Anderson Children's Foundation

Andrew Jackson Elementary School PTO

Andrew Jackson Elementary School PTO

Musical Instruments Purchase (2018-2019)

This project will serve students at Jackson Elementary. Students from Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade have been able to benefit from the Music Program. Here at Jackson Elementary, students in the lower grades (TK- 3rd) have music once a week for 40 minutes and the upper grades, 4th and 5th, have music two times a week.

Students at Jackson get to learn the Orff Schulwerk methodology which is engaging and the basic element is creation. Students have a variety of instruments in which they have learned about in the past two years since we started the program. Instruments include: metallophones, xylophones, bass xylophones and metallophones, glockenspiels, and a variety of small percussion hand instruments. Through the use of these instruments, students have learned concepts such as rhythms, melody, dynamics, articulation, and tempo. Students have also been able to work with different educational songs, and dances which have supported the learning that goes on in the classroom. Students have been able to collaborate and work with other students cooperatively in order to create music.

Making M.U.S.I.C. (Musical Understanding Sparks Intellectual Creativity) (2016-2017)

In this program, Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Jackson Elementary School will work with a music specialist throughout the school year to study instrumental and vocal music with the developmental approach of the Orff Schulwerk methodology. This method emphasizes a "child-centered" approach to learning music; all concepts are learned by "doing." Students will learn how to play the various Orff instruments (glockenspiels, xylophones, chimes, metallophones, timpani, and bass/contrabass bars) and songs by experiencing and participating in a variety of musical lessons and activities. The lessons focus on rhythm, tempo, and the aesthetic qualities of music. Students will sing, play instruments, and dance alone as well as in groups.  In a student body with a large English Learner population (65%) and a high level of socioeconomically  disadvantaged students (97% qualify for free breakfast/lunch), more time has typically been devoted to reading, writing, and math. The Making M.U.S.I.C. program will allow students to receive quality musical experiences as well, preparing them to join band and choir in high school and beyond.