Dothan City Schools
Kelly Springs Elementary School Dothan, AL

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Music at Kelly Springs

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Debbie Smith

Welcome to Music at Kelly Springs! 

My name is Debbie Smith and I have the pleasure of being music teacher at Kelly Springs.  I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree fromTroy State University in Troy and my Master of Education degree from Troy University in Dothan.  I have a passion for sharing the joy of music with children and I have pursued this passion by teaching music in many settings during the last thirty years:  public and private elementary schools, children's choirs at my church and private studio instruction. 

Our music program for younger children at Kelly Springs (K-2) focuses on integrating music into everyday life experiences.  We sing songs on topics such as colors, friends, animals, weather, self concept, patriotism, other cultures, etc.  All these songs can be used as teaching tools for learning about melody, rhythm, listening, basic music symbols, playing instruments, and movement.  Hands-on experiences are very important in working with young children and help to reinforce the music concepts that are being taught. 

Our music program for older children (3-5) is based on the same concepts (melody, rhythm, listening, etc.) but on a more advanced level.  Their lessons include singing new and familiar songs, listening to different styles of music from around the world, creating music with instruments and environmental sounds, as well as learning about famous composers and orchestral instruments.  They enjoy participating in many rhythm activities such as rap, chants, poetry, and hand jives.  These students are learning to read music notation and follow music symbols. 

A major goal of the music program is to give each child an appreciation for various styles of music while helping each student reach their greatest potential.  Performance opportunities during the year allow students to showcase talent and skill while rewarding their effort in practice.  Hopefully the students will acquire skill and confidence that will enable them to participate in music in the future, whether in schools, community groups, churches, private lessons, or other avenues.