Elementary School Music Instruction
Educating the whole child means music and the arts are an integral component in the curriculum at Saint James School. From Pre-K3 through 5th grade, students are engaged in music education and stage performances each year. As the students progress through middle and high school, music and theatre instruction are electives, however, each student must meet the school’s fine arts requirement for graduation.
We begin music instruction in K3 and continue it through 5th grade for each child as research has proven it enhances brain function in multiple areas affecting faster reasoning, creativity, and problem solving both in academic and social settings. Musicians have higher level executive function, processing multiple problems and situations simultaneously and making minute adjustments many times per second. We also realize music is a great means of self expression and enjoyment for life.
Studies have shown that public speaking has been respondents’ number one fear for decades. By having our children perform in a safe environment starting with K3, we instill confidence in our students that creates self-assured speakers and leaders with life skills for tomorrow’s society.
Mr. Will Reese
Elementary School Music Teacher
Mr. Reese is a seasoned elementary music teacher with over 30 years experience working with children. As a curriculum designer and facilitator with the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, he also instructs adult educators to integrate the arts with all curricular areas. He is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, Alabama Music Educators Association, and the Alabama Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Choral Music Education from Huntingdon College, is a member and guest director of the choir at Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church, and sings locally in many venues.