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Maximo Elementary

Home of the Mariners

Music at Maximo Elementary
 Treble Clef with Piano and Eighth Notes
Welcome to Maximo Music Department's interactive web area!  Here you'll find information pertaining to our upcoming concerts and performances, as well as news concerning your child's music education here at Maximo Elementary. I hope you will find the pages entertaining, uplifting, and educational. Music education offers so much more for our children than just simple fun.
At Maximo, students are taught that music is....
Mathematical and logical. Music is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions. It is highly sequential and organized, and demands great focus and determination to fully understand and appreciate. In fact, music theorists sometimes use mathematics to understand their art. Music and sound both share a remarkable array of number properties.
Utilizing purposeful language - much of which is foreign! Most musical terms are in Italian, German, or French. The notation itself is a language as well. Written music involves notes and symbols that are a kind of highly developed shorthand that represent ideas and sound. Research has shown that the brains of musicians who are engaged with other musicians in spontaneous improvisation show robust activation in the same brain areas traditionally associated with spoken language and syntax. 
Scientific and physical. Thanks to science, we know sounds happens when an object vibrates. You hear the sound when the wave travels through the air to your ear. Different sounds have different wavelengths. The number of high points per second in a wavelength is called the frequency. In music, the pitch of a note (how high or low it sounds) depends on the frequency of the sound waves. Sound properties aside, singing or playing an instrument is incredibly physical. It requires a fantastic coordination of lips, cheeks, fingers, hands, arms, and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, core, and chest muscles - all of which must respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.  
Intensely focused on literacy. Studying music helps us to communicate more eloquently in our own language. We may analyze lyrics and texts, correlate breath pauses, silent rests, and sharp accents with grammar,  and even "decode" information the same way. It is apparent that musical literacy and reading are both perceptual acts. To read either language or music, a person must pay close attention to selective details of a graphic display (the words, the notes).  
Cultural and historical. Music is found in every known culture, past and present, varying widely between times and places. Since all people of the world have a form of music, it may be concluded that music is likely to have been present in the farthest ancestral populations prior to the dispersal of humans around the world. A culture's music is influenced by all other aspects of that culture, including social and economic organization and experience, climate, and access to technology. The emotions and ideas that music expresses, the situations in which music is played and listened to, and the attitudes toward music players and composers all vary between geographic regions and time periods. 
In addition to all of this, our children are also instructed in how music can help them become more compassionate, to recognize and appreciate beauty, to be grateful for our blessings (however small), to help heal ourselves and others as well, and how to embrace life and all the wonder that comes with it. 
Thank you again for visiting! May you always have a song in your heart!
Miss Tamara Sine
music director
"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."  - Maya Angelou