Hello Parents!

I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Mrs. Melany Smith and I will be your child’s music teacher at Graden.  This is my 23rd year here.  Amazing!

A little about me…..I received my Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Evangel College in Springfield MO, and my Master’s degree in Music Education from UMKC Conservatory.  I am originally from Omaha, Nebraska.  My husband is Dean Smith and I have a daughter Regan, who is in 8th grade this year.  I’m a proud music mom – she’s playing trombone!  We have 2 very loveable dogs, Buster and Millie - a silky terrier and a Zuchon. We are soccer fans and you can find us at every Sporting game!  I love all kinds of music, traveling to as many different places as I can, reading good books, Starbucks, and the beautiful sound of children singing!

In my class, students will experience music in a variety of ways.  We sing, dance, use instruments, and have programs for every grade, giving students the opportunity to perform.  I encourage students who are taking instrument lessons to play for their class.

Students are exposed to many styles of music, learn the basics of music notation, instruments of the orchestra, and become familiar with famous artists and composers.  This year we will highlight the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.  I believe everyone should know the national anthem and we sing it as often as we can!

The Park Hill Music Curriculum music standards listed on the report card include:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music: rhythm, melody, form, expression qualities, harmony and timbre
  2. Demonstrate appropriate performance/rehearsal skills and etiquette
  3. Overall effort

The study of musical elements start in Kindergarten, and continues through 5th grade.  Fourth and fifth grade students have a recorder unit to apply the music theory they have studied.  Grading is based on a combination of classroom participation, informal observation, assessments during class activities, and formal assessments at the end of our units.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s musical education, please contact me.  I can respond more easily to email, but I also have a phone extension in my room.

Thank you!

Musically yours,

Mrs. Smith