Meet the Teacher

Welcome to my Classroom
Rosanne Rousseau-Cavender

In music class students experience a variety of activities. We sing songs, new and old and learn the basics of rhythm and note-reading. Students have the opportunity to try out instruments from America, such as the dulcimer and autoharp as well as instruments from other countries, like the coconut kalimba, the shekere and castanets.
Every year there is an emphasis on a particular aspect of music.
Four years ago the focus was on instrument families. Two years ago the emphasis was on rhythm. Last year the emphasis was on note-reading and a greater understanding of pitch. This year we will continue to review concepts from previous years and focus a bit more on folk songs and playing dulcimer.
In addition to singing and playing instruments, the music class often incorporates dance and movement. Although movement is often choreographed for the students, there are also opportunities for choice of expression and student-led choreography.
I also believe in incorporating/integrating reading, history, science, geography and math into the music curriculum. This helps students see the world as a more cohesive whole and gives us an opportunity to share our schema as we create new memories.
Rosanne Rousseau-Cavender
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