Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 school year at Discovery Charter School. My name is Tanya Murphy, I am a professional musician and I have over 20 years of experience as a Music Teacher. I am looking forward to an exciting year. It is my goal to provide all students with an educationally challenging, yet fun, experience in my classroom. I would also like to help students realize their full potential and raise their self-esteems through musical activities.
Please impress upon your child to be on their best behavior and have on their best listening ears. Music class grades are based on a student's Class Participation, Homework & Test/Quiz/Projects. Children will have the opportunity to succeed at their own level.
Students will participate in a variety of activities: singing, listening lessons, movement activities & playing string instruments (violin, viola, cello & bass).
Although students will play classroom percussion instruments such as xylophones, rhythm sticks and snare drums,this year our curriculum will focus mainly on the string instruments (violin, viola, cello & bass).
Written activities are limited. Other units covered will be music theory, music appreciation, music literature and seasonal music.
String Ensemble: We will also be developing our String program at DCS this year where a select group of students will be invited to join the String Ensemble which will be during the school day. Students will be pulled out of class on select days. Students who are selected are expected to keep their grades at a B level or higher and be at their best behavior or they will be asked to leave the program. Parents will be notified when the string program begins and if your child has been selected.
I believe that music and all the arts improve the quality of life. I want students to be able to participate in musical activities at some level, regardless of formal training. I want students to know that they can make music a part of their lives, now and in the future.
Mrs. Tanya Murphy, Music Teacher
Role of the Student
Listen & follow directions
Raise your hand before speaking & leaving your seat
Keep your hands and feet to yourself
Respect your classmates and your teacher
Role of the Parent