Ms. Schmittle is a highly-qualified teacher with over 3 years of experience and a K-12 teaching endorsement in music. She is dedicated to public school education and arts integration. Ms. Schmittle graduated with honors from Temple University in Philadelphia with degrees music and Spanish language and literature. Her favorite way to teach music is through active music making and utilizing student created performances. When she is not teaching, she enjoys cooking and being outdoors.
Welcome! I am very excited to be your child’s music teacher this year! We will explore the elements of music: rhythm, melody, form, harmony, timbre, texture, and dynamics through playing, improvising, and composing. Through this we explore a variety of music from around the world using our voices as well as through drumming, recorder, barred instruments, ukulele, guitar, and a variety of other instruments! Topics also include musical genres, instrument families, and music history. Check in each week on my website for weekly updates on what is going on in your child’s music class.
I expect students to accept the challenge of learning new music concepts and skills. This can be both challenging and fun! I expect parents to help their child by encouraging their child to practice (if applicable), and encouraging the student to voice concerns directly to me. Students may seek additional help after or before school. Additionally, students can visit: decaturmusic.weebly.com to find weekly fun videos, links to music related events in Chicago, and fun interactive music websites.
I will send out a weekly email to you with the highlights from the week and any notices of upcoming tests or project due dates. This information will also be posted on my blog on the Decatur website. I am available for any questions or concerns via email. Please allow 48 hours during the week to reply to your emails.
Throughout the school year, there will be in-studio performances in music class and dance class. These performances will offer a unique and intimate look into your student’s arts classes and up-close view of your child exploring music and dance. We will send information in your classroom’s newsletter as well as post to the Decatur Dance and Decatur Music websites with more information.
All classwork and assessments based on the National Core Arts Standards in Music.
60% – Classwork
20% – Performances
20% – Assessments
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