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Welcome to a year of learning and making music!

General music classes at Avondale Elementary School are prepared to involve students in a variety of musical educational opportunities.  My goal is that students will develop a life-long love of music by having an awesome start.

Students will sing, listen, move and play instruments.

Following Georgia Music Standards and Common Core Curricular guides, students will explore the elements of music through singing, reading music, writing music, and playing melodic and non-melodic instruments.

Music Classroom expectations will be discussed and incentives given for great participation and behavior. Bottom line:  We learn music while having lots of fun! (Ask your children what they have learned in Music!)

Stay tuned for PTA performances, and other school-wide events. 4th and 5th grade students have an opportunity to join the Music Club/Allegro Choir. Music Club/Allegro Choir students perform regularly throughout the school year. We also have performances off campus.

Special Note for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade:

This year 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will continue learning to play the recorder in music class! The recorder is a great instrument for establishing musical concepts while allowing children to learn a basic instrument. A recorder is a small melody instrument that students blow into to make music, while placing their fingers to cover holes on the instrument’s body. The recorder is a fantastic starting point for young musicians. I use the Recorder Karate series, which I have found really motivates the students!

I am now taking orders for recorders at only $5 each. Students who have their own instruments from last year do not need to buy a new one. 4th and 5th grade students who did not purchase or lost theirs, may order new ones at this time. 3rd grade students will begin playing in January.

Want to help?

Suggested supplies for Music Class: Kleenex (please!), Antibacterial Wipes, and Ticonderoga Pencils. THANKS!

 *Like drama? Volunteers needed for our December Musical, costumes, stage, etc. More information to come.

A bit about me: I was born and raised in Louisiana, where I began piano lessons at age 7 and fell in love with the violin at age 10. This is my seventh year in DeKalb County and my 16th year teaching. (I love teaching Music!) My husband of 21 years is a musician, and my daughter plays piano and composes music. Finally, my first name means ‘musical’.

Looking forward to a great school year!
Sheila Smith | K-5 General Music Specialist
Teacher Support Coach/TAPP Mentor
ESOL and Gifted Endorsed


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