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Gershin, Mr.
Music Teacher

Music

As the new school year begins, please know that your children will be attending music classes this year.  As some of you may know, Albuquerque Public Schools alternates between Art and Music at the elementary school level each year.  In music this year, your students will be learning songs, dances, and chants from around the world.  They will be learning how to play different instruments as the year progresses as well.

 

My teaching philosophy is about learning while having fun!  If a student enjoys doing something then they will be much more likely to practice it at home or take it with them for the rest of their lives.  Music class is not just about teaching the students music but also about helping them become responsible young adults.

 

At the end of most of our classes we will review what we learned about that day.  This is to help the students remember and retain what we learned.  It is also to help them answer that frequently asked question by you, the parents, “What did you do in school today?”  I know that when I was their age the responses that I gave my parents were always, “nothing” or “I don’t know.”  I tell the students that now they should be able to give you a fairly detailed account of what went on during music class.  So now I encourage you to ask them, “What did you do in school today?”  Hopefully this will be a stepping point to help them remember everything they did that day, not just what they did in music.

 

If you ever have any questions or concerns feel free to call the school or email me at joseph.gershin@aps.edu.  I check my email everyday and would be happy to get back to you on anything that is happening.

A medida que comienza el nuevo curso, quiero que sepan que sus hijos asistirán a clases de música este año. Como algunos de ustedes quizá sepan, las Escuelas Públicas de Albuquerque alternan cada año entre Arte y Música en la escuela primaria. Este curso en música sus hijos aprenderán canciones, bailes y cantos de todo el mundo, y también aprenderán a tocar distintos instrumentos a medida que avanza el curso.   

 

Mi filosofía didáctica es ¡aprender mientras se divierte uno! Si un alumno(a) disfruta haciendo algo, será mucho más probable que lo practique en casa o que siga con ello el resto de su vida. La clase de música no trata solo de enseñarles música a los alumnos sino también de enseñarles a ser jóvenes responsables.  

 

Al final de la mayoría de las clases repasaremos lo que hemos aprendido ese día; de esa forma los alumnos recuerdan y retienen lo aprendido. Además, les sirve para responder a la pregunta frecuente que ustedes, los padres, les plantean: «¿Qué hiciste en la escuela hoy?». Sé que cuando yo tenía su edad, la respuesta que les daba a mis padres era siempre: «Nada» o «No lo sé». Les digo a los alumnos que ahora deben poder explicarles con bastante detalle lo que pasó en la clase de música. Por lo tanto, a ustedes les animo a que pregunten: «¿Qué hiciste en la escuela hoy?». Con suerte la pregunta servirá de trampolín a los alumnos para que se acuerden de todo lo que hicieron ese día, no solo de lo que hicieron en la clase de música.

 

Si alguna vez tienen preguntas o inquietudes, no duden en llamar a la escuela o en enviarme un correo electrónico a joseph.gershin@aps.edu. Miro mi correo todos los días y me complacería comunicarme con ustedes en relación con lo que esté pasando.

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