Music at Heritage
Welcome to Music at Heritage!
In music, we sing, play, move, and say our way to success!
Mrs. McDonald teaches music at Heritage School. Before coming to Heritage, Mrs. McDonald taught at Cross Timbers School. She has taught in Edmond Public Schools since 1998, and is also the conductor of Edmond Youth Chorus. For more information about EYC, click here. Mrs. McDonald currently serves as Elementary Vice President for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and is also Elementary Music Facilitator for Edmond Public Schools. Her husband, Kevin, teaches AP Language at Edmond Memorial High School, where is also an adjunct band director. Their daughter Ella is a student at EMHS, while their daughter Emily attends Heritage with Mrs. McDonald.
At Heritage, grades 1-5 produce a grade level program. Dates for those programs are listed in the side bar to the left. Programs at Heritage are developmentally appropriate for each age level, and include singing, moving, instruments, and speaking.
In music class, we have fun! Mrs. McDonald is trained in both Kodaly and Orff methodologies. Students use instruments, voices, and body movements to become competent young musicians.
Click here to find websites we use in class!
In Edmond, students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade receive music for 30 minutes twice a week. We are fortunate that music is treated as part of the regular curriculum in our district. Parents and patrons have traditionally supported a robust music education in Edmond Public Schools. Here are a few reasons why an education in the arts is so important:
A recent study by Americans for the Arts and the National School Boards Association found that young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential, and rigorous arts programs are:
FOUR TIMES more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
FOUR TIMES more likely to participate in a math and science fair
THREE TIMES more likely to win an award for school attendance
FOUR TIMES more likely to win an award for writing an essay/poem
THREE TIMES more likely to be elected to class office
Information taken from “State of the Arts” in NEA Today’s January 2007 issue