Ira Gershwin famously wrote, "I got rhythm, I got music...who could ask for anything more?"
Everyone experiences and enjoys music whether they know how to label each wondrous element or not. I love seeing the kids experience beat and rhythm and then become skillful at feeling, reading, performing and creating rhythms.
We explore steady beat through movement and instrument playing, learn difficult rhythmic patterns by attaching them to words everyone already knows how to say, practice our knowledge by performing rhythmic patterns on top of popular songs, and create new rhythmic patterns to perform. I LOVE TEACHING RHYTHM!!!
Last week I saw 12% of RNE's entire student population in the form of eager fourth and fifth graders trying out for Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus. I was so happy to observe the talent, love of singing, commitment and will to learn from so many students. I absolutely LOVE conducting chorus. We are truly blessed at RNE to have the support of administrators, teachers, staff, students and community for our choral program. Let's sing!!!
I am a firm believer in setting expectations. My experience is that by setting expectations, I am creating an environment in which every student who tries can succeed. Here's how each one can:
- Students will master skills through folk songs, singing games and performance opportunities.
- Students will learn what it takes to be a good musician.
- Students will participate in activities which foster music appreciation, performance capability, music reading, singing, dancing and playing instruments so that each person can happily be engaged in music later in life.
- Students will sing, play, dance, explore, create, and experience. (We will laugh and play along the way!)
I look forward to forming bonds with students, parents and community members through enriching musical experiences inside and outside the classroom.
All my best to you!
Ms. Scoggins teaches general music at Roswell North Elementary. She is also the director for the RNE Fourth and Fifth Grade Choirs as well as as the North Fulton Elementary Honor Chorus. She strives to develop in each student what she has, a love of music and music learning. Her personal music experience includes performing in choral, opera, musical theater, stage, sacred and recital settings, in addition to producing, directing and coaching vocal and dramatic works.