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MUSIC at Blue Ridge Elementary

MUSIC Classes: Every student will have a Music class once a week.

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Music is an essential element in the fabric of a fully developed human being. The study of music in K-5 grades uniquely embraces a sequential and quality performance-based curriculum that is developmentally appropriate to all learners. The Georgia Performance Standards in K-5 General Music are modeled after the National Standards for music as published by the Music Educators National Conference. The purpose of the General Music Curriculum is to provide students with a crucial foundation for a K-12 scaffolding music curriculum.


Students will sing, play instruments, perform, create, move to music, listen and evaluate music, and learn to read and write music.


Grade level Music Programs/Plays:

K--Thanksgiving performance November 21st, 6:00 p.m.

!st--Musical play in March 12th, 6:00 p.m. and two morning performances

2nd--Musical play in April 28th, and two morning performances

3rd--Christmas concert/Dinner with Santa December 5th, 6:00 p.m.--if students are not eating, please come to the cafeteria by 6:45 (the concert begins at 7:00)

4th--Musical play in October 3rd, 6:00 p.m. and two morning performances

5th--Veterans Day program November 11th in the morning



Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be using recorders in the music curriculum.  As part of the RECORDER KARATE method, each child will earn colored "belts" (i.e. White, Yellow, Orange, etc.) after they pass a proficiency on the required songs.  You may purchase a recorder for your child using the order form provided by the Music teacher.  After all recorders are ordered, the teacher will distribute the recorders to the students sometime in mid-September. Recorders will be kept in the Music Room in boxes labeled by their homeroom, and the recorders will be marked with your child's name.  Recorders will be kept in the Music Room so the students can use them throughout the year. 



The BRE Chorus is a wonderful way for your child to be involved in extra-curricular activities.  The chorus performs in several concerts for the school and community. 

Chorus members need to attend one rehearsal each week before school (8:10-8:35 a.m.)

5th grade students who were in Chorus last year DO NOT have to audition again.

The students should be prepared to echo some notes that are played on the piano, and sing one verse of “America”.  (My country ‘tis of thee,  sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; Land where my father’s died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride; from every mountainside let freedom ring.)


Students will be given a letter of acceptance by August 31st. Parents must sign and return the acceptance letter in order for the student to participate in Chorus. The letter includes information about behavior and attendance rules, t-shirt orders, and concerts.

Chorus rehearsals will begin Sept. 3rd (4th grade) and Sept. 5th (5th grade)

from 8:10--8:40 a.m.




Dec. 6th  Columbia County Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Lady A Amphitheater

(time TBA)

Dec.17th  9:30--noon Field Trip/concerts at Washington Commons and Brandon Wilde

Dec. 19th--afternoon Christmas concerts at Blue Ridge Elementary/2:00 and 2:45

March 31st 9:30--2:30 Concert at Brandon Wilde/Storyland Theater/picnic

April 3rd--Spring concerts at Blue Ridge Elementary



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Mrs. Mullen is happy to be teaching Music at Blue Ridge for her 6th year!  She has a Master's Degree in Music Ed. from the Univ. of Georgia.  Go DAWGS! She also has several years of teaching experience in Middle School and High School.  Mrs. Mullen taught piano lessons for 20 years, and has 25 years of experience as Music Director at her local church.