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Maya Angelou Phoenix Music

California Arts Standards: “In music, students discover music’s expressive elements, including basic concepts and terminology used to comprehend music. They develop skills necessary to produce music, and are able to reflect, critique, and connect personal experience to music. The standards describe expectations for learning in music regardless of style or genre and impart the breadth and depth of the music experience through the art-making processes.” 


 Philosophy of Music: Music has made major contributions to every civilization throughout history. Virtually all people like some kind of music and have contact with music in their daily lives. Because of its universal importance, music should hold a prominent place in the curriculum of the nation’s schools…….Americans sing or play instruments, purchase sound-reproducing equipment, and attend performances of music. They find that music enriches the quality of life by providing an outlet for self-expression and a lifelong source of enjoyment…..Not all elect to participate in performing groups, but each student should have the opportunity in school to learn to perform, create, and appreciate music…..Music is intellectually stimulating and challenging. Music is a fine art. It is also a discipline. It both expresses and elicits feelings that are emotionally compelling. It also challenges the mind. What it communicates is felt. How it communicates must be understood...


Music Program Educational Objectives:

  • To provide students with a pleasant, positive experience that increases their appreciation and enjoyment of music.
  • To increase the music students' and possibly the non-music students' enthusiasm for the school experience, thus improving attendance and motivating students toward increased academic achievement. 
  • To develop in students an enhanced aesthetic sensitivity for music as an art form by disciplined study and application of its various elements, both separately and as they are combined into a coherent musical whole. 
  • To prepare students for careers in music. 
  • To provide students with a healthy lifelong hobby or avocation.
  • To increase student involvement in decision-making and therefore create a strong sense of ownership within the music program.