It is the belief of the music department that music is a language in and of itself and that each child should be given the opportunity to grow and succeed in this basic and natural means of human expression. Each child is provided with one music session per week. Each lesson is crafted to develop music skills through singing, playing musical games, folk dancing, reading, writing, and creating. The goal is to produce a musically literate child who can go on to enjoy music throughout his/her lifetime. Music crosses barriers of academic and aesthetic skills which makes it a very unique medium of stimulation. Lessons are prepared using the Kodály method of music education, a highly sequential and developmental method which uses the voice as the main instrument. Parents, this year at Beverly there will be a music program for each grade level. The performances will take place in the gym at 6:30 PM on the following dates:
- 4th Grade - Oct 4
- 3rd Grade - Nov 15
- 5th Grade - Dec 18
- 2nd Grade - Feb 21
- 1st Grade - Apr 25
- Kindergarten - May 2
Parents, please try your best to make sure your child can attend these evening performances. The students work very hard preparing their programs, and they thrive when they have a chance to perform for their families. Most children do not realize how excited they are to perform, until the night of the performance.
Music Club meets once a month after school in the music room until 4:00. The emphasis is on supporting students with a desire to perform by providing them with a safe and captive audience. However, performance is not required and students with an interested ear are just as welcome. This year the dates are as follows:
To attend Music Club, a student must simply bring a signed admission ticket. This is the only way for you get in the door. Ticket must have the student’s name and parent signature.
To perform at Music Club, follow this link - perform - and fill out the online form.
Student Strummers Inc. is a program written by Mr. Porter in which he was given a grant to fund his fifth grade music program.
North Texas Children’s Choir
Each year 10- 12 Beverly Students are chosen to participate in the North Texas Children’s Choir . The NTCC was founded to provide an opportunity for musically talented singers to perform with other, equally talented, students from across the metroplex. The NTCC began in 1996 and each year performs a special program at the Meyerson Center in Dallas in late January. Be on the lookout for audition information regarding this amazing opportunity at the beginning of September.
Plano Children's Chorale
The PCC is made up from 5th grade students throughout PISD. This is a very select choir with its own audition requirements. Students will pre-audition with Mr. Porter and only 5 students will be selected to be eligible for the formal audition process. The PCC meets every Monday from 3:45 to 5:15, no exceptions.
Students in 5th grade may audition for both choirs, and may even be picked for both, but please know that both of these choirs require a time and scheduling commitment that needs to be honored for the entire school year. Calendars with all pertinent dates will be submitted along with the audition materials that I will be sending home.