Welcome to the Dunedin Music Department site page! Here you'll find details pertaining to our upcoming concerts and performances, as well as information concerning your child's musical education here at Dunedin Elementary. I hope you will find the pages entertaining, uplifting, and educational. The study of music has been proven to have the power to transform a child's brain in ways that no other endeavor can!
At Dunedin, 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.
Utilizes purposeful language. Most musical terms are in Italian, German, or French, and the notation itself can be considered a language as well! Written music involves notes and symbols that are a kind of highly developed shorthand that represent ideas and sound.
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. In music, the pitch of a note (how high or low it sounds) depends on the frequency of the wavelengths.
Intensely focused on literacy. Studying music helps us to communicate more eloquently. We can analyze lyrics and connect musical directions with parts of speech. Musical literacy and reading are very closely connected. In fact, numerous studies prove that a child's ability to maintain a steady beat directly corresponds to their reading fluency!
Cultural and historical. Music is found in every known culture, past and present, varying widely between times and places. We study people and places by exposing our students to as many different genres and styles of music as possible while supporting basic geographical knowledge.
In addition to all of this, the study of music teaches our children how to be patient with difficult tasks, to delay gratification in order to achieve the highest quality of sound, and to foster passion and empathy. Whether we are singing, playing instruments, or dancing together, we are always looking to develop curiosity, problem-solving skills, and "grit" in our students to the best of their potential.
Thank you again for visiting! May you always have a song in your heart!
"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."
- Maya Angelou