Elementary General and Vocal Music - Roxanne Dixon

  • Phone: 717-901-2600 x1110    Email: rdixon@camphillsd.k12.pa.us 

    Hello!  We are looking forward to a great year of making music as  

    Hoover and Eisenhower students play, sing, move, and create together!  

    2019-20 Elementary Music Dates

    Nov. 14, 7pm Gr. 1 & 2 Concert (Sutliff Family Auditorium, CH High School)

    Dec. 17, 7pm Gr. 4 & 5 Chorus and Band Winter Concert

    Dec. 19, 7pm Chorus and Band Snow Date

    Jan. 24-26, Gr. 4 & 5 Musical (Frozen)

    April 2, 7pm Gr. 3-5 Concert (Sutliff Family Auditorium, CH High School)

    May 14, 7pm Gr. 4-5 Chorus and Band Spring Concert


    Recent links from music class:

    Amazing Australian Beatboxer

    Star Challenge Essential Music Vocabulary Grades 3-5

    Each student is responsible for learning core music vocabulary words.  The list builds from third grade to fifth grade.  There will be four “Star Challenge Quizzes” through the year. 100% on this matching quiz earns the “Gold Star Mastery” and the chance to autograph the music room bulletin board.  Additional "mastery levels" can then be attempted in subsequent quiz periods. The goal is for every student to be confident with the vocabulary by the end of the school year.

    Click on the Star Challenge link at the top far left to see the words for all grade levels, and for quiz games!

    Music does so much for us as HUMANS!  Check out http://broaderminded.com
    Did you know that the Pollock Center has a great offering of lessons, classes, concerts and programs for our students and community?
    Visit thepollockcenter.com to see what is happening.   

    Click here learn about the 2018-19 Honor Our Elders project.



    What is Music Education in Camp Hill?

    Standards-Based Music Education

    In general music class, chorus and band, students in grades K-5 work sequentially toward the music skills outlined in the National Standards of Arts Education and the corresponding Pennsylvania State Standards. Every child can learn to sing, play, move and create. Children develop musically at different paces, and the Camp Hill School District seeks to meet each learner where he or she is. With a rich music education our children can grow into confident amateur (or even professional) musicians and skilled listeners.

    More Than Just Skills

    Music-making is a community experience which nurtures the whole child. Music education in Camp Hill is designed to develop aesthetic sensitivity, value the contribution of each individual, model cooperation, foster emotional intelligence, and provide our students with alternative modes of expression.

    Dance Within the Classroom

    Influenced significantly by the Orff Schulwerk philosophy of music education, our curriculum addresses many of the National and State standards in dance by integrating folk dance and creative movement into daily activities in the classroom. The movement component opens up a secondary venue for student creativity, grounds students understanding of beat, phrasing and other musical concepts kinesthetically, exposes students to the possibilities of another major performance art, and is a lot of fun!

    What is “Orff Schulwerk”? (taken from the Canadian Orff-Schulwerk Association)

    The Orff approach (literally “Orff-Schulwerk” or “Orff Schoolwork”), named for German composer and educator Carl Orff, is holistic, experiential and process oriented. A structured, sequential development of knowledge and skills encourages joyful participation, creativity, and personal musical growth from all participants. Children learn through doing, exploring and improvising, using the elements of speech, rhythm, movement, dance, and song. They are active participants in an integrated, guided process, one which allows for differing musical abilities. And at the heart of all this is improvisation - the instinct children have to create their own melodies, to explore their imaginations. 

    National Content Standards for Music Education
    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 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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