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The Greendale Choir Spring Events
The Greendale Elementary Choir is gearing up for some exciting spring events this semester. The choir recently performed for Greendale’s Academic Review, where teachers and administrators from across the county got to hear the choir showcase their hard work. As a result of this performance, the Greendale Choir was invited to sing at a meeting of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents on April 26th. Before that performance, however, the choir welcomes Professor Shea Clay of King University to work with the students in their annual SpringFest workshop on April 8th. The students will spend all morning and early afternoon working with Mrs. Clay, then give an informal concert to conclude the day. A month later on May 6th, the Greendale Choir travels to Pigeon Forge to compete in the annual Music in the Parks adjudication festival. A full day is planned, with students leaving Abingdon at 6:00 AM! After singing for a panel of judges that morning, the choir will make its way to Dollywood, where the students will spend the afternoon in the park. That evening, an awards ceremony rounds out the day, then it’s back to Greendale for parent pick-ups after 10:30 PM. It’s a quick turn around after that as the choir performs their annual Spring Concert the following Thursday, May 11th at 6:30 PM. All are invited to this culminating performance. Mr. Fore is incredibly proud of the hard work the choir has put into their spring events, and he looks forward to sharing the product of that work with the community.
Greendale Music Classes Welcome Student Teacher
Mr. Fore’s music classes at Greendale Elementary kicked off the year by welcoming a student teacher! Ms. Alissa King, music education major at King University, began the year in Mr. Fore’s music classes on the first day of school. Eager to put the skills and methods she had learned in her college courses into practice, Ms. King started teaching small lesson segments after only a few short days of observation. In short order, Ms. King had assumed Mr. Fore’s full class load! Under the guidance of Mr. Fore and her supervising professor from King University, Ms. King implemented strategies and lessons based on the Kodaly Method of music education. The Kodaly Method seeks to balance musical skill instruction with physically-, visually-, and aurally-centered activities, which helps insure that students of all learning types can access the material being presented. Ms. King adapted quickly to the elementary music classroom, and flourished during her time at Greendale. Friday, October 7 was her last day at the elementary level—she now goes on to student teach at Wallace Middle School and John S. Battle High School. Mr. Fore and his music students wish Ms. King the very best as she graduates college and begins her career as a music educator!
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