Holland Patent provides students in grades Pre K-12 with a well-rounded music education. The district is proud to offer over ten credit-bearing and extracurricular performing ensembles, classroom music, Suzuki violin classes, AP Music Theory, and a Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter to our students. It is the goal of the Holland Patent Music Department to cultivate the maximum musical potential in each and every student.Please use the links to the left to see what is happening throughout our program!
Golden Knights Music NewsWhat will Music Education look like for the 2020-2021 school year?As with any classroom subject, the learning process will look different for the 2020-2021 school year. The Music Department has been working diligently to adapt to guidance and regulations to ensure all students receive the best possible music education. We hope this brief FAQ can help to clarify what the music classroom will look like when students return to school.
Q: Will students be playing their instrument/singing in class?
A: Yes, students will be making music following DOH guidance as well as additional music-specific protocols and procedures.
Q: Will students be safe in their music making?
A: Yes, the music department has worked diligently to implement detailed classroom procedures and expectations to ensure the safety of our students.
Q: What measures are being implemented to make sure students are safe?
A: The music faculty will be implementing recommended physical distancing for ensembles (6 or 12 feet depending on the types of instruments) in all ensembles. Additionally, students will be wearing masks while playing their instrument to limit the spread of aerosols that could carry the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, students and teachers will implement daily cleaning procedures of all equipment (music stands, instruments, chairs, percussion equipment) to maintain a safe learning environment.
Q: Will students still have music lessons?
A: Yes, all students (remote and hybrid learners) will have music lessons. For MS/HS students, lessons will last 30 minutes, approximately half of one block period). Each student will receive a lesson once every 12 school days (following the student group rotation). For elementary students, lessons will last approximately 25 minutes and will follow a yet to be determined rotation. Lesson groups will be limited in numbers (maximum 4 students) and will adhere to the proper procedures and physical distancing implemented in our ensembles. Lessons will follow a pre-determined rotation so students are not missing a portion of the same course more than once a month.
Q: How will remote learning in ensembles work?
A: Students who are learning remotely (whether permanently or on their hybrid rotation) will be asked to stream into ensemble rehearsals using their computer at home. Students will play along with the in-person ensemble at home using their instrument. Students will participate by evaluating the in-person ensemble performance, their own performance, and completing written and recorded asynchronous work.
Q: Will the district start beginning band and orchestra students?
A: Yes, the district will be starting beginners this year. Our Beginning Band and Orchestra Information NIght will take place on Wednesday, September 23 with more information to come.
Q: Will elementary band, chorus, and orchestra take place for 4th and 5th grade music students?
A: At this time, the music department is working with the administration to determine if elementary ensembles will be able to take place for Winter performances based on the current guidance in place.
Q: What will concerts look like?
A: Concerts are an integral part of music making for all students. It is the capstone learning experience, a summative assessment. Although performances will not happen in the traditional sense (with an in-person audience), the music faculty is working closely with district administrators to plan what performances will look like for the coming year. Possibilities include virtual performances, pre-recorded performances, and streamed performances.
Q: Will students be using alternate methods of learning in their music class?
A: Yes! The HP music team is excited to expand our curriculum to include different aspects of our standards-based curriculum that we would not normally see. Students can expect to learn basics of composition, participate in listening/response exercises, and use technology and internet-based apps to supplement the concepts we are learning in the classroom.
Q: Will there be extracurricular music activities this year (Voice Ensemble, String Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Knightly Players)?
A: Currently, afterschool activities may not meet in person, only virtually. At this time, the music department is working with administrators to determine possible solutions for these activities moving forward.
Now more than ever, it is important for our students and families to stay encouraged in the music making process. The music department staff is very motivated to reach all of our students and provide the best education possible during this time. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your student's music teacher. We appreciate your continued support of music making in HP!Holland Patent Central School District named 2020 Best Community for Music Education!The Holland Patent CSD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation for the fourth consecutive year by the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. This designation is awarded to districts who demonstrate outstanding acheivement and commitment to provide music education to all students. The music department appreciates the continued support from the community, faculty, and administration to continue to grow the music opportunities we provide our students. Thank you!