Greetings from the Garfield Music Department, We hope that you have all had a safe and healthy summer break, and that you are finding meaningful and fulfilling ways to maneuver the many changes that we have all been experiencing in the past months.
As we look forward to a new school year, feelings of uncertainty are pervasive. We want to help assuage these concerns and to share with all of you our plans for what our music classes will look and feel like as we return this Fall for remote learning. Our music department has been meeting weekly throughout summer to craft plans for the coming year. Our goals are to provide a primary focus on the community and musical growth that are the foundations of our ensemble classes, and also to take advantage of the distance learning setting to explore musical topics that are culturally relevant and engaging – topics like Music Production/Recording Technology, Music Therapy, Race and American Music, and Musical Career Pathways. We have spoken with several student representatives over the summer to guide our planning and are excited to share what we have in store for you!
We would like to present our current plans with students and families before the school year starts. To accommodate the size of the meeting groups and allow opportunities for ample Q&A, we have created two meeting dates organized by ensemble type. Both sessions will contain the same presentation from all three teachers, so feel free to attend either based on your availability; again, the suggested attendance is an effort to manage attendee size and accommodate the question answer session at the conclusion of each meeting. These meetings will also be recorded and made available for future viewing.
Please refer to the Zoom link in the email that was sent to families on August 7th.