Friday, August 4, 2017

2017/2018 Welcome Letter

Hello Parents and Scholars,

Welcome to the Archway Arête Music program. We are all excited to start our fourth year, learning about moral and intellectual virtue in the beautiful environment of Archway Arête . Scholars at Archway Arête will attend music class twice a week for three weeks and three times a week on the fourth week.

 In my career as a music teacher I have had experience teaching students from K through 12. I am very blessed and humbled to have been chosen to teach music at Archway Arête Academy. An unknown author once wrote a poem that epitomizes why I teach music:
Not because I expect you to major in music.
Not because I expect you to play or sing all your life.
Not so you can relax or have fun.
But- So you will be human.
So you will recognize beauty.
So you will be sensitive.
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world.
So you will have something to cling to.
So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more short, more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
 My musical education focus has been vocal performance. This year I look forward to the pursuit of Truth, Beauty and Goodness, through the art of music, with your children. After serving as 2-5 music teacher for two years at Arete, Mr. Gillingham asked me to serve as Dean of Students and 2-5 music teacher last year. For the 2017/2018 school year I will still serve as the Dean of Students and music teacher for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. I look forward to serving our community in nurturing a love of intellectual and moral virtue.

This year we will study the process of breathing and singing in the classical tradition, music theory, music history and sight reading skills. This will be accomplished through singing, moving, playing instruments, discussions and worksheets. My goal is to ignite a love and curiosity for music that will remain with your children throughout their lives.

We will have two choral concerts. The dates are as follows:

November 15, 2017 - Winter Concert: Grades K-5

May 2, 2018 -  Spring Concert: Grades K-5 

 The attire for concerts will be as follows:
 Boys: Black pants, white dress shirt, black dress shoes and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly.

Girls: Black skirt, White top, black tights and black dress shoes. Hair should be pulled away from face with no distracting adornment. (Jewelry is the same as the dress code in the hand book.)
 Thank you all for joining Archway Arête Academy in our quest for excellence!

Mrs. Stephanie Kaye

480-222-4233 Ext. 1538