Sing, Dance, & Play: A Well-Rounded Education

Published On: January 20th, 2022 | Categories: In The Classroom |

We caught up with Mr. Stitcher last week to get a glimpse of the Lower School music room in action. He took a few minutes to talk about a well-rounded education and explain the second grade music lesson for the day.

“One of the things I really appreciate about Powhatan – that really makes this place special – is that when they say we teach the whole child, we really mean it,” says Mr. Stitcher, the Lower School music teacher. “The emphasis on specials like art, music, drama, the way we extend lessons inside and outside the classroom, nature walks and the outdoors. It’s not just lip service. The students here are getting a well-rounded and full education.”


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“I always say we sing, dance and play in the music room – but really it is so much more than that. By collaborating together in the music room, students can develop a sense of belonging, a real sense of community, an understanding of self, and an awareness of their place in the world around them,” continues Mr. Stitcher. “Since our music room is a very hands-on program, when it comes to learning instrumental technique I do a fair amount of modeling. This allows students opportunities to learn by seeing/hearing/doing. We also start each class with energizers, which aligns with the Responsive Classroom (Social & Emotional Learning program) morning meeting. When you add that to the cross-curricular opportunities that exist in a small school you really get kids excited about learning. We know that cross-curricular activities (such as the example below) help students learn across multiple domains, make more connections to the material, and makes them more intrigued about learning.”


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