Congratulations Ms. Blanchard

Anderson-Livsey's 2014 Teacher of the Year

 
 

Philosophy & Beliefs of Ms. Blanchard

I believe teaching should be a student-centered learning experience.  I want my teaching to be an experience that engages all the senses and encourages students to initiate and lead their own learning.  I think learning should be fun.  As often as possible, I like students to discover what I want them to learn, rather than tell them what I want them to learn.  I try to question students in a way that leads them to make connections to new learning.  

            My basic philosophy, or mission statement, is to build a foundation for future music studies, to foster a love and enjoyment of music–making, and to inspire a life-long interest in music through singing, dancing, and playing instruments.  I believe that all students can enjoy creating music.  Music is one of the special disciplines in the world that can touch the soul.  Music can connect to emotions that one may not even know are there.  Music is more than notes on a page.  It is expressing a thought or feeling through words, instruments, or dance.

My basic philosophy, or mission statement, is to build a foundation for future music studies, to foster a love and enjoyment of music–making, and to inspire a life-long interest in music through singing, dancing, and playing instruments.  I believe that all students can enjoy creating music.  Music is one of the special disciplines in the world that can touch the soul.  Music can connect to emotions that one may not even know are there.  Music is more than notes on a page.  It is expressing a thought or feeling through words, instruments, or dance.

            I try to make music a cross-curricular subject.  Through music, we study geography, math, history, science, and poetry.  I introduce songs from many different cultures to the students.  We sing in other languages like French, Swahili, Spanish, and Japanese.  We sing songs from other countries, like Morocco, Australia, Ghana, Mexico, and Canada.  Every time we encounter a song from another country, I spend time to explain where the country is in relation to the USA.  We use math in all of our rhythms.  Eighth notes are ½, triplets are 1/3, half notes are 2, etc.  We add, subtract, compare, and contrast the life spans of different composers and time periods.  In Music, I emphasize the creation of sound and why different instruments make different sounds.  We study poetry through rhymes in songs and when students create their own lyrics.  I always try to relate what we’re doing in Music to where it lines up in the bigger picture of the world.