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.  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 President of 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 assistant band director.  Their daughter Ella is a student at Oklahoma State University, while their daughter Emily attends EMHS with Mr. 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 the Kodaly concept and the Orff approach. Students use voices, movement, and instruments, including World Drumming, Ukuleles, and Recorders to become competent young musicians. At Heritage, we have a broad expanse of schoolwide repertoire, as we sing together to start every day.  These songs include patriotic standards, as well as songs that enhance our social and emotional learning and highlight Great Expectations, since we are a GE Model School.  Music is an integral part of our school – Heritage is a musical place to be!

In Edmond, students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade receive music instruction weekly.  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.

Click here to find websites we use in class!

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