

4.      Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

5.      Reading and notating music.

6.      Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

7.      Evaluating music and music performances.

8.      Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

9.      Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

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